Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Samuel Henry James Pearce

In memory of:

Flying Officer Samuel Henry James Pearce

December 18, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/27505

Age:

28

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

434 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Frank Harold and Margaret Wilson Pearce, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; husband of Mary Elizabeth A. Pearce, of Red Deer, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 413 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

VIII. B. 18.

Location:

LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY is located 58 Km north east of Leuven. From Leopoldsburg railway station turn right along the Nicolaylaan to the 'T' junction and turn left onto the Koninklijkstraat. Continue 300 M and turn right at the Koning Albert I Plein. 100 M after this turn left at the 'T' Junction and right at the next 'T' junction. Go a further 300 M to the end of the road and turn left into the Militair Domein. The cemetery is sited 200 M along on the right.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of SAMUEL HENRY JAMES PEARCE – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Samuel Pearce – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Group Photo – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Letter – RCAF letter to parent re recollection of P/O (WAG) Herbert Brown of Alberta, the only crew member who was able to bail out of the aircraft.  Final investigation showed that a collision of Halifaxes resulted in this loss.
Additional information and photos about crashes are available on the following website:
http://www.rcaf434squadron.com/crash-sites-memorials/crash-sites-failed-to-return/12642860
  • Essay – Details of the crew's last operation which was a daylight raid over Duisburg, Germany.
On the 15 Apr 1944, F/O Pearce and one other airmen survived the crash of Halifax (#EB203) while returning from an evening cross-country training exercise.  The  pilot, F/O Donaldson Rendal Holloway, was killed along with five other crewmen and three civilians. 
[researcher GEChase]
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Samuel Henry James Pearce is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … 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 – Flying Officer Samuel Henry James Pearce is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker – Grave marker photo courtesy of Des Philippet (find-a-grave)

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