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Aldersley, John Anthony (Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1943-06-17

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Service
RAFVR
Unit
9 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Per Noctem Volamus (Through out the night we fly)
Base
Bardney
Rank
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
Pilot
Service Numbers
1432542
291

9 Squadron RAF (Per Noctem Volamus) RAF Bardney. Lancaster BIII aircraft ED487 WS-D shot down by a night fighter during an operation against targets in Cologne, Germany. The bomber crashed near Vorst, Laakdal, Antwerpen, Belgium

Killed: Sgt Patrick Hall RAF KIA Schoonselhof Cemetery grave II. F. 3. Belgium. Sgt Herbert Francis Poynter RAF KIA Schoonselhof Cemetery grave II. F. 6. F/Sgt David Gerald Tremblay RCAF R/123752 KIA Schoonselhof Cemetery grave II. F. 4. Sgt Denis Webster RAF KIA Schoonselhof Cemetery grave II. F. 5.

POWs: Sgt John Anthony Aldersley RAF POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. Sgt Harold Poppelstone RAF POW Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe). Sgt Charles James Sinclair RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED487

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/III ED487

WSRAF RoundelD

Delivered to No. 9 Sqn (WS-D) 14 Jan 1943. Missing on operation to Cologne 16/17 Jun 1943. 261 flying hours.


9 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Per Noctem Volamus

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