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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 Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
1 AllenErnest JamesFlying OfficerJ/20587CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-12TyphoonIbMN5535V-KB.9 Lantheuil, FranceArmed recceHit by flakKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xvii. F. 16. France
Accident report
2 AndersonWilliamFlying OfficerJ/36997CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-03-24TyphoonIbMN9365V-BB.78 Eindhoven NLSweepHit by flak, crashed near DingdenKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 31. B. 18. Germany
Accident report
3 AngeliniSamuelFlying OfficerJ/37114CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-01TyphoonIbMN5895V-BB.78 Eindhoven NL09:45Armed recceShot down by enemy fighterKilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cemetery XV. D. 7, NL
Accident report
4 BeattyJames HughesSergeantR/CanadianPilotDFC
RCAFWestern Air Command132 Sqd RCAF1942-06-05KittyhawkIET866ZR-RCAF RockliffeFerry from RCAF Rockliffe Ontario to new base at RCAF Sea Island, B.C.Sheared off landing gear while landing on soft groundSlight injuriesAccident reportPilot later commissioned and commanded 439 Sqd RCAF on Typhoons earning his DFC.
5 BellBernard ErnestFlying OfficerJ/44311CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-27TyphoonIbMP1455V-B-78 Eindhoven12:00Armed recceShot down by flak and small arms. Abandoned aircraft near St VithPoW Accident report
6 BrownJames AlbertFlying OfficerJ/28760CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-06TyphoonIbMN3455V-GB-78 Eindhoven11:10Armed recceHit by flak, abandoned near DeventerPoW Accident report
7 BrownRaymond AlexanderFlying OfficerJ/21136CanadianPilotDFC
1944-06-23TyphoonIbMN6635V-RAF HurnArmed recceHit by flak. Pilot abandoned aircraft off the Isle of WightRescued Accident report
8 BurdenGeorge FranklinFlying OfficerJ/88715CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-05-03TyphoonIbSW4435V-MB.150 HustedtArmed recceHit by flak- Crashed Esingen, near Pinneberg, GermanyKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 278. United Kingdom
Accident report
9 ChurchS AWarrant Officer Class IR/87186CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-29TyphoonIbMN7915V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceShot down by enemy fighters. Crashed near Coesfeld.PoW Accident report
10 CleghornD GFlying OfficerJ/23864CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-02TyphoonIbMN5815V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak. Force landed at Nordhorn and captured.PoW Accident report
11 CoteM J AFlying OfficerJ/14529CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-28TyphoonIbMN3755V-SB-78 EindhovenArmed recceFuel starvation, abandoned aircraft near LuxemburgEvaded Accident report
12 CoteM J AFlight LieutenantJ/14529CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-14TyphoonIbRB2045V-EB-78 EindhovenArmed recceDamaged by flak, force landed near DeventerEvaded Accident report
13 CrosbyRobert GordonSquadron LeaderC/22655CanadianPilotDFC
1945-01-22TyphoonIbMP1345V-B-78 Eindhoven10:35Armed recceHit by flak, thrown clear when aircraft exploded in mid-air. Parachuted.Evaded Accident report
14 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.
15 DavisWilliam GeorgeFlight LieutenantJ/29881CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-03-30TyphoonIbRB4355V-B.166 FlensburgArmed recceHit by flak and crashed near LengerichKilledHolten Canadian War Cemetery, IX. H. 5. Netherlands
Accident report
16 ElfnerPaul JamesFlying OfficerJ/22281CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-04-10TyphoonIbJR2645V-HRAF FuntingtonArmed recceDitched off Beachy Head killing pilotKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 246. United Kingdom
Accident report
17 FraserJ GFlying OfficerJ/36722CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-11TyphoonIbMN5475V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceDamaged by flak. Force landed near SneekEvaded Accident report
18 GrayWilliam AdamPilot OfficerJ/88900CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-27TyphoonIbPD4585V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceFlak, crashed near GeldernKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 1. F. 18. Germany
Accident report
19 HewsonG WFlying OfficerJ/21152CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-09TyphoonIbMP1525V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceFlak, aircraft abandoned near VlissingenPoW Accident report
20 HiltzRobert ArthurFlying OfficerJ/37855CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-19TyphoonIbMN3575V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceDamaged by flak, force landed at MaeseikEvaded Accident report
21 HiltzRobert ArthurFlying OfficerJ/37855CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-21TyphoonIbMN1245V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceFlak blew off wing, bailed out but chute failed to openKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 21. D. 7. Germany
Accident report
22 JohnsRoyce AllenFlying OfficerJ/21959CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-05TyphoonIbMN7655V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, exploded against church steepleKilledZevenaar Roman Catholic Cemetery, Zevenaar, Gelderland, Netherlands. Grave 52

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23 KalenJohnFlying OfficerJ/21856CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-18TyphoonIbMN5745V-B-9 LantheuilArmed recceFlak, crashed near Mesnil-FrementelKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xix. G. 6. France
Accident report
24 LambertCharles AlbertFlight LieutenantJ/7827CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-15TyphoonIbPD4785V-B-78 EindhovenWeather recceHit by flak, killed crash landing behind enemy linesKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, grave 13. F. 6
Accident report
25 LaycockMaurice PrestonFlying OfficerJ/22035CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-28TyphoonIbMN8705V-PB-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, exploded in mid-airKilledCommemorated Voorst (Terwolde) General Cemetery, Plot 8A. Row 1. Grave 8. Netherlands.
