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Dobbyn, Joseph Lloyd DFC (Flying Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-03-23

Age: 22

Son of Joseph Milton Dobbyn and Helen Dobbyn.

Home: Dand, Manitoba

Decorations: DFC

Distinguished Service Cross
50 Sqn- Squadron
Flying 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 1912 in Melita, Manitoba; home Dand, Manitoba (farm worker). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned August 1943. Killed in action 22/23 March 1944 (Lancaster DV 384); buried in Germany. 50 Squadron (From Defence To Attack). Lancaster aircraft DV 384 was shot down forty miles north-east of Cologne at Gravenbruck, Germany during a night operation against Frankfurt, Germany. Six of the crew, not Canadians, were also killed. Addendum: - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 22 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Medal presented to his sister at Government House, 7 November 1949. The citation reads - "This officer has flown on operations against such well defended German targets as Berlin, Hanover, Leipzig and Stuttgart. On three occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters while making the bombing run but each time Flying Officer Dobbyn, undeterred, resolutely pressed home his attack. At all times he has displayed outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty." Detail provided by H. Halliday, Orleans, Ontario.

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

Flying Officer Joseph Lloyd Dobbyn was exhumed and reburied.

Avro Lancaster

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 DV384

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