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Catastrophic Losses (Ships, Hotels, Aircraft) (773 casualties)

Losses Chosen & Limitations

Catastropic Losses includes events where more than 8 people were affected by a single event. 8 is typically the maximum number of people on a Halifax or Lancaster bomber for which there were many losses.

This category does not include mid-air collisions or serial-serial ground collision or collateral casualties; those events may be included in future releases.

In the case of the Nerissa no Canadian Airman are shown, but all the casualties shown are men who trained in Canada, and whose last point of departure was Halifax Nova Scotia Canada. Similarly Ferry Aircraft Liberator JT982 has few Canadians but last point of departure was Dorval Airport in Montreal Canada.

Table of Contents

Date
Type
Serial
Casualties
1941‑05‑01
Ship
SS Nerissa
12
1941‑08‑10
Liberator
AM 261
22
1941‑08‑14
Liberator
AM 260
22
1941‑09‑01
Liberator
AM 915
10
1941‑10‑15
Ship
MV Vancouver Island
18
1941‑12‑29
Halifax
V 9981
9
1942‑04‑04
Canso
AJ 155
9
1942‑09‑15
Wellington
X 3796
9
1942‑10‑14
Ship
SS Caribou
18
1942‑10‑26
Ventura
AE 729
15
1942‑10‑31
Liberator
AL 516
10
1942‑11‑29
Halifax
DT 576
15
1942‑12‑12
Hostel
Knights of Columbus
14
1943‑01‑17
Liberator Express
41 11708
12
1943‑02‑09
Liberator
AL 591
21
1943‑04‑23
Ship
MV Amerika
37
1943‑05‑23
Hotel
Metropole Hotel
9
1943‑07‑14
DK 228
9
1943‑07‑24
Ship
BC Star
16
1943‑09‑30
Liberator
BZ 887
1
1943‑10‑05
Anson
DG 872
9
1943‑10‑07
Liberator
BZ 887
9
1943‑10‑20
Liberator
3701
24
1944‑03‑14
Sunderland
DP 178
11
1944‑05‑20
Canso
9773
11
1944‑05‑23
Lancaster
LL 723
9
1944‑07‑06
Ventura
2171
11
1944‑07‑29
Halifax
LW 595
9
1944‑07‑29
Halifax
MZ 712
9
1944‑08‑12
Sunderland
NJ 175
12
1944‑08‑15
Sunderland
DP 197
13
1944‑08‑17
Halifax
MZ 687
9
1944‑09‑11
Halifax
NP 710
10
1944‑09‑24
Dakota
KG 653
23
1944‑10‑04
Liberator
EW 127
11
1944‑11‑02
Halifax
LW 379
9
1944‑11‑10
Liberator
KH 108
10
1944‑11‑14
Canso
11017
10
1944‑11‑26
Sunderland
DD 851
11
1944‑12‑02
Canso
11086
9
1945‑01‑09
Liberator
KH 173
11
1945‑01‑15
Halifax
LK 878
9
1945‑02‑11
Sunderland
NJ 183
9
1945‑03‑14
Liberator
EW 626
18
1945‑03‑27
Liberator
AL 504
14
1945‑04‑01
Liberator
KH 323
9
1945‑04‑03
Canso
11066
9
1945‑05‑27
Liberator
KG 831
9
1945‑06‑01
Liberator
KK 241
11
1945‑06‑30
Liberator
KN 768
13
1945‑07‑03
Liberator
KG 880
9
1945‑07‑04
Liberator
BZ 813
10
1945‑07‑04
Liberator
JT 982
15
1945‑07‑13
Liberator
11121
14
1945‑08‑02
Liberator
KN 826
13
1946‑09‑15
Dakota
962
21
1947‑10‑18
Mitchell
894
9
1952‑04‑25
Lancaster
KB 893
10
1953‑02‑01
Lancaster
KB 914
9
1953‑05‑26
Lancaster
KB 995
10
1965‑03‑23
Argus
20727
15
1974‑08‑09
Buffalo
9461 (115461)
9
Ship
SS Nerissa
1941-04-30

Sinking of the SS Nerissa

Winnipeg Tribune May 7 1941

By April 1941, the troopship SS Nerissa had made a dozen wartime crossings of the North Atlantic. Her final crossing began on 21 April 1941 in Halifax. The Officer Commanding all embarked Canadian and Allied troops (OC Troops) was Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Charles Burness, MC and Bar, PPCLI. Nerissa arrived in St. John’s Newfoundland at about 6:00 AM local time on Wednesday 23 April. Early on the 24rd, she sailed independently from St. John’s bound for Liverpool. A total of 291 persons were embarked:

For Posteritys Sake

General For Posterity Sake SS Nerissa

General Wreck Site

General SS Nerissa uboat.net

Corporal
RAF
 
KIA
Warrant Officer
RAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 2nd Class
RAFVR
 
KIA
Aircraftman 2nd Class
RAF
 
KIA
Second Lieutenant
RNorAF
 
KIA
Sergeant
RNorAF
 
KIA
Squadron Leader
RAFVR
 
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 2nd Class
RAF
 
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RAF
 
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RAF
 
KIA
Sergeant
RNorAF
 
KIA
Liberator 
AM261
1941-08-10

Was US YB-24 s/n 40-699. Crashed into mountain range near Arran, Scotland in rain, overcast, and low visibility due to navigation error. 22 killed.Walker

Written off (destroyed) 10.8.41: Crashed in cloud into the hillside of Mullach Buidhe 2,366ft, near Brodick on the Isle of Arran, ca. 41 km WNW of Heathfield (RAF Ayr). The aircraft had take off from Heathfield (Ayr) to fly to Gander in eastern Canada with ferry crews onboard with the intention of those crews ferrying new aircraft back across the Atlantic. Shortly after take off the aircraft entered cloud and flew into Mullach Buidhe near the head of Coire Lan. The flight crews onboard were from Royal Air Force Ferry Command, Air Transport Auxiliary and British Overseas Airways Corperation. All 22 of the crew and passengers perished in the crash making it the worst crash on Arran. This aircraft had been used less than two weeks earlier to fly the Duke of Kent across the Atlantic, the first such time a member of the royal family had crossed the Atlantic by air.

