Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Cecil George Heeney

In memory of
Corporal
Cecil George Heeney
December 29, 1941

Military Service:

Service Number:
P/3016
Age:
26
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
10 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of Robert John and Margaret Ann Heeney (1954 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Ottawa, Ontario.

His brother, Flying Officer Robert Tilton Heeney, RCAF went missing over France on August 9, 1943.

Commemorated on Page 32 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
OTTAWA MEMORIAL ; Ontario, Canada
Grave Reference:
Panel 1. Column 2.
Location:
The Ottawa Memorial stands on the north-eastern point of Green Island in the City of Ottawa. Overlooking the northern branch of the Twin Falls of the Rideau River, it commands a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond. The Memorial commemorates those of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United Sates of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A., and who have no known graves. The main feature of the Ottawa Memorial is a sculptured terrestrial globe in bronze, 3 metres in diameter, on a base formed by three bronze beavers rising from the centre of an ornamental pool. The globe, of open lattice-work corresponding to the lines of latitude and longitude, on which the land masses are super imposed in low relief, is crowned by the Air Forces emblem of a bronze eagle with outspread wings. Two curved screen walls faced in limestone, bearing cast bronze panels on which the names appear, face inwards towards the globe. They are placed slightly off centre to allow a clear view through the Ottawa Memorial from the central steps on Sussex Drive and from the wide pathway. Two Air Force crest exist in the paving between the screen walls. A dedicatory inscription, in English on one screen wall and in French on the other, is incised in the stonework between the bronze name panels, which reads as follows:
1939 - 1945
In honoured memory of the men and women of the air forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who gave their lives in Canada, in the United States of America and neighbouring lands and who have no known grave.

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
  • Newspaper Clipping – Mrs Margaret Heeney Silver Cross Mother 1954. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial – Corporal CECIL GEORGE HEENEY, Royal Canadian Air Force died on December 29, 1941 and is commemorated OTTAWA MEMORIAL, Ontario,Canada as he has no known grave.  There is an inscription to his memory, and the memory of his brother Flying Officer ROBERT TILTON HEENEY, on the family grave marker in Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.  Robert died on August 9, 1943 and was buried at BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.
  • Inscription – Corporal CECIL GEORGE HEENEY, Royal Canadian Air Force died on December 29, 1941 and is commemorated on this panel of the OTTAWA MEMORIAL, Ontario.
  • Ottawa Memorial
  • Inscription – Dedicatory inscription at the Ottawa Memorial
  • Inscription – Corporal CECIL GEORGE HEENEY, Flight Sergeant ARTHUR  CHAPMAN, Pilot Officer KENNETH GEORGE SCHAEFER, Pilot Officer ALBERT WILLIAM RUNTE, Flying Officer JAMES WILLIAM PAUL SKIDMORE and Leading Aircraftman JOHN SYDNEY LEGON  were presumed to have died on December 29, 1941, the day their aircraft went missing in Newfoundland.  They are commemorated on these panels of the Ottawa Memorial, which contain the names of  30 members of the RCAF who died on active service during 1941 and have no known grave.
  • Newspaper clipping – Newspaper clipping – Corporal CECIL GEORGE HEENEY, Flight Sergeant ARTHUR CHAPMAN, Pilot Officer KENNETH GEORGE SCHAEFER, Pilot Officer ALBERT WILLIAM RUNTE, Flying Officer JAMES WILLIAM PAUL SKIDMORE and Leading Aircraftman JOHN SYDNEY LEGON were reported as 'Missing in Active Service' in Canada in the 151st Casualty List of the Royal Canadian Air Force published in the Globe & Mail on January 3, 1942, three days after their aircraft went missing.
  • Newspaper clipping – Corporal CECIL GEORGE HEENEY was reported 'previously reported missing in Newfoundland now presumed dead', in the  324th Casualty List of the Royal Canadian Air Force published in the Globe & Mail on July 24th, 1942. His crew mates, Flying Officer JAMES WILLIAM PAUL SKIDMORE, Pilot Officer ALBERT WILLIAM RUNTE, Pilot Officer KENNETH GEORGE SCHAEFER, Flight Sergeant ARTHUR  CHAPMAN, and Leading Aircraftman JOHN SYDNEY LEGON were listed as presumed dead in the 336th Casualty List of the Royal Canadian Air Force published in the Globe & Mail on August 7, 1942.
  • Memorial – Corporal CECIL GEORGE HEENEY and his brother Flying Officer ROBERT TILTON HEENEY are two the seven men, all serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, who were killed in the Second World War, who are commemorated on this plaque in Knox Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Photo of Cecil George Heeney – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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