Canadian Virtual War Memorial

George Gordon Hyde

In memory of
Flight Lieutenant
George Gordon Hyde
May 17, 1941

Military Service:

Service Number:
Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
402 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of George Gordon Hyde, K.C., and Lilian B. Hyde, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 33 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

SCOPWICK CHURCH BURIAL GROUND ; Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Grave Reference:
Row 2. Grave 39.

Digby aerodrome was built towards the end of the First World War and after the war it functioned as a permanent unit of the Royal Air Force. In 1937 it became a member of No 12 Fighter Group in which it remained until the end of the Second World War.

Digby was one of the original sectors of Fighter Command and in the early days of the Second World War was very active in the defence of northern England. No 42 (Fighter) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force (known as the Red Indian Squadron from the emblem which it carried) was formed there in April 1942. On September 16, 1942, the sector was taken over by the RCAF and until the end of the war was known as Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Digby.

The 37 Canadian airmen buried at Scopwick lost their lives while stationed at Digby. They include an American airman who served with the RCAF, P/O J G Magee, and author of the poem 'High Flight'.

Scopwick Church Burial Ground contains 50 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and five German war graves. The graves form a plot in the top half of the burial ground. The Cross of Sacrifice in the corner of the plot was unveiled by the Air Member, Canadian Joint Staff on June 1, 1950.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Charlottetown PEI newspaper The Guardian. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker – Marker stone to Flt Lt G. G. Hyde in Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Lincolnshire, England.  The personal inscription reads: Beloved son of G. Gordon and Lilian Hyde of Montreal, Canada.
  • Photo of George Hyde – George Gordon (Kewp) Hyde
  • Photo 2 of George Gordon Hyde – F/L G.G. (Kewp) Hyde
  • Group Photo – RCAF No. 1 Fighter Squadron (Hurricanes), Croydon, U.K., July 1940 (G.G. Hyde front row, at left)
  • Group Photo 2 – G.G. Hyde top row, 3rd from right
  • Newspaper Clipping – F/L G.G. Hyde Obituary - Montreal Star, May 19, 1941
  • Photo 3 of George Gordon Hyde – F/L G.G. Hyde - Hawker Hurricane
  • Biography
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Montreal Gazette. Submitted for the project:, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Montreal Gazette. Submitted for the project:, Operation: Picture Me

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