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Murphy, Kenneth William (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1943-07-09

Age: 25

Son of William H. Murphy and Ellen Murphy, of Grosse Isle, Manitoba, Canada.

Home: Grosse Isle, Manitoba

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Pro Libertate (For freedom)
Flight Sergeant
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
106 Squadron (Pro Libertate) Lancaster I aircraft ED 360 crashed in England, outbound on an operation to Koln, Germany. According to TSGNO the aircraft came down due to an engine fire in the starboard outer engine and crashed with a 4000 lb bomb on board at Parsons Drove, Cambridgeshire, England. The aircraft completely disintegrated when the bomb exploded. FS KW Murphy (RCAF), Sgt JS Johns (RAFVR) and Sgt C Sim (RAFVR) killed, FS AG Bristow (RAFVR) and Sgt W Worthington (RAFVR) missing, presumed killed. Sgt F Scattergood (RAFVR) and Sgt LJ Hazell (RAFVR) survived, injured. The missing are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. This aircraft had been involved in a fatality Jan. 15-16, 1943, when rear gunner FS AJ Broemeling (RCAF) died as a result of a malfunctioning oxygen mask during a raid to Berlin, Germany.

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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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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (234), RCAF 6 Group (5), RCAF 400 Squadron (7), Canadian Aircraft Losses (1732)
last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III ED360

Delivered to No. 467 (Australian) Sqn Dec 1942. During its time with 467, there was one fatality, RCAF F/S Alvin J. Broemeling, rear gunner, who died as a result of faulty oxygen equipment on 16 Jan 1943. Transferred to No. 106 Sqn Feb 1943. Crashed near Wisbech on operation to Cologne 9 Jul 1943. Mason says on return from the sortie, RAF Commands website suggests that the aircraft may have been in trouble after setting out (took off 2225 8 July from Syerston. Crashed 0140 9 July). 354 operational hours.

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Pro Libertate

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