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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
17701 ZareikinSamuelPilot OfficerJ17716CanadianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command102Sqn (Ceylon)
1943-05-27HalifaxIIJD149DY:HRAF Pocklington23:26EssenLast heard on the W/T at 01:40 hrs calling for help. JD149 was claimed Lt. Heinz Grimm, his 14th Anschuss and first of two this night, Stab IV./NJG1 8 km WSW of Den Oever at 2.400 m. at 01:44 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 22 June) 1943 Part 1 - Theo Boiten)KiAWieringen (Hippolytushoef) General Cemetery, Plot C. Row 13. Coll. grave 378-380Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of David and Pola(née Yoffas) Zareikin of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

His brother Plt Off. Joseph Zareikin C88488 was KiA along with his crew on the 5th October 1944. 433 Sqn, RCAF Halifax III NP944 killed in night fighter attack.
17702 ZavitzR CFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command106Sqn
1943-01-13LancasterIW4261ZN-CSyerston1640EssenCrashed near DusseldorfKilledReichswald Forest War CemeteryParadie Archive Database
17703 ZavitzJFlight LieutenantRCAFBomber Command420Sqn RCAF
1944-07-28HalifaxIIIMZ645PT-NTholthorpe2237HamburgCrashed at EstorfKilledBecklington War Cemetery Paradie Archive DatabaseAttacker Klaus Möller
17704 ZayetsSSergeantR56703RCAFBomber Command428Sqn RCAF
1943-07-13HalifaxVDK228NA-DMiddleton St George2338AachenCrashed Mesnil-St-Blaise BelgiumKilledFlorennes Communal Paradie Archive Database
17705 ZayetsPeterSergeantR/124095Age 23CanadaAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command1666 Heavy Conversion Unit1944-02-29HalifaxIIJD386TRAF Wombleton, Yorkshire1230Training See archive report for further details Killed Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery Sec F. Row C. Grave 1.Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
17706 ZburaGeorge JohnPilot OfficerJ/42332Age 21CanadaW/Op/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command415Sqn RCAF
1944-11-02HalifaxIIINA5836U-FRAF East Moor, Yorkshire1630Dusseldorf4km NNE of RocherathMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 248


Courtesy John Jones

Paradie Archive DatabaseBorn on the 03rd July 1924. Son of Mr. and Mrs Stephen Zbura of 512-8th Avenue East, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

