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Armstrong, John Archibald (Flight Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1943-November-26

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

57 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Corpus Non Animum Muto I change my body, not my spirit
East Kirby
Flight Sergeant
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
Bomb Aimer
Service Numbers
PoW: 263644

Took off from East Kirkby at 17:25 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code: DX-L Bomber Command) on an operation to Berlin Germany.

Shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Bookholzberg-Neuenlande some 8 km NW of Delmenhorst.

Killed: Pilot Officer Harold Beane RAF KIA Sage War Cemetery grave 1. D. 1. Germany

Sergeant Walter Dwyer RAF KIA Sage War Cemetery Collective grave 1. D. 2-4. Sergeant James MacKay RAF KIA Sage War Cemetery Coll. grave 1. D. 2-4. Flying Officer David Leslie Pickard RCAF J/15641 KIA Sage War Cemetery grave 1. D. 5. Sergeant Lawrence Arthur Williamson RAF KIA Sage War Cemetery Coll. grave 1. D. 2-4.

POWs including Armstrong: Sergeant Bernard Nelson Deas RAF POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria.

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Lancaster JB485

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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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.III JB485

Delivered to No. 57 Sqn 21 Oct 1943. Missing on operation to Berlin 26/27 Nov 1943. 50 operational hours.

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