All 5 crew and 17 passengers on board were killed:Ernest Robert Bristow White Captain BOAC Pilot KilledFrancis Delaforce Bradbrooke Captain ATA Co-pilot Killed,James Josiah Anderson Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed, Ralph Bruce Brammer Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed, John Beatty Drake Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed, Daniel Joseph Duggan Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed, Henry Samuel Green Radio Officer BOAC Passenger Killed, George Thomas Harris Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed, Hoyt Ralph Judy Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed, Wilfrid Groves Kennedy Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed, Watt Miller King Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed, George Laing Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed, William Kenneth Marks Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed, Hugh Cameron McIntosh Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed, Albert Alexander Oliver Radio Officer ATA Passenger Killed, George Herburt Powell Radio Officer ATA Passenger Killed, John Evan Price Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed, Herbert David Rees Radio Officer ATA Passenger Killed, Ernest George Reeves Flight Engineer RAFFC Passenger Killed, John James Rouleston First Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed, Harold Clifford Wesley Smith Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed, Jack Wixen Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed

All but one of the crew and passengers were buried on the Isle of Arran, the one who wasn't, Radio Officer Henry Green, was buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.

According to the RAF investigation team, the accident was caused by a navigation error on part of the crew who followed a heading of 295° shortly after take off instead of 012°. It resulted in a deviation of the aircraft which was flying 15 km north of the initial track. The crew was unable to know his real position due to low visibility and the absence of ground visual references.

The Liberator was being operated by the Atlantic Return Ferry Organisation. It took off from Heathfield bound for Canada carrying personnel intended to fly new aircraft back to the UK. The persons on board were mainly from Ferry Command, RAF, with a few from the Air Transport Auxiliary and BOAC. Aviation Safety Network

General Aviation Safety Network

Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian/1st Officer
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Radio Officer 
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAFBOAC
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Flight Engineer
RAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Civilian/1st Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAFBOAC
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Liberator 
AM260
1941-08-14
London Evening Standard August 15 1941

Was US YB-24 s/n 40-698. Crashed and burned on takeoff from Heathfield Airfield, Ayr, Scotland after veering off runway and striking a small building and then an embankment. 22 onboard killed.

RAF Ferry Command, Return Ferry Service Liberator I aircraft #AM 260 crashed and burned when it veered off the runway while taking-off from Heathfield Aerodrome, Ayr, Scotland for a return flight to Ferry Command Headquarters in Dorval QC, killing all 22 civilian aircrew and passengers, including (Pilot) EB Anding (USA), (Pilot) MB Dilley (USA), (Pilot) AC Earl (USA), (Pilot) E Hamel (USA), (Pilot) G Hull (USA), (Pilot) JJ Kerwin (USA), (Pilot) PF Lee Jr (USA), (Pilot) JJ Moffat (Can), (Pilot) Captain RC Stafford (BOAC)(UK), (Pilot) WL Trimble (USA), (Pilot) EW Watson (USA), (Pilot) MJ Wetzel (USA), (Radio Officer) R Coates (Can), (Radio Officer) (Radio Officer) JP Culbert (UK), (Radio Officer) RA Duncan (Can), (Radio Officer) WFJ Goddard (Can), (Radio Officer) DN Hannant (Can), (Radio Officer) JJ MacDonald (Can), (Radio Officer) G McKay (Can),(Radio Officer) A Tamblin (Can), (Flight Engineer) RF Davis (USA) (who was also a USN Reserve Pilot) and civilian passenger AB Purvis (Can), the Head of the British Purchasing Commission (resident of Montreal) (marks www.rafcommands.com).

This was the second serious crash of a Return Ferry Service LB-30 Liberator in 4 days. Please see Anderson, JJ for details and casualty list on crash of Liberator I aircraft #AM 261. Combined, the two aircraft crashes were a significant blow to the ability of Ferry Command to conduct operations.

These crashes may have been the inspiration for the plot device that puts the actors into Ferry Command Hudsons in the Warner Brothers propaganda movie on the RCAF, "Captains of the Clouds" then being filmed in Canada.

Civilian/1st Officer
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
RAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot (Captain)
RAFBOAC
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
ATA
Passenger
KIFA
Liberator 
AM915
1941-09-01
Ex US B-24A-C0 40-2354
Civilian
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot 
RAFBOAC
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Civilian
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian Pilot
RAFBOAC
Pilot/1st Officer
KIFA
Captain
USN
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Civilian Radio Officer
RAF
Wireless Operator
KIFA
Civilian
BAM
Passenger
KIFA
Lieutenant-Colonel
RM
Passenger
KIFA
Ship
MV Vancouver Island
1941-10-15

Sinking of the MV Vancouver Island

At 21.54 hours on 15 Oct 1941 the unescorted Vancouver Island (Master Eric Lacey Roper) was spotted by U-558, which was searching convoy SC-48 west of Ireland. Due to her high speed of about 15 knots the U-boat immediately went on full speed to get into a favorable attack position and fired a spread of three torpedoes from about 2000 meters at 22.49 hours, hitting the ship with two of them after 144 seconds. The vessel was hit in the fore part and amidships and stopped but did not sink. Because Krech wanted to continue the search for convoy he fired two coups de grace from more than 1000 meters at 23.08 and 23.17 hours, hitting the ship fore and aft and causing her to sink fast by the stern.

The Germans had observed how the crew abandoned ship in lifeboats after the first hits, but HMS Dianthus (K 95) (LtCdr C.E. Bridgman, RNR) sent to her assistance from the dispersed convoy ON-24 did not find any survivors. On 31 October, a lifeboat with the bodies of two officers from the ship was found by a British warship in 56°08N/20°45W. The master, 64 crew members, eight gunners and 32 passengers were lost.