With thanks to Thierry Cardon for details

Information courtesy John Jones

17707 ZbytnuckTFlight SergeantRCAFBomber Command428Sqn RCAF
1944-04-17HalifaxIIJN973NA-UMiddleton St George2032GardeningKilledRunnymede Paradie Archive Database
17708 ZdanR TPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command428Sqn RCAF
1943-09-23HalifaxVDK271NA-QMiddleton St George1857MannheimCrashed GeinsheimKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
Paradie Archive Database
17709 ZdanBenjamin HenryPilot OfficerJ206064th October 1915 in Glenella, ManitobaCanadian1st PilotRCAFTraining Command111OTU1943-03-19Mitchell (B-25C Ser No. 41-12760)IIFL697BHOakes Field, Nassau10:40TrainingFL697 was airborne at 10:40 hrs for local flying with just 1st and 2nd Pilots aboard. At approximately 11:10 hrs the aircraft was seen flying at about 500 ft in a normal climbing attitude heading SE from the Field with flames and very little smoke coming from the starboard engine nacelle. It was seen to continue for a short period of time and then start a slow turn to starboard. After turning through about 90 degrees the nose dropped and the aircraft entered a vertical dive, enveloped in flames, crashed at about 15:10 hrs, and exploded south of the Field.KilledNassau War Cemetery West A.6
Son of Hendry and Mary (née Cheelia) Zdan. Husband to Margaret Elizabeth (née Tedford) Dan of Glenella, Manitoba, Canada
17710 ZealandJ HPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command102Sqn (Ceylon)
1942-11-09HalifaxIIDT539DY-APocklington1751HamburgCrashed at OosterendKilledDen Burg General Cemetery TexelParadie Archive Database
17711 ZeavinMaxFlight SergeantR/111112W/Op/Air/GnrRCAFBomber Command426Sqn RCAF
1943-03-09WellingtonIIIX3284OW-XRAF Dishforth, Yorkshire1832Gardening See archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 186Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
17712 ZegarchukJames EugeneSergeantJ/89947Age 22CanadaAir BomberRCAFBomber Command115Sqn
1944-04-24LancasterIHK542KO-JRAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire2205Karlsruhe See archive report for further details KilledHeverlee War Cemetery. Grave 5.E.10.
Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
17713 ZeidelRSergeantR148402RCAFBomber Command429Sqn RCAF
1943-06-11WellingtonXHF542AL-East Moor2308DusseldorfCrashed at Westendrop HollandKilledRunnymedeParadie Archive Database
17714 ZellerW RFlying OfficerC/1420RCAFFighter418Sqn RCAF
1944-09-08MosquitoVIHX811IntruderKilledLimmen Protestant Churchyard NetherlandsParadie Archive Database
17715 ZierlerIsaac BuckFlying OfficerJ/40890NavigatorRCAFBomber Command433Sqn RCAF
1945-04-10LancasterIPB903BM-FRAF Skipton-on-Swale1317Leipzig See Archive report for further details KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 8.F.9.Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
17716 ZimmerRSergeantRCAFBomber Command405Sqn RCAF
1944-01-01LancasterIIIJB280LQ-KGransden Lodge.0023.BerlinCrashed at Nieuw Schoonebeek {Drenthe}KilledSchoonebeek General Cemetery Paradie Archive Database
17717 ZimringBPilot OfficerRCAFBomber Command101Sqn
1944-11-04LancasterINF936SR-FLudford Magna1709BochumKilledReichswald Forest War CemeteryParadie Archive Database
17718 ZobellB MFlight SergeantPilotRCAFFighter Command401Sqn RCAF
1942-08-19SpitfireIXBS120YO-?RAF Biggin Hill / RAF Lympne935RecceSee other archive report for a few detailsInjured None - thought to have survived the warParadie Archive DatabaseSome details here: Read Archive Report
17719 ZoockhanWPilot OfficerJ/6719PilotRCAFFighter403Sqn RCAF
1942-04-25SpitfireVbAB978RamrodCollided with nextKilledRunnymede Memorial United KingdomParadie Archive Database
17720 ZubackG AFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command431Sqn RCAF
1945-03-22LancasterXKB808SE-YCroft1043HildesheimExploded over target areaKilledHannover War Cemetery
Paradie Archive Database
17721 ZubicFrank JosephFlying OfficerJ273194 Jan 1924, London, Ontario, CanadaCanadianAir Gunner RCAFBomber Command101 Sqn
1944-01-01LancasterIDV308SR:VLudford MagnaBerlinClaim by Ma.j Wilhelm Herget from Stab I./NJG4, his 58th Abschuss. The aircraft exploded in the air near Grandrieu South of Beaumont at 05:46 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 15 March 1944) Part 1 - Theo Boiten)KiAGosselies Communal Cemetery Row 2 Grave 19
Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of Zachary and Annie (née Shoblanuik) Maslianka, of London, Ontario, Canada
17722 ZuckerW W TSergeantRCAFBomber Command424Sqn RCAF
1943-05-02WellingtonXHE692QB-TrainingCrashed near Penrhos airfield Paradie Archive Database
17723 ZukNWarrant Officer Class 2RCAF166Sqn
1944-07-25LancasterIIIJB649AS-ZKirmington2120StuttgartCrashed at AuxerreEvaderParadie Archive Database
17724 ZulaufFranklin RoyFlying OfficerJ/17205CanadaBomb AimerDFM

RCAFBomber Command427Sqn RCAF
1944-03-30HalifaxIIILV898ZL-DLeeming2220Nurnberg Shot down by a night fighter and crashed over Herhahn whilst on a bombing raid to Nuremberg. Crashed Herhohn KilledRheinberg War Cemetery 14. E. 6.
Personnal date on Paradie RCAF Archive Halifax LV898, piloted by Squadron Leader J. M. Bissett, DFM was detailed to attack Nuremberg, as part of the main force of 795 aircraft, and was shot down by an enemy night-fighter and crashed at Herhahn, 4km north west of Schleiden, on 30-31 March 1944. All the crew were killed.

