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Joseph Edouard Jean Guy Arbour

In memory of
Pilot Officer
Joseph Edouard Jean Guy Arbour
May 13, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
426 Squadron
Croix de guerre et Palme.

Additional Information:

Son Joseph and Stephanie Arbour. His father was a dentist and his mother a nurse. Guy, as he was called, was their only child. Guy's father had served as an officer in the First World War, and he passed away in November 1943, while Guy was serving overseas. Guy grew up in Ste. Thérèse but later took commercial courses in Rhode Island and New York, from 1927-32. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying hockey, tennis, baseball, football, basketball, skiing, swimming, track and field, and canoeing. Guy returned to Quebec in 1934. During the Depression he worked sporadically, taking on various odd jobs. He performed bookkeeping and general office work before becoming a sporting goods salesman with the T. Eaton Co. in Montréal in 1938. In 1941, he joined Noorduyn Aviation.

One year later -- on June 9, 1942 -- he enlisted in the RCAF in Montréal. Guy received his air gunner wings in April 1943 and disembarked in the U.K. the following month. Overseas, he underwent further training programs, arriving at 426 Squadron on May 9, 1944 -- only days before the fateful mission. Guy was the mid-under gunner on LW 682/M. He was posthumously awarded the Croix de guerre l940 with Palm (Belgium) in July 1948.

Commemorated on Page 238 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Grave Reference:
Joint grave 4.
The town of Geraardsbergen is located south of the town of Aalst on the N42. From the motorway E40/A10, which runs between Oostende and Brussels, turn off at junction 17 onto the N42, direction Geraardsbergen. Follow this road to the town of Geraardsbergen and the junction with the N493. Turn right onto the N493, direction Parike, and the cemetery is along here on the right. The graves are located towards the centre of the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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