General MV Vancouver Island (uboat.net)

General Wrecksite.eu

Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Observer
KIA
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Civilian
CTC (USA)
 
Killed
Halifax B.Mk.II
V9981
1941-12-29
Collied with Halifax, L9614 while taking off for air test, Leeming, 29.12.41 Unit 10
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Survived
Group Commander
RAF
Pilot
Survived
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Rear)
Survived
Sergeant
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
Survived
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
Survived
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
Survived
Wing Commander
RAF
Pilot
Survived
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
2nd Pilot
Survived
Canso I
AJ155
1942-04-04
Modified by Saunders-Roe after delivery from US. With No. 413 (GR) Squadron, RCAF in Scotland and Ceylon, coded "QL*A". Flown to Ceylon via Gibralter, Malta, Egypt, Iraq and India from 19 March to 1 April 1942. Detected approaching Japanese fleet, radio warning before being shot down on 4 April 1942. 3 fatalities and 6 survivors, including pilot S/L L.J. Birchall who became known as "Saviour of Ceylon". All survivors taken prisoner, all survived the war.
Air Commodore
RCAF
Pilot
PoW Japan
Sergeant
RAF
Flight Engineer
PoW Japan
Warrant Officer
RAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Sergeant
RAF
 
PoW Japan
Sergeant
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner (Front)
KIA
RAF
 
PoW Japan
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
 
PoW Japan
RAF
Wireless Operator
PoW Japan
Wellington Mk. III
X3796
1942-09-15
Served with No. 419 (B) Squadron, RCAF in 1942, coded "VR*C". Crashed while on air test on 15 September 1942. Crashed 3 miles SW of Grimsthorpe, 12 miles W of Spalding, Lincolnshire, after failing to recover from a steep dive. All 9 occupants killed.
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Observer
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
aero engine mechanic
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Observer
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Ship
SS Caribou
1942-10-14

Sinking of the SS Caribou

Headline: U-Boat Torpedoes NS-Newfoundland Ferry Steamer With Loss of 117 Lives Including 16 Women 14 Children 101 Passengers and Crew Saved by Canadian Naval Craft Montreal Gazette October 17 1943

On the 14th October 1942, SS CARIBOU, on voyage from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland with passengers, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-69, 25 miles south of Port Aux Basques off Cabot Strait. 136 people died.

Story: CARIBOU (Capt. Taverner) was torpedoed by U-69 (Kapitanleutnant Ulrich Graf) while in convoy NL-9, on her regular run between Cape Breton and Newfoundland. Her escort, the minesweeper HMCS GRANDMERE had only short range asdic (sonar detection) and no radar. GRANDMERE did not detect the submarine but sighted it after the attack, giving chase with depth charges as the submarine dove.

U-69's torpedo struck at 2:21 am hitting CARIBOU's boilers. The explosion was very violent and the CARIBOU was ripped in two pieces. She sank in 5 minutes. Survivors were left in overcrowded lifeboats and clinging to wreckage until dawn when GRANDMERE returned from its unsuccessful hunt for U-69. Only 101 of the 237 people aboard survived. 31 crew, 57 military and 48 passengers died.

Part of the passengers on board were women and children, who were heading to Nova Scotia to welcome a contingent of RCN sailors home from overseas. The sinking caused alarm in the Canadian and Newfoundland public about the vulnerability of the St. Lawrence to submarine attack. reference: wrecksite.eu

Canada Source Sinking of the SS Caribou

Canada Source CBC Archives

General Uboat.net Details

Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
 
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
 
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIA
Ventura Mk. I
AE729
1942-10-26
Montreal Gazette October 27 1942

Canada Ferry Command Ventura AE729. Crashed shortly after t/o Dorval. Civilians en route to Goose Bay, Labrador to install equipment at new airport.

The aircraft, carrying 16 people which included 2 Civilian crew members, 10 RCAF airmen and 4 Civilian passengers, was enroute to Goose Bay, Labrador. All 16 perished in the accident. Carl Frederick KAISER, the American civilian pilot, was from Roseville, Michigan, and Arthur Harold DOWN, the Canadian civilian radio operator, was from Tillsonburg, Ontario; the four civilian passengers were to spend the next 6 months installing equipment at the new airport in Goose Bay (they were Charles Herbert 'Bert' Coke (Toronto), H. S. Moden (Montreal), John Joseph Barry (Toronto) and Maurice J. Miles (Toronto). The names of the ten RCAF airmen who perished in the crash were:- Leading Aircraftman Keith Dooks CAMPBELL, Leading Aircraftman Douglas Arthur ABBOTT, Leading Aircraftman John Franklin CARR, Corporal Clifford Thoralf CHRISTOPHERSON, Leading Aircraftman Wesley Bruce DANIELSON, Corporal Michael James KASEY, Leading Aircraftman Bernard Edward MALONE, Leading Aircraftman Vincent Ford PEEBLES, Leading Aircraftman Leslie Vernon SPARKES and Leading Aircraftman Phillip John TENNANT. Hugh Halliday

Canada Primary Source RCAF - Accident Investigation File

Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Radio Operator
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Liberator C. Mk. II
AL516
1942-10-31
Construction No. 14 Took on charge Dorval 26-9-1941 Dorval to Gander 15-10-1941 Gander to Ayr 17-10-1941 To Scottish Aviation 17-10-1941 To 150 Squadron 28-11-1941 To 1653 CU 30-5-1942 To 1445 Flt 10-6-1942 To Scottish Aviation 1-8-1942 for Bomber Command mods, changed to Transport mods To 1425 Flt 30-9-1942 To 511 Squadron 10-10-1942 Overshot landing at Gibraltar 31-10-1942 To BOAC as freighter, registered as G-AHZP
Flight Lieutenant
RAF
Pilot
Survived
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
Survived
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
Survived
Squadron Leader
RCAF
Pilot
Survived
Sergeant
RAF
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Halifax B/GR.Mk.II
DT576
1942-11-29
Served with No. 405 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded "LQ*U", based at Dishforth. Crashed on 29 November 1942, just half mile east of Melmerby, Yorkshire shortly after taking off from Topcliffe at 10:05 local time and burnt. Was ferrying second crew to detachment at Beaulieu, all 15 on board killed.
Corporal
RCAF
Aero Engine Mechanic
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Bomb Aimer
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Warrant Officer Class III
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Hostel
Knights of Columbus
1942-12-12

Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire

Calgary Herald December 16 1942

The Knights of Columbus Hostel fire was a structure fire that occurred on December 12, 1942, in St. John's, Newfoundland in a hostel operated by the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic fraternal organization. A total of 99 people were killed, 80 of whom were military personnel. 109 others were critically wounded.