The raid on Nuremberg on the night of 30-31 March 1944 was the blackest night for Bomber Command in the whole of the War, with some 96 aircraft lost. 'The Bomber Command War Diaries' by Martin Middlebrook gives the following account: ‘This would normally have been the moon and stand down period for the main bomber force but a raid on the distant target of Nuremberg (8 hours round trip) was planned on the basis of a forecast predicting protective high cloud on the outward route. 795 aircraft were despatched. The German Controller ignored all diversions and assembled his fighters at 2 radio beacons which happened to be astride the route to Nuremberg. The first night fighters appeared just before the bombers reached the Belgian border and a fierce battle in the moonlight lasted for the next hour. 82 bombers were lost on the outward route. The action was much reduced on the return flight, when most of the night fighters had had to land but 96 bombers were lost in total, the largest Bomber Command loss of the war. The main raid over Nuremberg was a failure, the city was covered in thick cloud and a fierce cross wind which developed on the final target approach made the Pathfinder aircraft move too far to the East, little damage was caused. Subsequent research showed that 120 aircraft had bombed Schweinfurt, 50 miles to the North West of Nuremberg and that there had been a 10 mile ‘creep back’ in the main bombing.’ Three Halifax’s from 427 Squadron were lost in the raid with only two crew members surviving. 'The Nuremberg Raid' by Martin Middlebrook gives additional information onLV898: ‘At least nine flight commanders went missing, all killed. 427Sqn lost both A and B flight commanders- Squadron Leader’s Bissett, DFM, and Laird, DFC both Manitobans. Bissett’s crew had already caused anxiety on the squadron when starting their second tour by their apparent unconcern at the importance of keeping on course and his loss was not unexpected. In fact, Bissett’s Halifax had crashed almost exactly on track south of Aachen.’
17725 ZulinovVSergeantRCAFBomber Command50Sqn
1944-06-24LancasterIIIJA899VN-DSkellingthorpe2243ProuvilleCrashed at Ribeaucour {Somme}KilledFransu Churchyard Paradie Archive Database
17726 ZumarMosesWarrant Officer Class IIR/82050PolandCanadianPilotRCAFBomber Command407Sqn RCAF
1942-10-20HudsonVIEW921RAF St Eval, Cornwall EnglandAnti-SubmarineUnconfirmed - accidentMissingRunnymede Memorial, Panel 102.Paradie Archive DatabaseAccident report
17727 ZuntiJames JosephWarrant Officer Class 2R107172CanadaAir Gunner (Mid Upper)RCAFBomber Command50Sqn
1943-11-22LancasterIDV366VN:RRAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire16:44BerlinSee archive report for further informationKiABerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Collective grave grave 1. C. 10-15.Paradie Archive Database
17728 ZywinaJohnFlying OfficerJ/28684PolandCanadianBomb AimerRCAFBomber Command138Sqn (Special)
1944-05-31HalifaxVLL419NF-VTempsford01:41SOEShot down by a He219 of the 3./NJG 1KilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 249. United Kingdom
Accident report
17729 SheppardJackson Eddie (Adis)Pilot OfficerJ/6289CanadianPilotDFC
RCAFFighter CommandMerchant Ship Fighter Unit
1942-02-10Hurricane (Hurricat)IZ4569Merchant vesselTest flightLaunched by rocket catapult from a merchant vessel, his control jammed and he ditched.Unhurt - RescuedAccident report
17730 GilliesDonald JamesFlight SergeantR/155552CanadianBomb AImerRCAFBomber Command19 OTU
1943-07-03WhitleyVLA877WRAF Kinloss23:30Night trainingCrashed in hill sideKilledKinloss Abbey Burial Ground, Grave 61. Row C. United Kingdom
Accident report
17731 RobertsDavid RozellWarrant OfficerR801741st March 1920 in Winnipeg, ManitobaCanadianPilotRCAFTraining Command81OTU
1943.01.11WhitleyVLA766RAF Whitchurch Heath16:07Training FlightTook off for an evening cross country navigation exercise with a screened pilot, navigator, wireless operator and five pupils. Crashed at 20:50 having acknowledged four QDMs, some 23 miles from base and in the county of Denbigh.KiAWrexham Cemetery Sec. D. Grave 9645Son of Cecil Rozell and Barbara (née Clarke) Roberts; husband of Margaret (née MacKenzie) Roberts, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
17732 StewartWilliam HenrySergeantR1131886th December 1913 in Coal Creek, British ColumbiaCanadianAir Gunner (Pupil)RCAFTraining Command 81OTU
1943.01.11WhitleyVLA766RAF Whitchurch Heath16:07Training Flight Took off for an evening cross country navigation exercise with a screened pilot, navigator, wireless operator and five pupils. Crashed at 20:50 having acknowledged four QDMs, some 23 miles from base and in the county of Denbigh. KiA Wrexham Cemetery Sec. D. Grave 9512 Son of James Moore and Annie (née Wright) Steward of Nordegg, Alberta, Canada.
17733 RasmussenSvend AageLeading AircraftsmanR/179380DanemarkCanadianPilotRCAFTraining Command13SFTS RCAF
1943-08-17HarvardIIBFS662RCAF St.HubertTrainingBlacked out pulling out of dive, hit high tension wires and crashedKilledBrigham United Church Cemetery, Quebec, Canada
17734 GlassErnest IsraelWarrant Officer Class 2R/2285Age 27CanadianPilotRCAFBomber Command82 Operational Training Unit.

