Long, Ronald Walter

Date of birth:
1920 (Stratford/Ontario, Canada)
Date of death:
September 16th, 1944
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Esbjerg
Plot: A. Row: 13. Grave: 21.
Service number:
J/18760
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

Lancaster PB527 Took off at 22.35 hrs from Gransden lodge. 490 Aircraft took part in a raid on Kiel but with devastating effects for the RAF.
The allies lost 5 aircraft on this raid (2 others crashed on take off) with the loss of 28 aircrew killed.
PB527 was hit by Flak to the South of Esbjerg and crashed in the North Sea off the West coast of Denmark at around 02.00hrs.
Ronald Walter Long seems to have been washed ashore on the beach at Vejers.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 405 (Vancouver) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1944
Action:
Recommendation:
"This Officer is an outstanding Pilot and Captain now on his second tour of operations. The majority of the sorties carried out by Flight Lieutenant Long have been directed against heavily-defended enemy targets, but he has never been deterred from pressing home his attacks to the full, thereby setting a fine personal example to his crew. His airmanship and leadership are above reproach and have had a salutary effect on all Pilots in this Squadron less-experienced than himself. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross."
Details:
Op het tijdstip van de aanbeveling had hij 41 missies gevlogen (187 uur en 40 minuten).
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
with Overseas clasp
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

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