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Cawley, J G (Sergeant)

Evader 1944-07-21

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Service
RCAC
Unit
460 Sqn- Squadron (RAAF)
Strike And Return
Base
RAAF Binbrook
Rank
Sergeant
Position
Service Numbers
R/68667

Lancaster Mk.III ND654

Bombing Courtrai Belgium 1944-July-20 to 1944-July-21

460 Australia Squadron (Strike And Return). Lancaster ND654 was on a mission to bomb the railway yards at Courtrai, Belgium. It is unknown the cause of the crash. The entire crew evaded capture: RCAF Sgt. J.G. Cawley (navigator); RAAF F/O R.H. Jopling (pilot); RAFVR Flt. Sgt. K.G. Butler (flight engineer); RAAF Flt. Sgt. R.B. Moffitt (bomb aimer); RAAF Flt. Sgt. D.J. Annat (wireless operator / air gunner); RAFVR Sgt. P. Mills (air gunner)(was later taken Prisoner of War); and RAAF Flt. Sgt. L.G. Rosseley (air gunner).

Took off from Binbrook at 00:14 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code AR-R Bomber Command) on an operation to Courtrai Belgium.

Aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed (crash location not found).

Evader-POW: Sgt P Mills RAF evaded capture for a month then betrayed by a German sympathizer in the resistance, captured and made a POW. Evaders: Sgt J G Cawley RCAF R/68667 Evader. F/O R H Jopling RAAF pilot evader. F/Sgt K G Butler RAF evader. F/Sgt R B Moffitt RAAF evader. F/Sgt D J Annat RAAF evader. F/Sgt L G Rosseley RAAF evader.

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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 ND654



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