Service number before becoming an Officer R/109823.
Awarded the Air Gunner badge on May 25, 1942.
Assigned to the 419 Squadron on November 10, 1943.
Lancaster KB711 VR-C took off at 2200 heading for Sint Ghislain, Belgium on the night of May 1-2 1944. The railyards were the Squadrons target for the night.
From information supplied by Bomb Aimer P/O Long on his release form prison camp it was learned that KB711 was ahead of schedule on the Channel crossing and made an orbit to get back on to correct timing. Then on arrival at the target they were off track slightly and a little late anyway. There were no marking flares and after three orbits it was decided to bomb visually. After the bombing run the Lancaster started climbing and leaving the target area headed to the coast a fighter was spotted far below the aircraft and was then lost sight of.
Coming in on the blindside of the Lancaster the fighter raked the bottom of aircraft with cannon fire. Again according to P/O Long's report the cabin was almost immediately in flames from the attack. The attack on the cabin severly wounded the Wireless Operator, P/O Chartrand the pilot had given the order to bail out, most of the crew escaped from the aircraft before it exploded. P/O Long exiting after the Flight Engineer. The aircraft exploded in midair, caught in the aircraft during the explosion was the Pilot P/O McNary and Wireless Operator Chartrand. From his POW camp F/S Long wrote to the family of P/O John McNary, in this letter he stated that McNary had gone back to help the wounded Wireless Operator. Sgt. Sangster was wounded in the eye and the arm but had managed to escape the aircraft, he was later repatriated in September. The remains of the aircraft fell on the old gasworks at Gent-Rabot. The crew had many operations to their credit at the time of the loss of KB711, between 14 and 18 operations completed. All the crew members who had bailed out were caught and spent the remainder of the war in POW camps. The overall attack had heavily damaged the locomotive and carriage repair shops and aprroximately 100 train wagons. But had cost 419 two crews.
(Source: 419 Squadron)
Claimed by Oblt Hans-Heinz Augenstein 12/NJG1 - Near Gent, Belgium 3,000m at 00:25. He was killed on December 7, 1944 at Münster-Handorf, Germany by a RAF night fighter.
Pilot Officer RCAF, John Louis Chartrand (Wireless Air Gunner), killed.
Pilot Officer RCAF, John Crawford McNary (Pilot), killed.
Flying Officer RCAF, Fred Harvard Love (Navigator), POW.
Pilot Officer RCAF, R.C.D. Long (Air Bomber), POW.
Sergeant RAF, A.G. Hill (Flight Engineer), POW.
Sergeant RCAF, D.S.M. Sangster (Rear Air Gunner), POW.
Sergeant RCAF, James Joseph Wilson (Air Gunner), POW.
1 Brother, Francis in the Army overseas.