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Way, Wilfred Howard (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Action 1944-06-07

Birth Date: 1920-10-22 (age 23)

Son of Edgerton S. and Helen Way, of Edmonton, Alberta.

Home: Brandon, Manitoba

576 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Carpe Diem (Seize the opportunity)
Flight Lieutenant
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
103 Squadron (Noll Me Tangere). Lancaster III aircraft NE 173 PM-F approached the target, Vire, Calvados, France, between 3,000 and 4,000 feet, and was hit either by flak or a German night fighter aircraft and caught fire in both wings. The crew carried out the attack and dropped their bomb load on the target. The pilot turned the aircraft away from the target and flew back over Vire gradually losing altitude. The Lancaster crashed at Vire, on Omaha Beach, and slid along the ground for about 200 yards breaking up into small burning pieces. P/C. J.D. Gallagher, FS J.P. Duns, and four of the crew, not Canadians, were also killed. Addendum: - add to the crew list Sgt. J.E. Jennings (RAF), P/O Hollingsworth (RAF), and FS. R.H. Cooper (RAF) and FS L.W. Zingelmann (RAAF). Detail provided by Joel Huard, Serquigny, France.

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Flight Lieutenant Wilfred Howard Way was exhumed and reburied.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.III NE173

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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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (234), RCAF 6 Group (5), RCAF 400 Squadron (7), Canadian Aircraft Losses (1732)
last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.III NE173

Delivered to No. 103 Sqn 17 May 1944. Missing on operation to Vire 6/7 Jun 1944. May have had as little as 8 flying hours.

576 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Carpe Diem

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