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Stefan Oancia - Aircrew Details - Aviation Directory

Stefan Oancia



Stefan Oancia

Name : Stefan Oancia
Died : 15th May 1999

Awards :
Distinguished Flying Medal

Born in Stonehenge, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1923, Sgt. Stefan Oancia enlisted in the RCAF on the 1st of August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 December 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). He was Bomb Aimer on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached. He survived the raid and the war and was awarded the DFM, presented at Buckingham Palace on 22nd June 1943. Sadly he passed away on the 15th of May 1999.

Known Service Details :

Squadron

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

No.617 Sqn RAF

Sergeant

unknown

unknown

16-05-1943

Lancaster

ED918

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Breaching the Dams by Nicolas Trudgian. (C)

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Stefan Oancia




Squadrons :
No.617 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Kenneth William Brown
Harry Basil Feneron
Dudley Percy Heal
Harry J Hewstone
Stefan Oancia
Daniel Allatson
Grant S MacDonald
T V O'Shaughnessy
A D Holding
G A Kendrick
A Ward
Historical Notes :
30-04-1943 - Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-F.
16-05-1943 - Took part in the Dambusters Raid. Part of the third wave, the aircraft dropped its mine on the Sorpe dam, but the dam held firm. The gunners had shot up a train en route to the target. The aircraft returned to base safely. Crew : Flight Sergeant Kenneth William Brown (Pilot), Sergeant Harry Basil Feneron (Flight Engineer), Sergeant Dudley Percy Heal (Navigator), Sergeant Harry J Hewstone (Wireless Operator), Sergeant Stefan Oancia (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant Daniel Allatson (Front Gunner), Flight Sergeant Grant S MacDonald (Rear Gunner).
20-01-1944 - Crashed on a training flight. Flight Lieutenant T V O'Shuaghnessy killed, Flying Officer A D Holding killed, Flying Officer G A Kendrick injured, Flying Officer A Ward injured.

Known Individual Aircraft :

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Codes

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Lancaster

ED918

AJ-F

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details

details

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Aircraft for : Stefan Oancia
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Lancaster



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Manufacturer : Avro
Production Began : 1942
Retired : 1963
Number Built : 7377

Lancaster

The Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' Operation Gomorrah in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.



Squadrons for : Stefan Oancia
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No.617 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943

Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood

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No.617 Sqn RAF

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Last edited : 11:46, May 24, 2013
Last editor : kc

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