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De Metz, Philip (Flight Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1945-February-14

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Birth Date: 1912 (age 33)

Home: Leicester, England

427 (B) BCFU- Bomber Command Film Unit
RAF Leeming
Flight Sergeant
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
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Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
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Halifax B.Mk.III MZ355

Minelaying Kattegat Strait Denmark 1945-February-14 to 1945-February-14

427 (B) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Leeming

427 Lion Squadron (Ferte Manus Certas). RAF Leeming. Halifax BIII aircraft MZ 355 ZL-W was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Herbert Kock of 1/ NJG 3 while on a mine-laying (GARDENING) operation over the Kadet Channel in the Western Baltic Sea. The Halifax crashed at Dyrvig Mark near Knaplund, Denmark

Most of the crew bailed out but both Air-Gunners, Pilot Officer JF Peak (RCAF) and Pilot Officer EM Ford (RCAF) were killed in action

Flight Lieutenant WB Brittain DFC (RCAF), Flying Officer CJ Driscoll (RCAF), Flying Officer H McKay (RCAF), Flying Officer RV Dallin (RCAF) and Sergeant P De Metz (RAVVR) survived, and all were taken as Prisoners of War

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General Halifax II MZ355 crashed near Knaplund 14/2 1945

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General 14/15 February 1945 427 Squadron Halifax III MZ355 Sq/Ldr Brittain

General Aviation Safety Network

No POW information is known but Flight Sergeant De Metz was returned to England 1945-05-08

Footprints on the Sands of Time, RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 279

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Halifax MZ355

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 La

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 MZ355

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Served with No. 427 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded ZL*W. Failed to return, mining, 15.2.45

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