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Cantin, Maurice Raoul (Flying Officer)

Killed in Action 1943-11-26

Birth Date: 1922-07-15 (age 21)

Born: McCreary, Manitoba

Amedee J. & Julienne M. Cantin

Home: McCreary, Manitoba (parents)

Enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment Date: 1941-10-06

514 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Nil Obstare Potest (Nothing can withstand)
Flying Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers

Took off from Waterbeach at 17:48 in Lancaster Mk II (Sqn code JI-M Bomber Command) on an operation to Berlin Germany.

Shot down (means not found and crashed at Germendorf 4 km west of Oranienburg, Germany.

Killed includes Cantin: F/Sgt Stuart Elmer Smith RCAF R/161620 KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 9. D. 17. Sgt Leslie Frank Eyre RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 9. D. 18. Sgt Kerry George King RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 9. D. 20. Sgt William Eric Thomas Michell RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Joint grave 9. D. 21-22. F/Sgt William George Fyfe Saddler RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Joint grave 9. D. 21-22. Sgt Robert Neville Walne RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 9. D. 19.

F/O MR Cantin (RCAF) was BROTHER to F/O CFA Cantin (RCAF), Killed 1942-10-09 on 213 Sqn Hurricane BP 355.

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Crew on Lancaster Mk.II DS814

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.II DS814

JIRAF RoundelM

Delivered to No. 514 Sqn (JI-M) Sep 1943. Missing on operation to Berlin 26/27 Nov 1943. 57 operational hours.

514 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Nil Obstare Potest

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