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Traill, James Edward (Flying Officer)

Killed in Action 1945-March-21

Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Home: Lanark, Ontario

161 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Flying 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
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers
Prev: R/146680
161 (Special Duties) Squadron. Hudson III aircraft T 9445 NA-O lost near Sarnre, Belgium whilst engaged in a special operation NORVIC to drop an agent over Germany. J.E. Traill, Flight Lieutenant A.N. (Bob) Ferris, Warrant Officer Class 1 R.G. Hutton and Flight Lieutenant A.F. Penhale were killed. Addendum: - Hudson aircraft T 9445 NA-O was based at Tempsford in Bedfordshire and was to drop a SOE agent behind enemy lines at Remagen and blow up the railway lines at Betzdorf Wissen. The Germans were pouring men and supplies down this line to reinforce their front line so it was an important target. When the agent bailed out, the bag containing the explosives, which was attached to his leg, caught on the aircraft and was lost. He landed successfully but because he had no means of completing his task he had to abort the mission and return to Allied lines. The Hudson was on its way home when it was intercepted and shot down. It was subsequently proved that the Hudson was shot down by an American Air Force Black Widow night fighter aircraft. The Americans also shot down Hudson (FK 803 MA-N) of 161 squadron that night. Excerpt from Stirling Aircraft Association Photo Library, Fridaybridge, Eng. and provided by J.W. Smith of London, Ontario.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

Flying Officer James Edward Traill was exhumed and reburied.

Google MapLanark, Ontario
First Burial
Google MapFraiture, Belgium
Google MapCWG Cemetery
Joint grave 8 D 3-4

Hudson T9445

Lockheed Hudson A-28 A-29 AT-18

Lockheed Hudson
Source National Air Force Museum of Canada.

The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. The Hudson served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command, but also in transport and training roles, as well as delivering agents into occupied France. They were also used extensively with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) anti-submarine squadrons. National Air Force Museum of Canada.

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (247), RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. lll T9445

#161 (Special Duties) Squadron. Hudson III aircraft #T 9445 NA-O lost near Sarnre, Belgium whilst engaged in a special operation NORVIC to drop an agent over Germany.

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