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Norman Seymore Jermey

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Norman Seymore Jermey

July 29, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/88591

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

431 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Samuel J. and Annie C. Jermey, of Orilla, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 345 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 250.

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

  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Norman Seymore Jermey is also commemorated on the WWII Memorial in Orillia, ON … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Norman Seymore Jermey is also commemorated on the WWII Memorial in Orillia, ON … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Norman Seymore Jermey is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Norman Seymore Jermey is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of NORMAN SEYMORE JERMEY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of NORMAN SEYMORE JERMEY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Id card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo– It is unknown who this person is. The photo was found in Norman's military service file. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Norman Jermey– The crew on aboard Halifax MZ589 was lost during an operation to Hamburg. Six Canadian airmen were lost, Joseph Collver, Robert Leman, Norman Bailey, Matthew MacFarlane, Norman Jermey and William Sorel.  Submitted by Operation Picture Me
  • Runnymeade Memorial– Photo of Runnymede Memorial (CWGC)
Halifax aircraft MZ589 was one of 17 from 431 Squadron sent on a raid to Hamburg on  July 28/29, 1944.  A total of 186 Halifaxes and 46 Lancasters from RCAF Bomber Command 6 Group participated in the raid, which resulted in the heavy loss of 22 aircraft.  Tragically 134 aircrew were killed, with 29 taken Prisoners of War.   431 Squadron suffered the heaviest loss:   5 crews with 28 airmen killed and 7 taken PoWs.
The Pilot, F/O Joseph COLLVER, was only 19 yrs of age, as was Air gunner P/O JERMEY. The other crew members were: 
P/O (WAG) Wm. G. SORE, age 21, from Nakina, ON
F/O (BA) Matthew MacFARLANE, age 21,  from Vancouver.
P/O (AG) Robt. A. LEMAN, age 21, from Muirhead, AB.
F/O (AG) Norman BAILEY, age 22, from Georgetown, ON.
No trace of the aircraft and crew were found. Their names are inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial for those with no known grave.
[Crew information from They Shall Grow Not Old, Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Manitoba; operation detail from www.rcaf.com/6group]

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