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John Irvin Labow

In memory of:

Flying Officer John Irvin Labow

March 31, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/18279

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of John and Mima Pearl Labow, of Beachburg, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 356 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

6. D. 14.

Location:

Durnbach is a village 16 kilometres east of Bad Tolz, a town 48 kilometres south of Munich. Durnbach War Cemetery is 3 kilometres north of the village Gmund am Tegernsee. Using the A8 from Munich, turn off at the junction Holzkirchen, taking the 318 road in the direction of Gmund am Tegernsee. At the crossroads with the 472, turn left in the direction of Miesbach. The cemetery is situated approximately 500 metres on the left from the 318/472 crossroads.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer John Irvin Labow is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer John Irvin Labow is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of John Irvin Labow– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JOHN IRVIN LABOW– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Cemetery– Photo of Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany (CWGC)
F/O Labow was Air Gunner on Lancaster #LL633 of 408 Sqdn when it was shot down by a night fighter aircraft during a night raid to Nuremberg.    Also killed was P/O (AG) Alvin Patton and one RAF crew member.  Four Canadians were taken P.O.W. 
Several months before the fatal crash, F/O Labow was crew member on Halifax MkII #JD174 of 408 Sqdn. which took off from Leeming at 00.09hrs on the 14th July 1943 for Ops to Aachen. Prior to this crew being able to drop their bomb load, they were attacked by an enemy fighter.  This combat was serious enough to damage the aircraft's hydraulics which made it impossible for the bombs to be dropped. The pilot is believed to have shaken the attacking aircraft off. Whether the crew continued with the bomber stream over the target is not yet known but on their return to England they were again attacked and again the pilot's actions shook these aircraft off. On reaching the UK landing the aircraft was not going to be an option. When they crossed the Yorkshire coast the pilot ordered his crew to bail out of the aircraft, and all did so without injury to themselves. The pilot made his escape and the aircraft crashed a short time later into Arden Woods, where upon part of the bomb load exploded.
The pilot, F/O Donald T Bain of Vancouver Island, survived the war.  The other Canadian crew members did not. They were:
Sgt (AG) Willard M Haugen was killed Aug. 18/43;
F/O (BA) Philip Magson was killed Aug. 24/43; and
WOII (WAG) George W. Acorn was killed Dec. 4/43.
(For full story of July 14/43 crash see /www.allenby.info/aircraft/planes/43/jd174.html)

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