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Nickerson, Alden Ernest (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1942-July-11

Birth Date: 1922-March-25 (age 20)

Son of George Wesley Nickerson and Kathleen Marion Nickerson, of Anagance, King's Co., New Brunswick.

Home: Sackville, Westmorland County, New Brunswick

97 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Achieve Your Aim
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
97 Squadron (Achieve Your Aim). Lancaster aircraft R 5696 missing from operations. P/Os R. Westgate, J.N. Eslick (RAF), Sergeants J. Forsyth (RAF), A.T. Grossmith (RAF), Flight Lieutenant C.W. Miller D.F.C. (RAF), and Sergeant N.L. Smith (RAAF) were also killed. One RNZAF member of the crew missing believed killed. Cenotaph at Anagance Cemetery, Anagance, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada

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Coll grave 3 B 12-14

Lancaster R5696

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 R5696

Delivered to No. 97 Sqn (OF-H) 29 Jun 1942. Missing on dusk operation to Danzig 11 Jul-1942. 7 flying hours

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