RCAF Losses 06/06/1944

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  1. canuck

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    Flying Officer Leonard Ralph Allman, a pilot with 440 Squadron. Killed in action when his Typhoon aircraft was shot down while attacking enemy transport. From Toronto, Ontario, age 25. Buried in Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian Cemetery, France.

    Flying Officer James Kennedy Anderson, a navigator with 196 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when he bailed out of his Stirling aircraft over the English Channel. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, age 21. Buried in the Calais Canadian War Cemetery, France.

    Flying Officer Thomas Frederick Barker, a navigator with 620 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action, along with Flying Officer N. Caskey and the remainder of the crew, when his Stirling aircraft was shot down while part of the airborne assault. From Toronto, Ontario, aged 26. Buried in the La Delivrande War Cemetery, France.

    Flying Officer Joseph Francis Terence Beesley, a pilot with 426 Squadron. Killed in action after an attack on a coastal battery near Trouville, France, when his Halifax aircraft exploded in mid-air. The remainder of the crew, five members of the RCAF and one RAF flight engineer were also killed. From Smithers, British Columbia, age 21. Buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England.

    Warrant Officer 1st Class Nathan Louis Berger, a wireless air gunner with 233 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Dakota aircraft was shot down while part of the airborne assault. From Montreal, Quebec, age 22. Buried in the Ranville War Cemetery, France.

    Pilot Officer Roy Frank Carol, an air gunner with 426 Squadron. Killed in action after an attack on a coastal battery near Trouville, France, when his Halifax aircraft exploded in mid-air. The remainder of the crew, five members of the RCAF and one RAF flight engineer were also killed. Home town unknown, age 20. Buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England.

    Flying Officer Irvine Nathaniel Caskey, a pilot with 620 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action along with Flying Officer T.F. Barker and the remainder of the crew when his Stirling aircraft was shot down while part of the airborne assault. Born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, aged 24. Buried in the La Delivrande War Cemetery, France.

    Flying Officer Jack Scott Cox, a pilot with 430 Squadron. Killed in action when his P-51 Mustang was shot down during a low-level reconnaissance flight. From Brockville, Ontario, age 23. Buried in the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France.

    Corporal Francis Edward James Day, a communications technician with 15082 Ground Control Intercept Unit. Killed in action on Omaha Beach in support of American Forces. From Winona, Ontario, age 25. Corporal Day joined the Royal Air Force as an electronic technician. Buried in the Bayeux Cemetery, France.

    Pilot Officer Graham William Durnin, a wireless air gunner with 426 Squadron. Killed in action after an attack on a coastal battery near Trouville, France, when his Halifax aircraft exploded in mid-air. The remainder of the crew, five members of the RCAF and one RAF flight engineer were also killed. From Vancouver, British Columbia, age 20. Buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England.

    Flying Officer Melsom Henry Walter Gee, a pilot with 183 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Typhoon was shot down south of Caen. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, age 22. Buried in the Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France.

    Flying Officer Arthur Hugh Grange, a bomb aimer with 582 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Lancaster was lost during night operations against Langres, France. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.

    Flying Officer Richard Reginald Irvine, a bomb aimer with 426 Squadron. Killed in action after an attack on a coastal battery near Trouville, France, when his Halifax aircraft exploded in mid-air. The remainder of the crew, five members of the RCAF and one RAF flight engineer were also killed. Originally from Monktown, Republic of Ireland, age 32. He is buried in the Mount Jerome Cemetery, Country Dublin, Irish Republic.

    Flying Officer Harvey Edgar Jones, a pilot with 233 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Dakota aircraft was shot down during the airborne assault. From Welland, Ontario, age 26. Buried in the Ranville War Cemetery, France.

    Flying Officer William Robert McCutcheon, an air gunner with 97 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Lancaster aircraft was shot down during night operations against Cherbourg, France. From West Summerland, British Columbia, age 29. He is buried in the Bayeux War Cemetery, France.

    Warrant Officer 1st Class James Henry Munroe, a wireless air gunner with 299 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action, along with one other Canadian, when his Stirling aircraft was shot down during the airborne assault. From Hamilton, Ontario, age 23. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.

    Flight Sergeant Morris Campbell Murray, a navigator with 76 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Halifax aircraft was shot down during operations against Molt, Fleury, France. From Toronto, Ontario, age 29. Buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, France.

    Squadron Leader Wilmot Reginald Pettit, OBE, DFC, a pilot with 620 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Stirling aircraft was shot down during the airborne assault. From Brantford, Ontario, age 32. Buried in the Ranville, Cemetery, France.

    Flight Lieutenant Herbert William Rieger, a navigator / bomb aimer with 97 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Lancaster aircraft was shot down during night operations against Cherbourg, France.

    Pilot Officer Theodore Henry Shrump, an air gunner with 299 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action, along with one other Canadian, when his Stirling aircraft was shot down during the airborne assault. From Hamilton, Ontario, age 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.

    Flying Officer Adrian Ralph Taylor, a pilot with 183 (RAF) Squadron. Killed in action when his Typhoon aircraft was shot down south of Caen. From Bell Island, Newfoundland, age 24. Buried in the St Valery-en-Caux, Franco-British Cemetery, France.

    Flying Officer Roy Hudson Tranter, a navigator with 426 Squadron. Killed in action after an attack on a coastal battery near Trouville, France, when his Halifax aircraft exploded in mid-air. The remainder of the crew, five members of the RCAF and one RAF flight engineer were also killed. From Peterborough, Ontario, age 31. He is buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England.
     
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    The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) had 42 operational squadrons overseas on D-Day—June 6, 1944.

    These 42 also included a Home War Establishment unit, 162 Squadron, which operated Canso aircraft; it had been “loaned” to Royal Air Force (RAF) Coastal Command. Of these 42 squadrons, 39 have the “Normandy” Battle Honour, meaning that they took part in combat operations either on D-Day or during the subsequent campaign.

    Hundreds of Canadian aircraft were in the air on D-Day and thousands of RCAF men and women served in Canadian or other Commonwealth units. Of the 23 Canadian airmen who were killed on D-Day, seven served with RCAF squadrons. The remainder served with RAF squadrons and units.
     
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    Lest We Forget.
     
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    J90183 P/O Roy Frank Carol was born Maryfield, Saskatchewan 6 July 1923. He was the son of Frank and Winnifred (nee Ross) Carol of Shorthoaks, Saskatchewan.

    J27158 P/O Arthur Hugh Grange was born Queenston, Ontario 14 December 1916. He was the son of Arthur and Edna May (nee Cascaden) Grange of Niagara Falls, Ontario; husband of the former Mary Patricia Sheppard of Queenston, Ontario.

    J21536 F/O Richard Reginald Irvine was born Monktown, Eire 28 December 1911. He was the son of Robert King and Caroline (nee Groombridge) Irvine of Dublin, Eire. He had emigrated to Canada settling in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where he enlisted from on 17 February, 1942.
     
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