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Ian Sutherland Alexander

In memory of:

Flying Officer Ian Sutherland Alexander

July 29, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/27711

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

434 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of William Gladstone Alexander, and of Lillian Frances Alexander, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 235 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 244.

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 kilometres 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– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Ian Sutherland Alexander is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Ian Sutherland Alexander is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of IAN SUTHERLAND ALEXANDER– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Id Card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Training Report– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1045. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1045. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Ian Sutherland– Alexander, Ian Sutherland - Flying Officer. Born 30th May, 1917, at Georgetown, Ont. Educated at Renfrew Public School, and at Brown School and Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Toronto. Entered the service of the Bank 1st March, 1937. Served at Adelaide & Yonge and City Hall (Toronto). Enlisted 15th May, 1942, from the latter branch in R.C.A.F. Pilot Officer 29th June, 1943; Flying Officer 25th December, 1943. Trained at Hagersville, Ont. Overseas in July, 1943.Reported missing after air operations over Hamburg on 29th July, 1944. Officially presumed dead 2lst June, 1945. From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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