Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Alexander Santo

In memory of
Pilot Officer
John Alexander Santo
August 1, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/88290
Age:
23
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
429 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Born:
September 21, 1920

Son of Alexander and Margaret Santo (1973 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Bender, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Twin brother of Warrant Officer Class I Frank Robert Santo, Royal Canadian Air Force deceased on May 5, 1943.

Commemorated on Page 436 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
ST. MARTIN-AU-BOSC COMMUNAL CEMETERY ; Seine-Maritime, France
Grave Reference:
Grave 5.
Location:
St. Martin-au-Bosc is a village and commune 42 kilometres east-south-east of Dieppe, and 11 kilometres south of Blangy, where the Le Treport-Aumale-Paris road (N.15 bis) crosses the Rouen to Abbeville road (N.28). The cemetery is on the south-east side of the village, down a rough track, 600 yards from the church. Near, and south-east of the crucifix in the centre of the cemetery are the graves of 1 officer of the Royal Air Force and 6 officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Id Card
  • Photo of JOHN ALEXANDER SANTO
  • Cemetery – Photo courtesy Regis Biaux,France, and Pierre Vandervelden, Belgium, of www.inmemories.com 

On 31 July 1944, the crew of Halifax LV 950 was airborne at 2151 from their base at RAF Leeming on a mission to attack the V-1 Site at Couqereaux.  They failed to return from the operation and crashed behind German lines.  They rest together in a plot in the St-Martin-au-Bosc Communal Cemetery.   They were:
P/Os John R. Irish (P); John A. Santo (N); Hugh B. Gilmore (AG); P/O (AG) Gordon Lindensmith (AG)
F/Os (WAG) Wm. J. Wright (WAG);  John  E. Gloeckler (BA) and RAF P/O Reg. T. Walsham (FE).
  • Grave Marker – Photo of grave marker courtesy of Kelvin Youngs, Aircrew Remembered

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