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Borland, Robert Alexander Adrian (Flying Officer)

Prisoner of War 1945-February-15

Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Home: Eckhart, Manitoba, Canada

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Saeviter Ad Lucem Ferociously toward the light
RAF East Moor
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Halifax B.Mk.VII RG449

Bombing Chemnitz Germany 1945-February-14 to 1945-February-15

432 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF East Moor


499 Lancasters and 218 Halifaxes of 1, 3, 4, 6 and 8 Groups to continue Operation Thunderclap. 8 Lancasters and 5 Halifaxes lost.


This raid took place in two phases, 3 hours apart. A very elaborate diversion plan succeeded in keeping bomber casualties down but Chemnitz - now called Kurl¬Marx-Stadt ~ was also spared from the worst effects of its first major RAF raid, Both parts of the bomber force found the target area covered by cloud and only sky-marking could be employed. Post-raid reconnaissance showed that many parts of tho city were hit but that most of the bombing was in open country. The Stadtarchiv ol' Karl-Marx-Stadt was unable to provide a local report

432 Leaside Squadron (Saeviter ad Lucem) RAF East Moor. Halifax BVII aircraft RG 449 QO-S was shot down by night fighter pilot Hauptmann Heinz Rokker of 2/NJG 2 flying a Junkers Ju 88 G-6 during an operation against communications and supply centers in Chemnitz, Germany

The Halifax crashed at Schonau an der Brend, about 11km NW of Neustadt/Saale, Germany

One crew member was killed in the night fighter attack before the bomber was abandoned. The remaining crew members survived and were taken Prisoners of War

Flight Engineer Sergeant GL Sorrell (RAFVR) was killed in action

Squadron Leader JH Thompson (RCAF), Flying Officer RAA Borland (RCAF), Flying Officer RJ stringer (RCAF), Flying Officer JJ Serne (RCAF), Pilot Officer RD Thomson (RCAF) and Flying Officer SA Harrison (RCAF) all survived and were taken as Prisoners of War

Prisoner of War detail for those aircrew captured needs further research as POW information for the time period nearing the end of the war in Europe was not recorded with the same level of detail as earlier in the war

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On a raid to Chemnitz Germany when it was shot down (means not found) and crashed near the target.

Killed: Pilot Officer George Lionel Sorrell RAF KIA Hanover War Cemetery grave 4. J. 15.

POWs includes Borland: Flight Sergeant Richard James Stringer RCAF R/251449 POW camp not listed. Flying Officer John James Serne RCAF J/22073 POW camp not listed. S/Ldr Jack Harvey Thompson RCAF J/11269 POW camp not listed. Pilot Officer Robert Denis Thomson RCAF J/91162 POW camp not listed.

span class="citation">Footprints on the Sands of Time. RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 249

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Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald La

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

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Halifax B.Mk.VII RG449

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432 (B) Sqn Saeviter Ad Lucem ("Leaside")

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Wellington X, Lancaster II, Halifax III, VII)

The Squadron was the twelfth RCAF bomber squadron to be formed overseas in WWII. It was formed on May 1, 1943 at Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire, UK as a unit of No 6 (RCAF) Group of RAF Bomber Command: indeed, it was the first bomber squadron to be formed directly into No 6 Group. Using the squadron identification letters QO it flew Vickers Wellington Mk X medium bombers until it moved to East Moor, Yorkshire on 19th September 1943, when it re-equipped with Avro Lancaster Mk II aircraft. East Moor was part of No 62 (RCAF) Base. The squadron re-equipped with Handley Page Halifax Mk III aircraft in February 1944, and with Halifax Mk VII in July of that year, and continued with them until the squadron was disbanded at East Moor on May 15, 1945.

In the course of operations the squadron flew 246 missions, involving 3130 individual sorties, for the loss of 73 aircraft. 8980 tons of bombs were dropped. Awards to squadron members included 2 DSOs, 119 DFCs,1 Bar to DFC, 1 CGM, 20 DFMs and 1 Croix de Guerre (France). Battle Honours were: English Channel and North Sea 1943, Fortress Europe 1943-44, France and Germany 1944-45, Biscay Ports 1944, Ruhr 1943-45, Berlin 1943-44, German Ports 1943-45, Normandy 1944, Rhine, Biscay 1943.Moyes, Kostenuk and Griffin

Squadron History (Bomber Command Museum PDF)

Maps for Movements of 432 Squadron 1943-45

MAP 1: 432 Squadron Bases 1943-45 (marked in green). Right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab

432 Squadron History Summary 1943-45

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Canuck)

The squadron was re-formed at Bagotville, Quebec as an All-Weather Fighter unit on 1 October 1954. The squadron flew Avro CF-100 Canuck aircraft on North American Air Defence until it was disbanded on 15 October 1961.

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