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Jamieson, Donald Sinclair (Pilot Officer)

Evader Killed in Action 1944-August-21

Birth Date: 1924-June-02 (age 20)

Son of Thomas and Diana Jamieson, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

426 (B) Sqn- Squadron
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426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire) RAF Linton-on Ouse, Halifax VII aircraft NP 683 OW-M was shot down on June 29, 1944 by a German night fighter aircraft during an operation to bomb the rail marshalling yards at Metz, France, crashing at Honguemare, about 1 mile NNW of Bourg-Achard, France

Pilot Officer Jamieson and Pilot Officer H.W. Birnie evaded with the help of the French Maquis and remained on the run until their luck ran out on July 14,1944. They were captured by the Felgendarmarie (Nazi Military Police) and taken to a prison at Pont l'Eveque to be interrogated. Deemed to be "terrorists" as they were wearing civilian clothing and had Wehrmacht mess tins in their possession, they were taken from the prison on the evening of August 21, 1944, loaded into a car, to be taken away by the Gestapo and driven to a wooded area. There, they were were both shot and their bodies left in the woods. They have no known graves and are both commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

There was a British Military Trial in 1947 where two of those responsible for this war crime were tried. One escaped to the Soviet Zone of Occupation before sentencing but the second was sentenced to eight years in prison

Pilot Officer DS Jamieson (RCAF) had previously survived the crash of 426 Squadron Lancaster II aircraft DS 779 OW-Q returning in fog and poor weather conditions from Berlin 1943-12-16 and had been rescued at sea in the crash of 426 Squadron Lancaster II aircraft DS 757 OW-D 1944-03-05 while on an air test, before being shot down in Halifax VII aircraft NP 683 OW-M

General 28/29.06.1944 426 (Thunderbird) Squadron RCAF Halifax IV...

General Hon. Roll 2-RCAF 426 Thunderbird Squadron Association

General Aircraft accidents in Yorkshire

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Pilot Officer Donald Sinclair Jamieson has no known grave.

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1943-December-16 Sergeant Survived

Lancaster Mk.II

426 B Sqn RCAF

426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire) RAF Linton-on-Ouse. Lancaster BII aircraft DS 779 OW-C completed a successful bombing mission on targets in Berlin, Germany. On their return over England, the crew encountered heavy fog and poor weather conditions. The aircraft descended in fog low enough to damage the fuselage and propellers before finally crashing into the ground near Northlands Farm, Hunsingore, North Yorkshire, England

Five crew members were killed, one died later of injuries and one survived

Flying Officer HP Morris (RCAF), Warrant Officer Class 2 RD Stewart (RCAF), Sergeant L Sale (RAFVR), Flying Officer W Hamilton (RAFVR) and Sergeant J Greenwell (RAFVR) were killed in action. Sergeant DE Stewart RAFVR) was severely injured and initially survived but died in hospital (killed in action) on February 24,1944

Sergeant DS Jamieson (RCAF) was injured and the only survivor from his crew

There were four 426 Squadron Lancaster II aircraft lost on this operation. Please see Prill, MM for information on Lancaster DS 837 OW-Q, Davies, AC for information on Lancaster DS 762 OW-V and Lachance, JLRR for information on Lancaster DS 846 OW-X

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1944-March-05 Pilot Officer Rescued

Lancaster Mk.IIOW-D

426 B Sqn RCAF

426 Thunderbird Squadron (On Wings of Fire) Lancaster II aircraft DS 757 OW-D was flying at low level over the sea on an air test/air search and suffered an engine failure. Attempting to gain height a wing tip dragged in the sea and the bomber crashed into the North Sea off the coast of Bridlington, England

Sergeant WJ Mabey (RAFVR) drowned in the crash. Pilot Officer DS Jamieson (RCAF), Pilot Officer HW Birnie (RCAF) slightly injured, Flight Lieutenant PNJ Logan (RCAF), Pilot Officer JH Willis (RCAF) and ground crewman Sergeant AS Hughes-Games (RCAF) slightly injured, safe and were all rescued

Pilot Officer Jamieson had survived the crash of 426 Squadron Lancaster II DS 779 OW-D on Dec. 16-17, 1943

General Hon. Roll 2- RCAF 426 Thunderbird Squadron Association

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald Lane, (later Lieutenant-General, RCAF), over the English countryside. Flt Lt Lane and his crew flew twelve operations in W7676, which failed to return from a raid on Nuremberg on the night of 28/29 August 1942, when it was being flown by Flt Sgt D. John and crew.

