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Ewer, Harold Frederick DFC (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Action 1943-July-26

Birth Date: 1918 (age 25)

Son of Harold Banff Ewer and Effie Davis Ewer, of Westbank, British Columbia, Canada.

Home: Kelowna, British Columbia

Decorations: DFC

Distinguished Service Cross
103 Sqn- Squadron
Flight Lieutenant
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 in Kelowna, British Columbia, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commissioned 1942. 103 Squadron (Noli Me Tangere). Lancaster aircraft ED 884 was shot down near Dusseldorf, Germany. F/S J.R. Fitch and Sgt. D.D. Williams (RAF) were also killed. Four of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed. EWER, F/L, Harold Frederick (J16328) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 21 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 28 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. The citation reads - "Flight Lieutenant Ewer has completed many operational sorties against heavily defended German targets during which he has faced adverse weather and heavy opposition. With an unconquerable spirit of determination, a fine captain of aircraft, his cheerful confidence and selfless devotion to duty, combined with his skill and courage, have set an inspiring example to his crew." Detail provided by H. Halliday, Orleans, Ontario.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

Flight Lieutenant Harold Frederick Ewer was exhumed and reburied.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED884

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 ED884

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