CANADIAN 
FLEET AIR ARM AIR CREW 
MEMORIAL ROLL OF HONOUR

 

HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.: This Memorial in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, in the Second World War nearly 2,000 members of the Royal Canadian Navy lost their lives. The Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to commemorate men and women of the Forces of the Commonwealth who fell in the 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 Wars and have no known grave. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over
3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:
 

1914-1918 1939-1945 

IN HONOUR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NAVY, ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY OF CANADA WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED HERE. THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN BUT THEIR MEMORY SHALL ENDURE.

Lee-on-the-Solent Fleet Air Arm Memorial: dedicated to those of the RN and RNVR who gave their lives whilst serving in the Fleet Air Arm worldwide. The principal base of the Fleet Air Arm,
Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, was chosen as the site for the Memorial to the men of that service who died during the Second World War and who have no known grave. To each side of the central memorial stone is a wall bearing three recessed panels of Westmorland slate, on
which are carved almost 2,000 names.The Memorial consists of a rectangular column of Portland stone bearing the inscription:
 

 
THESE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FLEET AIR ARM DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY AND HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA. 1939-1945. 


Canadian Naval Air Memorial stained glass commemorative window
following the 50th anniversary of Canadian Naval Aviation
and is in memory of those still in "The Delta".
Contributed by the Canadian Naval Air Group (CNAG)

CANADIAN FLEET AIR ARM AIR CREW
WW2 ROLL OF HONOUR

Source: "In Remembrance of those who died in Naval Aviation".
Courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum 2001.

See also the postwar Canadian Roll of Honour

ANDERSON, Gerald A. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Trenton, Ontario. 1845 sqdn. H.M.S. Formidable. Died 9 August 1945. (Age 22). Lack of fuel, Corsair KD546 hit H.M.S. Formidable rounddown, crashed in sea 38.26'N, 141.28'E.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

ASBRIDGE, William B. Lt RCNVR.  0/3067. Origin. Edmonton, Alberta. 1841 sqdn., H.M.S. Formidable. Died. 18 July 1945 (Age 21). Flying Corsair KD723 (coded 133/X) during attack on Mobara airfield near Tokyo. Aircraft hit and caught fire, crashed and exploded.
Buried: YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY, Japan.

BAKER, David W. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Toronto, Ontario. 857 sqdn., H.M.S. Indomitable.  Died 16 April 1945 (Age 21). Flying Avenger JZ424 whilst taking part in Operation Iceberg, hit by flak over Hegina airfield, Sakishima Gunto and crashed.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

BAKER-FALKNER, Roy S. Lt Cdr. RN. Origin. Saanich, British Colombia. No. 8 TBR (827/830 sqdns.,). H.M.S. Formidable. Missing 18 July 1944 (Age 27). Barracuda LS556 FTR from anti-submarine patrol after operation Mascot against the Tirpitz, Northern Norway.
Commemoration: Lee-on-Solent Memorial.

CARY, David A. Sub-Lt (A) RCNVR. O/12097. Origin. Stettler, Alberta. 899 sqdn., H.M.S. Khedive. Died 18 August 1944 (Age 21). During Operation Dragoon, Seafire NF661 took part in low level attack in southern France, flew into hill at Fuveaux, near Aix-en-Provence.
Buried FUVEAU COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Bouches-du-Rhone, France.

CLARKE, George F. Lt (A) RCNVR. Origin. Bewdley, Worcestershire. Kd. 18 September 1945 (Age 30). Flying Firebrand EK610, a type which had only entered service with the FAA that month, it stalled and lost control, spun in at Priestside Flow, Hurklesdale, near Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire.
Buried: NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE (WEST ROAD) CEMETERY, Northumberland, United Kingdom.

COSH, Digby R.B. Lt Cdr DSC MID RCNVR. Origin. 881 sqdn., H.M.C.S. Niobe. (administration Halifax Nova Scotia). Died 14 June 1944 [24 June 1944 according to CWGC records](Age 25).
Buried: KIRKNEWTON (ST. GREGORY) CHURCHYARD, Northumberland, United Kingdom.

