Historical Aircraft

Ianuziello to Izzard

 

IVATT, HAROLD MOSELEY P/O(WAG) J17654//R81440. From Vancouver, British Columbia. Killed in Action May 13/43 age 21. #50 Squadron (From Defence To Attack). Lancaster aircraft #W 4762 failed to return from operations against Duisburg, Germany, presumed enemy action. Six of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed. Pilot Officer Wireless Operator Air Gunner Ivatt has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, England.

A Pilot’s Prayer

Almighty and all present power, Short is the prayer I make to thee; I do not ask in battle hour

For any shield to cover me.

The vast unalterable way

From which the stars do not depart, May not be turned aside to stay The bullet flying to my heart.

I ask no help to strike my foe, I seek no petty victory here; The Enemy I hate, I know To Thee is dear

But this I pray be at my side,

When death is drawing through the sky; Almighty Lord who also died

Teach me the way that I should die.

F/O E.R. Davey, London, Ont., R.C.A.F. pilot K.I.A.