Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Joseph Klatman

In memory of:

Flying Officer Joseph Klatman

January 14, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/39890

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Born:

August 13, 1923

Son of Sam and Toba Klatman of Toronto, Ontario and brother of Pearl and Toby. Joseph Klatman was born onboard a ship bound for Canada from Romania. He served one year in the Royal Canadian Air Force before being shipped overseas where he joined the with the #1666 Lancaster Heavy Conversion Unit. He was a former student at Harbord Collegiate in Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 531 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 279.

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.

Digital Collection

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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 Joseph Klatman is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Joseph Klatman is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of JOSEPH KLATMAN– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JOSEPH KLATMAN– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Identity Discs– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Obituary– Joseph Klatman is honoured on page 40 of the memorial book,
CANADIAN JEWS IN WORLD WAR II, Part II: Casualties,
compiled by David Rome for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Montreal, 1948.  
This extract is provided courtesy of the Canadian Jewish Congress which holds the copyright for this volume.  For additional information about these archival records, please contact:
The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives 
1590 Ave. Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Que. H3G 1C5 (Canada)
telephone: 514-931-7531 ex. 2 
facsimile:  514-931-0548 
website:     www.cjc.ca
  • Photo of Joseph Klatman– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Crest– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial Plaque– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– In memory of the Harbord Collegiate Institute students who served during World War I and World War II and did not return home.

Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me

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