63 Group

1944-01-02WellingtonIIIBK387-RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire18:31TrainingSee archive report for further details and photo'sKilledHarrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. C. Row H. Grave 16Born on the 03rd February 1916. Worked as an apprentice Pharmacist for J. G. Wright, Moosomin, Saskatchewa. Enlisted on the 05th June 1937. Received his wings on the 05th March 1943 and prompted to Fl/Sgt. on the 01st April 1943. Son of Andrew Hamilton (formerly from Londonderry, Northern Ireland) and Bertrande Glass (née Simm) of Grenfell, Saskatchewan. Husband of Corinne Mary Glass (née Davis - originally from St. Vital, Manitoba, Canada), of Chelsea, London, England who he married on the 16th November 1940.
17735 McHenryJames JustinFlying OfficerJ/25563Age 24CanadianNavigatorRCAFBomber Command82 Operational Training Unit.

63 Group

1944-01-02WellingtonIIIBK387-RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire18:31TrainingSee archive report for further details and photo'sKilledHarrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. C. Row H. Grave 12Born on the 17th July 1919. A student prior to service at Deseronto High School. Enlisted on the 13th June 1938. Awarded navigator badge on the 16th April 1943 and promoted to P/O. then to F/O. on the 16th October 1943. Son of Daniel Joseph (died 1962, age 82) and Mary Julia McHenry (née McCarten - died 1962, age 74), of Lonsdale, Ontario, Canada. Epitaph" 'He Fought The Good Fight He Finished The Course He Kept The Faith R.I.P.
17736 HenfreyJackWarrant Officer Class 2R/119823Age 24CanadianAir BomberRCAFBomber Command 82 Operational Training Unit.

63 Group

1944-01-02WellingtonIIIBK387-RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire18:31Training See archive report for further details and photo's Killed Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. C. Row H. Grave 14 Born on the 30th November 1919. Worked as a photography apprentice at Lakewood Studio, First Street South, Kenora, Ontario. Enlisted on the 26th June 1941. Awarded his wireless operator badge on the 20th July 1942 and promoted to sergeant. Promoted to W/O2 on the 29th July 1943. Son of Harry and Norah Henfrey (née Whetton), of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Epitaph: 'Letum Non Omnia Finit' (Death Does Not End It All)
17737 DallingJames EdwinWarrant Officer Class 2R/137946Age 25CanadianAir BomberRCAFBomber Command 82 Operational Training Unit.

