NAME DEVEREAUX Frank Gerrard
RANK Pilot Officer Royal Canadian Air Force
SQUADRON No. 427 “Lion”
Group 6 RAF Bomber Command
Leeming Airfield in Yorkshire
Squadron Markings ZL P
AGE 22 May 28, 1944 J / 19592
CEMETERY Baisy-thy-Communal Cemetery
Baisy-Thy - Brabant Wallon
Southeast corner of cemetery
PARENTS John and Mary Devereaux - Seaforth
BROTHER Jim Devereaux - Goderich
• Frank was born on March 25, 1922 in St. Columban and he was raised in Tuckersmith Township. He was
employed as a metal pourer at a foundry before enlisting.
• When the time right, he hitchhiked to Hamilton on March 21, 1942 so that he could enlist into the Royal
Canadian Air Force. His training took him to the Manning Depot, Toronto, Brantford, Toronto, St.
Catherines and then Hagersville where he received his wings.
• This mission was the 10th for P/O Devereaux.
• Leeming Airfield had occasional rain and poor visibility.
• From 427 Squadron there were 18 aircraft detailed for the mission. They were to bomb from 10,000 feet at
02:00 hours. There was no cloud over the target, some haze with fair visibility.
• The target for this mission was Leopoldsbourg in Belgium where the Germans had a large military camp.
• P/O Devereaux and his crew aboard Halifax LV 831 “P” lifted off at 23:31 hours on May 27th with 15 – 500
pound High Explosive bombs and on the way to the target there was a mid-air collision with a Halifax MZ
295 from 429 Squadron. Halifax LV 831 was reported as missing during this operation and the wreckage
was located near Genappe in Belgium about 30 miles south of Brussels.
• Three members of the crew were buried by the local townspeople and one family made crosses for these
men from pieces of their aircraft and wore them around their necks during the German occupation. When
the people of Belgium and of Gnappe were liberated they asked that the crosses they had been wearing be
given to the family members of the crew.
• Lion Squadron was equipped with Wellingtons, Halifaxes and Lancasters and logged 3,277 sorties with the
loss of 88 aircraft.