Pilot Officer Jack Armour  -  101 Squadron  
   

Pilot Officer Jack Armour - RCAF

 

 Pilot Officer Jack Armour was serving as a Special Equipment Operator on board Lancaster  Mk.III LM472 coded SR-V2  during an operation to bomb the synthetic oil plant near Brux, in Western Czechoslovakia on January 16, 1945.

 The aircraft left Ludford Magna at 1748hrs and failed to return. Seven of the eight man crew were killed, including P/O Jack Armour.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Frederick McGonigle

RAFVR

Pilot

Glasgow, Scotland

-

Sgt John McDowell

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

County Down, N.Ireland

23

F/Sgt John Knight - POW

RAAF

Navigator

-

-

F/Sgt Warren Hart

RAAF

Bomb Aimer

Mackay,Queensland

20

F/Sgt Laurence Collins

RAAF

W/Op/AG

Ballarat,Victoria, Australia

20

Sgt Robert Beckett

RAFVR

Air Gunner

-

-

Sgt Daniel Conroy

RAFVR

Air Gunner

-

-

P/O Jack Armour

RCAF

Special Equipment Operator

Hamilton, Ontario

27

 Pilot Officer Jack Karl Armour RCAF was born in Hamilton,Ontario,Canada on the 16th July 1917 to Karl Rae and Eva Armour. He had a brother Edwin and was married at the time of his death to Alice(Chisholm) and they had a four year old son, Bruce. He was the oldest crew member being aged 27 and was a German speaking specialist wireless and "A.B.C." operator.

 The seven crewmembers that were killed and taken to Geilsdorf for identification procedures and burial before being interred in the Geilsdorf Cemetery. On 20th December 1945 the bodies of the dead crew members were reinterred to rest in the Berlin War Cemetery. Flight Sergeant Knight, the only survivor, became a prisoner of war.

For additional information on the aircraft and crew see W/O Laurence Collins.

 

Photo and information courtesy of Ray Collins, research by Linda Ibrom