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Dabbs, Howard Earl DFC (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1942-12-07

Age: 20

Son of William L. Dabbs and Florence D. Dabbs, of Daysland, Alberta.

Home: Daysland, Alberta

Decorations: DFC

Distinguished Service Cross
101 Sqn- Squadron
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

Born at Forestburg, Alberta, 1922; Educated at Daysland, Alberta; home is variously given as Forestburg and Daysland; Enlisted in Edmonton, 6 February 1941. Trained at No 2 ITS (graduated 15 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 2 July 1941), and No 4 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941); Commissioned 1942; Killed on flying operations, 7 December 1942 on Lancaster ED 322; buried in United Kingdom

101(Special Duties) Squadron (Mens Agitat Molem) RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Lancaster I aircraft ED 322 SR-T crashed into Carmarthen Bay off the coast of Wales, while attempting to land at the small airfield at Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire, England, returning from a raid on Mannheim, Germany, cause unknown

P/O HE Dabbs DFC (RCAF), Sgt RJ Middleton (RCAF), FS RG Smith (RCAF) and Sgt J Hughes (RAFVR) were killed and their bodies washed ashore

FS LR Anderson (RCAF), FS S Franchuk (RCAF) and Sgt WT Warren (RAFVR) were missing, not recovered and believed killed. They have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial

Addendum: - Distinguished Flying Cross - 101 Squadron - Award effective 14 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 December 1942 and AFRO 2113/42 dated 30 December 1942. Award presented to next of kin, 31 April 1944. The citation reads - "One night in December 1942, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Frankfurt. When nearing the target area his aircraft, whilst held in a cone of searchlights, was hit by anti-aircraft fire and one of its engines was put out of action. Despite this, Pilot Officer Dabbs flew onto his target but as the bomb release mechanism was unserviceable he was unable to drop his bombs. Displaying skillful airmanship, he flew his aircraft back to this country without the assistance of wireless aids. With a full bomb load he made a masterly landing in poor visibility. This officer's skill and determination in the face of adverse circumstances set an example worthy of the highest praise. He has flown on several sorties with distinction." Detail provided by H Halliday, Orleans, Ontario

I0I Squadron Lancaster I ED 322 SR-T PO Dabbs DFC

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Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED322

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Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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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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Lancaster Mk.I/III ED322

Delivered to No. 101 Sqn Nov 1942. Missing on its first operation to Mannheim 6/7 Dec 1942. The aircraft crashed into the sea off S. Wales.

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