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No. 434 (BlueNo. se) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force



   No. 434 Bluenose Squadron RCAF was formed at Tholthorpe in Yorkshire in June 1943, flying Halifax mkV. In December 1943 they moved to Croft upgrading to Lancasters in 1944. The squadron returned to Canada in June 1945.
Airfields at which No. 434 Squadron were based:
  • Tholthorpe 13 June 1943 to 11 Dec 1943
  • Croft. 11 Dec 1943 to 15 June 1945


 

 Photographs

23rd Oct 1943 434 Squadron Halifax lost

18th Aug 1943 434 Squadron Halifax lost

24th Dec 1943 Christmas Party

27th Feb 1945 Night Ops

2nd Mar 1945 Night Ops

3rd Mar 1945 Night Ops

4th Mar 1945 Enemy Raider

8th Apr 1945 Night Ops

13th Apr 1945 Night Ops

22nd Apr 1945 Night Ops


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Those known to have served with

No. 434 (BlueNo. se) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Armour. Edson Gilroy . F/O. (d.18th Mar 1944)
  • Baker Victor. (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Baker Victor George.
  • Ballentine. Robert E.. P/O. (d.18th Mar 1944)
  • Beech Charles Trask. P/O (d.17th June 1944)
  • Brest C. S.. F/O (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Brest Clarence Samuel. F/O (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Carter Roy. F/O. (d.9th Jul 1944)
  • Cassey Colin. (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Clinksgill James. (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Copeland Thomas Donovan . F/O (d.11th March 1944)
  • Cote James Richard. F/Sgt. (d.2nd Oct 1943)
  • Cotton. Walter . Sgt. (d.18th Mar 1944)
  • Cox R T . Sgt
  • Dack P R A . Sgt (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Doe L H . Sgt (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Doe Leslie Hubert. Sgt. (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Drumm W C. P/O
  • Evans. David C. . F/O (d.18th Mar 1944 )
  • Fern. Raymond John . F/Lt. (d.11th March 1944)
  • Gilliam. David. (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Gnius M. P/O. (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Habiluk Mike. P/O (d.17th June 1944)
  • Hill H B . Sgt (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Hill Henry Bolton. P/O (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Holland Ron.
  • Hutt. Geoffrey . P/O (d.18th Mar 1944 )
  • Jackson. Donald E.. P/O (d.18th Mar 1944)
  • Jones Charles. (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Jones. William . P/O. (d.11th March 1944)
  • Kingston Philip Alan. P/O (d.17th June 1944)
  • Kipp W M. P/O
  • Kipp Wilf M.. P/O
  • Laffin Mike Alexander.
  • Laffin Mike Alexander.
  • Latremouille. Joe Richard . F/O (d.11th March 1944)
  • Marceau. Henri Bernard . F/O
  • Matthews. C. A. . P/O
  • McAllister Douglas Fraser. F/O (d.17th June 1944)
  • McCaffrey Edwin. (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • McGregor. R E . Sgt (d.20th Feb 1944)
  • McKenna J A . Sgt (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • McQueen William Melvin. F/O (d.17th June 1944)
  • Morgan J R. Sgt (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Morgan John Robert. Flt Sgt. (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Mould G C. Sgt (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Murray. . F/O (d.20th Feb 1944 )
  • Pearce. A G . Sgt (d.20th Feb 1944 )
  • Pearcey William Gordon. P/O (d.17th June 1944)
  • Porter E J C. Sgt (d.20th Jan 1944)
  • Rowe Alfred George. F/Lt. (d.11th March 1944)
  • Scott. Gibson . F/O (d.11th March 1944)
  • Sleighter. Joseph S . P/O (d.18th Mar 1944)
  • Sloan William Russel L . F/O.
  • Snowsell J. P/O (d.20th Jan 1944 )
  • Snowsell James. P/O
  • Thicke. Douglas A . P/O (d.18th Mar 1944)
  • Thompson. W. E. . P/O
  • Tyler Timothy.
  • Vawter. E. L. . F/O
  • Warrington Arthur. P/O (d.17th June 1944)
  • Whish. H. A. . P/O
  • Williams W. R. . P/O
  • Wilson A M. F/Sgt

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P/O James Snowsell 434 Sqd.

