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Granbois, Wallace Lawrence (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-04-23

Birth Date: 1918-08-07 (age 25)

Born: Halbrite, Saskatchewan

Son of Franklin L. and Ida Granbois, of White Rock, British Columbia.

Home: White Rock, British Columbia

Enlistment: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment Date: 1942-08-04

514 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Nil Obstare Potest (Nothing can withstand)
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
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
514 Sqn (Nil Obstare Potest) RAF Waterbeach, Lancaster II aircraft DS828 JI-D was likely shot down by flak but could possibly have been involved in a mid-air collision with another 514 Sqn Lancaster II DS 669 during night operations against Dusseldorf, Germany. P/O WL Granbois (RCAF) was killed and is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany. Please see Campbell, CA for complete casualty list and detail. P/O Granbois was BROTHER to WO2 Maurice Emerson Granbois (RCAF), WAG, killed Feb 27, 1945 on Lancaster PB 295 Please see Campbell, CA for complete casualty list on DS 828 and Kirkpatrick, RN for casualty list on Lancaster II DS 669

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

Pilot Officer Wallace Lawrence Granbois was exhumed and reburied.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.II DS828

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.II DS828

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514 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Nil Obstare Potest

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