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Horne, Alexander Manson DFM (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Killed in Action 1943-03-06

Age: 34

Home: Edmonton, Alberta

Decorations: DFM


Distinguished Flying Medal
Service
RCAF
Unit
49 Sqn- Squadron
Rank
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Bomb Aimer
Service Numbers
R/76770
49 Squadron (Cave Canem). Lancaster aircraft ED 431 failed to return from a night operation over enemy territory, presumed enemy action. Six members of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed. addendum 2: See page 336. WO. Home was 34 years old at time of death, not 21. Six RAF members of the crew, Sgt.s F.H.L.• Vine, J.M. Thom D.F.M., D.G. Fairlie, D.S. Bratt, FS.s J.H. Prior, and K. Bolton were also killed. 1-1ORNE, FS Alexander Manson (R76770) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born in 1909; home in Edmonton. Enlisted in Edmonton, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 19 May 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 20 July 1941). The citation reads - "Flight Sergeant Home, as air gunner, participated in the "1,000 bomber raid" on Cologne, and since has attacked most of the most important targets in Germany and Italy. He took part in the daylight raid on Milan with great success, all his bombs scoring hits on the target. Recently, in March 1943, this airman flew in a very successful attack on Berlin. It is largely through his coolness and skill as a bomb aimer that his crew have achieved so much success. At all times Flight Sergeant Horne has displayed courage and determination of the highest order. Detail provided by H. Halliday, Orleans, Ontario

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Warrant Officer 2nd Class Alexander Manson Horne has no known grave.

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 ED431


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