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McKay, Hugh Robert (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Killed in Action 1944-February-20

Birth Date: 1923-August-16 (age )

Son of James Albert McKay, and of Laura Jane McKay, of Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba. Brother of Alexander Allen McKay who died on September 13, 1944 while serving with Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Ca

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

7 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Per Diem Per Noctem (By day and by night)
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
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
7 Squadron (Per Diem Per Noctum), Pathfinder Force. Lancaster aircraft ND470 missing during a night operation against Leipzig, Germany. Two members of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed. Five members of the crew, not Canadians, were also killed. Addedum: Lancaster aircraft ND 470 (M(3-S) was enroute to Leipzig when it was attacked by a German night fighter. The Lancaster exploded throwing S/L. F.B. Curtis (RAF) and FS. R.F. Jordan (RAF) clear of the aircraft, they parachuted to safety and were taken Prisoners Of War. FS. E.A. Howe (RAF), P/O. A.D. Johnson (RAF), F/L. C. Bush D.F.C. (RAF), S/L. T.R. Nixon D.F.C.,D,F.M. (RAF), Sgt. K.F. Scarnmell (RAF), and WO. H.R. McKay were all killed.

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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.III ND470

MGRAF RoundelS

First to No. 32 MU, then to Signals Intelligence Unit for installation of improved Monica tail-warning radar. To No. 7 Sqn (MG-S) Jan 1944. Missing on operation to Leipzig 19/20 Feb 1944.

7 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Per Diem Per Noctem

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