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    Default 17/04/1945 RA513 BM-Y Lancaster III 433 Squadron – full names of crew members

    Hi,

    During the return from an operational mission the port inner engine (Merlin 24 nr. 510510) of this aircraft caught fire due to overspeeding, as it could not be feathered. After extinguishing the fire and flying with only 3 operational engines the speed had decreased and made the pilot decide to land at Melsbroek airfield (Belgium). The entire crew was safe and returned to England aboard a Dakota : P/O. J.A.Forbes (J90885 RCAF, pilot), F/O. H.T.S.Sinkiss (J39955 RCAF, navigator), F/Sgt. J.M.Laprise (R201309 RCAF, W/Op.), F/O. R.O.Neilson (J39939 RCAF, air bomber), F/Sgt. W.O’Kell (R199358 RCAF, air gunner), Sgt.Jack Solomon (1881647, Flight engineer) and F/Sgt. J.G.Harris (R200651 RCAF, mid upper gunner). The aircraft was repaired.

    Looking for the full names of the Canadian crewmembers.

    Many thanks and best regards

    Luc

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    Default Re: 17/04/1945 RA513 BM-Y Lancaster III 433 Squadron – full names of crew members

    John Allison FORBES j90885 Commissioned P/O (R191902) wef 06/10/1944 Canada Gazette 17/04/1945 Page 31 of 143

    Howard Thomas Sheldon SIMKISS J39955 b. 12/02/1910 d.13/03/2003 Hamilton Ontario

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    Default Re: 17/04/1945 RA513 BM-Y Lancaster III 433 Squadron – full names of crew members

    Chris,

    Many thanks.

    I tried to find them on Canada Gazette, but without any positive result.

    best regards

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    Default Re: 17/04/1945 RA513 BM-Y Lancaster III 433 Squadron – full names of crew members

    Hi Luc,

    1881467 Jack SOLOMON

    R183658 Robert Oscar NEILSON (J39939) CanGaz 1944-03-25 Item 33 of 102

    R201309 Joseph Michael LaPRISE

    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wi...se&pid=3350139

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    Default Re: 17/04/1945 RA513 BM-Y Lancaster III 433 Squadron – full names of crew members

    Hi Mojmir,

    Thanks for the correction and the full names.

    Best regards

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    Default Re: 17/04/1945 RA513 BM-Y Lancaster III 433 Squadron – full names of crew members

    Hi Luc,

    Thank you, too. I found also William O'KELL obituary - December 17, 1922 - April 1, 2011 WWII Veteran RCAS - Tailgunner

    I hope that RCAS is a typo - RCAF

    https://www.legacy.com/ca/obituaries...?pid=150037911

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