Taking place during World War II, the fire is believed by many to have been an incident of enemy sabotage orchestrated by agents of Nazi Germany.

The area was a centre of military personnel and activities, including soldiers, sailors, and air forces. Within a few weeks, other suspicious fires or their makings occurred in St. John's that winter, at sites frequented by military personnel. Wikipedia

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Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
Killed
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
Killed
Corporal
RCAF
aero engine mechanic
Killed
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
 
Killed
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
aero engine mechanic
Killed
Sergeant
RCAF
 
Killed
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
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Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
Killed
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
Killed
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
 
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Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
wireless operator, ground
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Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
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Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
 
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Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
air frame mechanic
Killed
Liberator Express 
4111708
1943-01-17
Sergeant
RAF
Navigator
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Radio Operator
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAAF
Radio Operator
KIFA
Captain
RAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Radio Operator
KIFA
Captain
RAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAAF
Navigator
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Liberator Mk. II
AL591
1943-02-09
B. Mk II or C. Mk. II
Flying Officer
RAF
 
Survived
Flying Officer
RAFVR
Radio Officer 
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Pilot
KIFA
Civilian
RAFBOAC
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Lieutenant-Colonel
Army
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAFBOAC
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Civilian
RAFBOAC
Radio Officer 
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
Pilot
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Civilian
RAFBOAC
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAF
Pilot
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
Survived
Sergeant
RAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Radio Officer 
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Radio Officer 
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Ship
MV Amerika
1943-04-22

Sinking of the MV Amerika

The MV Amerika was torpedoed and sunk off Greenland by a German submarine. The Amerika was 10,000 tons with a crew of 87 and 53 RCAF Officers on board. They were positioned near the end of the convoy and a storm was raging when they were sunk 12 miles south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland. 16 RCAF Officers were rescued by a Corvette - H.M.S. Asphodel after spending 4 hours in a damaged lifeboat. They were taken ashore at Greenock, Scotland. Of the 16 survivors only one, Flying Officer A. Allen, was killed during the war. He was lost while on operations with 90 Squadron.

General Uboat.net MV Amerika

Google Map Sinking Location (after click zoom way out)

Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Observer
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Hotel
Metropole Hotel
1943-05-23

Bombing of the Metropole Hotel

Metropole Hotel 1943
3 Personnel Reception Centre (3 PRC) was the Metropole Hotel in Bournemouth UK. 3 PRC was were airmen arriving in Britain would await placement in active Squadrons, or be assigned to additional training. On May 23, 1943 a German bombing cause the loss of life of 131 people in Bournemouth including 10 RCAF staying at the hotel.

General Dorset History

General Images of the Metropole Hotel

Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
 
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
clerk
KIA
Halifax B/Met.Mk.V
DK228
1943-07-14
Served with No. 428 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded NA*D. Failed to return from attack on Aachen on 13/14 July 1943, shot down by Hptm Wilhelm Herget of 1./NJG4, near Mesnil-St-Blaise, Belgium. All 7 crew were killed.
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner
KIA
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
 
PoW
Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
 
PoW
Ship
BC Star
1943-07-24

The Story of M427 "BC Star"

During the buildup of the war effort on the West Coast many new remote early warning radar units were built and maintained. The RCAF requisitioned tugs and fishing craft that were then attached to the Marine Section to service these otherwise inaccessible stations. These vessels were the “work horses” that plied back and forth on their unscheduled runs moving construction crews, material, and heavy equipment up and down the coast of British Columbia. To help keep these radar unit units’ existence and location secret radio silence was enforced on these runs and all information regarding the movement of this type of marine vessel was classified and all communications were coded.

Google Map Sinking Location

Google Map Cairn Location

On July 23, 1943, M 427 BC Star was scheduled for one of these runs. She departed Bella Bella with her ten man crew and a cargo of forty-three tons of gravel and cement and five No. 9 CMU personnel assigned to the construction project. They were bound for the new radar site at Cape St. James in the Queen Charlotte Islands. No. 28 (RU) Cape St James had no way of knowing that the supply boat was on its way as they had not yet received the necessary cypher equipment to decode the movement message. Radio silence was enforced on the ship and no one missed her until 3 August when construction crews queried when their supplies were to arrive.

On the 4 August a Stranraer from 9 BR Squadron started the search, on the 5 August, Norseman #2470 was sent from Bella Bella to search area and on 8 August a search was carried out by the M.536 SKEENA MAID. An intense sea and air search covered a wide area during the next several weeks, but only two bodies were recovered and very little wreckage was found. On 3 September an unidentified airman’s body was found on Price Island. A tombstone was erected at the Meadow Island Cemetery, Bella Bella, to remember the unknown airman.

Speculation and rumours circulated about the vessel being attacked by a Japanese submarine, and this information was enhanced by crew members aboard another RCAF Marine vessel inbound to Alliford Bay. They reported that they were listening to a Ketchikan Alaska radio station when its program was interrupted by a strange and unidentified transmission “Star out of bread and water. Alliford repeat message. Thank you. Good Afternoon” However, no conclusive evidence ever came to light that explained why the Star went down. Evidently the hull had simply opened up under the weight of her cargo and the M-427 sank so quickly that no life boats were launched and no distress signals were sent.

This supply mission resulted in the largest loss of life in the history of the Marine Branch. The men are commemorated on panel 2 of the Commonwealth Air Forces Ottawa Memorial dedicated to air force personnel lost without trace in Canada, the U.S. and neighbouring lands and seas during the Second World War. One month after the loss, marine craft procedures were revised to ensure prompt reporting of arrivals and departures.

