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Harold Lester Wootten

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Harold Lester Wootten

March 11, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/88872

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Born:

December 28, 1921
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Enlistment:

July 28, 1941
Montreal, Quebec

Son of John L. and Eva C. Wootton, of Cookshire, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 483 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

MALTA MEMORIAL
Malta

Grave Reference:

Panel 16, Column 1.

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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  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Montreal Gazette. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of HAROLD LESTER WOOTTEN– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Id card– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of HAROLD LESTER WOOTTEN– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Harold Wootten– Photo of my fathers first cousin, Harold Wootten, at Malta.
 
He is shown sitting on the Spitfire he flew from the island and went missing, presumed dead, during WW2. Story has it that he took off on a routine, solo patrol, and just never returned to base. 

My Dad recalls hearing of his cousins demise while himself serving in Bomber Command as a navigator on a Halifax. He used to speculate that his cousin either got jumped by the Jerries or had a mechanical failure and went into the drink.  Whatever happend... he was sorely missed by his family and friends in and around Cookshire, Quebec.  

My dad annotated this photo on his "Commodore 64" some years ago, but there seems to be some mistake on the actual date... of course, he was in his 80's and perhaps his memory just wasn't that sharp.

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