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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Operation: Amiens Glisy Airfield, France

Date: 16th August 1943 (Monday)

Unit: No. 174 Squadron (motto: 'Attack') 11 Group. 2nd Tactical Air Force

Type: Typhoon IB

Serial: JP444

Code: XP-?

Base: RAF Lydd

Location: Amiens Glisy

Pilot: Fl/Lt. John Rutherford Sterne DFC. J/5831 RCAF Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

After crossing the French coast at Cayeux the squadron continued to the target. When the squadron reached the target they bombed from 11,000 - 5,000 ft. JP444 received a direct hit from flak.

Some reports state that he baled from the aircraft and after capture was murdered by the Germans. We have not been able to clarify this.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. John Rutherford Sterne DFC. Saint Pierre Cemetery. Plot 1. Row C. Grave 11. Born on the 26th September 1922 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Son of William Harry and Ethel M. Beatty of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Husband of Ethel Rose Ward of Kenton Street, London, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Julian Proddow, The great people on the Typhoon Project, other sources as quoted below:

KTY -02-03-2021

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Acknowledgements
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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