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

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OW@M2 Used by No. 426 Squadron, RCAF, from Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, coded "OW*M2". Failed to Return, Metz marshalling yards, 29.6.44
Unit 420/426

426 (B) Sqn On wings of fire ("Thunderbird")

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Wellington III, Lancaster II, Halifax III, VII, Liberator VI, VIII:)

426 Squadron was formed at Dishforth, Yorkshire, UK on October 15, 1942 as the 24th RCAF squadron and seventh bomber squadron to be formed overseas in WWII. Originally it was a member of No 4 Group, RAF Bomber Command, flying Vickers Wellington Mk III aircraft with the squadron code OW as part of the strategic bombing of Germany. On January 1, 1943 it became part of No 6 (RCAF) Group, while remaining at Dishforth until June 1943. On June 17, 1943 it moved to Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire. , as part of No 62 (RCAF) Base, at the same time re-equipping with Avro Lancaster Mk II aircraft. In April/May of 1944 , it again re-equipped, this time with Handley Page Halifax Mk III and VII aircraft, which it flew until the end of hostilities in Europe. At that time, to meet a need for long range transport in support of the proposed Tiger Force to attack Japan, it was re-designated as a Transport squadron in May 1945 and converted to Consolidated Liberator C Mk VI and VIII. After the surrender of Japan before the Tiger Force became operational, between October and December 1945 the squadron ferried troops from and around Egypt, India and the Far East. The squadron was disbanded at Tempsford, Bedfordshire, UK on January 1, 1946.

Overall, the squadron flew 268 bombing missions involving 3233 individual sorties, for the loss of 88 aircraft. 8997 tons of bombs were dropped. There were 242 Transport sorties. The squadron members were awarded 2 DSO's, 130 DFC's and 2 Bars to DFC, 1 CGM, 25 DFM's1 DFC(USA) and 13 MiD's. [Possibly, the most heroic act realized by a member of the squadron during the war took place on October 20, 1943, when Flight Sergeant Stuart (the pilot) and his crew were sent to bomb Leipzig. During the mission he was engaged by enemy fighters, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Junkers Ju 88, initially managing to shake them off but not before having his aircraft rendered almost unfit to fly, leaving it with shattered cockpits and gun turrets; holes in the fuel tanks, damaged hydraulics and no navigation instruments. Against all odds Stuart decided to continue the mission and successfully bombed his target before guiding his crippled aircraft home. He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.] Battle Honours were: English Channel and North Sea 1943, Baltic 1943, Fortress Europe 1943-44, France and Germany 1944-45, Biscay Ports 1943-44, Ruhr 1943-45, Berlin 1943-44, German Ports 1943-45, Normandy 1944, Rhine, Biscay 1943. Wikipedia, Moyes, Kostenuk and Griffin

Squadron History (Bomber Command Museum PDF)

Maps for Movements of 426 Squadron 1942-46

MAP 1: 426 Squadron Movements 1942-46 (right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab)
MAP 2: 426 Squadron Movements 1942-45 (detail of Map 1)
MAP 3: 6 Group Bomber Bases 1943-1945

426 Squadron History Summary 1942-46

426 Squadron History Summary 1942-46 Page 2

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Dakota, North Star, Yukon, Hercules)

The squadron was re-formed as a Transport unit at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on 1 August 1946 from the Dartmouth portion of No. 164 (Transport) Squadron. It moved to Dorval (Montreal), Quebec in March 1947 and was re-equipped from Dakota to four-engine North Star aircraft for long-range transport duty. From July 1950 to June 1954 the squadron was detached to McChord Air Force Base in Washington, USA , from where it was employed on the Korean airlift (Operation “Hawk”) and made 600 round trips across the North Pacific between Vancouver and Tokyo, logging 34,000 flying hours and carrying 13,000 personnel and 7,000,000 pounds of freight and mail without mishap. A typical Korean Air Lift route for 426 Squadron aeroplanes was a physically and mentally demanding fifty-hour round trip flight from McChord to Japan and back with stops at Elmendorf Air Force Base (Alaska), Shemya (Aleutian Islands), Handed and Misawa Air Base (Japan). In 1956 it airlifted United Nations Emergency Force personnel and equipment to the Middle East and, in 1960-62, to the Belgian Congo. The unit moved to Trenton, Ontario in September 1959, and in January 1962 to St Hubert (Montreal) Quebec . The squadron was disbanded on 1 September 1962.

It reformed again as 426 Transport Training Squadron on May 3, 1971, at Uplands, Ontario . The squadron moved to Trenton in August 1971 where it remains today, conducting training on the CC-130 Hercules.The squadron has carried out many tasks since the end of Korean War, including casualty evacuations, Royal tours and other VIP transport, and United Nations air lift operations. Thunderbird has worked in many places: the Arctic, the Middle East and Europe, the Congo and Japan.

426 Transport Training Squadron carries out classes of different courses every year to generate operationally effective air mobility aircrew and technicians in support of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations. The squadron also has dedicated personnel assigned to provide operational test and evaluation and system support to Air Mobility fleets. In 1995, the Squadron’s school underwent extensive renovations and acquired state-of-the-art computerized training aids. In spring 2000, the Squadron completed an upgrade to its OFS-130H flight simulator. The changes included a new motion base, new visual system and upgraded avionics equipment. The Squadron also opened a new building housing the Cargo Compartment Trainer for the CC-130H Hercules. Anticipating the future needs of the Air Mobility community and the newly procured CC-130J Hercules, the school expanded its facilities in 2012. The Air Mobility Training Centre (AMTC) was designed and built to accommodate the latest in aircrew and technician simulation, making it one of the most advanced training facilities in the world. The building serves as the home of 426 Squadron staff, whose job it is to train and prepare aircrew, technicians and aeromedical personnel for employment on the CC-130J, CC-130H, and CC-150 Polaris aircraft. Wikipedia, Kostenuk & Griffin, and

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