Flying Officer
George Roland Gillies Shannon

17 June 1944

London, Ontario - Amsterdam

 


Not much is known about George Shannon. He was from London, Ontario, Canada.

george Shannon attended South Collegiate and enlisted as soon as he graduated in June 1942. He trained as a Navigator and in the United Kingdom joined 426 Squadron, operating out of Linton-on-Ouse. The squadron first flew with the Lancaster II, but in April 1944 transferred to the Halifax III and IV. 

F/O Hill's crew consisted of;

F/O John Tabor
F/O Francis McQueen
F/O Leonard Hill
P/O Robert Niles
P/O Harry Doggett
F/O William Carson

 

 

426 Squadron
 

On 17 June 1944 this crew participated in a mission bomb the oil plant at Sterkrade. 321 bombers were to take part in the raid.

Poor weather prevented accurate bombing. Also the markers that were dropped by the pathfinders disappeared quickly due to the bad weather.  To add to all this, the bomber stream passed very close by a German night fighter beacon near Bocholt. Many night fighters were positioned close to the bomber stream and over 30 bomber were shot down by flak and night fighters.

F/O Shannon's Halifax also failed to return. It crashed into the North Sea and the bodies of several of the crew were found along a long stretch of the Dutch coast. F/O McQueen's body washed ashore near Castricum, where he is buried. F/O Shannon, F/O Hill and F/O Carson are all three buried at Amsterdam.  F/O Doggett at Terschelling and P/O Niles at Pietersbierum.

F/O George Shannon is buried at Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Plot 69. Row A. Coll. grave 1.
 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

See also:
P/O Francis McQueen
F/O Leonard Hill
P/O R. Niles
P/O H. Doggett
F/O John Tabor
F/O William Carson

Sources:
www.rcaf.com
www.cwgc.org

www.vac-acc.gc.ca
www.warmuseum.ca
www.london.ca

Acknowledgements:

Directions to Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery

posted 10 may 2006


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