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Christman, Lorne Smith (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1941-July-05

Birth Date: 1917 (age 24)

Otto Lorne & Alice Christman

Home: Orillia, Ontario (parents)

Service
RCAF
Unit
106 (MB) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Pro Libertate (For freedom)
Base
RAF Coningsby
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
Observer
Service Numbers
J/3601

Took off from Coningsby at 23:00 in Hampden Mk I AD-896 on a raid to Dortmund Germany.

Aircraft shot down (means not found) and crashed at Hervest, Dortmund, Germany,

Killed includes Christman: Sgt Albert Edward Brownbill RAF pilot KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery grave 17. C. 1. Sgt Sidney Linley RAF KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery grave 17. C. 2. Sgt Stanley Carlton Morse RAF KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery grave 17. C. 3.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

Handley Page Hampden

(RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Handley Page Hampden (Serial No. P5428), of No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Patricia Bay, British Columbia, in the torpedo-bomber training role between May 1942 and February 1944.

Handley Page developed a modern stressed-skin mid-wing monoplane, powered by Bristol Pegasus radial air cooled engines, with its first flight in 1936. It had the most advanced wings available at the time, giving it a remarkably low landing speed of 73 mph for an aircraft of its size, with a top speed of 265 mph. The Hampden had a short, narrow but tall main fuselage with a very slender tail unit. This configuration led to the nicknames "Flying Panhandle" and "Flying Suitcase". At the end of the war, no complete or partial Hampden aircraft were retained for museum display.

The Hampden served in the early stages of the war, bearing the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe, taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and in the first 1000-bomber raid on Cologne. In Canada, Hampdens were built by six companies that formed Associated Aircraft. There were three in Ontario and three in Quebec, hence they were identified as the Ontario Group and Quebec Group. They supplied all the the components to the two assembly plants. The Ontario Group's assembly plant was at the Malton Airport, while the Quebec group's assembly plant was at the St. Hubert Airport. Canadian Museum of Flight and Harold A Skaarup web page

YouTube Handley Page Hampden in Flight

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hampden Bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hampden - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (96), Canadian Aircraft Losses (242)
last update: 2022-01-13 21:37:22

Hampden I AD986

With 106 Sqn. Crashed near Brackwede. 25 m E of Hamm


106 (MB) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Pro Libertate

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