CRYSLER, Donald N. Sub-Lt (A) RCNVR. Origin. Toronto, Ontario. 732 sqdn., Brunswick, H.M.S. Saker. Died 29 March 1944 [24 March 1944 according to CWGC records] (Age 20). On 24 March 1944, flying Corsair JT186 which collided with other Corsair whilst in formation, near Waldoboro, Maine, USA.
Buried: TORONTO (MOUNT PLEASANT) CEMETERY, Ontario, Canada.

CUNNINGHAM, John L.S. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Esquimalt, British Columbia. 767 sqdn., H.M.S. Daedalus. Lost. 13 January 1943 (Age 27). Flying Swordfish L2839 which was overdue from exercises in the Redhead-Carnoustie area. Believed ditched.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

DIAMOND, John E.B. Lt RNCVR. Origin. Trail, British Columbia. 753 sqdn., Arbroath, H.M.S. Condor. Lost. 10 July 1942 (Age 26). Albacore N4255 FTR from training exercise. Wreckage and dinghy located.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

FEENEY, John J. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Fredericton, New Brunswick. 759 sqdn., Yeovilton, Somerset. H.M.C.S. Niobe (Administration). Died. 27 June 1945 (Age 24). Corsair JS700 crashed short of runway during ADDLs.
Buried: YEOVILTON CHURCHYARD R.N.A.S. EXTENSION, Somerset, United Kingdom.

FORBES, Andrew S. Sub-Lt RCNVR [RNVR according to CWGC records]. 803 sqdn., Arbroath, H.M.S. Condor. Died 30 July 1945. Seafire NN324 involved in low level formation exercise, flew into water and caught fire, 6 miles 140 degrees from Aberdeen.
Commemoration: LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom

FORD, Keith L. Captain RM. Origin. Hadley Common, Hertfordshire. Father in Canadian Engineers. 755 sqdn. Worthy Down. Died 19 December 1941. Lysander V9663 crashed on air test, North Moulton, near Chivenor.
Buried: HEANTON PUNCHARDON (ST. AUGUSTINE) CHURCHYARD, Devon, United Kingdom.

GAUNT, James E. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Toronto, Ontario. 1830 sqdn, Quonset Point, H.M.C.S. Asbury. Died 3 June 1943 (Age 25). Flying Corsair JT116 which crashed on take off, North Kingstown.
Buried: TORONTO (PROSPECT) CEMETERY, Ontario, Canada.

GRAY, Robert Hampton Lt VC, DSC, RCNVR. Origin. Nelson, British Columbia. 1841 sqdn., H.M.S. Formidable. Died. 9 August 1945 (Age 27). Flying Corsair KD658 (115/X) which was shot down whilst attacking Japanese destroyer at Onagawa Wan, Japan.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

GROGAN Jack A. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. 709 sqdn., St Merryn. Died 19 May 1945 (Age 26). Seafire NF564 attempted forced landing in bad visibility and crashed near Wellington, Somerset.
Buried: YEOVILTON CHURCHYARD R.N.A.S. Extension, Somerset, United Kingdom.

JOHNSON, Alan R. Sub-Lt RCNVR. Origin. No Information. 760 sqdn. H.M.S. Heron. Died 22 May 1942. Hurricane V6952 flew into ground near Porton Railway Station.
Buried: YEOVILTON (ST. BARTHOLOMEW) CHURCHYARD, Somerset, United Kingdom.

