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Copeland, Thomas Walter John (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Killed in Action 1943-June-29

Birth Date: 1923 (age 20)

Home: Petrolia, Ontario

467 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAAF)
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Lancaster Mk.I/III ED363

Bombing Cologne Germany 1943-June-29 to 1943-June-29

467 (B) Sqn (RAAF) RAF Bottesford, Leicesershire, England
467 Australia Squadron. Lancaster aircraft ED 363 (PO-E) crashed in Roermond, Holland. Two RAAF, and four RAF members of the crew were also killed. Target - Cologne, Germany. W/O T.W.J. Copeland (RCAF), FS. RI Gates (RAAF), Sgt's G.R.C. Cayless (RAF), J.G. Hole (RAF), and H.H. Mooney (RAF) were also killed. Two RAF members of the crew, Sgt.'s E. Pike and D. Dolby were taken Prisoners Of War.

Took off from Bottesford at 22:51 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code PO-E Bomber Command) on an operation to Cologne Germany.

Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Hatenboer, Roermond, Limburg, Holland.

Killed: Warrant Officer Class 2 Thomas William John Copeland RCAF R/129552 KIA Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Holland grave 16. A. 3. Sergeant George Reuben Stacey Cayless RAF KIA Jonkerbos War Cemetery grave 16. A. 2. Pilot Officer Peter Sugden Gates RAF KIA Balgay Cemetery Dundee Sec. M.M. Grave 3H. Flight Sergeant Robert Ingersole Gates RAAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 192. Sergeant Jack Gordon Hole RAF KIA Jonkerbos War Cemetery grave 16. A. 1. Sergeant Hugh Harvey Mooney RAF KIA Jonkerbos War Cemetery grave 16. A. 4.

POWs: Sergeant Edward Pike RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. Sergeant Bernard Henry Dolby RAF POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug.

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Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomas Walter John Copeland was exhumed and reburied.

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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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