Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Allardyce Allen

In memory of
Flight Lieutenant
John Allardyce Allen
January 3, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/6643
Age:
23
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
432 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Born:
December 28, 1920

Son of David and Isobel Allen. Husband of Honor Mary Allen, of Paddington, London.

Commemorated on Page 236 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY , Germany
Grave Reference:
5. B. 9.
Location:
The BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY is in the district of Charlottenburg, 8 kilometres west of the city centre, on the south side of the Heerstrasse. From Theodor Heuss Platz in the district of Charlottenburg near the exhibition hall complex and next to the olympic stadium, follow signs for Spandau, proceeding along the Heerstrasse. The Cemetery lies on the Heerstrasse on the left hand side of the road and 3 kilometres from Theodor Heuss Platz. Visitors should drive beyond the BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY to the traffic lights, then turn left directly onto a small one way street running parallel to the Heerstrasse. The Cemetery entrance is on this small one way road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping – Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of John Allardyce Allen – J6643 Flight Lieutenant John A. Allen
born 28-12-21
Former student of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Toronto)
  • Document – Information on the crash of F/Lt Allen's aircraft supplied by the Dutch (Christel & Ger Boogmans) from German records.  page 1
  • Document (Page 2) – Information on the crash of F/Lt Allen's aircraft supplied by the Dutch (Christel & Ger Boogmans) from German records.  page2
  • Document – F/Lt Allen's school registration card written by himself on entry to North Toronto Collegiate Institute in 1934.  He transferred to the new Lawrence Park C.I when it opened in Sept of 1936.  The notes  at the bottom of the card are those of the office staff.  All information is no long out of date.
  • Document – #4 Missing Evaluation & Enquiry Unit's report on Allen's crew

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Document – RCAF evaluations of Allen's ability.  Allen is just 22/23 yrs old at this time.

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Document – Allen's General Information Sheet.

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Letter – A letter from Ottawa to Allen's wife notifying her of his exhumation and reburial in an Imperial War Graves Commission cemetery in Berlin.  

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Document – The staff of Allen's high school (Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute) requested information from CMHQ in Ottawa as to the whereabouts of some of their missing students.  Allen was just one of many at this time.

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Letter – Page 2 of the LPCI letter to CMHQ.

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Grave Marker – At Peace Next to his fellow Crew Mates.

Dave Morris Tadcaster England.
  • Entrance – Berlin 1939-1945 Enterance.

Dave Morris Tadcaster England.
  • Cemetery – A view of the main cross inside the
Cemetery.

Dave Morris Tadcaster England.
  • Origional Grave Marker – This picture of  John Allen's grave in Berlin War Cemetery was sent to his family.  It looks much more stark than the present stone.  All of his crew are buries here with one exception, R193139 John A Cobbett of Hamilton.  The Americans mistook him for an American airman and moved his body to 
one of their cemeteries.
Library & Archives Canada RG24 vol 24734 via R. Whitehouse
  • Document – This re-burial document lists all of the members of Allen's crew except one, Sgt Cobbett from Hamilton Ontario.  The American's mistook Cobbett for an American aircrew and moved his body to one of their cemeteries in France.  Cobbett was later buried in a Commonwealth War grave but not with is crew.  Cobeet's name is mispelled on this document.
Source: Library & Archives Canada RG24 Vol24734 via R.W. Whitehouse

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