KENNEDY, Bernard J. Lt RCNVR. Origin. North Hamilton, Ontario. 763 sqdn., Inskipp. H.M.S. Nightjar. Died 16 January 1945 (Age 23). Avenger JZ390 hit side of steep hill, Wastwater Screes, Cumberland during navex.
Buried: LYTHAM ST. ANNE'S (PARK) CEMETERY, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

LITTLE, Herbert M. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Montreal, Province of Quebec. 768 sqdn., Abootsinch. H.M.S. Heron. Died 6 June 1945 (Age 21). Wildcat JV356 spun into sea after taking off from H.M.S. Ravager.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

McGARRY, Frank W. Lt (A) RCNVR. Origin. Toronto, Ontario. 768 sqdn., Ballyhalbert. Died 8 September 1945 (Age 25). Corsair JT357 crashed into a wall and caught fire during forced landing at Ballycram, 5 miles from Ballyhalbert airfield.
Buried: BALLYCRANBEG (MOUNT ST. JOSEPH) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD, County Down, United Kingdom.

MORGAN, Edward G.L. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Westmount, Province of Quebec. 1833 sqdn., H.M.S. Illustrious. Died 7 November 1944 (Age 23). Corsair JT358 turned too sharply after take off at Katukurunda, spun into sea and burst into flames.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

NASH, William Lloyd. [NASH, Lloyd A. RCNVR in Shearwater records] Sub-Lt (A) RNVR. Origin. Galt,Ontario. 803 sqdn., Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland, H.M.S. Pintail. Died 5 November 1945 [2 October 1945 in Shearwater records] (Age 25). Seafire SW849 flew into Antrim hill, near Lisburn, enroute to Lee-on-Solent.
Buried: BELFAST CITY CEMETERY, County Antrim, United Kingdom.

ROSS, James F. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Truro, Nova Scotia. 1842 sqdn., H.M.S. Formidable.  Died 30 July 1945 (Age 25). Corsair KD621 took part in CAP during attack on Japanese mainland, crashed into sea near HMS Formidable.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

SHEPPARD, Robert R. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Toronto, Ontario. 1842 sqdn. H.M.S. Formidable. Died 22 March 1945 (Age 22). Corsair '66535' spun into sea off Sydney.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

STEVENS, Charles P.R. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Montreal, Province of Quebec. 1772 sqdn., H.M.S. Indefatigable. Died 28 July 1945 (Age 23). Firefly '69886' failed to return from strike on Hirara, Japan, after attack on luggers at low altitude.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

SUTTON, Arthur W. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 1830 sqdn., H.M.S. Illustrious. Died 24 January 1945 (Age 24). Flying Corsair JT593 of 1833 sqdn., failed to return from Operation Meridian I attack on Talanmg Betoetoe airfield, Palembang.
Buried: JAKARTA WAR CEMETERY, (Makam Perang Jakarta), Indonesia.

THURSTON, Charles R. Lt RCNVR. Origin. Toronto, Ontario. 1844 sqdn., H.M.S. Indomitable. Died 13-4-45 (Age 23). Hellcat JX814 shot down by gunfire from Fleet chasing Japanese aircraft during pre-dawn attack.
Commemoration: HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada.

WADE, Leonard P. Sub-Lt (A) RNVR. Origin. Kelowna, British Columbia. 803 sqdn., Nutts Corner. H.M.S. Condor. Died 2 October 1945 (Age 23). Seafire SR482 collided with other Seafire during formation flight, crashed near Cushendall, Co. Antrim.
Buried: BELFAST CITY CEMETERY, County Antrim, United Kingdom.

WILSON, Ross M. Sub-Lt RCNVR. V/10370. Origin. Plumstead Common, London. 766 sqdn., Machrihanish. H.M.S. Landrail. Died 8 September 1942 (Age 22). Albacore L7109 crashed in the sea whilst night flying, Shiskin, Arran.
Buried: CAMPBELTOWN (KILKERRAN) CEMETERY, Argyllshire, United Kingdom.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

In Remembrance of those who died in Naval Aviation [Canada]

Manuscript list held at the Shearwater Aviation Museum with name and date of death for all RCN, RCNVR, RCNR casualties 1942-1960. 

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Searchable online database of Canadian casualties. Does not include Canadians serving with RN, RM or other Commonwealth forces. 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register

Searchable online database of all RCN & RCNVR aircrews killed in 1939-1945

Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8

 

 

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