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Mike Habiluk

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Mike Habiluk

June 17, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/86999

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

434 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 324 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

EDE GENERAL CEMETERY
Netherlands

Grave Reference:

Row H. Grave 17.

Location:

Ede is a town 18 kilometres north-west of Arnhem on the Arnhem-Utrecht road. The EDE GENERAL CEMETERY is about 1 kilometre from the centre of the town, on the western side of the road to Otterloo. The British plot is in the north-western part of the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of MIKE HABILUK– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Mike Habiluk is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Mike Habiluk is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Id card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of MIKE HABILUK– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of MIKE HABILUK– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– McQueen Crew 52
L to R (facing interrogators)
F/O Lee Shaw (2nd Dickey?), F/Sgt W. McQueen, W. G. Pearcy? RAF, F/Sgt C.T. Beech, Sgt Michael Habiluk, F/O D.F. McAllistar, A. Warrington? RAF, and F/Sgt Alan Kingston.
Some crews took longer to get home for debriefing than others. Crew #52 ditched their Halifax in the North Sea while returning home from a raid on Leipzig. Rescued by the navy, they were given dry rubber boots, old flannel slacks and sweaters. After three days they made it back to Tholthorpe, rumpled and weary, but not looking much like the "pirates, thugs, and brigands" that Lord Haw Haw described as belonging to the squadron.
On 16/17 June 1944 this crew (minus F/O L. Shaw) flying a Halifax III, serial # LK-792, coded WL-N, on a bombing raid to Sterkrade would "Fail to Return" all were killed. 
(F/Sgt Alan Kingston's Nephew - Darrin Kingston is currently researching this crew) Courtesy CFJIC PL - 22526

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