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Clements, John Russell (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1941-September-15

Birth Date: 1915-June-08 (age 26)

Born: Milton Ontario

Russell M. Clements & Alma Clements

Home: Milton, Ontario (parents)

207 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Semper Paratus (Always prepared)
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

The crew of a Manchester aircraft were engaged in a transit flight with a crew of 6 and a servicing party of 4 returning to base after attending to a Manchester that had landed at Haverigg Airfield, Cumberland, when they crashed while in the landing circuit near Lincoln at Waddington near South Hykeham, England.

Killed includes Clements: AC1 Reginald Boyd RAF KIA Crosby Cemetery Scunthorpe Sec. C.F. Grave 369. LAC Leslie Wilfred Carter RAF KIA St. Swithin's Cemetery Lincoln Sec. R. Grave 329. Sgt John Russell Clements RCAF J/5313 KIA St. Michael Churchyard Waddington. F/O Ernest Edwin Gordon Crump RAF pilot KIA St. Michael Churchyard. AC2 James William Grace RAF KIA St. Michael Churchyard. AC2 Jack Lister RAF KIA Newport Cemetery Lincoln Sec. G. Grave 313 South. Sgt Norman Alan Mathison RAF KIA Northallerton Cemetery Grave 4393. LAC John Frederick Riding RAF KIA Stretford Cemetery Sec. C.L. Grave 127. P/O John Patrick Anthony Sawyer RCAF J/5135 pilot KIA Beaconsfield Cemetery, Buckinghamshire Grave 1846. LAC Harold Francis Winter RAF KIA Dewsbury Cemetery Cons. Sec. P. Grave 428.

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Crew on Manchester Mk. l L7318

Avro Manchester

(RAF Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Avro Manchester Mk. IA.

The Avro 679 Manchester was a British twin-engine medium bomber developed and manufactured in the United Kingdom. While not being built in great numbers, it was the forerunner of the famed and vastly more successful four-engined Avro Lancaster. Avro designed the Manchester to replace its inventory of twin-engine bombers. It first flew on 25 July 1939, and entered squadron service in November 1940, just over twelve months after the outbreak of the war. Operated by both RAF and the RCAF, the Manchester proved to be underpowered and unreliable, and production was terminated in 1941. However, the Manchester was redesigned into a four-engined heavy bomber, the Avro Lancaster, powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.

200 airframes completed as true Manchesters were issued to front line RAF squadron's,. Of these, a total 77 aircraft were lost on operations and an additional 20 were lost in various accidents with those squadrons. An additional 24 aircraft were lost during training flights with non-operational units, such as those being used by Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) Flights. Combined losses therefore, were 121 or 60.50 percent of the original 200 aircraft. From those losses, 33 were directly due to engine failures - 12 with the squadrons, 21 with training units. Another 28 aircraft lost during operations, were thought to have been caused due to engine failure. As the airframes and engines could not be examined, these are listed as "Probably Lost Due To Enemy Action". Harold Skaarup web page

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Manchester Mk. l L7318

207 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Semper Paratus

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