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Vincent Emerald Nelson

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Vincent Emerald Nelson

November 2, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/93997

Age:

18

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

415 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Marius C. and Ava P. Nelson, of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 404 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 252.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometers by road west of London.

The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:

IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE

In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Vincent Emerald Nelson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Vincent Emerald Nelson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Identification– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of VINCENT EMERALD NELSON– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of VINCENT EMERALD NELSON– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Service Book– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– The Red Deer Advocate 7 Mar 1945
Details of flight found on //lostbombers.co.uk
NA583 was airborne 1630 2 Nov 44 from East Moor. It crashed in the Rocherather Wald on the Belgian/German Border, about 4 km NNE of Rocherath (Liege); cause unknown. All were originally buried at the crash-site. However, F/O Rose and F/O Rabkin have been subsquently re-interred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery. The others who could not be identified are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.  WAG Sgt Nelson who was born 20 Jan 1926 was only 18 years of age and amongst the youngest Canadians killed on Bomber Command operations.  
The other crew members were:  F/O (P) W.H.Regimbal, age 21, from Wood Mountain, SK.; F/O (N) R.H.M.Rose, age 22, from Vancouver; F/O (BA) H. Rabkin, age 23, from Portage La Prairie, MB; P/O (WAG) G.J.Zbura, age 21, from Prince Rupert, B.C; Sgt (WAG) J.D.Griffin, age 20, from Picton, ON; Sgt (WAG) M.R.Morton, age 19, from Port Hope, ON; and RAF Sgt S.O.Spence, age unknown, was from Belfast, Ire.  This operation is listed in the Bomber Command Losses as 2/3Nov44. Since all the losses occurred before midnight on the 2Nov44 this date is used in this record.

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