American 12th Bomb Group and RCAF
The USAAF 12th Bomb Group B-25C Mitchell medium bombers sent to Egypt. The B-25 crews had little time for training and joined with No. 3 Wing South African Air Force on 25 August 1942, attacking targets in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. No. 3 Wing was made up of South African, British, Australian, and Canadians in RAF squadrons flying Boston and Baltimore aircraft. To aid American radio operators to learn British radio procedures, 23 [cousins] RCAF wireless/gunners were freely loaned to the 12th Bomb Group, and four would be killed in action.
FRY, F/Sgt. Cyril James Howard, R67842 – Amherstburg, Ontario, KIA Killed in action at age 25 years, Boston medium bomber missing 14 September 1942, 12th Air Force
KELLY, Leonard Thomas, J17885 – Ottawa, Ontario. KIA Wireless air gunner 27 years old, B-25 Mitchell bomber shot down while attacking Adrano, south of Mount Etna, Sicily, 5 Aug. 1943. No Known Grave.
RENNIE, P/O Henry Thompson, J17129 – Elora, Ontario, KIA Medium bomber Boston aircraft shot down 12 March 1943, Sidi Barrani, Arab republic. Reburied National Cemetery at Fort Scott, Kansas, USA.
ROBERTSON, P/O Forbes, J17881 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, KIA Wireless air gunner 23 years old, went overseas in October 1941, assigned 12th A.F. December 1942, flew 22 missions in B-25 Mitchell. On return from mission on 29 April 1943, hung-up bomb fell on landing, exploded. War cemetery Tunisia.
May they ALL Rest in Peace, Lest We Forget !