Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Ernest Scott

In memory of
Warrant Officer Class II
John Ernest Scott
January 3, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
R/123197
Age:
24
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
432 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of George and Emily Scott, of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of Elsie Clara Scott of Toronto.

Commemorated on Page 439 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY , Germany
Grave Reference:
5. B. 10.
Location:
The BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY is in the district of Charlottenburg, 8 kilometres west of the city centre, on the south side of the Heerstrasse. From Theodor Heuss Platz in the district of Charlottenburg near the exhibition hall complex and next to the olympic stadium, follow signs for Spandau, proceeding along the Heerstrasse. The Cemetery lies on the Heerstrasse on the left hand side of the road and 3 kilometres from Theodor Heuss Platz. Visitors should drive beyond the BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY to the traffic lights, then turn left directly onto a small one way street running parallel to the Heerstrasse. The Cemetery entrance is on this small one way road.

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 – 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
  • Photo of John Scott – This picture of Scott was taken from his RCAF file.  It shows him as a Sgt Air Gunner (1942).  

Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse
  • Identification Card – As an AC2, Scott received this D Card from the RCAF.  He is 22 years of age in this photo.  

Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse
  • Documents – Scott's paybook, ID Card and Sgt. Air Gunner photos as the they were found in his file.

Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse
  • Document – John Scott was a member of F/Lt John Allardyce Allen's crew.  They were shot down in Lancaster DS739 on the night of 3 January 1944. A night fighter is thought to have been the cause.  All of these men are buried together in the Berlin War Cemetery with the exception of Cobbett.  He was mistaken for an American airmn and moved to another cemetery in France.  All of the crew except Sgt Collier were Canadians.  He was British.
This document is not the end of the crew's travels after death.  Read on.

Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse
  • Document – This is the Post Presumption Memo 6 months later than the Russian Zone Report.  Notice that it identifies the aircraft as Lancaster 
D 5739 not DS 739.  The bodies have been removed from Koethen where they were buried by the Germans to Berlin Cemetery.  It was not Collier that was removed by the Americans, but Cobbett.  After several years the crews bodies were identifiable only by their remaining uniform and brevets (badges).  The bombers crash made identification difficult even for the Germans, so MREUs and GCUs often depended on the German Death Cards for confirmation as to which body was in the grave.  You can see that Cobbett is now buried in Choloy French Military Cemetery (English Section).
Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse
  • Document – This Graves Registration report shows the names and original burial location as well as the final resting place for the crew members.  Notice that the names do not match the grave inscriptions given by the Germans.  (Note there are only 6 graves listed for the 7 crewman.)

Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse
  • Document – This is W O cott's RAF Record sheet.  It covers the period from the end of his training in Canada to his death over Germany.  He was sent from 10 Air Observers School to embarkation leave and then to Halifax where he sailed on 27 May 43 arriving in UK on 4 June 43.  He was then sent to 3 Personnel Reception Centre to be processed into the training stream in the UK.  He worked his was through 9 AFU, 23 Operational Training Unit, 1679 Conversion Flight and finally to 432 Squadron were he joined Allen's crew.  He joined the squadron on 4 Nov 43 and was killed 2/3 Jan 44.  Just 30 days of operations!
Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse
  • Document – This is Scott's RAF Form 373 (obv) which gives his personal information.  It is written in his own hand.  He was married 20 Jul 1942 at age 22.   (Note that he received his Flying Badge the same day.)

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  • Document – This is the back of Scott's Form 373.  It contains most of the information seen on his Record Card with one exception.  he last two entries show that he was SOS (Struck Off Strength) of 432 Sqdn and TOS (Taken On Strength) of RCAF Non-Effective Unit.  All missing crew were transferred from their active unit to this inactive  unit until they were released from it on final burial or return to duty.  This allowed the RAF and RCAF to keep track of all of their missing men.  All of their records were kept in one place until their fate was finalized. 

Source: Library & Archives Canada via R. Whitehouse

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