P/O James Snowsell was my father. He was shot down on the Berlin ops on the 20th of January 1944 and was taken pow, along with P/O Wilf Kipp, the only two survivors, of the crash, Dad survived the war but had contracted TB along with ongoing bouts with asthma, I felt he never really got over the war. Died in 1957, at 42. Very unfortunately I never really got to know him.

The crew were:

  • F/O C.S.Brest
  • Sgt J.R.Morgan
  • P/O W.M.Kipp
  • P/O J.Snowsell
  • Sgt L.H.Doe
  • P/O M.Gnius
  • Sgt H.B.Hill

Kenneth Snowsell



F/Sgt. James Richard Cote 424 Sqd. (d.2nd Oct 1943)

Richie Cote enlisted with his cousins Leonard Cote (my father) and Hubert (Jim) Cote in October, 1941 in Regina, SK. He failed to return on operations with his entire crew on October 2nd, 1943. Their Wellington was lost in the Mediterranean and his name is inscribed on the Malta Memorial. Little else is currently known about this brave man's service.

Mark Cote



Victor Baker 434 Bluenose Squadron. (d.20th Jan 1944 )

Victor Baker served as a Flt Engineer with 434 Bluenose Squadron




F/O. Roy Carter 434 Squadron (d.9th Jul 1944)

My brother, F/O Roy E. Carter, RCAF, was a navigator with the Blachford crew ( shot down on June 17, 1944 on the Sterkrade OP) He was an evader until executed by the Gestapo in Tilburg, Holland on July 9, 1944 with two others ( RAF and RAAF). See Todd`s `Pilgrimages of Grace` for details or see his story at www.bombercrew.com On this site you will also see the story of my cousin, F/O Joe R. Latremouille RCAF W/OP KIA March 11, 1944 ( Essen OP). He was with 434 and also flew from Croft.

I have visited Croft (2003)and it was a thrilling time for me to see the site almost 60 years after two family members had flown from there.

Fred Carter



Sgt P R A Dack 434 Bluenose Squadron. (d.20th Jan 1944 )




Sgt H B Hill 434 Bluenose Squadron. (d.20th Jan 1944 )




P/O W M Kipp 434 Bluenose Squadron.

taken POW 20th Jan 1944




F/Sgt A M Wilson 434 Bluenose Squadron.

taken POW 20th Jan 1944




Ron "Dutch" Holland 434 Squadron

I crewed up at 1659 HCU Topcliffe as a RAF flight engineer of an all-Canadian crew. I then went on to do a tour with 434 Sqdn RCAF at Croft with 6 Group.

Ron Holland



Victor George Baker 434 Sqdn.

Does anyone remember Victor George Baker from 434 Squadron (Blue Nose)?

Sue Cranmer



P/O Philip Alan Kingston 434 Sqdn. (d.17th June 1944)

Philip Alan Kingston was the air bomber of Halifax bomber LK792. The Halifax was shot down by a nightfighter on 16th/17th June 1944 while raiding Sterkrade. The full crew were: P/O Philip Alan Kingston, RCAF, Air bomber F/O William Melvin McQueen, RCAF, Pilot F/O Dougals Fraser McAllister, RCAF, Navigator P/O Mike Habiluk, RCAF, Airgunner P/O Charles Trask Beech, RCAF, Airgunner P/O Arthur Warrington, RAF, Wop/Airgunner P/O William Gordon Pearcey, RAFVR, Flt. Engineer

Update

There were no survivors and the crew were buried at Ede, 10 miles from where they came down at Otterlo. RCAF crew members were later reburied in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.(Dick)

Darrin Kingston



F/O William Melvin McQueen 434 Sqdn. (d.17th June 1944)

William Melvin McQueen was the pilot of Halifax bomber LK792. The Halifax was shot down by a nightfighter on 16th/17th June 1944 while raiding Sterkrade. The full crew were: P/O Philip Alan Kingston, RCAF, Air bomber F/O William Melvin McQueen, RCAF, Pilot F/O Dougals Fraser McAllister, RCAF, Navigator P/O Mike Habiluk, RCAF, Airgunner P/O Charles Trask Beech, RCAF, Airgunner P/O Arthur Warrington, RAF, Wop/Airgunner P/O William Gordon Pearcey, RAFVR, Flt. Engineer

Update

There were no survivors and the crew were buried at Ede, 10 miles from where they came down at Otterlo. RCAF crew members were later reburied in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.(Dick)




