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Beaupre, Henry Harold DFC (Flight Lieutenant)

Prisoner of War 1943-April-17

Birth Date: 1918-October-04 (age 24)

Margaret Janet Brown Beaupre

Home: Waterloo, Ontario

Decorations: DFC

Distinguished Service Cross
83 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Strike To Defend
RAF Wyton
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: 1253

Lancaster Mk.I R5484

Bombing Pilsen Czechoslovakia 1943-April-16 to 1943-April-17

83 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Wyton

83 Squadron (Strike To Defend), Pathfinder Force, RAF Wyton. Lancaster BI aircraft R 5484 OL-V was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberfeldwebel Kurt Karsten of the 7/NJG 4, flying a Bf 110 from Juvincourt airfield during an operation against the Skoda Works in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The Lancaster crashed onto the house of Madame Chedeville, in the centre of Pontavert, Aisne, France

Flying Officer GA McNichol (RCAF) was killed in action

Flight Lieutenant HH Beaupre DFC (RCAF), Warrant Officer 1st Class CE Hobbs (RCAF), Flight Lieutenant TW Lewis DFC & Bar (RCAF)(USA), Flight Sergeant GS MacFarlane (RAF), Warrant Officer GC Mott (RAF) and Sergeant HR Willis (RAF) survived and were taken as Prisoners of War

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Flight Lieutenant Beaupre was safe back in the UK 1945-05-08

Took off from Wyton at 21:17 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code OL-V Bomber Command) on an operation to Pilsen Czechoslovakia.

Last heard on W/T at 04:11 1943-04-17 advising that the Lancaster was trying to make base on two engines. It later crashed.

Killed: Flying Officer Glen Alexander McNichol RCAF J/17109 pilot KIA Pontavert Communal Cemetery France.

POWs: Flying Officer Henry Harold Beaupre RCAF J/16378 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Flight Sergeant Charles Erskine Hobbs RCAF R/85583 POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug. Flying Officer Thomas William Lewis RCAF J/16111 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Flight Sergeant George Stanley MacFarlane RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. WO George Christopher Mott RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. Sergeant Henry Richard Willis RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus.

Footprints on the Sands of Time, RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock page 243

General Henry Harold BEAUPRE (1918-2002)

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Lancaster R5484

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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Lancaster Mk.I R5484

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Delivered to No. 44 Sqn (KM-K) Mar 1942. Transferred to No, 83 Sqn (OL-V) Mar 1943. Missing on operation to Pilzen 16/17 Apr 1943. 67 operational hours.

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