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Harrop, Ernest (Sergeant)

Evader 1944-July-01

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

100 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sarang Tebuan Jangan Dijolok Malay
RAF Grimsby
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/Air Gunner
Service Numbers

Lancaster Mk.I/III LM621

Bombing Vierzon France 1944-June-30 to 1944-July-01

100 (B) Sqn (RAF) RAF Grimsby

100 Squadron RAF (Sarang tebuan jangan dijolok) RAF Grimsby. Lancaster III aircraft LM 621 HW-C was intercepted and shot down by night fighter pilot Oblt. Jacob Schaus of 4/NJG4 during an operation to bomb the rail yards at Vieron, France. The bomber crashed at Vouzon, Loir-et-Cher, France, some 29 miles North of the target

Mid-Upper Air Gunner, Sergeant John Eason Sharpley (RAFVR) was killed in action

Flight Sergeant Frederick Harold Fulsher (RCAF), Flying Officer William Kay (RAFVR) and Sergeant Harry Dale (RAFVR) were captured to become Prisoners of War

Sergeant William Edward Struck (RCAF) and Flying Officer James Douglas Frink DFC (USAAF) and Sergeant Ernest Harrop (RAFVR) all evaded capture with the help of locals and the French Resistance

General The Last Flight - International Bomber Command Centre

General 30 06/01 07 1944 100 Squadron Lancaster III LM621 Plt Off William...

General Search for France-Crashes 39-45

Sergeant Ernest Harrop (RAFVR) evaded with the help of French locals and with their help was evacuated to Allied lines 1944-08-17 when he developed appendicitis. He received emergency surgery and was returned safe to the UK 1944-08-23

RAF Evaders, The Comprehensive Story of Thousands of Escapers and Their Escape Lines, Western Europe, 1940-1945 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 372

General Escaper List

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Lancaster LM621

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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Lancaster Mk.I/III LM621

HWRAF RoundelC
Delivered to No. 100 Sqn 14 Jun 1944. Lost on operation to Vierzon, France 30 Jun/1 Jul 1944.

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