63 Group

1944-01-02WellingtonIIIBK387-RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire18:31Training See archive report for further details and photo's Killed Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. C. Row H. Grave 13 Born on the 26th October 1918 at Sackville, New Brunswick. Resident at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Working for Maple Leaf Milling Company as a salesman. Enlisted on the 20th January 1942. Promoted to sergeant and awarded air bomber badge on the 04th December 1942. Promted to W/O. 2 on the 04th December 1943. Son os Guy Dalling and Etta Dalling of 146, Hillsboro Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Epitaph: 'His Life A Beautiful Memory, His Absence A Silent Grief. Mother, Dad And Bob'.
17738 CrawfordNorman WillardSergeantR/190343Age 21CanadianAir BomberRCAFBomber Command82 Operational Training Unit.

63 Group

1944-01-02WellingtonIIIBK387-RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire18:31TrainingSee archive report for further details and photo'sKilledHarrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. C. Row H. Grave 15Born on the 29th August 1922, Working as an electrician for E.S. Stevenson, in Saint John, until enlisting. Enlisted on the 02nd November 1942. Promoted to sergeant on the 03rd September 1943. Son of Walter Raymond Crawford and Ada Mae (née Wilson) Crawford, of 68, Murray Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Epitaph: 'In God We Trust '.
17739 SavageEmery HenrySergeantR/2129Age 27CanadianAir BomberRCAFBomber Command 82 Operational Training Unit.

63 Group

1944-01-02WellingtonIIIBK387-RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire18:31Training See archive report for further details and photo's Killed Harrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. C. Row H. Grave 11 Born on the 01st October 1916. Received a .22 Gun Shot Wound in the right chest. Spending 4 weeks in hospital and was discharged and returned to Fisher Branch Public School. Enlisted on the 17th April 1937 as a Motor Mechanic. Awarded his air gunner badge on the 19th September 194 and promoted to sergeant. Son of Alderic C. Savage and Rose Savage (neé Charret) of Festier Branch, Manitoba, Canada.
17740 WatsonWilliam Thomas GlennFlying OfficerJ19884CanadianPilotDFC

