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Avery, Harold Frederick (Flight Lieutenant)

Prisoner of War 1942-05-09

Male Head

Age:

Home: St Catharines, Ontario

Service
RCAF
Unit
50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sic Fidem Servamus (Thus we keep faith)
Base
RAF Skellingthorpe
Rank
Pilot 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
Nav/BA
Service Numbers
J/1315
1758

Took off from Skellingthorpe at 21:46 in Manchester Mk I (Sqn code: VN- Bomber Command) on an operation to Denmark.

Crashed South-West of Stege, Denmark

Killed: Sgt Maurice Gruber RAF KIA Svino Churchyard Grave 1.

POWs includes Avery: Sgt Donald Broadhead RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. Sgt Sydney Garbutt RAF POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Sgt Kenneth George Richard Johnson RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. Sgt John Pearce RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. Sgt Richard Solomon RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus.

Avro Manchester

(RAF Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Avro Manchester Mk. IA.

The Avro 679 Manchester was a British twin-engine medium bomber developed and manufactured in the United Kingdom. While not being built in great numbers, it was the forerunner of the famed and vastly more successful four-engined Avro Lancaster. Avro designed the Manchester to replace its inventory of twin-engine bombers. It first flew on 25 July 1939, and entered squadron service in November 1940, just over twelve months after the outbreak of the war. Operated by both RAF and the RCAF, the Manchester proved to be underpowered and unreliable, and production was terminated in 1941. However, the Manchester was redesigned into a four-engined heavy bomber, the Avro Lancaster, powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.

200 airframes completed as true Manchesters were issued to front line RAF squadron's,. Of these, a total 77 aircraft were lost on operations and an additional 20 were lost in various accidents with those squadrons. An additional 24 aircraft were lost during training flights with non-operational units, such as those being used by Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) Flights. Combined losses therefore, were 121 or 60.50 percent of the original 200 aircraft. From those losses, 33 were directly due to engine failures - 12 with the squadrons, 21 with training units. Another 28 aircraft lost during operations, were thought to have been caused due to engine failure. As the airframes and engines could not be examined, these are listed as "Probably Lost Due To Enemy Action". Harold Skaarup web page

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