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Archer, Edward Lawrence (Flight Lieutenant)

Prisoner of War 1943-August-26

Birth Date: 1915-February-26 (age 28)

Born: Thorold, Niagara County, Ontario

Rev. William Lawrence Archer & Caroline Louise MacGregor

Home: Toronto, Ontario

14 (AS) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
I Spread My Wings And Keep My Promise
RAF Protville, Tunisia
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
PoW: 2251

Marauder Mk. la FK373

Reconnaissance 1943-August-26 to 1943-August-26

14 (AS) Sqn (RAF) RAF Protville, Tunisia

14 Squadron RAF (I spread my wings and keep my promise) RAF Protville, Tunisia. B-26 Marauder 1a FK 373 S was reported shot down by a Ju52 transport aircraft while on a reconnaissance flight west of the Strait Bonifacio, between the islands of Corsica, France and Sardinia, Italy. There is also a claim by Oblt Franz Schiess of 8/JG53 for a Marauder shot down on this date in the same area. The bomber crashed near Livorno, Italy with one crew member killed

Sergeant A Phethean (RAFVR) was killed in action. Sergeant Phethean has no known grave and is commemorated on the Malta Memorial

Flight Lieutenant EL Archer (RCAF), Flight Sergeant JT Jones (RAF), Flying Officer JF Kennedy (RAF), Flight Sergeant GA Lindschau (RAAF) and Flight Sergeant AR Smith (RAF) survived and all were taken as Prisoners of War

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


General Asisbiz USAAF serial no 41-7413 Martin B-26A-1-MA Marauder

General 1941 USAAF Serial Numbers (41-6722 to 41-13296

General Franz Scheiss

Squadron was based at Fayid Egypt and performed duties of bombing, mine laying and shipping reconnaissance in the Mediterranean starting from 1942-10-28.

Squadron was based at Protville Tunisia at the time of the loss. The aircraft was reported shot down by a transport aircraft west of the Strait Bonifacio between France Corsica and Sardinia Italy. It crashed near Livorno, Italy.

Killed: Sergeant Alfred Phethean RAF KIA body not found Malta Memorial Panel 9, Column 1.

POWs includes Archer: Flight Sergeant J T Jones RAF POW camp not listed. F/Lt John Fleming Kennedy RAF POW camp not listed. F/Lt Gilbert Arthur Lindschau RAAF POW camp not listed. Flight Sergeant Andrew Renton Smith RAF POW camp not listed.

Flight Lieutenant Archer was safe back in the UK 1945-05-11

Google MapToronto, Ontario

Marauder FK373

Martin Marauder

(IWM Photo, CM5001)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Martin Marauder Mk. I, RAF (Serial No. FK375), coded D, "Dominion Revenge", No. 14 Squadron, based at Fayid, Egypt, 28 Dec 1942. This aircraft was lost during a torpedo attack off Aghios Giorgios I

Martin B-26 Marauder Mk. I, IA, II, III, RAF. Only two RAF squadrons were equipped with the Marauder, both in the Desert Air Force, and only one Marauder squadron was ever active at any one time. The RAF received three B-26As for evaluation in the summer of 1942 and decided to adopt the type for tactical work in North Africa. Forty eight Marauder Is and IAs already allocated under lend lease were sent directly to the Middle East, where they were used by No.14 Squadron.

In RAF and Commonwealth service the B-26A was known as the Marauder Mk. I, the B-26B as the Marauder Mk. IA. A total of 52 Mk Is and IAs were received. The 250 B-26Fs delivered were known as the Marauder Mk. II and the 150 B-26Gs became the Marauder Mk. III. The Mk. I/IA and Mk. III were flown by the RAF while the South African Air Force (SAAF) received the Mk. II and Mk. III.

The only RAF squadrons to use the Marauder were Nos. 14 and 39 Squadrons of the Desert Air Force. No.14 was the first to receive the type in August 1942. Operations began on 28 October 1942 and the squadron used its Marauders for bombing, mine laying and shipping reconnaissance. In March 1943 the squadron moved to Algeria, where it began flying anti-submarine patrols. These continued after the squadron moved to Sardinia in June 43, and the last Marauder mission was flown on 21 September 1944, just before the squadron returned to the UK to convert to the Wellington.

No. 39 Squadron RAF acquired Marauders in December 1944, but the first Marauder mission wasn't flown until 7 February 1945. The squadron carried out shipping strikes along the French, Italian and Balkan coasts, alongside night intruder missions, and retained the Marauder until October 1945 when it moved to the Sudan. Harold Skaarup web page

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Canadian Aircraft Losses (16), Canadian Ferried (2)
last update: 2021-09-21 11:39:44

Marauder Mk. la FK373


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