Abramson, Mark Leslie

Personal Information

Rank F/O
Forename(s) Mark Leslie
Surname Abramson
Gender M
Age 30
Date of Death 15-05-1944
Next of Kin Son of Louis Abramson and Dora Abramson (née Cohen), of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Both Louis and Dora were born in Poland and were deceased by the time Mark enlisted. He listed his next of kin as his brother, Hess J. Abramson.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster I
Serial Number ME726
Markings UL-X2

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Denmark
Burial/Memorial Place Assens (Fyn) New Cemetery
Grave Reference Sp. Mem.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 1

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/15627
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 1
Squadron 576
Trade Air Bomber
Country of Origin Canada

Miscellaneous Information

Many sources incorrectly quote this aircraft as ME576
Mark attended Central School, Kingston 1918 to 1925, Osgoode School, Ottawa, 1925 to 1926, and Lisgar Collegiate, Ottawa 1926 to 1932 studying History and English. He then went on to Queens KIngston, 1934-1935 on a special course for History and English. He took a multitude more Courses including, Physics, English Literature. Ancient History, Latin Composition and French Authors and Chemistry. Between 1932 and 1940 Mark worked as a Salesman and buyer for Center Smoke Shop in Ottawa. He was also a member of the following clubs-Tel Aviv Tennis Club, Gotineau Golf Club, and YMCA Sword Club. Mark enlisted on 1 July 1940 and after basic training in Canada was posted to England. After arrival at the Personnel Reception Centre on 2 May 1941 he passed through 21 OTU to 103 Sqaudron for his first tour on 28 June 1941. Whilst screened he was posted to a number of units including 1662 CU, 1656 CU and finally back to operations with 576 Squadron on 20 December 1943.
He enjoyed the following sports - Fencing, Tennis, Golf, Skiing and Swimming and his hobbies were Fine art and Aviation.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 15-05-1944
End Date 16-05-1944
Takeoff Station Elsham Wolds
Day/Night Raid Night (44% moon)
Operation Mine laying, Kiel Bay
Reason for Loss Attacked by a night fighter and crashed near Assens in Denmark

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