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These airmen were lost 3 November 1943 during night operations against Dusseldorf, Germany. Their Halifax bomber was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Helvoirt (Noord Brabant), 14 km NE of Tilburg, Holland.

The crew were:

PilotPilot Officer R Jones - RAF
Second PilotSergeant P H Potter - RAF
Flight EngineerSergeant R V Woods - RAF
NavigatorFlight Sergeant R Walton - RAF
Bomb AimerSergeant G H C Wade - RAF
Wireless OperatorSergeant W Shaw - RAF
Air GunnerSergeant T R Oxley - RAF
Air GunnerWO1 G F McKinnon - RCAF

They flew from the Elvington airfield, five miles south-east of the centre of York (77 Squadron RAF).

Warrant Officer Class I Air Gunner Gerald Frederick McKinnon (Royal Canadian Air Force) was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. He is buried in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery near Nijmegen, Holland. There is a memorial stone near his parents' resting place in the Robie Street Cemetery (Catholic) in Truro.

His seven fellow crew members are buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery.


Remembered by Frances Bishop