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Goyer, Joseph Alexander (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-02-03

Birth Date: 1918-05-31 (age 26)

Home: Bengough, Saskatchewan

24 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
In Omnia Parati (Prepared for all things)
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
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers
24 Squadron - South African Air Force. P/O Goyer's brother Al of Edmonton, Alberta has provided the following information, "Joe was engaged on his 56th bombing operation and was over the target at Suda Bay, Crete when his Marauder aircraft FB 478 took a direct hit blowing off the tail section. Gayer bailed out but was killed in the attempt. Lt A. Nelson D.F.M. (SAAF), Lt N.C. Scott-Winlow (SAAF), and one other SAAF member of the crew were also killed. Two other SAAF members of the crew, the Squadron Commander Lt Col. Robbs and the co-pilot Lt R.K. Townsend were taken Prisoners of War."

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Martin Marauder

(IWM Photo, CM5001)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Martin Marauder Mk. I, RAF (Serial No. FK375), coded D, "Dominion Revenge", No. 14 Squadron, based at Fayid, Egypt, 28 Dec 1942. This aircraft was lost during a torpedo attack off Aghios Giorgios Island on 3 Jan 1943.

Martin B-26 Marauder Mk. I, IA, II, III, RAF. Only two RAF squadrons were equipped with the Marauder, both in the Desert Air Force, and only one Marauder squadron was ever active at any one time. The RAF received three B-26As for evaluation in the summer of 1942 and decided to adopt the type for tactical work in North Africa. Forty eight Marauder Is and IAs already allocated under lend lease were sent directly to the Middle East, where they were used by No.14 Squadron.

In RAF and Commonwealth service the B-26A was known as the Marauder Mk. I, the B-26B as the Marauder Mk. IA. A total of 52 Mk Is and IAs were received. The 250 B-26Fs delivered were known as the Marauder Mk. II and the 150 B-26Gs became the Marauder Mk. III. The Mk. I/IA and Mk. III were flown by the RAF while the South African Air Force (SAAF) received the Mk. II and Mk. III.

The only RAF squadrons to use the Marauder were Nos. 14 and 39 Squadrons of the Desert Air Force. No.14 was the first to receive the type in August 1942. Operations began on 28 October 1942 and the squadron used its Marauders for bombing, mine laying and shipping reconnaissance. In March 1943 the squadron moved to Algeria, where it began flying anti-submarine patrols. These continued after the squadron moved to Sardinia in June 43, and the last Marauder mission was flown on 21 September 1944, just before the squadron returned to the UK to convert to the Wellington.

No. 39 Squadron RAF acquired Marauders in December 1944, but the first Marauder mission wasn't flown until 7 February 1945. The squadron carried out shipping strikes along the French, Italian and Balkan coasts, alongside night intruder missions, and retained the Marauder until October 1945 when it moved to the Sudan. Harold Skaarup web page

YouTube Marauder

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Marauder

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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Canadian Aircraft Losses (16), Canadian Ferried (2)
last update: 2021-09-21 11:39:44

Marauder IIIB FB478

ex USAAF B-26C-MO. 41-35515

24 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) In Omnia Parati

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