Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Donald Joseph McKenna

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Donald Joseph McKenna

September 8, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:
C/1222
Age:

30

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

403 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Daniel P. and Agnes B. McKenna, of Ottawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 38 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XI. F. 10.

Location:

Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944. By 3rd November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt; but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping – Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Temporary grave marker – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DONALD JOSEPH MCKENNA – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping – Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Temporary Grave Marker
  • Entrance – Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice – Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker – Photo submitted by Marg Liessens

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