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Bertrand, Harry Lewis (Warrant Officer)

Prisoner of War 1942-September-04

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Home: Grand Prairie, Alberta

Service
RAF
Unit
144 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Who Shall Stop Us
Rank
Warrant 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
Service Numbers
1077247
PoW: 27137

Aircraft was shot down over Finland by a German fighter when on a ferry flight to Russia.

Five crew parachuted to safety and were captured.

POWs: Sergeant Henry Lewis Bertrand RAF POW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. Sergeant Edward Dudley Bind RCAF R/69862 POW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. Cpl George Richard Desforges RAF POW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. Sergeant Kenneth Scott Piper RCAF R/74851 POW Stalag 2D Stargard. Sergeant Kenneth Clayton Smith RCAF R/79571 POW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.

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Hampden P1273

Handley Page Hampden

(RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Handley Page Hampden (Serial No. P5428), of No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Patricia Bay, British Columbia, in the torpedo-bomber training role between May 1942 and February 1944.

Handley Page developed a modern stressed-skin mid-wing monoplane, powered by Bristol Pegasus radial air cooled engines, with its first flight in 1936. It had the most advanced wings available at the time, giving it a remarkably low landing speed of 73 mph for an aircraft of its size, with a top speed of 265 mph. The Hampden had a short, narrow but tall main fuselage with a very slender tail unit. This configuration led to the nicknames "Flying Panhandle" and "Flying Suitcase". At the end of the war, no complete or partial Hampden aircraft were retained for museum display.

The Hampden served in the early stages of the war, bearing the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe, taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and in the first 1000-bomber raid on Cologne. In Canada, Hampdens were built by six companies that formed Associated Aircraft. There were three in Ontario and three in Quebec, hence they were identified as the Ontario Group and Quebec Group. They supplied all the the components to the two assembly plants. The Ontario Group's assembly plant was at the Malton Airport, while the Quebec group's assembly plant was at the St. Hubert Airport. Canadian Museum of Flight and Harold A Skaarup web page

YouTube Handley Page Hampden in Flight

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hampden Bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hampden - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (96), Canadian Aircraft Losses (242)
last update: 2022-01-13 21:37:22

Hampden Mk. l P1273

With 144 Sqn. In transit to Russia. Set on fire by fighters; abandoned and crashed in swamp near Petsamo

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