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Adelstein, John Jacob 'Hank' (Pilot Officer)

Prisoner of War 1943-August-23

Birth Date: 1917 (age 26)

Home: Montreal, Quebec

100 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sarang Tebuan Jangan Dijolok Malay
RAF Grimsby
Pilot 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
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper)
Service Numbers
PoW: 222567

Lancaster Mk.I/III LM333

Bombing Berlin Germany 1943-August-23 to 1943-August-23

100 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Grimsby

100 Squadron RAF (Sarang tebaun jangan dijolok) RAF Grimsby. Lancaster BIII aircraft LM 333 HW-V was struck by heavy flak from a Marine Flak Battery crossing the Dutch coastline on the way to attack targets in Berlin, Germany. The port outer engine failed and the order to bail was given before the bomber exploded and crashed near De Franschman between Bergen and Bergen aan Zee, Noord-Holland

Pilot Officer FA Preston (RAAF) and Sergeant H Chadwick (RAFVR) were killed in action

Warrant Officer Class 1 JJ Adelstein (RCAF) and Sergeant J Noble (RAFVR) survived and were taken as Prisoners of War

Sergeant EJ Gargini (RAFVR) and Warrant Officer EA Henry (RAFVR) survived, evaded for a time but were captured and became Prisoners of War

Sergeant R Fidler (RAFVR) survived as an Evader, avoided capture and eventually made his way back to the UK 1944-01-23

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

Took off from Grimsby at 20:30 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code HW-V Bomber Command) on an operation to Noord-Holland.

Encountered heavy and accurate flak on crossing the Dutch coast and while flying at 22000 feet and crashed near Bergen Holland

Killed: Sergeant Harold Chadwick RAF KIA Bergen General Cemetery Plot 2. Row C. Grave 25. Pilot Officer Francis Albert Preston RAF KIA Bergen General Cemetery Plot 2. Row C. Grave 24.

POWs: Sergeant John Jacob Adelstein RCAF R/154369 POW Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe). Sergeant Eric John Gargini RAF POW Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe). Sergeant Albert Edward Henry RAF POW Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe). SgtJames Noble RAF POW Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe).

Evader: Sergeant R Fidler RAF Evader.

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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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