Achtymichuk, Alexander

Personal Information

Rank P/O
Forename(s) Alexander
Surname Achtymichuk
Gender M
Age 24
Date of Death 23-04-1944
Next of Kin Son of Andrew T. Achtymichuk and Mary Achtymichuk (née Sukiwski), of Andrew, Alberta, Canada.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax III
Serial Number LK802
Markings AL-F

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference Panel 249.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 121

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/87053
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 429 (Bison)
Squadron Motto Fortunae nihil (Nothing to chance)
Trade Navigator
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Roman Rd, Leeming, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Brass plaque set into a stone plinth into which is carved with the Canadian maple leaf and the Yorkshire rose.
Memorial Text This memorial is dedicated to those men and women who served at RAF Leeming during World War II, including those from the Royal Canadian Air Force Squadrons, whose members came from all parts of the Commonwealth from 1942 to 1945; 405 Vancouver, 408 Goose
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Location Opposite old Main Guardroom, RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stone Memorial & Metal Plaques
Memorial Text In commemoration of those men and women of many nations who served at RAF Leeming during the second world war.
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Miscellaneous Information

Alexander was born on 23 November 1919 in Andrew, Alberta. His father was a farmer from Austria and Alexander had five brothers and six sisters. He was born on a farm and had six years of mixed farming experience. He attended the Grammar School in Andrew between 1 September 1928 and 30 June 1936, then High School 1 September 1936 - 30 June 1939 studying Science, English and Maths, followed by the Aero Industries Technical Institute 9 October 1939 - 21 June 1940 where he studied as an Aircrafts man and Aero Engine Mechanic. Alexander had been working as an Aircraft Mechanic before enlisting on the 9 August 1940. He also had a First Aid Certificate and could type 25 words per minute.
After his initial training, he was posted to the U.K., disembarking on 4 June 1943 and going to 3PRC. Then followed 3 (O) AFU on 24 August. 1943, 22 OTU, 61 Base on 25 Jan 1944, 1666 CU until finally reaching 429 Squadron on 14 March 1944.
Alexander’s hobby was building model aeroplanes. He was also specially qualified in sheet metal, welding, steel fittings and riveting. The sports he enjoyed were basketball, baseball and softball.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 22-04-1944
End Date 23-04-1944
Takeoff Station Leeming
Day/Night Raid Night (0% moon)
Operation Düsseldorf. 596 aircraft, 29 losses (4.9%). 2150 tones of bombs were dropped, causing considerable damage, mainly to the northern districts. 56 large industrial premises were hit, of which 7 were destroyed. More than 2000 homes were destroyed, 883 people killed and 593 injured, although these figures were compiled before all the missing had been dug out.
Reason for Loss Thought to have been hit by flak and crashed in a flooded area near Herkingen, Holland

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