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Ray Bruce Forbes

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Ray Bruce Forbes

August 7, 1940

Military Service


Service Number:

41391

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Air Force

Division:

224 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of James H. and Helen M. Forbes, of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 13 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 8.

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1940. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1940. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Ray Bruce Forbes– Rejected by the RCAF, he hiked to Montreal and worked his way to England on a cattle boat and joined the RAF, He flew a Lockeed Hudson aircraft with #224 Squadron of RAF Costal Command and was credited with sinking a German submarine in the North Sea. He failed ot return from a patrol on August 7, 1940.

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