BC Star crew/passenger list 23 July 1943

  1. R/128864 Cpl Charles Gordon Glover
  2. R/186865 LAC Harold Fredrick Dakenfold
  3. R/173910 LAC George Thornton Stead
  4. R/213870 AC1 Titus Vollhoffer
  5. R/220368 AC2 Maurice Daniel Onuski
  6. R/58625 Sgt Philip Eric Olsen
  7. R/87823 LAC Clarence James Sherlock
  8. P/4319 FSgt Roy Henry Drouillard
  9. R/146033 Sgt Jack Douglas Hearfield
  10. R/220720 AC2 Gilbert Campbell McFadyen
  11. R/151826 FSgt William Ernest Mitchell
  12. R/128695 Sgt Jonathan Charles Slater
  13. R/255739 AC2 Arthur Garnet Davies
  14. R/124630 Sgt William Murray MacNeill
  15. R/56918 Cpl Tadeusz Ledwig Polec

The Dedication of the BC Star

July 6th 2013 was a beautifully clear, sunny day. Shearwater Resort’s crew boats and others brought in people from the outlying Central Coast villages. A charter aircraft brought forty family members and dignitaries from Vancouver, and a Buffalo from 442 Squadron brought in 888 Wing and 101 Squadron members and their CO Lieutenant-Colonel Todd Sharp, who spoke at the ceremony. In total, nearly 400 people showed up. The dedication of the War Memorial started at 1100 and took two hours. The Warriors pole and the Cenotaph were dedicated first, then a memorial service was held for those who served and those that lost their life serving which included the crews from Canso 9789 and “BC Star”. The RCMP and the Colour Party were warm by the time it was over as were the seventeen Chiefs in ceremonial regalia. 101 Squadron’s piper and bugler added to the solemnity of the occasion, as did the Chiefs welcoming dance and the defenders dance at the Pole dedication. The CO of 442 Squadron spoke of how the military has evolved and how it is still here to help residents of the Central coast. Two of the sons of the First CO of 9 BR Squadron Commander S/L Fred Carpenter spoke about their father’s experiences. A very fitting tribute to those who served at RCAF Stn Bella Bella and the First Nations members who served in Canada’s wars. Then the RCAFA and RCMP members retired for a debrief and some refreshments.

Crash Location 51°53’50.51″N 129°38’25.65″W

Cairn Location 52° 8’51.04″N 128° 5’22.16″W

https://www.101nisquadron.org/cairn-projects/the-story-of-m427-bc-star/

Aircraftman 2nd Class
RCAF
seaman
Killed
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
seaman
Killed
Corporal
RCAF
seaman
Killed
Sergeant
RCAF
construction
Killed
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
Killed
Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
Killed
Aircraftman 2nd Class
RCAF
 
Killed
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
 
Killed
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
Killed
Sergeant
RCAF
seaman
Killed
Aircraftman 2nd Class
RCAF
 
Killed
Corporal
RCAF
wireless operator
Killed
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
chef
Killed
Sergeant
RCAF
carpenter
Killed
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
Killed
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
construction hand
Killed
Liberator B 24
BZ887
1943-09-30
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Anson Mk. I
DG872
1943-10-05
Sergeant
RNZAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Liberator B 24
BZ887
1943-10-07
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
Pilot
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Liberator B-24D / Mk. V
3701
1943-10-20
3701 Tail RCAF photo via Mike Kaehler

Ex USAAF B-24D-25-CO serial number 41-24236. General note on the first RCAF B-24Ds (3701 to 3704): Received second hand from USAAF, in very poor condition and without all operational equipment. Mostly used only for training and transportation by RCAF. Initially operated in USAAF camouflage. The designation Mk. V was never officially used by RCAF. These aircraft were generally known as "Brazilian Liberators", in the belief that they had come from a USAAF unit based in Brazil (not confirmed by US records).

Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland. Went missing on flight from Gander to Mt. Joli, Quebec, on 19 / 20 October 1943. Aircraft was diverted to Dorval because of poor weather at Mt. Joli, wreckage not found until June 1946. 24 fatalities, including most of the crew of Liberator 595, on leave after sinking U-341 a few weeks earlier.

Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
Aero Engine Mechanic
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero Engine Mechanic
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
Aero Engine Mechanic
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
Aero Engine Mechanic
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Rear)
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
Armourer
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Radio Telephone Operator
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Armourer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Aero Engine Mechanic
KIFA
Sunderland Mk. III
DP178
1944-03-14
Used by No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 21 December 1942, coded "2*L". Left this unit by June 1944
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Warrant Officer
RAAF
 
KIA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Canso A
9773
1944-05-20
Served with No. 5 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "G". Missing on 20 May 1944, on mission to dispose of unserviceable dynamite and pyrotechnics. All crew and 4 passengers (at least one Army) killed. Took off from Torbay, Newfoundland for this mission.
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Lieutenant
Army
 
KIFA
Captain
Army
 
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
armourer
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Leading Seaman
RCN
Engine Room Artificer
KIFA
Lancaster Mk.II
LL723
1944-05-23
With No. 432 (B) Squadron RCAF, coded "QO-H". Flew 5 operations with this Squadron. Later served with No. 408 (B) Squadron, coded "EQ*H" when it bombed Frankfurt on 18/19 March 1944. Flew 22 operations flown with No. 408 Squadron. Failed to return from operation over Dortmund on 22 / 23 May 1944. Reported as shot down by night fighter, also reported as destroyed by an explosion following a flak hit. Most likely shot down by Fw190, exploding in flight while flak crews held their fire because of the presence of the Fw. Bomb load detonated when fuselage came down, causing wide spread fires and damage. All crew dead, including Squadron CO W/C D.S. Jacobs. Came down at Westrup, 4 kilometres east-south-east of Haltern.
Flying Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
KIA
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Wing Commander
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
RAFVR
Air Gunner
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Ventura G.R. Mk. V
2171
1944-07-06
Ex-USN, BuNo 33236. Served with No. 145 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Stn Dartmouth, NS in 1943/44. Coded "Y". Struck off, after a Cat “A” crash on 9 Jul 1944 at Goose Bay, NF. The heavily loaded a/c crashed and burned on take-off. Five crew members killed. included Flying Officer W.A. Harris (WAG, Pilot Officer J.C. Tanner (Pilot), Flying Officer D.W. Hume (Nav), WO M.S. Wood (WAG) and LAC H.A. Stephenson Six passengers including LAC’s H.H. Bell, L.C. St. Louis, Cpls C.W.T. Cole, L.C. Forie and Flight Sergeant M.K. Duquette were also killed. The accident was attributed to pilot error. The maximum crew / passenger load should have been limited to 8 or 9.
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
 
