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Cruickshank, A D (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Prisoner of War 1945-03-08

Male Head


103 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Noli Me Tangere (Touch me not)
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
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
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Took off from Elsham Wolds at 17:02 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code: PM-H Bomber Command) on a bombing raid to Germany.

The aircraft was shot down over Germany with four casualties resulting from the crash: F/Sgt Robert Leslie Leavers RAF 1231015 KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 30. A. 16-18. F/Sgt Keith Charles McGinn RAF 435018 KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 30. A. 15. F/O Samuel Leo Saxe RCAF J/88010 Pilot KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 30. A. 16-18. F/O Michael Shatzky RCAF J/38730 KIA Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

one POW listed: Unknown rank Jack James Bent RAF 1880477 POW Camp not identified.

Cruikshank is the sixth and final crew member.


Crew on Lancaster Mk.I NF913

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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Lancaster Mk.I NF913

PMRAF RoundelH

With No. 103 Sqn (PM-H). Missing on operation to Dessau 7/8 Mar 1945

103 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Noli Me Tangere

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