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Howard Clinton Irwin

In memory of:

Flying Officer Howard Clinton Irwin

April 5, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/11956

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

428 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 173 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 174.

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 Howard Clinton Irwin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Howard Clinton Irwin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Letter– Letter to F/O Irwin's father from Wing Commander D.W.M. Smith, officer commanding 428 Squadron, dated 7 April 1943.  F/O Irwin's parents and a younger brother lived on the family's farm in the area of Ilderton, Ontario.
  • Letter– First page of a letter to F/O Irwin's father from an RCAF casualties officer, dated 13 April 1943.
  • Letter– Second page of a letter to F/O Irwin's father from an RCAF casualties officer, dated 13 April 1943.
  • Letter– First page from a report, dated 20 April 1943, on the loss of Wellington bomber aircraft HE432.  The lower part of the page lists the previous raids on which F/O Irwin flew.
  • Letter– Letter to F/O Irwin's father from an RCAF Casualty Officer, dated 17 March 1948.  It conveys the result of a post-war investigation into the fate of F/O Irwin as a missing member of the RCAF.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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