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Abrams, Alec (Flying Officer)

Prisoner of War 1944-October-14

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Birth Date: 1918-April-17 (age 26)

Service
RCAF
Unit
550 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Per Ignem Vincimus Through fire we conquer
Base
RAF North Killingholme
Rank
Flying Officer
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
J/87651
PoW: 8493

Lancaster Mk.I NG133

Bombing Duisburg Germany 1944-October-14 to 1944-October-14

550 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF North Killingholme

550 Squadron (Per Ignem Vincimus) RAF North Killingholme. Lancaster BI aircraft NG 133 BQ-F2 was struck by heavy flak and exploded, crashing near Baerl, Germany on the River Rhine during a daylight operation against targets in Duisburg, Germany

The pilot, Flying Officer A Abrams (RCAF) was thrown clear in the explosion and survived to become a Prisoner of War

Pilot Officer JW Brown (RCAF), Flight Sergeant PL Brooker (RAFVR), Sergeant KW Nettleton (RAFVR), Sergeant KR Salton (RAFVR), Sergeant AP Soper (RAFVR) and Flight Sergeant RF Veness (RAFVR) were all killed action

550 Squadron Lancaster bomber PD 319 BQ-G and the entire crew was also lost on this operation

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

General 550 Squadron and RAF North Killingholme Association

Took off from North Killingholme at 06:39 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code BQ-F2 Bomber Command) on an operation to Duisburg Germany.

Engaged by heavy flak and exploded throwing clear the pilot before crashing into the garden of a house in the Gertstrasse at Baerl.

Killed: Flight Sergeant Philip Leonard Brooker RAF KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Collective grave 29. A. 7-12. Germany. Pilot Officer John William Brown RCAF J/92163 KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 29. A. 7-12. Sergeant Kenneth William Nettleton RAF KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 29. A. 7-12. Sergeant Kenneth Ronald Salton RAF KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 29. A. 7-12. Sergeant Albert Percy Soper RAF KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 29. A. 7-12. Flight Sergeant Raymond Frank Veness RAF KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 29. A. 7-12.

POWs: Flying Officer Alec Abrams RCAF (Abrams was the only crew survivor from the Lanc) J/87651 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria.

Footprints on the Sands of Time, RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 232

Target
Google MapDuisburg Germany

Lancaster NG133

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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