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Caron, Gerald Alexandre Arthur Antoine (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-March-07

Male Head

Birth Date: 1922 (age 22)

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Service
RCAF
Unit
500 (MB) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Quo Fata Vocent (Whither the fates may call)
Rank
Pilot Officer
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
J/88406

Took off from La Senia, Sicily in Ventura Mk V FP-546 on a Maritime patrol of the Western Mediterranean.

Crashed in the sea and exploded twenty miles north of Cape de Laiguille, Algeria off the city of Oran.

Killed includes Caron: P/O Neil Donald Campbell RCAF J/88405 KIA Malta Memorial Panel 16, Column 1. Sgt Charles Stewart Mcgregor Averill RAF KIA Malta Memorial Panel 14, Column 2. F/O Francis Sale Knighton RAF KIA Malta Memorial Panel 13, Column 1. Sgt Edward Kenneth John Potter RAF KIA Malta Memorial Panel 15, Column 2.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Find-A-Grave.com

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Pilot Officer Gerald Alexandre Arthur Antoine Caron has no known grave.

Crew on Ventura G.R. Mk. V FP546

Lockheed Ventura

Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)
A Lockheed PV-1 Ventura

The Lockheed Ventura is a twin-engine medium bomber and patrol bomber of World War II.

The Ventura first entered combat in Europe as a bomber with the RAF in late 1942. Designated PV-1 by the United States Navy (US Navy), it entered combat in 1943 in the Pacific. The bomber was also used by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), which designated it the Lockheed B-34 (Lexington) and B-37 as a trainer. British Commonwealth forces also used it in several guises, including antishipping and antisubmarine search and attack.

The Ventura was developed from the Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar transport, as a replacement for the Lockheed Hudson bombers then in service with the Royal Air Force. Used in daylight attacks against occupied Europe, they proved to have weaknesses and were removed from bomber duty and some used for patrols by Coastal Command.

At the start of the war, Lockheed proposed military conversions of the Lodestar for the RAF as replacement for the Hudson reconnaissance aircraft and the Bristol Blenheim bomber. The first British order was placed in February 1940 for 25 Model 32 as bombers. This was followed by an order for 300 Model 37 with Double Wasp engines, then for a further 375 later in 1940. Lockheed needed more production capacity and nearby Vega Aircraft Corporation was contracted for building the Ventura.

The Ventura was very similar to its predecessor, the Lockheed Hudson. The primary difference was not in layout; rather, the Ventura was larger, heavier, and used more powerful engines than the Hudson. The RAF ordered 188 Venturas in February 1940, which were delivered from mid-1942. Venturas were initially used for daylight raids on occupied Europe but, like some other RAF bombers, they proved too vulnerable without fighter escort, which was difficult to provide for long-range missions. Venturas were replaced by the faster de Havilland Mosquito. The Venturas were transferred to patrol duties with Coastal Command as the Mosquito replaced them in bomber squadrons; 30 went to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and some to the South African Air Force (SAAF). The RAF placed an order for 487 Ventura Mark IIs but many of these were diverted to the USAAF, which placed its own order for 200 Ventura Mark IIA as the B-34 Lexington, later renamed RB-34.

A total of 157 Ventura G.R. Mk. Vs were used operationally by the RCAF from 16 June 1942 to 18 April 1947 in the home defence coastal patrol role in both Eastern and Western Air Command. They were flown by 8, 113, 115, 145, and 149 Squadrons. A further 21 Ventura Mk. Is and 108 Ventura Mk. IIs were used in a training role at 1 Central Flying School, Trenton, Ontario, and at RCAF Station Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick (RAF No. 34 Operational Training Unit) as part of the BCATP. A total of 21 Mk. Is, 108 Mk. IIs, and 157 G.R. Mk. Vs were in service during this period for a total of 286 aircraft. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Lockheed Ventura

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube Lockheed Ventura

Kestrek Publications Ventura - Kestrel Publications

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RCAF On Strength (286), RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (66)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:33:24

Ventura G.R. Mk. V FP546

Ex USN PV-1, their serial 33465. Collected by No. 34 Operational Training Unit at Quonset Point, USA and delivered to Penfield Ridge on 12 or 13 July 1943, probably on RAF books at that time. Returned to Quonset Point on 31 July 1943, struck of No. 34 OTU books. Diverted shortly after to RAF overseas. An Aircraft Record Card exists for this serial number, indicating it was intended for No. 34 Operational Training Unit from 14 July 1943. This first entry has been crossed out, and there is no further information on the card. No further records that indicate this aircraft was in fact used by the RCAF. Served with No. 500 Squadron, RAF. Crashed into sea off Oran, Algeria on 7 March 1944.
1943-07-13 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-09-22 Ferry Flight To No. 500 Sqn RAF SOS 1944-03-09

source: Geoffrey Sinclair

2023-06-26

500 (MB) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Quo Fata Vocent

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