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Conway, Francis James (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1945-February-09

Birth Date: 1922-February-23 (age 22)

Frank H. Conway & Josephine G. Conway

Home: Toronto, Ontario (parents)

Service
RCAF
Unit
159 (BR) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Quo Non, Quando Non (Wither not? when not?)
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/95229

Took off from Karachi to bomb the Khao Hua Gang railway yards in Burma.

It was hit by flak over the target and was seen by other crews with flames erupting from the bomb bay.

In a shallow dive, the aircraft crashed approx. 3 miles due west, of the west bank of the Pakchan River.

Killed includes Conway: F/O Kristinn Gudmundur Johnson RCAF J/43938 KIA Taukkyan War Cemetery Myanmar Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17. F/O Richard Lyle McMillan RCAF J/44860 pilot KIA Taukkyan War Cemetery Myanmar Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17. F/Lt William Gerald Schroeder RCAF J/12468 pilot KIA Taukkyan War Cemetery Myanmar Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17. F/O Robert Talbot RCAF J/45225 KIA Taukkyan War Cemetery Myanmar Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17. F/O Nick Zaiczkowski RCAF J/45103 KIA Taukkyan War Cemetery Myanmar Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17. Sgt Roland Bernard Bright RAF KIA Taukkyan War Cemetery Myanmar Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17. Sgt Derrick Charles North Burton RAF KIA Taukkyan War Cemetery Myanmar Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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)

Crew on Liberator B 24 KH255

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


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

Liberator B 24 KH255



159 (BR) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Quo Non, Quando Non

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