Zdan, Russell Terres
|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of Peter Zdan and Millie Zdan (née Demkin), of Glenella, Manitoba
|Handley Page Halifax V
|Rheinberg War Cemetery
|18. H. 10.
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Canadian Air Force
|Country of Origin
|Adjacent to fomer St. Georges Hotel, Teesside Airport, County Durham
|Memorial Stone with inscribed slate tablets
|Dedicated to all who served on 428 (RCAF) Sqn at Middleton St. George during WWII, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice
|Russell was born on 18 May 1922 in Glenella, Manitoba. His father was a Hotel proprietor and both parents were born in Galicia, Austria. He had a brother, John. They lived at the Brunkild Hotel. The schools Peter attended were Riverton Public 1932-1937 and Riverton High 1937-1940. He also went to the Commercial College at St Beniface, 1940-1941. Russell’s sport interests were hockey, swimming and baseball. His hobby was flying and model building. He spent about two months as a shingle packer and was a Grain Elevator helper in 1940 for about a year.
|He enlisted on 13 April 1942 and was sent to the U.K. in 1943 after training. He arrived on 17 April 1943 and went on to 23 OTU 4 May 1943, 1659 CU 27 July 1943 and 428 Squadron 25 August 1943. He was lost approximately one month later.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
|Record of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/1849/18
|Summary of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/1849/17
Last Operation Information
|Middleton St. George
|Night (25% moon)
|Mannheim- to bomb the northern part of the city which had not sustained much damage in raids earlier this month. 628 aircraft and the now familiar five American B-17s. 32 aircraft Lost (5.1%). Target marking and bombing were accurate but some creepback took place, meaning that towards the end of the raid, bombs were falling in open countryside and into Ludwigshafen, causing significant damage to the I. G. Farben chemical plant. The neighbouring town of Frankenthal was completely burnt out.
|Reason for Loss
|Shot down by a combination of flak and a night-fighter from 19000' and crashed at Geinsheim