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McCready, George Donald (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Killed in Action 1942-December-20

Birth Date: 1921 (age 21)

Son of D. S. McCready and Jane Myrtle McCready, of Jasper, Alberta.

Home: Jasper Park, Alberta

Service
RCAF
Unit
44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Fulmina Regis Lusta (The king's thunderbolts are righteous)
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
Pilot
Service Numbers
R/93516
44 Rhodesia Squadron (Fulmina Regis lusta). Lancaster aircraft W 4259 was in a mid-air collision with Lancaster aircraft W 4182 and crashed at Bracebridge, near Lincoln. Six RAF members of the crew of W 4259 were also killed.

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Target
Google Map Duisburg
Burial
Google Map Newport Cemetery, UK
Sec H Grave 242 North

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.I W4259

KMRAF RoundelP

With no. 44 Sqn Conversion Unit, then to the squadron (KM-P) Oct 1942. Shortly after take-off on operation to Duisburg 20 Dec 1942 the aircraft collided with Lancaster W 4182 and crashed: all the crew were killed.


44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Fulmina Regis Lusta

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