Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ross Herbert Bertran

In memory of:

Squadron Leader Ross Herbert Bertran

February 2, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/6396

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

221 Squadron (From Sea to Sea)

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information


Son of Howard and Esther Bertran, of Chippawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 136 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

MALTA MEMORIAL
Malta

Grave Reference:

Panel 10, Column L.

Location:

The MALTA MEMORIAL is situated in the area of Floriana and is easily identified by the Golden Eagle which surmounts the column. It stands outside the King's Gate, the main entrance to Valletta. The Memorial takes the form of a column fifteen metres high of travertine marble from Tivoli in the Sabine Hills near Rome, incised with a a light reticulated pattern and surmounted by a gilded bronze eagle two metres high. The column stands on a circular base around which the names are commemorated on bronze panels. The MALTA MEMORIAL, built on a site generously provided by the Government of Malta, commemorates those who lost their lives whilst serving with the Commonwealth Air Forces flying from bases in Austria, Italy, Sicily, islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, West Africa, Yugoslavia and Gibraltar, and who have no known grave. The bravery of the people of the island of Malta between the years 1940 - 1942 was honoured with the unique award of the George Cross.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Ross H. Bertran– My uncle Ross Bertran is the second from the left.  This picture was taken between June and December 1942 with the 38 Squadron in Shallufa, Egypt.  This may be the crew who were with him on October 26, 1942 when he and two other planes made a daylight raid on a Tobruk tanker.
  • Photo of Ross Bertran, in Egypt– Ross Bertran, D.F.C.  Shallufa, Egypt, Nov/Dec 1942.Photo taken by Jack Hoskins, Wing Commander 221 Squadron.
  • Photo of Ross Bertran in St. Jean– Ross Bertran, D.F.C. 38 Squadron on leave in St. Jean, Palestine. Photo 1942
  • Photo of Ross Bertran– Ross Bertran, D.F.C.  38 Squadron, June 1942 at an Egyptian desert outpost where they would stay in tents while conducting attacks
  • Details of mission– Page 1 of 3 describing the mission on October 26, 1942 for which Ross Bertran was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • Details of mission (page 2)– Page 2 of 3 describing the mission on October 26, 1942 for which Ross Bertran was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • Details of mission (page 3)– Page 3 of 3 describing the mission on October 26, 1942 for which Ross Bertran was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • Group Photo– LEFT TO RIGHT...Ross,Stewart Fram(New Zealand),Jack Giddey(Australia),Reg Howard(Australia),Sam Heard(Australia)...at Sphinx Egypt,July 1942
  • Group Photo– Saskatoon 1942 getting their wings...left to right Swannie Hill,Ross,Hal Davidson,Harry Layton Bray
  • Letter– LETTER FAMILY RECEIVED SHORTLY AFTER ROSS WENT MISSING ON, SECOND TOUR OF DUTY ,OUT OF MALTA WITH 221 SQUADRON
  • War Memorial– The War Monument in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada.
  • Inscription– WWII plaque on Hagersville’s War Memorial—Ross H. BERTRAN is one of the 19 names listed on the plaque.

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