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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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438 Squadron Crest
18.10.1944 No. 438 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN555 F3-Z F/O. 'Vic' McMann

Operation: Patrol

Date: 18th October 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 438 Squadron RCAF - Wild Cats (motto: ‘Going down’)

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN555

Code: F3-Z

Base: ALG B.78. Eindhoven

Location: 3 Miles South Rheden

Pilot: F/O. "Vic" Victor Ernest McMann J/13598 RCAF Age ? PoW No: 8631 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria / Stalag Luckenwalde


We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in September 2017.


REASON FOR LOSS:

During a patrol his Typhoon was hit by flak and suffered engine failure.

Forced to land in German held territory 3 miles South of Rheden, he was captured and made PoW.

Burial details:

None, the pilot from Vancouver, Canada, survived the war after being liberated by the Russians on the 22nd April 1945 from Stalag Luckenwalde. Previously served with 118 Squadron and this was reported to be his 63rd Operational sortie.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil and sources as quoted below:

KTY - 24.09.2017

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', 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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