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Coster, E F (Flight Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1945-April-09

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

61 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Per Purum Tonantes Thundering through the clear air
RAF Skellingthorpe
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Took off from Skellingthorpe at 18:12 in Lancaster Mark III (Sqn code: QR-O Bomber Command) on an operation to bomb the oil refinery at Lutzkendorf Germany.

Hit by flak and partially abandoned before crashing into a quarry near the target.

Killed: Flying Officer John Alexander MacFarlane RCAF J/89425 pilot KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 6. B. 4. Flight Sergeant Wilfred Geoffrey Howitt RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 6. B. 3. Sergeant Arthur Hugh Moreton RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 6. B. 2. Sergeant Harold Alexander Paterson RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 6. B. 1. Flight Sergeant Clifford Plant RAF KIA Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery grave 6. B. 5.

POW includes Coster: camp not listed.

Evader: Flight Sergeant J Chadwick RAF Evader.

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Lancaster ME385

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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