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
fabric worker
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
 
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
wireless operator, ground
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
driver
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
aero engine mechanic
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Halifax B/A.Mk.III
LW595
1944-07-29
With No. 415 (B) Squadron, RCAF, c.1944, coded "6U*Q" when lost. Failed to return from attack on Hamburg on 28/29 July 1944. 8 killed 1 POW. Also reported as lost over Montzen on 27/28 April 1944, while with No. 432 Squadron, RCAF, coded "QO*Q". Units 425/415
Sergeant
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
PoW
Sergeant
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Halifax B.Mk.III
MZ712
1944-07-29
Served with No. 425 (B) Squadron, RCAF, coded KW*S. Failed to return from raid to Hamburg on 29 July 1944, 8 fatalities.
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Mid Under)
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
2nd Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper) 
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Rear)
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Sunderland Mk. III
NJ175
1944-08-12
With No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, coded "T". Crashed on 12 August 1944, following engine failure shortly after take off from Castle Archdale. Jettisoned depth charges, and was jettisoning fuel whne it crashed. Struck a hill 2 miles south of Belleek, turned over, broke in two and caught fire. 3 killed, 4 severely injured. Crash site also reported as Corlea, Cashelard, Republic of Ireland. Survivors visited crash location in late 2004.
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
Survived
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner 
Survived
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner 
Survived
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
Survived
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Survived
Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Survived
Flying Officer
RCAF
 
Survived
Flying Officer
RCAF
Co-Pilot
Survived
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner 
Survived
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Sunderland Mk. III
DP197
1944-08-15
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Halifax B.Mk.III
MZ687
1944-08-17
Failed to Return, Kiel, 17.8.44 Unit 420
Flying Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Mid Under)
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
2nd Pilot
KIA
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
PoW
Flying Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Rear)
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper) 
KIA
Halifax B.Mk.VII
NP710
1944-09-11
Used by No. 408 Squadron, RCAF, coded "EQ*S". Starboard inner engine failed on landing, Linton-on-ouse, groundlooped, overshot, hit building and burnt, 11.9.44 Units 432/408
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Motor Transport Driver
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Motor Transport Motor Mechanic
Survived
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner (Rear)
Survived
Flying Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
Motor Transport Driver
Survived
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper) 
KIA
Dakota Mk. III
KG653
1944-09-24
C-47A-20-DK 42-93546 to USAAF May 31, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG653 via RAF Montreal Jun 6, 1944. RAF UK Jun 12, 1944. Assigned to No. 1 Ferry Unit, but operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, when it was lost in Europe on 24 September 1944, carrying ground crew destined for RCAF Dakota squadrons in the Far East. Apparently strayed off course in bad weather during delivery flight to Middle East. Shot down by Hptm Lulius Meimberg in Bf 109G-14 of JG 53/Stab II at Neuleiningen, Germany Sep 24, 1944. 2 crew and 20 passengers killed.

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Corporal
RCAF
 
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Motor Transport Specialist
KIA
Sergeant
RAAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero-Engine Mechanic
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Armourer
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
Instrument Mechanic
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Motor Transport Specialist
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero-Engine Mechanic
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
Motor Transport Specialist
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
 
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero-Engine Mechanic
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
Clerk
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
Radar Mechanic
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
Pilot
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero-Engine Mechanic
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero-Engine Mechanic
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero-Engine Mechanic
KIA
Aircraftman 1st Class
RCAF
Telephone Operator
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
Motor Transport Specialist
KIA
Corporal
RCAF
Service Police
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Aero-Engine Mechanic
KIA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
Navigator
KIA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
Parachute Rigger
KIA
Liberator B. Mk. VI
EW127
1944-10-04
Ex USAAF B-24J-15-CF, serial number 42-99793. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "V". Crashed on Salt Spring Island on 4 October 1944, due to in flight fire. 11 killed. Cause of fire never determined. To No. 3 Repair Depot in November 1944 for write off.
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
Pilot
KIFA
Halifax B/A.Mk.III
LW379
1944-11-02
Failed to Return, Oberhausen, 2.11.44 Unit 425
Pilot Officer
RCAF
2nd Pilot
PoW
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
PoW
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
PoW
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Mid Upper Gunner
PoW
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
PoW Escapee
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
MId-under gunner
PoW
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
PoW
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner (Rear)
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
PoW
Liberator B. Mk. VI
KH108
1944-11-10
Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. KH108 was EX USAAF 44-10673, and arrived at 5 OTU on 9 August 1944. It was reported missing on the night of 10/11 November 1944, and was later found to have crashed into a mountain on Vancouver Island on 11 November. It was written off the books on 29 December 1944. The wreckage was not located until June 1945, north of the east end of Nitinat Lake. The aircraft carried the code "AT" when it crashed. All 11 crew on board were killed.
Pilot Officer
RAF
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Canso A
11017
1944-11-14
With No. 4 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Tofino, BC when it followed up submarine reported by Russian vessel at 50-52N, 139-39W. No contact. Still with this Squadron went missing on 14 November 1944.
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
armourer
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
armourer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Sunderland Mk. III
DD851
1944-11-26
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator Bomb Aimer
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Canso A
11086
1944-12-02
Delivered new to storage. To No. 3 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 1 July 1944. Still with this unit, based at Comox, BC, when reported missing on 3 December 1944. Pigeon from this plane returned to base 4 days later, without a message. Crashed near Kennedy Lake, east of Tofino, wreckage not located until July 1945. All nine occupants killed.
Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Liberator B. Mk. VI
KH173
1945-01-09
Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AZ". Failed to return from training flight on 9 January 1945. Later found to have crashed at sea off Bell Island (about 10 miles north of Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island). All 11 crew missing, presumed killed.
Pilot Officer
RAF
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Halifax B.Mk.III
LK878
1945-01-15

