Yunsko, Walter

Personal Information

Rank P/O
Forename(s) Walter
Surname Yunsko
Gender M
Age 23
Date of Death 01-11-1944
Next of Kin Walter was born born WLADO YANUSHKO but changed it when he enlisted to Walter YUNSKO. Son of Wasyl Yanushko and Eva Yanushko (née Cybuliak) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax III
Serial Number MZ376
Markings QB-K

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Nederweert War Cemetery
Grave Reference Coll. grave IV. D. 11-13.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 270

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/95475
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 424 (Tiger)
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Yunsko Lake, Manitoba; 8km east of Weksusko Lake
Country Canada
Memorial Type Lake
Memorial Text
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Location Village Green, Skipton on Swale, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Stone, inscribed Metal Plaque & Maple Tree
Memorial Text A memorial to the Canadian personnel who served at RAF Skipton on Swale during WW2, including 424 Sqn RCAF
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Miscellaneous Information

Walter was born 31 January 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His father, Wasyl was born in Kiev, Russia and mother born in the Ukraine. His father worked as a Fireman and they all lived at 1078 Magnus Avenue, Winnipeg. Walter's schooling was at Lord Nelson, 1926-1935, Isaac Newton 1935-1937 (commercial) and St. John Tech, 1935 - 1937( electrical, wood turning and machine shop). He was at home between 1937-1941 and then worked as a machinists helper in the CPR shops in Western, Winnipeg between 1941-1942. The sports he enjoyed were hockey, football and baseball and his hobby was amateur radio mechanics.
Walter had previously served in the 58th Coast Bty, in Vancouver as a gunner and was discharged from the Canadian Active Service Force, 15th (Van.) Coast Regiment on 23 February 1943 to enlist in the R.C.A.F. He had enlisted there on 9 April 1942. Walter then enlisted in R.C.A.F. on 24 February 1943 and the following year Embarked for the U.K. on 30 March 1944. After arrival he went to 3 PRC, followed by 24 OTU on 2 May 1944, 61 Base and then on to 424 Squadron on 11 October 1944. He was killed just three weeks later.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 01-11-1944
End Date 02-11-1944
Takeoff Station Skipton on Swale
Day/Night Raid Night (97% moon)
Operation Oberhausen. 288 aircraft, 4 losses (1.4%). The target was cloud-covered and bombing was scattered. Little damage to the target
Reason for Loss

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