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Sheehan, Francis (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1943-October-02

Birth Date: 1917-February-27 (age 26)

Born: Fermoy, Ireland

Son of James Sheehan and of Mary Sheehan (nee Hearne).

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment Date: 1940-02-10

460 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAAF)
Strike And Return
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

Lancaster Mk.III JA856

Bombing Munich Germany 1943-October-02 to 1943-October-02

460 Australia Squadron (Strike And Return). Lancaster JA856 took off form RAF Binbrook at 1852 hours on 2 October 1943 to attack Munich, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. It was later established post-war that the aircraft crashed at Deisenhofen, 13 miles south south east of the centre of Munich. All of the crew members were killed: RCAF Flt. Sgt. F. Sheehan (air gunner); RAAF P/O's F.L.R. Lloyd (DFM) (pilot) and A.S. Mitchell (bomb aimer); RAF Sgt's. G. Douglas (flight engineer), L.A. Sim (air gunner), and R.E. Woodford (wireless operator / air gunner); and RAF Flt. Sgt. R. Hurrell (navigator).

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

Flight Sergeant Francis Sheehan was exhumed and reburied.

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.III JA856

Delivered to No. 460 (Australian) Sqn Jul 1943. Missing on operation to Munich 2/3 Oct 1943. 160 operational hours.

460 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAAF) Strike And Return

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