Halifax Mk.III serial number LK878 was one of 200 aircraft built by Fairey Aviation Stockport, under Contract No.ACFT/891 and Requisition No.HA1/E11/41 and delivered to No. 426 (Thunderbird) Squadron RCAF, No.62 (Beaver) Base based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire, and part of No.6 (RCAF) Bomber Group on Sunday 23rd April 1944. On Tuesday 20thJune 1944 the aircraft was taken on charge by No. 434 (Bluenose) Squadron RCAF based at RAF Croft, Yorkshire, the satellite Station to the Main Station at Middleton St. George, Co. Durham, No.64 Bomber Base part of No.6 (RCAF) Bomber Group… On Wednesday 13th September 1944 the aircraft was categorized as ‘Ac’ and was beyond the repair of the Unit? The aircraft was repaired and returned to No.434 (Bluenose Squadron on Thursday 5th October 1944. Ten days later the aircraft was transferred and taken on charge by No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit based at RAF Station Topcliffe Yorkshire on Sunday 15thOctober 1944

Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
RAFVR
Pilot
KIFA
Sunderland Mk. III
NJ183
1945-02-11
Served with No. 423 (GP) Squadron, RCAF, coded "G". Attacked schnorkel sighting at 55-43N 09-15W on 3 September 1944, probably U-482. Depth charges hung up. Crashed at 12:30 on 12 February 1945 near Dromore Road, 3 miles east of Irvinstown. 11 fatalities.
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Liberator CV ll
EW626
1945-03-13
Leading Aircraftman
RAFAAF
Passenger
KIFA
Warrant Officer Class I
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Squadron Leader
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Corporal
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Colonel
RAFVR
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Corporal
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Lieutenant-Colonel
RAFVR
Navigator
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Passenger
KIFA
Liberator C. Mk. II
AL504
1945-03-27
VIP conversion, with single fin, upgraded engines for use by Winston Churchill.
Civilian
BAM
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Steward
KIFA
Wing Commander
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Commander
RNVR
Passenger
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
Pilot/1st Officer
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Air Marshall
RAF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
BAM
Passenger
KIFA
Squadron Leader (A)
RAFVR
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
BAM
Passenger
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAAF
Navigator
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Civilian
BMF
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Radio Officer
KIFA
Liberator B 24
KH323
1945-04-01
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Pilot Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Canso A
11066
1945-04-03
Delivered new to storage. First issued to a unit on 2 August 1944. Arrived in Iceland on 11 august 1944, for use by No. 162 (BR) Sqaudron. First aircraft equipped with eyeball nose turret with this unit, also had 4 fixed .303 machine guns in nose. To No. 4 Repair Depot for major inspection 30 October 1944. To No. 162 (BR) Squadron in Iceland on 30 January 1945. Still with this unit when lost without a trace while on patrol out of Iceland on 3 April 1945.
Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIA
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Flight Engineer
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Liberator 
KG831
1945-05-27
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Navigator
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
Pilot
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Bomb Aimer
KIA
Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIA
Liberator B. Mk. VI
KK241
1945-06-01
Ex USAAF B-24J-95-CF serial 44-44312, ex RAF KK241. Delivered to stored reserve, issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC on 21 May 1945. Reported missing on cross country flight on 1 June 1945. Ownership to No. 3 Repair Depot on 5 June 1945, for write off. Wreckage later found on Mount Welch, BC (East of Chilliwack, now known as Welch Peak).
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Liberator B 24
KN768
1945-06-30
Sergeant
RAFVR
Wireless Operator
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
Bomb Aimer
Survived
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner
Survived
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
Navigator
Survived
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner 
Survived
Flying Officer
RAFVR
Pilot
KIFA
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
Air Gunner
Survived
Flight Lieutenant
RCAF
1st Responder
Survived
Pilot Officer
RAFVR
Pilot/1st Officer
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Survived
Liberator B. Mk. VI
KG880
1945-07-03
Ex USAAF serial number 44-10385. Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "Y" shortly after arrival, later coded "VJ". Collided on runway at Abbotsford with KH107 on 3 July 1945, total of 9 casualties, all RAF.
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAF
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAF
 
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Liberator B 24
BZ813
1945-07-04
Flight Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Warrant Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RNZAF
 
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
 
KIFA
Liberator C lX
JT982
1945-07-04
London Evening Standard July 6 1945

An RAF Ferry Command C.IX Liberator, JT982 of 231 Squadron, was scheduled for a Washington, Dorval, Gander, Keflavik, Prestwick, and Northolt flight itinerary. The aircraft departed RCAF Gander on July 4, 1945 on the leg to Keflavik with a crew of 4 and 11 VIP passengers including several women. While enroute towards Keflavik, the Liberator ditched in the North Atlantic apparently due to the elevator becoming jammed. Although an intensive two week air and sea search was carried out, no trace of the aircraft or crew and passengers were ever found from the missing Liberator.

Colonel
MD
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
FO
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
FO
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Civilian
IO
Passenger
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RAFVR
Flight Clerk
KIFA
Civilian
FO
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Radio Officer 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Civilian
IO
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Pilot/1st Officer
KIFA
Civilian
FO
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
FO
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
Cabinet
Passenger
KIFA
Civilian
RAF
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Liberator B-24L / GR Mk. VIII
11121
1945-07-13
Ex USAAF B-24L-1-FO, their serial 44-49131. To RAF in March 1945, their serial KL519. Like most Ford built Liberators, unpopular with crews because of many small failures. First used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS from 4 April 1945. First Mk. VIII with this unit. Coded "X". Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To Western Air Command with this unit on 26 June 1945, to RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Crashed on 13 June 1945. Flew into mountain at 2800 foot level in the Somerset Range, 7 miles east-south-east Bamfield, BC while on cross country training flight, after picking up 7 sight-seers at Tofino. No survivors, the 14 killed included Corporal Nora Johnson and her younger brother Corporal Norman M. Johnson. Wreckage not found until 17 July 1945. All bodies buried at crash site. Ownership to No. 3 Repair Depot on 23 July 1945, for write off.
Sergeant
RCAFWD
dental assistant
KIFA
Warrant Officer 1st Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RCAF
Air Gunner
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
air frame mechanic
KIFA
Corporal
RCAFWD
meteorological observer
KIFA
Corporal
RCAF
 
