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Selman, John Francis (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Prisoner of War 1943-05-26

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Home: Calgary, Alberta

467 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAAF)
Recidite Adversarius Atque Ferociter (Your opponents will retreat because of your courageous attack)
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
Wireless Operator
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Lancaster Mk.I/III ED768

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1943-May-26 to 1943-May-26

467 Australia Squadron. Hit by Flak and crashed 0209 26 May 1943 at _s-Gravenwezel (Antwerpen) 11 km ENE from the centre of Antwerpen where those killed are buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery. Casualties included RAF Sgt's. T. Chalmers and B. Spencer, and RAAF Flt. Sgt. J. M. Parsons. Taken Prisoners of War were RAF Sgt's J.P. Egan, R.A. Hunt, and N.J. Vaulkhard, and RCAF Sgt. J.F. Selman.

Took off from Bottesford at 23:41 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code PO-N Bomber Command) on an operation to Dusseldorf Germany.

Hit by Flak and crashed at 02:09 at os-Gravenwezel Antwerp Holland 11 km ENE from the centre of Antwerp. Those killed are buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery.

POWs includes Selman: Sgt John Patrick Egan RAF POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug. Sgt R A Hunt RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. Sgt Norman Jardine Vaulkard RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus.

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/III ED768

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Delivered to No. 467 (Australian) Sqn Mar 1943. Missing on operation to Dusseldorf 25/26 May 1943.

467 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAAF) Recidite Adversarius Atque Ferociter

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