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Merchant, John Frank (Flight Sergeant)

Evader 1943-July-16

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Service
RCAF
Unit
9 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Per Noctem Volamus Through out the night we fly
Rank
Flight Sergeant
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
Service Numbers
R/107847

Took off from Bardney at 22:20 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code: WS-P Bomber Command) to attack a transformer station at Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy.

Last heard on W/T at 04:05 transmitting 'Hit by another aircraft - trying to make base'. They crashed at Mirandola Italy.

Killed: Sgt Edward William Edwards RAF KIA Ravenna War Cemetery Grave I. G. 14.

POWs: Sgt Francis Sidney Finlay RCAF R/66618 POW Stalag 11A Altengrabow. F/O Robert Stanley Shaw RAF POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Sgt Donald Richard Walter RAF POW Stalag 11A Altengrabow. F/Sgt Wilbur Jordan McCoombs RCAF R/88234 POW Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia.

Evader: F/Sgt John Frank Merchant DFM RCAF R/104847 Evader

Target
Google MapRegio Emilia Italy

Lancaster JA679

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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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.III JA679

WSRAF RoundelP
Delivered to No. 9 Sqn (WS-P) 20 Jun 1943. Aircraft collided with Lancaster DV 183 from No. 207 Sqn on return from operation to Regio Emilia, Italy 15/16 Jul 1943. 71 operational hours.

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