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George Pierre Cornelius Vandekerckhove

In memory of:

Pilot Officer George Pierre Cornelius Vandekerckhove

August 31, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/17326

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

427 Sqdn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information


Son of Basil and M. Vandekerckhove, of Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 222 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
Germany

Grave Reference:

Coll. grave 26. D. 1-3.

Location:

The REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY is located 5 km south west of Kleve. From Kleve the cemetery is located, using the Hoffmannallee from the Town Centre, which becomes the Materbornerallee. This road enters Reichswald Forest and becomes the Grunewaldstrasse. Follow direction Gennep, entering Reichswald Forest the cemetery is situated 500 metres on the left. Alternatively from the motorway 57, take exit Kleve/Goch, which leads onto the 9 N road in the direction towards Kleve. After 3 km turn left on to the 504 direction Kranenburg. Reichswald cemetery is clearly signposted on the 504 at cross roads Grunewald. REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY is situated on the Grunewald Strasse direction Kleve on the right, 3 km from cross roads Grunewald.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • 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 George Pierre Cornelius Vandekerckhove is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer George Pierre Cornelius Vandekerckhove is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of George Pierre Cornelius Vandekerckhove– Of the more than 600 planes that flew the mission, George's Halifax was one of the 47 that never returned. It was a night time raid over Berlin on Aug 31, 1943. Their plane was spotted by search lights and brought down by Flak.
He was considered one of the 'old guys' in a flight crew because he was in his mid-twenties at the time.
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

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