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Dunsmuir, John Murray (Flying Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-September-23

Birth Date: 1918 (age 26)

Son of John and Janet Adrian Dunsmuir, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; husband of Thelma Adelaide Dunsmuir, of Edmonton, Alberta.

Husband of Thelma Adelaide Dunsmuir, of Edmonton, Alberta.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia

50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sic Fidem Servamus (Thus we keep faith)
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
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
50 Squadron (From Defence To Attack). Lancaster aircraft ME 700 lost during a night trip to Munster, Germany. F/O A.B. Harvey, FSs R. Larcome (RAF), E.H. Tunnel] (RAF), and one other member of the crew, not Canadian were also killed. One Canadian, F/O Korpela, was either an Evader or was taken Prisoner of War and one of the crew, not Canadian, missing believed killed. addendum 2: According to the pilot, F/0. O.G. Korpela (RCAF), they had dropped their bombs and were on the way home when they realized they were off course. They were attacked by a German fighter and the Lancaster burst into flames. The pilot soon realized the aircraft was beyond saving: the plane was burning and full of smoke; the navigator and wireless operator were dead; the intercom was out of order and the airgunners could not be reached either physically nor by intercom. The order was given to abandon the aircraft, the flight engineer and the bomb aimer complied and shortly after F/0. Korplea also jumped. F/0. 0. Korpela (RCAF), Sgt.s H. Macfarlane (RAF), and C. Lucas (RAF) were Evaders. Detail provided by N. Murphy, Windsor, Ontario.

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Crew on Lancaster Mk.I ME700

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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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I ME700

VNRAF RoundelV

RAF Commands notes variant as Mk. III. Other websites (BackToNormandy, others) note as Mk. I. Manufacturer serial range indicates Mk. I.

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