The crew took off on its 13th sortie on 12 June 1944 to bomb a German supply line at Cambrai, France. Just after midnight, they were fired on by a German JU-88 fighter, sustaining heavy damage. The pilot ordered the crew to bail out. As Mynarski was about to leave the aircraft he saw Pat Brophy, the tail gunner, trapped in his turret. Though free to jump, Mynarski persisted in trying to save his trapped comrade. His parachute and clothing caught fire and he died from his burns, though Brophy miraculously survived the plane crash. Mynarski was awarded the VICTORIA CROSS posthumously for his effort to save another's life.
Author JAMES MARSH
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Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski VC
See profiles of RCAF Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski and other outstanding Canadian Second World War military personnel. Also features images of related artifacts. From the Virtual Museum of Canada website.
This Ottawa memorial honours fourteen valiant men and women who gave outstanding wartime service to Canada.
P.O. Andrew Charles Mynarski
A biography of P.O. Andrew Charles Mynarski from Veterans Affairs Canada.
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