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Cromb, Lester David (Pilot Officer)

Prisoner of War 1943-October-09

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Home: Regina, Saskatchewan

106 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Pro Libertate For freedom
RAF Syerston
Pilot Officer
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
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Bomb Aimer
Service Numbers
PoW: 3219

Took off from Syerston at 22:51 in Lancaster Mark III (Sqn code: ZN-F Bomber Command) on an operation to Hannover Germany.

Shot down (means not found) and crashed at Ronnenberg 10 km SW of Hannover, Germany.

Killed: Sergeant Douglas Stanley Knox Chappell RAF KIA Hanover War Cemetery grave 3. D. 6. Pilot Officer Thomas Herbert Davies RAF KIA Hanover War Cemetery grave 3. D. 4. Flying Officer Alan James Horobin RAF KIA Hanover War Cemetery grave 3. D. 2. Squadron Leader David William Southam Howroyd RAF KIA Hanover War Cemetery grave 3. D. 3. Flight Sergeant Ronald Glendinning Kelly RAF KIA Hanover War Cemetery grave 3. D. 1. Sergeant Alan Williams RAF KIA Hanover War Cemetery grave 3. D. 5.


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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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