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Chadwick, Leslie Anwyl (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1945-02-26

Birth Date: 1919-05-04 (age 25)

Harold & Gertrude Chadwick

Home: Fairville, New Brunswick (parents)

224 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Fedele All'Amico (Faithful to a friend)
RAF Milltown
Pilot 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 Milltown at 22:07 in Liberator Mk VIII (Sqn code XB-D Bomber Command) to carry out an anti-submarine patrol along the Swedish coast.

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off, and it did not return to base.

Killed includes Chadwick: F/Sgt Joseph Leo Gallipeau RCAF R/195678 KIA Varberg Church New Cemetery Sec. C. 43. F/Sgt Thomas Edward Murphy RCAF KIA R/189573 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 282. Sgt Maurice George Bliss RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 273. Sgt Gilbert William Carter RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 274. Sgt Dafydd Cynfal Davies RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 274. F/Sgt Ronald Hadlow RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 271. F/Sgt Cyril Jackson RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 271. F/Lt Claude Mapletoft RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 282. F/O Reginald William Ponting RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 267. F/Sgt John James Williams RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 273.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Crew on Liberator B 24 KG964

Consolidated Liberator B-24 / F-7

(DND Photos via James Craik) (Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Consolidated Liberator G.R. Mk. VIII, RCAF (Serial No. 11130) ex-USAAF Consolidated (Vultee) B-24L Liberator USAAF (44-50154)
ex-RAF (Serial No. 5009), ex-Indian Air Force (Serial No. HE773).
Currently preserved in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Ottawa Ontario.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber flown by the RCAF during the Second Word War. It was designed with a shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing which gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine. In comparison with its contemporaries the B-24 was relatively difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance; it also had a lower ceiling compared with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Of the roughly 18,500 B-24s built in the USA during the war, 148 were flown by the RCAF on long range anti-submarine patrols, with the B-24 serving an instrumental role in closing the Mid-Atlantic gap in the Battle of the Atlantic. The RCAF also flew a few B-24s post war as transports.

Roughly half of all (RAF) Liberator crews in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre were Canadian by the end of the war. John Muir of Vancouver flew the longest mission of the war: 24hrs, 10mins from Ceylon to Burma and back. (Kyle Hood) Harold Skaarup web page

YouTube Liberator bomber

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Liberator bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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last update: 2021-09-18 19:06:22

Liberator B 24 KG964

224 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Fedele All'Amico

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