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Orr, Melvin Osborne (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-November-29

Birth Date: 1925 (age 19)

Son of Charles Edward and Viola M. Orr, of Willow Cove, Ontario, Canada.

Home: Hamilton, Ontario

103 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Noli Me Tangere Touch me not
Pilot Officer
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
Prev: R/263098
103 Squadron (Noli Me Tangere). Target - Dortmund, Germany. Pilot Officer Orr had bailed out of his flak damaged 103 Sqdn. Lancaster aircraft near Namur, Belgium on October 31, 1944 during a raid against Cologne. He returned, uninjured, to RAF Station, Elsham Wolds, England on November 6, 1944.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Pilot Officer Melvin Osborne Orr was exhumed and reburied.

Google MapHamilton, Ontario
Google MapDortmund Germany
First Burial
Google MapPilot Officer Air Gunner Orr Was Buried In Koim Field, Cologne, Germany
Google MapSoldaten Friedhof Alliierte Piloten 2WK
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Lancaster PB465

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/III PB465

Delivered to No. 103 Sqn Aug 1944. Missing on daylight operation to Dortmund 29 Nov 1944. 236 operational hours.

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