Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ross Eveleigh Johnson

In memory of:

Flying Officer Ross Eveleigh Johnson

July 15, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/27232

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

438 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

September 7, 1922
Montreal, Québec

Enlistment:

August 19, 1942
Montreal, Québec

Son of Ross and Elsie E. Johnson, of Westmount, Quebec.

Commemorated on Page 346 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XV. E. 5.

Location:

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery is about 1 kilometre east of the village of Reviers, on the Creully-Tailleville-Ouistreham road (D.35). Reviers is a village and commune in the Department of the Calvados. It is located 15 kilometres north-west of Caen and 18 kilometres east of Bayeux and 3.5 kilometres south of Courseulles, a village on the sea coast. The village of Beny-sur-Mer is some 2 kilometres south-east of the cemetery. The bus service between Caen and Arromanches (via Reviers and Ver-sur-Mer) passes the cemetery.

It was on the coast just to the north that the 3rd Canadian Division landed on 6th June 1944; on that day, 335 officers and men of that division were killed in action or died of wounds. In this cemetery are the graves of Canadians who gave their lives in the landings in Normandy and in the earlier stages of the subsequent campaign. Canadians who died during the final stages of the fighting in Normandy are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

There are a total of 2,048 burials in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. There is also one special memorial erected to a soldier of the Canadian Infantry Corps who is known to have been buried in this cemetery, but the exact site of whose grave could not be located.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave marker– Photo taken in July 2015 when 438 squadron members paid respects at multiple grave sites of fallen members of 438 squadron RCAF in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Photo of Ross Johnson– Ross E. Johnson with his Hawker Typhoon in the spring of 1944.
  • Temporary Grave Marker– Temporary Grave Marker for Johnson.  LAC Ottawa
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Ross Eveleigh Johnson memorial stained glass memorial window (1945) by Charles William Kelsey is in the Mountainside United Church, 687, av Roslyn, Westmount, Quebec. Mountainside was formerly known as St. Andrew's-Dominion Douglas United Church. http://www.mountainsideunited.ca/
  • Grave Marker– The grave marker (2010) at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located outside Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. May he rest in peace. (K. Falconer & J. Stephens)
  • Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery– The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4  kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. (J. Stephens)
  • Photo of Ross Johnson– Flying Officer Ross Eveleigh Johnson courtesy McGill University archives
  • Newspaper Clipping– Flying Officer Ross Eveleigh Johnson obit Montreal Gazette Jul 20 1944 courtesy McGill University archives
  • Group Photo– Four pilots of 438 Squadron in 1943: P/O R.E. Johnson on the wing and, from left to right, F/O R.F. Reid, F/O H.E. Dawber and F/O R.M. McKenzie. Johnson and McKenzie were killed in action on July 15th, 1944, and July 18th, 1944.
National Defence Image Library, PL 22802.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Photo courtesy of Nicolas Paquin.
  • Group Photo– Photo courtesy of The Memory Project.

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