RCAFBomber Command433Sqn (Porcupine) RCAF
1944.10.05HalifaxIIINP944BM:?RAF Skipton-on-SwaleGardening 'Rosemary area'Took off on the night of the 5th October, to carry out 'Gardening' operations in the Rosemary area. The mines were dropped in their allotted positions and the aircraft had just turned for Base when it was attacked by a Ju188. Cannon shells exploded in the Rear Turret, Empennage, and Port Wing, and the Rear Gunner was instantly killed with a cannon shell through the head. Due to damaged controls the aircraft could not corkscrew and the only evasive action possible was to dive. Up to this time it was impossible for the Mid-Upper Gunner to fire, but as the fighter closed in the Mid-Upper was able to open fire and struck the fighter’s starboard wing, engine and cockpit. He held his fire on the fighter until it closed to 100 yards range when it dropped its undercarriage flipped over on its back arid was last seen diving towards the sea. The aircraft then proceeded to England without further incident and landed at RAF Carnaby.ReturnedFg Off. Watson was awarded the DFC whilst with 433 Sqn. London Gazette 5th December 1944. Citation: This officer has completed very many sorties. He has proved himself to be a cool and skilful pilot and a very fine captain. On one occasion, early in September, 1944, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Emden in daylight-. When crossing the English coast on the outward flight, Flying Officer Watson was compelled to feather the propeller of the port engine when the oil cooler became defective. Despite the loss of engine power, Flying Officer Watson continued to the target and executed his attack. His determination was characteristic of that which he has invariably displayed.
17741 MenziesRobert DouglasSergeant3020205Flight EngineerRCAFBomber Command 433Sqn (Porcupine) RCAF
1944.10.05HalifaxIIINP944BM:?RAF Skipton-on-SwaleGardening 'Rosemary area' Took off on the night of the 5th October, to carry out 'Gardening' operations in the Rosemary area. The mines were dropped in their allotted positions and the aircraft had just turned for Base when it was attacked by a Ju188. Cannon shells exploded in the Rear Turret, Empennage, and Port Wing, and the Rear Gunner was instantly killed with a cannon shell through the head. Due to damaged controls the aircraft could not corkscrew and the only evasive action possible was to dive. Up to this time it was impossible for the Mid-Upper Gunner to fire, but as the fighter closed in the Mid-Upper was able to open fire and struck the fighter’s starboard wing, engine and cockpit. He held his fire on the fighter until it closed to 100 yards range when it dropped its undercarriage flipped over on its back arid was last seen diving towards the sea. The aircraft then proceeded to England without further incident and landed at RAF Carnaby. Returned
17742 McNabHerbert ScottFlight SergeantR171490CanadianNavigatorRCAFBomber Command 433Sqn (Porcupine) RCAF
1944.10.05HalifaxIIINP944BM:?RAF Skipton-on-SwaleGardening 'Rosemary area' Took off on the night of the 5th October, to carry out 'Gardening' operations in the Rosemary area. The mines were dropped in their allotted positions and the aircraft had just turned for Base when it was attacked by a Ju188. Cannon shells exploded in the Rear Turret, Empennage, and Port Wing, and the Rear Gunner was instantly killed with a cannon shell through the head. Due to damaged controls the aircraft could not corkscrew and the only evasive action possible was to dive. Up to this time it was impossible for the Mid-Upper Gunner to fire, but as the fighter closed in the Mid-Upper was able to open fire and struck the fighter’s starboard wing, engine and cockpit. He held his fire on the fighter until it closed to 100 yards range when it dropped its undercarriage flipped over on its back arid was last seen diving towards the sea. The aircraft then proceeded to England without further incident and landed at RAF Carnaby. Returned
17743 Descent Joseph Frederick RoyPilot OfficerJ88271CanadianBomb AimerRCAFBomber Command 433Sqn (Porcupine) RCAF
1944.10.05HalifaxIIINP944BM:?RAF Skipton-on-SwaleGardening 'Rosemary area' Took off on the night of the 5th October, to carry out 'Gardening' operations in the Rosemary area. The mines were dropped in their allotted positions and the aircraft had just turned for Base when it was attacked by a Ju188. Cannon shells exploded in the Rear Turret, Empennage, and Port Wing, and the Rear Gunner was instantly killed with a cannon shell through the head. Due to damaged controls the aircraft could not corkscrew and the only evasive action possible was to dive. Up to this time it was impossible for the Mid-Upper Gunner to fire, but as the fighter closed in the Mid-Upper was able to open fire and struck the fighter’s starboard wing, engine and cockpit. He held his fire on the fighter until it closed to 100 yards range when it dropped its undercarriage flipped over on its back arid was last seen diving towards the sea. The aircraft then proceeded to England without further incident and landed at RAF Carnaby. Returned
17744 PaulJames BeverleyFlight SergeantR125253CanadianWireless Operator/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command 433Sqn (Porcupine) RCAF
1944.10.05HalifaxIIINP944BM:?RAF Skipton-on-SwaleGardening 'Rosemary area' Took off on the night of the 5th October, to carry out 'Gardening' operations in the Rosemary area. The mines were dropped in their allotted positions and the aircraft had just turned for Base when it was attacked by a Ju188. Cannon shells exploded in the Rear Turret, Empennage, and Port Wing, and the Rear Gunner was instantly killed with a cannon shell through the head. Due to damaged controls the aircraft could not corkscrew and the only evasive action possible was to dive. Up to this time it was impossible for the Mid-Upper Gunner to fire, but as the fighter closed in the Mid-Upper was able to open fire and struck the fighter’s starboard wing, engine and cockpit. He held his fire on the fighter until it closed to 100 yards range when it dropped its undercarriage flipped over on its back arid was last seen diving towards the sea. The aircraft then proceeded to England without further incident and landed at RAF Carnaby. Returned
17745 CochraneJohn MalcomPilot OfficerJ88460CanadianAir Gunner (Mid Upper)DFC

