Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Norman William Barbeau

In memory of
Norman William Barbeau
December 7, 1941

Military Service:

Service Number:
Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information:

Husband of Florence Marguerite Louise Barbeau, of Montreal, Quebec.

Commemorated on Page 23 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Grave Reference:
North West of Church

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of NORMAN WILLIAM BARBEAU – Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. 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
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Description of plane crash
  • Accident card – Copy of the accident card completed after the incident in which Sergeant Barbeau lost his life.  The card is held at the Royal Air Firce Museum, Hendon, England.
  • Photo of Willow tree
  • Photo 2 of Willow tree
  • Photo 3 of Willow tree
  • Photo 4 of Willow tree
  • Canadian Bench – A photo of a metal bench erected by the Parish Council. The bench is opposite of the tree split by the Spitfire in the crash. The bench has two maple leaves and it is painted with Canadian colours.   This was erected by the councillors who were attending an exhibition elsewhere, and who decided on the spur of the moment to purchase it in honour of their Canadian hero.
  • Photo 2 of Plaque – He is honoured by the plaque in the special rose garden at Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire.   One wreath was placed by the British Legion and the other by a brother and sister who witnessed the aftermath of the crash and who had always wanted to commemorate the death of Sgt Barbeau. The small crosses seem to bear messages and were probably erected by local residents.
  • Commemorative Plaque – Memorial plaque dedicated and unveiled in The Rose Garden in Ermin Street, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon in memory of Norman Barbeau whose Spitfire crashed almost opposite in December 1941.
  • Newspaper Clipping (2) – Blessing of the plaque on Saturday 23rd April, 2005
  • Message – Message George Barbeau to his brother Norman
  • Gravemarker – Close-up of Sgt. Pilot N. W. Barbeau's headstone.  All four stones are very weathered and difficult to photograph.  The second photo is of the graves of Sgt. Pilots Barbeau and Owen.
  • Grave Marker – Norman's grave

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