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Albert Dorey

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Albert Dorey

March 31, 1945

Hamburg, Germany

Military Service


Service Number:

J/94186

Age:

27

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

431 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-45

Additional Information


Born:

August 24, 1917
London, Ontario

Enlistment:

February 10, 1943
London, Ontario

Son of Arthur Ernest and Florence Mable (née Bastard) Dorey, of London, Ontario. Lillian was his twin sister. He also had an older brother, Arthur, and a younger sister, Ivy who was still born. Husband of A. Jean (née Pierce) Dorey, of London, Ontario. Father of Margaret Ruth.

He took his training at No. 2 Manning Depot, Brandon, Manitoba; No 5 Bombing & Gunnery School, Dafoe, Saskatchewan; and No 2 Wireless School in Calgary, Alberta and left for overseas on April 10, 1944. He was posthumously awarded his Operational Wings on February 7, 1947.

Commemorated on Page 510 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

14. C. 7.

Location:

BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY is 13 km south east of Soltau on the west side of the road from Hamburg to Hannover. From Hannover travel north in the direction of Hamburg on the Autoroute No.7 for 80 km until the junction with Soltau Sud, this is in fact the junction of the A7 with the B3 Hannover to Hamburg road. On leaving the A7 at Soltau Sud follow the B3 in the direction of Celle and Bergen. The cemetery is on the right hand side of the road, 7 Km from the motorway junction.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Grave marker– Becklingen War Cemetery ... April 2017 … 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 Albert Dorey is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Albert Dorey is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– International Bomber Command Centre, Lincolnshire, UK - May 2019 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Albert Dorey is also commemorated at the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincolnshire, UK - May 2019 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Albert Dorey– Albert Dorey (photo taken about 2 weeks before leaving for overseas in early April 1944)
  • Grave Marker– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– 1945 Crew members of Lancaster X KB-859, 431 'Iroquois' Squadron, 6 Group, Bomber Command, was shot down on a mission over Hamburg, coded SE-U, failed to return (SOC 31.3.45). Only the pilot, F/Lt Patrick Joseph 'Pat' Hurley RCAF'POW, survived from this crew. 


Back Row (l-r): P/O Albert 'Bert' Dorey, RCAF; Sgt. Laurence John 'Laurie' Mercer, RAF; F/O Patrick B. 'Red' Dennison, RCAF; F/O John Joseph 'Johnny' Casey, RCAF.

Front Row (l-r): F/Lt Patrick Joseph 'Pat' Hurley RCAF¿POW; F/O Martin 'Jack' Hartog, RCAF; F/O Frederick Roy 'Roy' Alty, RCAF.

Operation Summary: March 31, 1945 - 100 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 425, 426, and 432 squadrons were joined by 100 Lancasters from 419, 424, 427, 428, 429, 431, 433, and 434 on an attack at the Blohm & Voss shipyards at Hamburg. The crews were over the target at between 17,000 and 19,500 feet, releasing 1,908,000 lbs of high explosives. According to reports, the target was cloud covered but extensive damage was caused in the industrial area of Hamburg. The 6 Group was in the last wave of the attack and was attacked by many ME-262s.  8 crews failed to return, mostly due to attacks by these aircraft.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper notice (appeared in what is now the London Free Press, presumably a day or so after word was received)
  • Photo of Albert Dorey– Source: City of London Remembrance books. Online since 2005.
  • Document– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter
  • Letters
  • Certificate
  • Certificate of Honour
  • Memorial Cross
  • Inscription– Memorial Cross
  • Medals
  • Memorial– Memorial is located in Dalton-on-Tees, Yorkshire.
  • Biography– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– The top of the memorial. The memorial is located in Dalton-on-Tees, Yorkshire.
  • Inscription– Centre of the Memorial. The memorial is located in Dalton-on-Tees, Yorkshire.
  • Memorial Plaque– The plaque on the side commemorating 431 Squadron. The Memorial is located in Dalton-on-Tees, Yorkshire.
  • Memorial Plaque– The plaque on the side commemorating 431 Squadron. The Memorial is located in Dalton-on-Tees, Yorkshire.
  • Inscription– Bottom of the Memorial. The memorial is located in Dalton-on-Tees, Yorkshire.
  • Maple Tree– Maple tree planted in memory of Albert Dorey in the newly dedicated Remembrance Gardens Park, London, ON - August 2015 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription– Inscription on the stone at the base of the maple tree planted in memory of Albert Dorey in the newly dedicated Remembrance Gardens Park, London, ON - August 2015 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Entrance
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery– The crew of Lancaster KB-859 SE-U - Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany - April 2017 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany - April 2017 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Paying respects– The daughter that Albert never knew seen standing by his grave marker - April 2017 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Becklingen War Cemetery– Row of headstones in Becklingen War Cemetery.  (This set of headstones is a crew from 431 Squadron, that went down over Hamburg, Germany on March 31, 1945, in Lancaster KB-859, coded SE-U.  From left to right, the names read:  Dorey, Dennison, Casey, Hartog, Alty, Mercer.
  • Gravemarker
  • Gravemarker
  • Grave Marker– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me

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