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* NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Our date is always the Take Off date as this is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. (Earlier readers may remember we stated our date was the Briefing Date, but it is in fact the TAKE OFF date). To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date date we change our record if necessary

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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 BeirnesJack RifeSquadron LeaderJ/13458CanadianPilotDFC & Bar
RCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-06-01TyphoonIbSW393F3-BB-166 FlensburgShow of power over CopenhagenEngine failure, crashed while attempting emergency landing in a fieldDied of wounds 10 minutes after accidentAabenraa Cemetery, Allied Mil. Plot. Row 6. 14. Denmark
Accident report
2 BreenRoy FrederickPilot OfficerJ/92935CanadianPilotCroix de Guerre (Belgium)
RCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-24TyphoonIbMP178F3-HB-78 EindhovenArmed recceShot down by flakKilledHotton War Cemetery Grave: VIII.F.9
Accident report
3 BrownJohn KerkFlying OfficerJ/44181CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-16TyphoonIbMP192F3-JB-78 EindhovenArmed recceShot down by flak, bailed successfullyPoW
Accident report
4 BrydonEdward DaleFlying OfficerJ/44042CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-26TyphoonIbRB429F3-XB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit trees whilst attacking Motorised Enemy Troop column - Crashed South-West of GnissauKilledHamburg Cemetery Germany
Accident report
5 BuggTheodore AlexanderFlight LieutenantJ/11316CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-12TyphoonIbMN538F3-NHurn, HantsArmed recceHit by flak over Normandy, bailed off coastRescued Accident report
6 BuggTheodore AlexanderFlight LieutenantJ/11316CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-12TyphoonIbMN687F3-SB-9 LantheuilArmed recceHit by flak, crashed at CalavadosKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xviii. H. 13. France
Accident report
7 CornelisonJohn EdgarFlying OfficerJ/27764CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-29TyphoonIbPD479F3-QB-78 EindhovenArmed recceShot down by Bf-109s, crashed near ArnhemKilledRunnymede Memorial Groesbeck Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands ? United Kingdom
Accident report
8 DavidsonRobert Tremayne PillsburyWing Commander39968CanadianPilotDFC

Croix de Guerre (France)

