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Murphy, William Joseph Barnard (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Action 1944-July-16

Birth Date: 1921 (age 23)

Home: Ottawa, Ontario

467 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAAF)
Recidite Adversarius Atque Ferociter (Your opponents will retreat because of your courageous attack)
Flight Lieutenant
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
Service Numbers

Lancaster Mk.I ME851

Bombing Nevers France 1944-July-16 to 1944-July-16

Delivered 17 June 1944 to 467 Australia Squadron. Lancaster aircraft ME 851 went missing during a night raid against the Marshalling Yards at Nevers, France. Bomber Commands operational plans called for simultaneous raids on Nevers, 130 miles south of Paris, and on Chalons du Marne 90 miles to the east. Lancaster ME 851 was believed to have collided with Lancaster ME 807 from 207 Squadron. Killed were F/Lt. W.J.B. Murphy (RCAF); F/O F.A. Ewen (RAAF); FSs. A.H. Jenkins (RAAF), D.A. Paterson (RAAF), and W. Paul (RAAF); P/O W.H.E. Wright (RAAF); and Sgt. E.C.W. Goode (RAF).

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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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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 ME851

Delivered to No. 467 (Australian) Sqn 17 Jun 1944. Missing on operation to Nevers, France 15/16 Jul 1944. RAF Commands website says that it was in collision with Lancaster ME 807 of No. 207 Sqn. [Mason gives Sqn as No. 90; Richardson gives aircraft SOC Jun 1947]

467 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAAF) Recidite Adversarius Atque Ferociter

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