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Chisick, Maxwell 'Max' (Flying Officer)

Prisoner of War 1945-01-07

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Birth Date: 1921-12-03 (age 90)

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Service
RCAF
Unit
576 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Carpe Diem (Seize the opportunity)
Base
RAF Fiskerton
Rank
Flying 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
Navigator
Service Numbers
J/36938

Took off in Lancaster Mk I, serial PA 173 on a mission to Munich. They were attacked by a night fighter, the aircraft took fire with the two air gunners Sgt Albert Spencer Blair Campton RCAF and Sgt Wilfred Glen McClelland RCAF trapped in their turrets. The pilot, F/O Edward Lewis Saslove RCAF ordered the other four crew members to jump while he tried to crash-land the aircraft safely to release the trapped crew. The aircraft exploded on impact killing the three men.

The four men who jumped Sgt R Hoyle RAF Flt Eng, F/O Glen 'Taffy' Davies, RCAF Bomb Aimer, F/O Max Chisick RCAF Nav, Sgt R Hood RCAF W-AG were all made POWs

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I PA173

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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RCAF On Strength (234), RCAF 6 Group (5), RCAF 400 Squadron (7), Canadian Aircraft Losses (1732)
last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I PA173

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Model discrepancy: recorded as Mk. I in CASPIR file and in Lancaster File reference text; shown as Mk. III in 576 Squadron webpage (see CASPIR record for Chisick, M J/36938) - attachments. It is also shown as Mk. I by Mason and by Robertson.
Delivered to No. 576 Sqn (UL-Q2) 17 Oct 1944. Missing on operation to Munich 7/8 Jan 1945


576 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Carpe Diem

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