F/O Douglas Fraser McAllister 434 Sqdn. (d.17th June 1944)

F/O Douglas Fraser McAllister was the navigator of Halifax bomber LK792. The Halifax was shot down by a nightfighter on 16th/17th June 1944 while raiding Sterkrade. The full crew were:
  • P/O Philip Alan Kingston, RCAF, Air bomber
  • F/O William Melvin McQueen, RCAF, Pilot
  • F/O Douglas Fraser McAllister, RCAF, Navigator
  • P/O Mike Habiluk, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Charles Trask Beech, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Arthur Warrington, RAF, Wop/Airgunner
  • /O William Gordon Pearcey, RAFVR, Flt. Engineer

    Update

    There were no survivors and the crew were buried at Ede, 10 miles from where they came down at Otterlo. RCAF crew members were later reburied in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.(Dick)




  • P/O Mike Habiluk 434 Sqdn. (d.17th June 1944)

    P/O Mike Habiluk was an airgunner of Halifax bomber LK792. The Halifax was shot down by a nightfighter on 16th/17th June 1944 while raiding Sterkrade. The full crew were:
  • P/O Philip Alan Kingston, RCAF, Air bomber
  • F/O William Melvin McQueen, RCAF, Pilot
  • F/O Douglas Fraser McAllister, RCAF, Navigator
  • P/O Mike Habiluk, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Charles Trask Beech, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Arthur Warrington, RAF, Wop/Airgunner
  • /O William Gordon Pearcey, RAFVR, Flt. Engineer

    Update

    There were no survivors and the crew were buried at Ede, 10 miles from where they came down at Otterlo. RCAF crew members were later reburied in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.(Dick)




  • P/O Charles Trask Beech 434 Sqdn. (d.17th June 1944)

    P/O Charles Trask Beech was an airgunner of Halifax bomber LK792. The Halifax was shot down by a nightfighter on 16th/17th June 1944 while raiding Sterkrade. The full crew were:
  • P/O Philip Alan Kingston, RCAF, Air bomber
  • F/O William Melvin McQueen, RCAF, Pilot
  • F/O Douglas Fraser McAllister, RCAF, Navigator
  • P/O Mike Habiluk, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Charles Trask Beech, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Arthur Warrington, RAF, Wop/Airgunner
  • /O William Gordon Pearcey, RAFVR, Flt. Engineer

    Update

    There were no survivors and the crew were buried at Ede, 10 miles from where they came down at Otterlo. RCAF crew members were later reburied in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.(Dick)




  • P/O Arthur Warrington 434 Sqdn. (d.17th June 1944)

    P/O Arthur Warrington was an Wop/airgunner of Halifax bomber LK792. The Halifax was shot down by a nightfighter on 16th/17th June 1944 while raiding Sterkrade. The full crew were:
  • P/O Philip Alan Kingston, RCAF, Air bomber
  • F/O William Melvin McQueen, RCAF, Pilot
  • F/O Douglas Fraser McAllister, RCAF, Navigator
  • P/O Mike Habiluk, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Charles Trask Beech, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Arthur Warrington, RAF, Wop/Airgunner
  • /O William Gordon Pearcey, RAFVR, Flt. Engineer

    Update

    There were no survivors and the crew were buried at Ede, 10 miles from where they came down at Otterlo. RCAF crew members were later reburied in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.(Dick)




  • P/O William Gordon Pearcey 434 Sqdn. (d.17th June 1944)

    P/O William Gordon Pearcey was the flight engineer of Halifax bomber LK792. The Halifax was shot down by a nightfighter on 16th/17th June 1944 while raiding Sterkrade. The full crew were:
  • P/O Philip Alan Kingston, RCAF, Air bomber
  • F/O William Melvin McQueen, RCAF, Pilot
  • F/O Douglas Fraser McAllister, RCAF, Navigator
  • P/O Mike Habiluk, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Charles Trask Beech, RCAF, Airgunner
  • P/O Arthur Warrington, RAF, Wop/Airgunner
  • P/O William Gordon Pearcey, RAFVR, Flt. Engineer

    Update

    There were no survivors and the crew were buried at Ede, 10 miles from where they came down at Otterlo. RCAF crew members were later reburied in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery.(Dick)








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