Zbura, George John

Personal Information

Rank F/O
Forename(s) George John
Surname Zbura
Gender M
Age 20
Date of Death 02-11-1944
Next of Kin Son of Stephen Zbura and Annie Zbura (née Nowak), of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax III
Serial Number NA583
Markings 6U-F

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference Panel 248.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 270

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/42332
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 415 (Swordfish)
Trade Wireless Operator
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Village Centre, Sutton on the Forest, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Stone & Metal Sun Dial
Memorial Text A memorial to all those who served at RAF East Moor and in particular 415 Sqn RCAF
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Miscellaneous Information

George was born on 3 July 1924 in Prince Rupert B.C. His father, a Section worker, was born in Galicia, and his mother in Skaro, Alberta. They lived on 8th Avenue East, Prince Rupert. George had a brother John who was away at a logging camp and two sisters, Mary and Daisy. He went to the Booth Memorial School 1930-1938 ( General Course) followed by Booth Memorial High 1938-1941 where he gained Grade XI. George’s sport interest were baseball, basketball and hockey. He worked at the Prince Rupert Dry dock as a Plater’s helper June-November 1941 followed by an electrician’s helper from the November until 1943.
George enlisted on 11 March 1943 and after early training Embarked from Halifax on 25 March 1944. He arrived at 3 PRC 3 April 1944, then 22 OTU, and 61 Base 9 August 1944. He arrived at 415 Squadron on 20 September 1944.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 02-11-1944
End Date 03-11-1944
Takeoff Station East Moor
Day/Night Raid Night (92% moon)
Operation Dusseldorf. 992 aircraft, 19 losses- 4 of which crashed behind Allied lines (0.4%). Most of the bombing fell on the northern suburbs with more than 5000 houses being destroyed . 7 industrial premises were destroyed and 18 seriously damaged, including some important steel works. At least 678 people were killed. This was the last significant raid on Düsseldorf.
Reason for Loss Crashed in the Rocherather Wald near the German-Belgian border. All were originally buried at the crash site. The fact that some are now commemorated on the Runnymede memorial while others have been moved to concentration cemeteries suggests that the authorities were unable to locate their graves after the war

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IBCC is delighted to introduce a unique facility to link the Losses Database to the relevant RAF Casualty Pack on the National Archives website. This project is the result of on-going collaboration between IBCC, the MOD Records Office and National Archives, Kew. This document describes what Casualty Packs are, when they were created, the process of making them available to the public and then goes on to describe the process by which you can view the contents of the packs. Casualty Packs (CPs) were created by the RAF whenever there was serious injury or loss of life associated with operational activity within the RAF. This includes operational flying losses, enemy action due to air raids, road accidents either on station or even off-station if they involved RAF vehicles. Deaths due to natural causes in service or accidents that did not involve RAF vehicles did not generally give rise to a CP.

CPs were originally given a unique reference number by the RAF. Each begins with the letter ‘P’ and is followed by six digits, then an oblique (forward slash) and the finally the year in which the incident took place- for example P396154/42.

The CPs are in the process of being made available to the general public as they are passed from the MOD Records Office, Portsmouth to National Archives, Kew. This process requires some rework to the files which is very time consuming, so the process of making them all available to National Archives will take several years. They are being made available in increasing date order.

Once CPs arrive at National Archives they are assigned a unique AIR81 number, so each CP has both a P-number and an AIR81 number. Both are searchable on the National Archives website under ‘Search the catalogue’ and both are included on the IBCC website.

The AIR81 reference on the IBCC website is a link to the file on the National Archives website. When you click on it, the relevant page will open in a new tab on your browser.

There is currently no plan to digitise AIR81 files, partly because they are fragile and partly because the information they contain can at times be sensitive, even harrowing, since they may contain exhumation reports and even photographs of corpses. Family members wishing to read the AIR81 files relating to their ancestors are advised to exercise caution and be guided by National Archives warnings where appropriate.

There are two means for accessing AIR81 files- to attend in person or to order a copy by post.

To attend in person, the attendee should first create a Reader’s Ticket. This can be done online by following this link: https://secure.nationalarchives.gov.uk/login/yourdetails. Then click on the AIR81 reference on the IBCC website and click Order in Advance. Enter your Reader’s Ticket number and state the date on which you intend to visit. National Archives will have the file ready for you when you arrive, saving you time. When you visit Kew, you must quote the Reader’s Ticket number and take along two forms of ID- one bearing your signature and one bearing your address. When you view the files, you are permitted to take photographs of each page, should you wish.

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