Callan, Morris Kolesky

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) Morris Kolesky
Surname Callan
Gender M
Age 24
Date of Death 09-11-1942
Next of Kin Son of Max Callan and Fanny Callan (née Spigelua), of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number DT539
Markings DY-A

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Texel (Den Burg) General Cemetery, Texel
Grave Reference Plot K. Row 6. Grave 135.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 140

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/90563
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 4
Squadron 102 (Ceylon)
Trade WOp/AG
Country of Origin Canada

Miscellaneous Information

Morris was born on 27 November 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both of his parents were born in Russia. His father was a Tailor, born in Kiev and his mother in Odessa. They lived in Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg. He was one of six children and had two sisters Mary and Sally, and brothers Irvin, Sammy and Harry who was in the RCAF in Saskatoon. Morris went to King Edward School and then Isaac Newton School where he attained High School Entrance and Junior Matric. He achieved grade X and XI Standing in 1934. His sporting activities were hockey, boxing and basketball and his other interest was model aeroplanes. He worked at Macassa Gold Mines, Kirkland Lake as a Machine Man from 1939 onwards and had also worked as a labourer on construction. Between 22 November 1940 and 12 March 1941, Morris was with the 2nd Bn. Algonquin Regiment at North Bay where he then enlisted.
Following his enlistment on 12 March 1941 and early training, he was sent to the U.K. where he arrived on 20 February 1942 at 3 PRC. Morris then went on to ISS 24 March 1942, 3 AOS 30 April 1942, 22 OTU 9 June 1942, arriving at 102 Conversion Flight on 24 August 1942 and 102 Squadron on 24 September 1942.
Lost on the same operation as R/69426 F/Sgt. W.S. Bourke of 425 Squadron. They both hailed from Winnipeg, worked in the same mines before enlisting and most likely knew one another.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The National Archives

Fellow Servicemen

Last Operation Information

Start Date 09-11-1942
End Date 09-11-1942
Takeoff Station Pocklington
Day/Night Raid Night
Operation Hamburg. 213 aircraft, 15 losses (7.0%). Many weather problems, including cloud, wind and icing, and absence of a successful PFF marker conspired to make this raid relatively unsuccessful
Reason for Loss Hit by flak and crashed at Oosterend on the Dutch island of Texel

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