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Bowerman, Derek Reginald Claude (Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1944-04-23

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Service
RAFVR
Unit
433 (B) Sqn- Squadron
Qui S'y Frotte S'y Pique (Who opposes it gets pricked)
Base
RAF Skipton-on-Swale
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
Flight Engineer
Service Numbers
1324297
3575

Halifax B.Mk.III LV840

Bombing Dusseldorf Germany 1944-April-22 to 1944-April-23

433 Porcupine Squadron (Qui s'y frotte, s'y pique) RAF Skipton-on-Swale. Halifax BIII aircraft LV 840 BN-E was hit by flak and then attacked and shot down by a Dornier night fighter during an operation against targets in Dusseldorf, Germany. On fire and with the loss of an engine, pilot P/O Bourgeault gave the order to abandon the aircraft. The crew managed to escape but sadly, P/O Bourgeault was unable to get out and went down with the Halifax when it crashed near the village of Walheim, 10 km southwest of Aachen/Aix-La-Chapelle, Germany

P/O JA Bourgeault (RCAF) was killed in action

Sgt JJ Plante (RCAF), F/O JW Guignion (RCAF), Sgt JE Laframboise (RCAF), WO2 TA Miller (RCAF) and Sgt DR Bowerman (RAFVR) survived and all were taken as Prisoners of War

WO2 WG Dennstedt (RCAF) survived and became an Evader until liberated by American Forces, 1944-09-08

There were three 433 Squadron Halifax aircraft lost on this operation. Please see aircraft serials HX 291 BM-W and LV 990 BM-J for additional information

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

Took off from Skipton-on-Swale at 22:22 in Halifax Mk III (Sqn code BM-E Bomber Command) on an operation to Dusseldorf Germany.

Hit by flak then attacked by a night fighter, and crashed at Rheinberg Germany.

Killed: WO John Arthur Bourgeault RCAF J/89284 pilot KIA Rheinberg War Cemetery grave 8. K. 25. Sgt L Plante RAF KIA grave not listed.

POWs: Sgt Derek Reginald Claude Bowerman RAF POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. F/O James William Guignion RCAF J/25586 POW Stalag 6G Bonn-Duisdorf. Sgt Joseph Edouard Charles Roland Laframboise RCAF R/202087 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria. WO2 Thomas Alder Miller RCAF R/128889 POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug. Sgt Joseph Jean Wilfrid Lucien Plante RCAF R/164776 POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug.

Evader: WO2 W G Dennisstedt RCAF R/86155 Evader.

Footprints on the Sands of Time, RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock page 250

Crew on Halifax B.Mk.III LV840

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald Lane, (later Lieutenant-General, RCAF), over the English countryside. Flt Lt Lane and his crew flew twelve operations in W7676, which failed to return from a raid on Nuremberg on the night of 28/29 August 1942, when it was being flown by Flt Sgt D. John and crew.

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

YouTube Halifax Heavy Bomber WWII

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Halifax Bomber

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Halifax B.Mk.III LV840

BMRAF RoundelE

Served with No. 433 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "BM*E". Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf on 22/23 April 1944, shot down by flak and a fighter. One of three squadron losses on this raid. 1 crew killed, 5 POW, 1 evaded.
1944-04-23 Failed to Return Failed to return from attack on Dusseldorf, shot down by flak and a fighter. 1 killed, 5 POW, 1 evaded. 2019-08-20

433 (B) Sqn- Squadron Qui S'y Frotte S'y Pique ("Porcupine")

History of the Squadron during World War II (Aircraft: Halifax III, Lancaster I, III)

433 Squadron was the 14th and last bomber squadron of the RCAF to be formed overseas in WWII. It was formed in September 1943 as a unit of No 6 (RCAF) Group of Bomber Command. It flew from Skipton-on-Swale, Yorkshire, UK for the whole of its operational career. With the squadron code letters BM, it originally flew Handley Page Halifax Mk III heavy bombers on its bombing missions, but these were replaced by Lancaster Mks I and III in January 1945. After the cessation of hostilities the squadron was retained in England as a unit of No 1 Group RAF from August 1945, and took part in the airlift of PoWs back to England (Operation EXODUS) and the bringing back of troops from Italy (Operation DODGE). The squadron was disbanded at Skipton in October 1945.

In the course of its operations, the squadron flew 209 missions involving 2316 individual sorties for the loss of 38 aircraft , dropping 7486 tons. Awards to crew members included 132 DFCs, 2 Bars to DFC, 9 DFMs, 1 BEM, 14 MiDs and 1 Air Medal (USA). Battle Honours were: English Channel and North Sea 1944-45, Baltic 1944-45, Fortress Europe 1944, France and Germany 1944-45, Biscay Ports 1944, Ruhr 1944-45, Berlin 1944, German Ports 1944-45, Normandy 1944, Rhine, Biscay 1944.Wikipedia, Kostenuk and Griffin

Squadron History (Bomber Command Museum PDF)

Maps for Movements of 433 Squadron 1943-45

MAP 1: 433 Squadron Bases 1943-45 (marked in green). Right-click on image to display enlarged in new tab

433 Squadron History Summary 1943-45

History of the Squadron Post-WWII (Aircraft: Canuck, Freedom Fighter, Hornet)

The squadron re-formed as an All-Weather (Fighter) unit at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta , on 15 November 1954, as one of nine CF-100 squadrons to defend Canadian airspace. It moved to CFB North Bay, Ontario , in October 1955, the squadron flew CF-100 Canuck aircraft on North American air defence. However, in 1961 the Government decided to reduce the number of CF-100 squadrons from nine to five and 433 Squadron was dissolved for a second time on July 31st, 1961.

Reformed post-unification on 15 August 1968, as No. 433 Escadrille tactique de combat it was a French language squadron of Mobile Command based at CFB Bagotville, Quebec . The squadron flew the CF-5 Freedom Fighter in the tactical and reconnaissance role until it converted to the CF-188 Hornet fighter jets in 1984. The squadron was deactivated in 2005, and its assets and personnel amalgamated into 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron. Besides being originally designated as one of two bases of NATO's Rapid Reaction Force, the 433 Squadron was entrusted a NORAD role in December 1988. The 433 Squadron members in Bagotville played an important role in the Gulf War conflicts, better known under the names Operation FRICTION in 1991 and Operation ECHO in 1999. By September 2001, the Squadron was actively participating with NORAD in the fight against terrorism through Operation NOBLE EAGLE. On July 14th, 2005, the standards of the Squadron were once again laid aside almost 62 years after its initial formation. .Wikipedia

The squadron was reactivated on 9 June 2015, and celebrated its 75th anniversary on 15 September 2018.

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