Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Paul Martin Roche

In memory of
Flying Officer
Paul Martin Roche
July 29, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/25800
Age:
28
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
550 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information:

Born:
October 26, 1915 Cochrane, Ontario
Enlistment:
April 13, 1942 Toronto, Ontario

Son of Martin J. and Cecile M. Roche, of Peterborough, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 430 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
BLAMONT COMMUNAL CEMETERY ; Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Grave Reference:
Grave 7.
Location:
Blamont is a village and commune 50 kilometres east-south-east of Nancy and on the N. 4 road from Nancy to Sarrebourg. The communal cemetery is south of the village, on the road to the neighbouring village of Barbas. West of the main path, near the middle of the southern boundary are the graves of 7 airmen, 5 of whom belonged to the Royal Air Force and two to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

Send us your images
  • Photo of Paul Martin Roche – My much loved Great Uncle, Paul M Roche, Lancaster Bomber Pilot, RCAF. He "never flew in any other state but the state of grace."
  • Photo of Paul Martin Roche – Paul's graduation photo from Optometry School at Saint Michael's College in Toronto.
  • Paul's service medals and RCAF flight log
  • Newspaper Clipping – The Peterborough Examiner reporting on Paul's safe arrival in England.
  • Letter Page 1 – This letter was from the Mayor of Blamont, France where Paul's plane crashed on July 29th, 1944.  He and his crew are buried there in the communal cemetery. The letter was sent to the airman's mother, Cecile Roche, and explains how the plane leveled out at the last moment and crashed into a field saving the town.
  • Letter (Page 2)
  • Letter (Page 3)
  • Letter (Page 4)
  • Letter (Page 1) – Paul's last letter to his family.
  • Letter (Page 2)
  • Letter (Page 3)
  • Envelope

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