Accident report
26 MacDonaldRalph NelsonFlying OfficerJ/21003CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-03TyphoonIbJR5005V-XB-78 EindhovenTest flightStalled at low altitude in a tight turnKilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Xv. D. 15. Netherlands
Accident report
27 MacTavishRoswell MurrayFlying OfficerJ/22385CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-03-18HurricaneIVLD594RAF Ayr Scotland10:20FerryBroke off from formation and dove into groundKilledAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire, Sec. R. 1931. Div. Grave 2721. United Kingdom
Accident report
28 MartinJohn GeorgeFlying OfficerJ/37648CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-19TyphoonIbPD6075V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, bailed out but parachute opened too lowKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 247. United Kingdom
Accident report
29 McAvityHugh KayeFlight LieutenantJ/4884CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-02-10HurricaneIVLE568RAF Ayr Scotland14:20TrainingSpun into the seaMissingRunnymede Memorial, Panel 244. United Kingdom
Accident report
30 McBrideA CFlying OfficerJ/85728CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-02TyphoonIbMN3795V-EB-78 EindhovenArmed recceFlak, force landed in no man's land near Geldern. Rescued by US patrol just ahead of the GermansEvaded Accident report
31 McCulloughJ HFlight LieutenantJ/16210CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-04-23TyphoonIbSW5255V-B.100 GochArmed recceDamaged by flak. Crash landed behind enemy linesPoW Accident report
32 MoenRonald OlafFlying OfficerJ/22034CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-12TyphoonIbMN3105V-UB-9 LantheuilArmed recceFlak damaged, exploded during attempted crash landingKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 247. United Kingdom
Accident report
33 PollockNorval EdwardFlight LieutenantJ/14314CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-03-21HurricaneIVLE972RAF Ayr Scotland16:00TrainingSpun in after mid air collision with US P-47 ThunderboltKilledBournemouth North Cemetery, Row G.4. Grave 90. United Kingdom
Accident report
34 PorrittRobert ArthurPilot OfficerJ/21202CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-19TyphoonIbMN4015V-GB-9 LantheuilArmed recceLast seen over target area, presumed destroyed by flakKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xxvi. E. 7. France
Accident report
35 RossJ WFlying OfficerJ/22382USAUSAPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-15TyphoonIMN4175V-RAF HurnArmed recceFlak over Caen, abandoned over CarpiquetPoW Accident report
36 SageKenneth FreelandFlight LieutenantC/1191CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-24TyphoonIbMN8945V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by flak, crashed near MayenKilledHotton War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave: VIII. F. 11.
Accident report
37 SaundersWilliam LeeFlight LieutenantJ/22803CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-03TyphoonIbMN3485V-B-78 EindhovenDive bombingHit by flak, crashed at Burden germanyKilledCommemorated Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, 12. B. 1. Germany
Accident report
38 SavilleJohn WaltonFlight LieutenantJ/8146CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-05TyphoonIbMN2105V-URAF HurnArmed recceShot down by flak over GuernseyKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 244. United Kingdom
Accident report
39 ScharffWilliam KennethFlight LieutenantJ/7814CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-19TyphoonIbPD4485V-B.24 St. AndreArmed recceShot down by flak over Vimoutier FranceKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 244. United Kingdom.
Accident report
40 ShaverClarence LyallFlight LieutenantJ/17058CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-03-02TyphoonIbMN1445V-HB-78 EindhovenDive bombingHit by flak at low level. Crashed near DulmenKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 21. H. 18. Germany
Accident report
41 SmithI WFlight LieutenantPilotFighter439 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-08TyphoonIbJR521Force landed at St Germain d'Ecot
42 SmithR VFlying OfficerPilotFighter439 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-22TyphoonIbMP136Abandoned near HertogenboschEvaded
43 SweeneyJohn DanielFlying OfficerJ/35843USAUSAPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-26TyphoonIbPD4595V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceHit by 20mm flak in fuel tank, engine quit over home base, crash-landed with one gear up and dead engine.Safe Accident report
44 SweeneyJohn DanielFlying OfficerJ/35843USAUSAPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-20TyphoonIbRB3175V-B-78 EindhovenArmed recceDamaged by flak and crash landed behind enemy lines near Arnhem NLPoW Accident report
45 SwinglerBernard PercyFlight LieutenantJ/21837CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-22TyphoonIbMP1515V-RB-78 EindhovenArmed recceLured into a flak trap by a Ju-52. Shot down and crashed near Haldem GermanyKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 278. United Kingdom
Accident report
46 ThomasFrank MacDonaldFlying OfficerJ/20648CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-08TyphoonIbMN4645V-NB-9 LantheuilArmed recceFlak damaged, stalled and crashed on final during force landing attempt. Bomb exploded on impact.KilledBeny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, X. E. 12. France
Accident report
47 VokeyRichard WalterFlying OfficerJ/25397CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-24TyphoonIbPD4655V-YB-58 Melsbroek Belgium17:10Armed recceFlew into ground during attack (might have been damaged by enemy fighter)KilledBergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, 7. F. 10. Netherlands
Accident report
48 WrightWilliam AlbertFlight SergeantR/74061CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-24TyphoonIbPD4925V-B.78 Eindhoven NLArmed recceShot down by friendly fire from US P-47 Thunderbolts. Bailed out but chute didn't open.KilledRheinberg War Cemetery, 5. A. 8. Germany.
Accident report
49 PilotFighter1 Sqd RCAF
1940-09-01HurricaneP3068Crash landed Northolt
50 PilotFighter1 Sqd RCAF
1940-09-25HurricaneV6749Force landed nr Cookham

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