Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Duncan Alexander Hewitt

In memory of
Pilot Officer
Duncan Alexander Hewitt
July 12, 1940

Military Service:

Service Number:
76579
Age:
20
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Division:
501 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of Dr. Samuel Ross Hewitt, M.D., and Mary Edna Dow Hewitt.

Commemorated on Page 14 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL ; Surrey, United Kingdom
Grave Reference:
Panel 8.
Location:
During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial – Pilot Officer Duncan Alexander Hewitt is also commemorated at St George's Royal Air Force Chapel of Remembrance - Biggin Hill … name on the panels that surround the Altar … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Pilot Officer Duncan Alexander Hewitt is also commemorated at St George's Royal Air Force Chapel of Remembrance - Biggin Hill … the Altar … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Church – Pilot Officer Duncan Alexander Hewitt is also commemorated at St George's Royal Air Force Chapel of Remembrance - Biggin Hill … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of DUNCAN ALEXANDER HEWITT

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