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Ross, Alfred Edgar (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1942-April-17

Birth Date: 1921 (age 21)

Son of Alfred and Mary Ross, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Home: Hamilton, Ontario

44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Fulmina Regis Lusta (The king's thunderbolts are righteous)
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
Service Numbers

44 Rhodesian Squadron (Fulmina Regis lusta). Lancaster I aircraft L 7565 KM-V was armed with 4 x 1,000 lb. general purpose bombs and went missing, presumed over target, presumed enemy action. There were two aircraft from this squadron lost this same night and all the members of both crews were buried in the same cemetery. The thirteen RAF airmen of 44 Squadron who were all killed the same night are; P/O J.F. Beckett D.F.M., F/O A. Gerrie, Sgt(s) J.H. Hackett, G.W.J. Hadgraft, A.J. Harrison, B.D. Moss, B.G. Seagoe, R.T. Lattimer, P.J. Venter, R.E. Wing, FS L. Law, P/O H.A. Peall, and F/L R.R. Sandford D.F.C.

Addendum: - L 7565 crashed at Le Tilleul Lambert, Eure. The crew of L 7565 were P/O J.F. Beckett DFM (RAF), Sgt(s) B.D. Moss (RAF), B.G. Seagoe (RAF), J.H. Hackett (RAF), A.J. Harrison (RAF), and R.L. Trustram (RAF). Detail provided by Joel Huard, Serquigny, France.

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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.I L7565

KMRAF RoundelV

With No. 44 Sqn (KM-V). Was part of the daylight raid to the MAN diesel factory at Augsburg, Germany 17 Apr 1942. Piloted by Flight Lieutenant R.R. Sandford, it was shot down by fighters on the way to the target. The leader of the 44 Sqn's 6 aircraft, S/L J. D Nettleton, in R 5508 KM-B was awarded a VC.

44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Fulmina Regis Lusta

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