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Wilson, John Pierce (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Prisoner of War 1942-October-16

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Birth Date: unkown date (age )

Home: Georgetown, Ontario

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Pro Libertate (For freedom)
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
Service Numbers

Took off from Syerston at 19:00 in Lancaster Mark I (Sqn code: ZN-W Bomber Command).

Crashed near Valburg with three casualties in the crash all buried at Uden War Cemetery, Holland: Sgt David Douglas Garbett RAF 624296 grave 4. G. 11. P/O Raymond Keith Marshall RAF 404488 grave 2. I. 8. Sgt Thomas Leonard Hill Piddock RAF 1429229 grave 4. G. 12.

Four POWs survived the crash: Sgt Jack Gaffney RAF 51499 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria Sgt William Robert Piercy RCAF R/95339 POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug P/O Edward Ferguson White RCAF J/7916 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria Sgt John Pierce Wilson RCAF R/91278 POW Stalag 357 Orbke

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I W4195

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.I W4195

Delivered to No. 106 Sqn 13 Sep 1942. Missing on mission to Cologne 15/16 Oct 1942. 61 Operational hours.

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Pro Libertate

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