Carvajal, Earl Randolph

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) Earl Randolph
Surname Carvajal
Gender M
Age 23
Date of Death 12-04-1943
Next of Kin Son of Antonio Carvajal and Eleanor Carvajal (née Lorillard), of El Paso, Texas, USA. Husband of Dorene May Carvajal (née Davis), of Winnipeg. Marriage on 21 June 1942 in Winnipeg.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Vickers Wellington X
Serial Number HE491
Markings KW-B

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference Panel 181.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 142

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/124106
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 425 (Alouette)
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin United States of America

Other Memorials

Location Outside Village Hall, Dishforth, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Stone and inscribed metal plaque
Memorial Text In memory of the Canadian aircrew of 425 and 426 Sqns RCAF who served at RAF Dishforth, 1942-1945
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Location Village Green, Tholthorpe, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Stone, inscribed metal plaque and Maple Tree
Memorial Text A memorial, in French, to those Canadians who served at RAF Tholthorpe during WW2, including 425 Sqn
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Location Former Control Tower, Tholthorpe Airfield, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text A memorial to those Canadians who served at RAF Tholthorpe during WW2, including 425 Sqn
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Location Allerton Park Castle, Allerton, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text Memorial Garden dedicated to the 4272 personnel of 6 (RCAF) Gp based at Allerton Castle who gave the ultimate sacrifice during WWII to preserve our freedom
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Location Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Propeller Unit & Inscribed Marble Tablets
Memorial Text Dedicated to the men & women of 6 (RCAF) Gp Bomber Command and to the 9980 Canadians lost serving in Bomber Command.
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Miscellaneous Information

Earl was born on 24 February 1920 at El Paso city. His father was born in San Antonio, Texas as was his mother and both were deceased by the time of Earl's enlistment (his father in 1923). He had a sister Leanora Amelia, and brothers Antonia, Vernon Lorillard, Howard Harmon (in US Navy) and Wesley Mead. Two more had died, John in 1925 and E.W. in 1919. Earl attended Lamar and Bailey schools 1927-35, El Paso High, 1935-1939, and Riverside Jr. College 1939-1941. He spent two years in University at Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy. His sport interests were football, basketball, baseball and swimming. He worked at a Safeway Store in El Paso as a clerk , 1936-1938 and then at Cloudcraft Lodge 1938-1939, also as a clerk. Earl was in the American army for two years. The Reserved Officers Training Corps, El Paso 1935-1939, Texas National Guard, El Paso 1938-1939, then he joined the army in California, 1939-1940 and went on to Randolph, Kelly Field 1940-1941 and completed his cadet training.
He enlisted on 25 August 1941 (while the US was still neutral) in Winnipeg. After enlisting and early training, Earl embarked for the U.K. arriving at 3PRC on 2 September 1942. He then went to 12 (P) AFU on 11 September 1942, 23 OTU 3 November 1942 and to 425 Squadron on 20 February 1943. He was killed two months later.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 11-04-1943
End Date 12-04-1943
Takeoff Station Dishforth
Day/Night Raid Night (44% moon)
Operation Mining
Reason for Loss Presumed lost over the sea

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