Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Jack Edwin McIntyre

In memory of
Pilot Officer
Jack Edwin McIntyre
May 13, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/88626
Age:
24
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
426 Squadron

Additional Information:

Born:
January 10, 1920 Edmonton, Alberta
Enlistment:
May 22, 1941 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Son of John L. and Harriet McIntyre. The eldest of three children, he had a brother, William, who would also serve in the RCAF, and a sister, Calla. When Jack was one year old, he and his family moved to Biggar, Saskatchewan, where his father was a conductor with the CNR. Jack attended public and high schools there. His favourite pastimes included hockey, curling, tennis, and especially skating. He was also musical, playing the piano and the trombone (with Biggar's Kinsmen Club Band). After completing high school in 1939, Jack worked for a few months at the local Safeway Store. He then travelled to Saskatoon to attend the Normal School, receiving his Teachers' Certificate, 1st class, in 1941. At the same time, he was a cadet with the Saskatoon Light Infantry, and completed a cadet instructors course.

Jack enlisted in the RCAF. He had hoped to become a pilot and follow in his father's wartime footsteps. Jack, Sr., had been a pilot in the First World War. However, after disembarking in the U.K. in September 1943, Jack, Jr., became a wireless air gunner. He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre l940 with Palm (Belgium) in July 1948.

Commemorated on Page 387 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
GERAARDSBERGEN (GRAMMONT) COMMUNAL CEMETERY , Belgium
Grave Reference:
Grave 3.
Location:
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.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Jack Edwin McIntyre – Jack was the wireless operator on an aircraft that was shot down in Belgium on May 13th, 1944.  The aircraft crashed into a bog, killing the entire crew.  Jack, and four other crew members were recovered from the wreck and were buried in East Flanders, Belgium.  He was attached to #426 Squadron.  In 1997 the remains of the other three crew members were removed from the crash site and buried with their five comrades.  His sister flew to Belgium for this Memorial Service.  Jack's ring and watch were recovered and presented to Calla in 1997.  In 1948, the RCAF members of the crew, posthumously received The Belgium Croix de Guerre with Palm.
  • 426 Squadron and the Halifax LW682
  • Biography
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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