Sergeant Michael Kalms - 408 Squadron  


Sergeant Michael Kalms  - RAFVR


 Sergeant Michael Kalms was serving as Flight Engineer on board Lancaster Mk.II LL719 coded EQ-R during an operation to Stuttgart on March 15/16, 1944. The aircraft left Linton-on-Ouse at 1903hrs, but failed to return.

 The entire crew was lost without a trace, it consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
F/O Alexander Colville  RCAF Pilot Bowmanville, Ontario 27
Sgt Michael Kalms  RAFVR Flight Engineer Edgeware, Middlesex 19
F/O William Reid RCAF Navigator - -
F/O Moody Siddons  RCAF Bomb Aimer Langford, B.C 30
W/O1 Arthur Hodson  RCAF W/Op/AG New Westminster, B.C 27
Sgt Francis Smith  RAFVR M/U Gunner - -
Sgt Dennis Davies  RAFVR Rear Gunner Rhondda, Glamorgan 21

 Sergeant Michael Yorke Zisslin Kalms RAFVR (1600536) was born in Leytonstone, London, E11 on the 28th of May 1924 to Jack and Debora Alice Kalms.

 The family, who were of the Jewish faith, later moved to Edgeware, Middlesex after the family home was destroyed by enemy bombing. After leaving school Michael became an engineering apprentice at De Havillands. A motorcycle enthusiast and keen boxer, he joined the RAF on the 8th of October 1941 aged 17 and became the Flight Engineer of the crew.

 He is remembered on Panel 232 of the Runnymede memorial.




Photo courtesy of Peter Kalms, research by Linda Ibrom.