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    Default 420 Squadron - Halifax III - NP959 - PT-N - 5 March 1945

    Hello,

    More known about these RCAF men
    Like - ASN numbers - Fulll First and Middle names ?
    Which Province, etc.....

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    Crew - NP959 - 5 March 1945 - Operation Thunderclap - 1 KIA - 7 POW
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    J-14713 - F/L - Pilot - Vincent Roy Glover - RCAF - Inj - POW
    F/O - Co-Pilot - D. M. Mottrick - RCAF - Inj - POW
    Sgt - H. W. Skipper - Inj - POW
    P/O - J. R. Gordon - RCAF - Inj - POW
    F/O - V. L. McKinnon - RCAF - Inj - POW
    WO2 - D. F. Broadfoot - RCAF - Inj - POW
    P/O - Air Gunner - Joseph John Michael Kastner - RCAF - Inj - DOW
    F/S - H. E. McKenzie - RCAF - Inj - POW
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    Airborne - 16:30 - 5 Mar 1945 from Tholthorpe, UK
    Cause of loss and crash-site not established
    This raid was part of Operation Thunderclap
    F/S J. J. M. Kastner is reported to have died from his wounds within hours of being
    admitted to a German Hospital
    It is likely that his grave was located by the US War Graves Unit
    as he is now buried in the Choloy War Cemetery, France
    Those injured were confined in Hospital due injuries until Liberation
    P/O Gordon was repatriated 23 Mar 1945

    J/94419 - P/O - Joseph John Michael Kastner - Air Gnr. - RCAF - KIA - ref. 2319807
    Grave 2. C. 8. - Choloy War Cemetery, France

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    see also my page: http://www.teunispats.net/macr-12109.htm
    Last edited by PATS; 13th November 2009 at 13:26. Reason: link domain updated
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    Vincent Roy Glover, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Derek Harrison METTRICK, Port Credit, Ontario
    Vernon Lyle McKinnon, Neepawa, Manitoba
    Hugh Eric McKenzie, Saint John, New Brunswick
    Joseph John Michael Kastner, Hamilton, Ontario

    (RCAF casualty list 1167, 13 April 1945)

    J.R. Gordon and D.F. Broadfoot not found in casualty lists , but both are in this forum's POW database.
    http://www.rafcommands.com/Air%20Force%20PoWs/RAF%20POWs%20Index.html

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    Ken,

    Thanks for these additional info.

    Also for the "right" surname of METTRICK instead of Mottrick.

    Any idea how to retrieve the Army Serial numbers of these guys ?
    PATS - Vollenhove - The Netherlands

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    PATS,

    Sorry, I have no idea how RCAF "service numbers" were assigned to individuals or if any record of number assignment survives.

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    PATS,

    If you write to Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa they will look up the serviceman's file.

    If there is no evidence of his death + 20 years they will provide you with a "Particulars of Service" pro forma on LAC letterhead which will have the following information:

    Service number, full name and last rank, date and place of enlistment, theatres of service, squadron(s) served in and date and place of discharge.

    With that information you can branch out and attempt to locate next of kin.

    Do not expect this to happen overnight. They are very busy there and you just have to wait your turn.

    Dave

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