Stubelt, Robert Ford

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) Robert Ford
Surname Stubelt
Gender M
Age 34
Date of Death 08-05-1944
Next of Kin Son of Rudolph Stubelt (born in Russia) and Pauline ( Stubelt (née Arnholz born Warsaw, Poland), of Winnipeg, Canada. Husband of Margaret Stubelty (née Wright) who was born in Manitoba. They made their home in Stadacona Mine, Rouyn, Quebec. Father of Robert Charles Stubelt and Marlene Ruth Stubelt

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster I
Serial Number LL891
Markings ZN-B

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country France
Burial/Memorial Place Orleans Main Cemetery
Grave Reference Plot 1. Row A. Coll. grave 16-27.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 103

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/200124
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 5
Squadron 106
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Holy Trinity Church, Martin, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone Tablet & Roll of Honour in Wooden Case
Memorial Text To the memory of the Airmen of 106 Sqn who gave their lives in the 1939-45 War
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Location Former Airfield Site, Martin Moor, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Brick moument with inscribed Slate Tablets & Plaques
Memorial Text Dedicated to the airmen and airwomen who served on 106 Sqn in WW2. 995 gave their lives
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Location Lincoln County Hospital Chapel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text In memory of Officers, NCO's & Other Ranks of 5 (Bomber) Group RAF who gave their lives Sept 1939 - May 1945
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Miscellaneous Information

Robert was one of three children and had a brother Arthur and two sisters, Emma and Freda. His father Rudolph worked as a carpenter.
He attended Ritchie Public School, Edmonton, Alberta 1915-1922 and then High school 1922-1923. Between 1923 and 1932 he employed himself doing odd jobs and then went into mixed farming at South Cooking Lake from 1932-1938. He then became a Miner and tractor man at Siscoe Gold Mines between 1938 and 1941, followed by a Hoistman at Stadacona Mines, Rouyn, from 1941-1942. On 28 November 1942 he enlisted and embarked from Halifax for England on 20 August 1943. On arrival on 1 September 1943 he went to 3PRC, followed by 14 OTU, 1660 CU and onwards until arrival at 106 Squadron.
He enjoyed playing hockey and football.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 07-05-1944
End Date 08-05-1944
Takeoff Station Metheringham
Day/Night Raid Night (100% moon)
Operation Salbriz explosives and ammunition factory
Reason for Loss Crashed at Loreaux, near Romorantin Lanthenay, probable night fighter victim

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