Farrell, John Miller

Personal Information

Rank WO2
Forename(s) John Miller
Surname Farrell
Gender M
Age 21
Date of Death 14-05-1943
Next of Kin Son of Daniel Howard Farrell and Gladys Farrell (née Miller), of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number JB924
Markings EY-M

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Franekeradeel (Dongjum) Protestant Churchyard
Grave Reference Row 1A. Grave 13.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 162

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/103820
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 4
Squadron 78
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Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Adjacent to Clubhouse, Breighton Airfield, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Marble Tablet
Memorial Text Dedicated to all who served at this airfield and gave their lives during World War II
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Location External, All Saints Church, Bubwith, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stone Memorial, inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text 78 Sqn 4 Group Bomber Command Yorkshire 1939 - 1945 To All Who Served
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Location Internal, All Saints Church, Bubwith, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Wooden Board, Memorial Chapel featuring Cross made from Halifax wreckage
Memorial Text The 78 Sqn Memorial in the Churchyard was dedicated by the Bishop of Selby on 7th September 1986. RAF Breighton, two miles from this church was the Sqn's home from June 1943 to May 1945
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Location Outside "B" Hangar, RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Stone & Inscribed Slate Plaque
Memorial Text In proud memory of all who have lost their lives serving with 78 Sqn Royal Air Force "Nemo Non Paratus - Nobody Unprepared"
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Miscellaneous Information

John was born on 8 July 1921 in Saskatoon.His father, who was deceased by the time of John's enlistment, was born in Fitzroy Harbour, his mother born in Carman, Manitoba (divorced). He attended St. Ann’s Academy, Vancouver 1928- 1930. Then, St. Mary’s Boys 1931-1935 and St. Mary Boys High 1936-1939 (Matric). John also studied an accountancy course at Mount Royal College, 1940-1941. For sport John enjoyed swimming and rowing and also bowling. His hobby was stamp collecting. In the summer holidays from school during 1937-1940 John would take on general office duties for Calgary Exhibition Co. Ltd, and was a stock room supply clerk September-December 1939. He also worked as an usher in the Strand Theatre 1939-1941, after school.
John enlisted on 3 June 1941 and arrived in U.K. at 3PRC on 12 July 1942. He then went to 1 AFU 26 July 1942, 23 OTU. 25 August 1942, 1652 CU 18 February 1943 and 78 Squadron on 30 March 1943.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 13-05-1943
End Date 14-05-1943
Takeoff Station Linton-on-Ouse
Day/Night Raid Night (65% moon)
Operation Bochum. 442 aircraft, 24 losses (5.4%). Decoy markers drew much of the bombing away from the target. Little information available from local sources about the extent of the damage.
Reason for Loss Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed NE of Harlingen, Holland

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