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Kiesow, John Birney (Technical Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1944-July-25

Birth Date: 1924-March-21 (age 20)

Born: Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Son of Walter Albert Kiesow and Mary Eliz (nee Birney) Kiesowabeth

Home: Paswegin, Saskatchewan

630 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Nocturna Mors Death by night
RAF East Kirkby
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper)
Service Numbers

Lancaster Mk.I/III PA992

Bombing Stuttgart Germany 1944-July-24 to 1944-July-25

630 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF East Kirkby

630 Squadron RAF (Nocturna Mors) RAF East Kirkby. Lancaster BIII aircraft PA 992 LE-Y missing during night operations over Stuttgart, Germany, possibly shot down by a night fighter. The bomber crashed between Tramont-Bay (Meurthe-et-Moselle) and Tramont-Lassus, France

Rear Air Gunner Pilot Officer RW Lough (RCAF) and Mid-Upper Air Gunner Technical Sergeant JB Kiesow (USAAF) were killed in action

Flying Officer AS Woolf (RAFVR) survived, injured and was taken to a POW hospital in northern France

Flying Officer EK Wood (RCAF), Sergeant TW Tanner (RAFVR), Sergeant RA Toogood (RAFVR and Flying Officer W Adams (USAAF) survived and all avoided capture as Evaders

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General 07/1944 (July 1944) - No 630 Squadron

Technical Sergeant Kiesow was originally joined RCAF under service number R/196712. Transferred to USAAF but continued to fly with RCAF while awaiting transfer to USAAF but was killed in action before transfer was completed

Originally buried in France in same cemetery as crewmate Pilot Officer Lough, he was exhumed by American authorities in 1948 and returned to the USA and then on for burial in Saskatchewan, Canada near his family

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Technical Sergeant John Birney Kiesow was exhumed and reburied.

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First Burial
Google MapCommunal Cemetery at Tramont-Lassus, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Lancaster PA992

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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 PA992

LERAF RoundelY
To 630 Sqn May 1944 (LE-Y). Missing on operation to Stuttgart 24/25 Jul 1944. 106 Operational hours

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