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Leading Aircraftwoman
RCAFWD
 
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Pilot
KIFA
Flying Officer
RCAF
Navigator
KIFA
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
RCAF
Wireless Air Gunner
KIFA
Leading Aircraftman
RCAF
aero engine mechanic
KIFA
Liberator B 24
KN826
1945-08-02
Flying Officer
RAFVR
Pilot
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Bomb Aimer
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAF
Pilot (Captain)
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner
KIFA
Flying Officer
RAFVR
Pilot Instructor
KIFA
Flight Sergeant
RAFVR
Flight Engineer
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Air Gunner
KIFA
Sergeant
RAFVR
Navigator
KIFA
Flight Lieutenant
RAF
Pilot
KIFA
Dakota Mk. III
962
1946-09-15
Estevan Saskatchewan Crash

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92713. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron in 1944, operating between UK and Italy. Based at Gibralter by August 1944. Used by No. 124 (Ferry) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, to pick up and deliver ferry pilots across Canada. Crashed while delivering ferry pilots to pick up Cornells. Pilot lost control while attempting a go around. Subsequent investigation revealed that starboard elevator lock had not been removed before take off at Minot, ND. This was greatest loss of life in any RCAF accident up to that time. Struck off 25 October 1946.

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KIFA
Mitchell Mk. III
894
1947-10-18
Built for USAAF as B-25D-1, serial number 41-29877. Converted to F-10 photo survey configuration before delivery to RCAF. Operated by the Photographic Flight, later known as No. 13 (P) Squadron, from RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, with tri-camera survey installation, 1944 to 1947. Operated in BC fall of 1946, passing through Winnipeg on 27 September 1946 en route to BC. With 413 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1947. To Penticton, BC with Detachment #11 in 1947. Reported overdue out of Penticton on 18 October 1947, aircraft and 7 occupants never found.
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RCAF
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KIFA
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RCAF
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Lancaster Mk.X
KB893
1952-04-25

With 1 Air Navigation School when it crashed at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI on 25 April 1952. Flight Lieutenant W.J.N. Burnett, Flying Officer K.R. Carter, and Flying Officer K.E. Lussier killed.

supplied by Richard Rowntree:

Flown to England to Woodford for tests on 23.2.45; Returned to Canada with #434 Sqdrn. on 8.6.45 as spare in Tiger Force at Dartmouth, N.S.; Converted to Mk.10MP; Post-war KB893 initially served with the Central Flying School at R.C.A.F. Station Trenton, Ontario. It was then transferred to No. 1 Air Navigation School at Summerside, P.E.I. It was carrying out a test flight on the 25th of April, 1952 at Summerside when it bounced on the runway after attempting an overshoot. The pilot retracted the undercarriage while in a very steep climb. The Lanc stalled and crashed. It was subsequently consumed in the ensuing fire. Those killed aboard the Lancaster were as follows: Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Edward Lussier DFC, Flight Lieutenant Walter James Burnett DFC, Flying Officer Kenneth Roland Carter, and Cpl. Joseph Bernard Lachaine SOC 8.5.52

My grandfather was the pilot when this one crashed.

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Lancaster Mk.X
KB914
1953-02-01
Converted to MR configuration by de Havilland Canada. Issued to No. 405 (MR) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 14 May 1952. Had 134:00 logged time on that date. Coded "AG*914". Periodic inspection performed 13 January 1953. Dispatched to Iceland in January 1953, together with KB868, for ASW exercise. Both aircraft diverted on 31 January 1953 back to to Goose Bay, to join in search for a missing civilian Beech 18. Diverted to Torbay, Newfoundland in bad weather, but attempted to reach Goose Bay after two engines failed, probably due to icing. Crashed about 100 miles east of Goose Bay in early morning of 1 February 1953, 9 crew killed. Wreckage not located until 15 June 1953.
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Lancaster Mk.X
KB995
1953-05-26
With No. 407 (MR) Squadron when it crashed on 26 May 1953. 10 fatalities.
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Flying Officer
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RCAF
 
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RCAF
 
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RCAF
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Argus 2
20727
1965-03-23
Argus on exercises in 'Maple Spring' Lost in Atlantic

With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood from 29 January 1959. To No. 2 (M) Operational Traiing Unit detachment at Greenwood on 3 February 1959. To Fairey Aviation for updates on 24 November 1960. Back at Greenwood from 30 May 1961. To Fairey again for furtherupdates, 8 July 1964 to 6 January 1965. With Argus Conversion Unit at Greenwood in early 1965. With No. 404 Squadron, on detachment to Puerto Rico, when it disappeared during night training mission 60 miles north of Puerto Rico on 23 March 1965. First Argus lost. No trace ever found. 15 fatalities, including two civilian scientists. Disappeared at night, some have theorized aircraft may have dug in a wing tip during a low level turn.

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Buffalo 
9461 (115461)
1974-08-09
The Province (Vancouver British Columbia Canada) · 20 Dec 1974 Friday source:newspapers.com

Delivered to No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron on 16 May 1968. Seen at Gatwick, UK on 3 June 1968.

With No. 424 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Trenton, Ontario. Seen at Gatwick, UK on 23 May1973. Lent from 424 Sdn. to 116 Air Transport Unit for use with the United Nations in the Middle East, late 1973. Only Buffalo lost during RCAF / CAF service. In 2002, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario acquired company number 85, Ex Sudan Air Force number 811, ex Sudan Airways ST-AHP, in the US. It has been restored to the markings of 115461 when it was shot down.

Canadian Armed Forces (United Nations paint scheme) Buffalo 115461 (formerly RCAF 9461)

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