Nickerson, Roland Otis. Pilot Officer. Air Gunner.
Nickerson, Roland Otis, J18917. Born 6 June 1920 in Clark's Harbour, Shelburne County; killed in action 22 January 1944 when his Halifax aircraft # LL 139 went missing during night operations against Magdeburg, Germany
He was a fisherman when he enlisted in Yarmouth on 28 August 1941 and received his commission on 3 September 1943. The Wing Commander of the squadron wrote: Roland had completed 19 operation trips against difficult targets over enemy territory. Buried in Berlin 1939 to 1945 British War Cemetery, Plot 2, Row K, Grave 14, Charlottenburg, Germany.
Atkinson, Theodore 'Blanchard'. Flight Lieutenant. Wireless Operator. Air Gunner.
Atkinson, Theodore "Blanchard" J23757. Born 30 January 1920 in Clark's Harbour, Shelburne County; killed 16 April 1945 when his Liberator aircraft with a crew of six and two passengers, ditched in the sea one mile off the coast, five miles southwest of Helmsdale, Scotland. The aircraft was on a non-operational test flight - the accident was believed to be due to engine failure.
Walker, Douglas Victor. Warrant Officer Class1. Wireless Air Gunner. Royal Canadian Air Force.
Walker, Douglas Victor R104210. Warrant Officer, Class 1, Wireless Air Gunner. Royal Canadian Air Force. 1918- 1944.
His Ventura FP went missing on anti-submarine operational night patrol in the Middle East. They left from Gamut at 2020 hours and it is believed the pilot lost control in bad weather.
The Wing Commander of 459 Squadron, RCAF wrote on 18 February 1944: "Douglas had been with the squadron for quite a long time. He was an excellent wireless operator/air gunner and a member of a very sound crew".Commemorated at Alamein Memorial, Column 282, Egypt.
Swansburg, Arthur 'Douglas' Flight Sergeant Pilot.
Swansburg, Arthur "Douglas" R6207. Flight Sergeant. Pilot. 405 City of Vancouver Squadron. Royal Canadian Air Force.
Doug enlisted 13 November 1941 in Halifax and left for Toronto to train as a pilot. He was stationed in Picton, Rockcliffe, St. Catherines and received his wings at Camp Borden. He was killed when his Halifax aircraft was hit by flak, exploded and fell in the Elbe River, seven miles west of its target, Hamburg, Germany. Commemorated at Runnymede Memorial Cemetery, Panel 106, Surrey, United Kingdom Cemetery.
Nicoll, Douglas Grant. Flight Sergeant.
Nicoll, Douglas Grant. R124574. Flight Sergeant. Pupil Pilot. 16 Operational Training Unit. Royal Canadian Air Force. 1915 - 1943.
Before his enlistment on 25 August 1941, Doug Nicoll had taken a bookkeeping course at Maritime Business College in Halifax and upon graduation was employed for one and one-half years as a bookkeeper with Clayton Bros. of Halifax. After training at Victoriaville and St. Hubert, Quebec he received his wings at No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School, Moncton and then proceeded overseas. His attestation papers show "he was one of the crew of Wellington III X347 which crashed at Otmoor Bombing Range at 0003 hours on a dark night". The cause of the accident was not known. Doug received multiple injuries and burns and was buried at All Saints Churchyard, Grave 1, Row B, Plot 10, Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire, England.
Hupman, Arnold Freeman. Flying Officer. Navigator.
Hupman, Arnold Freeman. J19421. Flying Officer. Navigator. 419 Moose Squadron. Royal Canadian Air Force. 1913- 1944
Arnold Hupman was a fisherman when he enlisted at Halifax on 5 September 1941. In November 1943 Arnold " took part in the devastating air raid over the German capital when 1,000 planes poured down retribution on the Nazis". On 17 June 1944 his Lancaster aircraft #KB 728 was shot down during a night operation, in an attack against Sterkrade, Germany. This was to be the crews 29th and final operation, as every crew flies a maximum of 30 missions. Buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Collective Grave 15, Row C, Gelderland, Netherlands.
Moody, Vincent Kenneth. Flight Lieutenant. Pilot. Distinguished Flying Cross.
Moody, Vincent Kenneth DFC J15363. Flight Lieutenant. Pilot. 131 SquadronRoyal Canadian Air Force.
Vincent Moody enlisted 23 October 1940 in Halifax. His initial training school was in Regina, followed by elementary flying in Edmonton and service flying in Yorkton. He arrived in the United Kingdom in August 1941 and took operational training at Grangemouth, Sterlingshire. In June 1942 he was posted to 118 Squadron in Italy. He flew out of Malta and returned to the U.K. in December 1942. He began his second tour of operations in July 1943. On 18 February 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation, sent by the Minister of National Defence for Air, to his parents read:
"This officer has taken part in a large number of escort sorties and reconnaissance missions over enemy territory. He participated in operations in Malta, during a period of intense activity, and later engaged in sweeps over Sicily. On one occasion in October 1943, Flying Officer Moody's section was attacked by eight Messerschmit 110's. Under his successful leadership two of the enemy aircraft were destroyed. He has himself, destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged many others, The personnel of the Force are proud of your son's fine service record."
Vincent was killed when his Spitfire aircraft #MD 123 was last seen belching black smoke after pulling from an attack on Lemans Airfield, France. It was assumed to have been hit by flack. Vincent reportd by radio transmission that he was going to bail out.
Buried at Yvre L'Eveque Communal Cemetery, Sarthe, France. His is the only Commonwealth Burial in this cemetery.