RCAFBomber Command 433Sqn (Porcupine) RCAF
1944.10.05HalifaxIIINP944BM:?RAF Skipton-on-SwaleGardening 'Rosemary area' Took off on the night of the 5th October, to carry out 'Gardening' operations in the Rosemary area. The mines were dropped in their allotted positions and the aircraft had just turned for Base when it was attacked by a Ju188. Cannon shells exploded in the Rear Turret, Empennage, and Port Wing, and the Rear Gunner was instantly killed with a cannon shell through the head. Due to damaged controls the aircraft could not corkscrew and the only evasive action possible was to dive. Up to this time it was impossible for the Mid-Upper Gunner to fire, but as the fighter closed in the Mid-Upper was able to open fire and struck the fighter’s starboard wing, engine and cockpit. He held his fire on the fighter until it closed to 100 yards range when it dropped its undercarriage flipped over on its back arid was last seen diving towards the sea. The aircraft then proceeded to England without further incident and landed at RAF Carnaby. Returned For this action Plt Off. Cochrane was awarded the DFC. London Gazette 15th December 1944. Citation: One night in October, 1944, this officer was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed for a mine-laying mission. When leaving the target area the aircraft was struck by a burst of machine gun fire from an enemy fighter. Much damage was sustained and the rear gunner was killed. All the aileron controls were severed and, as the fighter closed in for a second attack, evading action could not be taken. Despite this, Pilot Officer Cochrane coolly withheld his fire until the attacker came to close range. Then, with a well placed burst of fire he shot the enemy aircraft down. His coolness, courage and good shooting set a very fine example. This officer has participated in many sorties.
17746 ZareikinJoseph 'Joe' Pilot OfficerC8848828th July 1908 in Montreal, QuebecCanadianAir Gunner (Rear)RCAFBomber Command433Sqn (Porcupine) RCAF
1944.10.05HalifaxIIINP944BM:?RAF Skipton-on-SwaleGardening 'Rosemary area'Took off on the night of the 5th October, to carry out 'Gardening' operations in the Rosemary area. The mines were dropped in their allotted positions and the aircraft had just turned for Base when it was attacked by a Ju188. Cannon shells exploded in the Rear Turret, Empennage, and Port Wing, and the Rear Gunner was instantly killed with a cannon shell through the head. Due to damaged controls the aircraft could not corkscrew and the only evasive action possible was to dive. Up to this time it was impossible for the Mid-Upper Gunner to fire, but as the fighter closed in the Mid-Upper was able to open fire and struck the fighter’s starboard wing, engine and cockpit. He held his fire on the fighter until it closed to 100 yards range when it dropped its undercarriage flipped over on its back arid was last seen diving towards the sea. The aircraft then proceeded to England without further incident and landed at RAF Carnaby.KiAHarrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery Sec. G. Row A. Grave 14. Interred on the 10th of October, 1944
Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of David and Pola(née Yoffas) Zareikin of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

His brother Plt Off. Samuel Zareikin J17716 was KiA along with his crew on the 28th May 1943. 102 Sqn Halifax II JD149 shot down by a night fighter.
17747 Huddart George JoffreFlying OfficerJ2157031st March 1916 in Brantford, OntarioCanadianNavigatorRCAFMiddle East Command 624Sqn (Special) RAF
1944-04-27HalifaxIIJN960LRAF Blida, Algeria22:15SOE, France Aircraft failed to return from an SOE 'Prettytoes’ operation over France. FTR. Believed to have crashed into the Mediterranean.  Reason for loss unknown. MiAMalta Memorial Panel 15, Column 1 Son of William James (deceased in 1913/1932) and Annie (née Fulton) Huddart (deceased); nephew of Mr. James M. Huddart, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
17748 LabbéJoseph Paul Roland Flight SergeantR/131388 CanadianPilotRCAFBomber Command23OTU
1943-08-06WellingtonIIIBK430RAF PershoreTraining - BullseyeCrashed due to starboard engine failureKilledChester (Blacon) Cemetery, Sec. A. Grave 1076. United KingdomAccident report
17749 SolomkaNicholas Pilot OfficerJ/20892CanadianNavigatorRCAFBomber Command23OTU
1943-08-06WellingtonIIIBK430RAF PershoreTraining - BullseyeCrashed due to starboard engine failureKilledChester (Blacon) Cemetery, Sec. A. Grave 768. United KingdomAccident report
17750 ArrilWilliam MckenzieFlight SergeantR/145976CanadianBomb AImerRCAFBomber Command23OTU
1943-08-06WellingtonIIIBK430RAF PershoreTraining - BullseyeCrashed due to starboard engine failureKilledChester (Blacon) Cemetery, Sec. A. Grave 678. United KingdomAccident report

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