US Air Medal
RAFFighter438 Sqd RCAF

143 Wing RCAF
1944-05-08TyphoonIbMM957F3-N5RAF HurnBombingSuffered engine failure during an attack on the Douai marshalling yards, force landed and evaded capture from the enemy. He served with the French resistance until 5 September when he was able to rejoin allied lines.Evaded Accident reportAircraft was from 438 Sqd but pilot was the RAF WingCo "flying" of 143 Wing RCAF (438, 439 & 440 Sqds). W/C Davisdon transferred to the RCAF on 12 Dec 1944 with new S/N C89519.
9 DawberNorman EwartFlying OfficerJ/26435CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-18TyphoonIbMP131F3-JB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, abandoned near ArnhemEvaded capture Accident report
10 EdingtonGeorge PercyFlight LieutenantJ/11044CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-18TyphoonIbMN579F3-JHurn, HantsArmed recceHit by flak, bailed near Roiville and was capturedPoW Accident report
11 ErringtonGordon RobertWarrant Officer Class IIR/90970CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-21TyphoonIbPD476F3-EB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, bailed near PiershilPoW Accident report
12 GettyRonald ClaireFlying OfficerJ/27741CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-16TyphoonIbMN298F3-AHurn, HantsArmed recceHit by flak, abandoned aircraftEvaded Accident report
13 HartnettTimothyPilot OfficerJ/91195IrelandCanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-23TyphoonIbRB342F3-QB-78 EindhovenArmed recceDisapeared in cloudKilledBecklingen War Cemetery Germany
Accident report
14 HeardDonald JohnFlight LieutenantJ/22976CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-03-02TyphoonIbRB2852F3-?B-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, crashed near AppelhusenPoW Accident report
15 HoggJames EassonSquadron LeaderJ/21119CanadianPilotDFC
RCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-03-23TyphoonIbMP138F3-XB-78 EindhovenTrainingFailed to pull out of diveKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 278
Accident report
16 HopeJohn Charles WilliamFlying OfficerJ/27241CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-01-14HurricaneIVKZ228RAF Heathfield15:30TrainingStalled and spun into groundKilledAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire, Sec. R. 1931 Div. Grave 2719, UK
Accident report
17 JohnsonRoss EveleighFlying OfficerJ/27232CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-15N/AN/AN/AN/AB-10 Plumetot, FranceResupply in motor transportCaught in artillery barrage while on groundKilledBeny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers. Grave XV.E.5
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18 JonesThomas MervilleFlying OfficerJ/44192UKCanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-25TyphoonIbRB323F3-VB.150 HustedtArmed recceHit by flak near Bovenau Germany, abandonned aircraft, parachuted, captured and sent to POW camp. Ironically, he escaped on May 9th, a day after the war ended and made his way to France to call his fiancee back in Canada.POW Accident report
19 KellerRoss WhaleyFlying OfficerJ/37649CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-01TyphoonIbPD503F3-RB-78 EindhovenArmed RecceStrafed on airfield during take offKilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial Gelderland, Netherlands Plot: XV.D.5
Accident reportRead Archive Report
20 KinsellaWilliam JamesPilot OfficerJ/95521CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-04TyphoonIbMP181F3-FB-78 EindhovenArmed recceShot down by Bf-109sKilledHanover War Cemetery Germany
Accident report
21 LivingstoneJohn George Stanley JosephFlight LieutenantJ/85932CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-14TyphoonIbJR294F3-?B-78 EindhovenRecceStalled and spun in orbiting home fieldKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery Germany
Accident report
22 McAlpineEarl JamesFlight LieutenantJ/5788CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-04TyphoonIbRB217F3-JB-78 EindhovenArmed recceShot down by Bf-109sKilledHanover War Cemetery Germany
Accident report
23 McKenzieRobert MelneFlight LieutenantJ/11317CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-18TyphoonIbMN707F3-EB-9 LantheuilArmed recceHit by flakKilledRanville War Cemetery France
Accident report
24 McMannVictor ErnestFlying OfficerJ/13598CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-18TyphoonIbMN455F3-ZB-78 EindhovenArmed recceCrash landed in field behind enemy lines after engine seized. Captured.PoW No: 8631 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria / Stalag LuckenwaldeNone - survived the war as a PoWAccident reportRead Archive Report
25 MooresDouglas KeithFlying OfficerJ/17649CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-03TyphoonIbMN321F3-GB-9 LantheuilArmed recceHit by flak, exploded in mid airKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xiv. A. 1. France
Accident report
26 MorrisonWilliam HaroldFlying OfficerJ/27387CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-15TyphoonIbMN426F3-HB-9 LantheuilArmed recceAccidently hit high ground near Trou France during attackKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xxiv. G. 6. France
Accident report
27 NewsomeAlbert BarclayFlight LieutenantJ/10652CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-07TyphoonIbMP135F3-GB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flakKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 12. G. 2. Germany.
Accident report
28 NixonAllan FinleyFlying OfficerJ/35861CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-13TyphoonIbRB226F3-HB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, abandonned aircraftPOW Accident report
29 ParkLewis E.Flight LieutenantJ/12491USAUSAPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-27TyphoonIbMN746F3-XB-9 LantheuilArmed recceFlak, crashed near CaenKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 247
Accident report
30 SharpeGeorge HaroldFlying OfficerJ/13612CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-18TyphoonIbMN347F3-ZB-9 LantheuilArmed recceHit by flakKilledBayeux War Cemetery France
Accident report
31 SkellyFrank Richard FisherFlying OfficerJ/35985CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-22TyphoonIbMP128F3-XB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flakKilledJonkerbos War Cemetery, 18. F. 7. Netherlands
Accident report
32 VickersAlbert HarveyFlying OfficerJ/21585CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-28TyphoonIbJR497F3-FB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, abandoned aircraft behind enemy lines, capturedPoW Accident report
33 WallaceIvan James VincentFlying OfficerJ/29904CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-23TyphoonIbRB333F3-RB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, exploded in mid airKilledHellendoorn General Cemetery, Grave 17. Netherlands
Accident report
34 WashburnDean JeromeFlying OfficerJ/29339CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-24TyphoonIbMP186F3-VB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flakKilledHotton War Cemetery, V. A. 7. Belgium
Accident reportRead Archive Report
35 WilksArthur G.Flight SergeantR/211126CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-05-14TyphoonIbRB446F3-B.150 HustedtRecceFuel starvation when switching from long range tanks to internal fuel. Belly landed near Flensburg Luftwaffe airfield.Slight injuriesAccident report
36 WilsonPeterFlight LieutenantJ/9876CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-12TyphoonIbMN346F3-XRAF HurnArmed recceFlak damaged, force landed on emergency airfield under construction at Plumetot.Injured Accident report
37 WilsonPeterFlight LieutenantJ/9876CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF438 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-01TyphoonIbPD556F3-QB-78 EindhovenArmed recceStraffed while taking off during Luftwaffe attackKilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. Grave: XV.D.1
Accident reportRead Archive Report

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