Lancaster II LL724 – QO-N

Source: Richard Koval’s Website on Bomber Group 6

On January 21st, 1944, F/O L. Legace RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II LL724 coded QO-N, failed to return from this operation.

F/O L. Legace

Library and Archives Canada

Sgt W. Atkins RAF

F/O J. Mahoney RCAF

F/O J. Mahoney RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

W/O2 D. McDonald RCAF

No photo

F/O D. Hunter RCAF

F/O D. Hunter RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

F/Sgt W. Peterson RCAF

No photo

P/O W. Douglas RCAF

P/O W. Douglas RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

All were killed.

The above photos were taken from Library and Archives Canada. They are accessible through Ancestry.

These however are not…

They are from Gordon Hill’s private collection. I am sure you can spot my 5th cousin once removed.

Syracuse, New York, July 1942

No. 4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


No. 5 ITS Belleville, Ontario

Gordon Hill is not yet aware that he has reunited two distant cousins. One who never came back from the war and a baby boomer whose passion for history, aviation and World War Two started on his way back from school at lunch hour in 1958.

Type of plane flown by Flying Officer Larry Legace



2 thoughts on “Lancaster II LL724 – QO-N

  1. About Lancaster II

    Of the RAF bombers involved in operations over Germany during the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster must rank as the most famous of them all. Although Merlin engines were the more usual power plant for the Lancaster, not all were produced using them. Due to the demands put on Rolls Royce by the production aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire and the DeHavilland Mosquito, there loomed a potential shortage of the vital Merlin and the BII variant was equipped with Bristol Hercules radial engines instead. The first of which was completed in September 1942.

    Faster to 18,000ft, these radial engines were also able to soak up more damage than the normally fitted Merlin. However, the service ceiling was lower and with the perceived shortage over by 1944, the BII was phased out of service at the start on 1945. A worthy alternative to the normal variants, the BII proved to be popular with its crews and a capable version of the excellent bomber.

    Speed: 265 mph
    Range: 1,550 miles
    Length: 69ft 6in (31.09m)
    Armament 10 x .303in Machine Guns; up to 23,000lb of bombs

    Source: Airfix website

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