Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ross Conger Charlton

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Ross Conger Charlton

February 15, 1945

In the Sea near Falsterbo, Denmark

Military Service


Service Number:

J/14047

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

429 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Harry P. and Pauline Charlton; husband of Jacqueline Charlton.

Commemorated on Page 503 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALSINGBORG (PALSJO) MUNICIPAL CEMETERY
Sweden

Grave Reference:

Sec. XV. 88.

Location:

Halsingborg is on the direct route from Copenhagen to Stockholm and is connected by ferry with Helsingor in Denmark. The HALSINGBORG(PALSJO)MUNICIPAL CEMETERY stands on high ground 34 kilometres north-east of Halsingborg.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flight Lieutenant Ross Conger Charlton is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Lieutenant Ross Conger Charlton is also 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
  • Photo of ROSS CONGER CHARLTON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of ROSS CONGER CHARLTON– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Cemetery– Photo courtesy  of Carin Olofsson, http://www.hembygdshistoria.se/palsjo/index-e.htm.
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Photo courtesy  of Carin Olofsson, http://www.hembygdshistoria.se/palsjo/index-e.htm.
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy of Carin Olofsson, http://www.hembygdshistoria.se/palsjo/index-e.htm.
Story of crash used with permission of Sven Flensted of Airwar Over Denmark http://www.flensted.eu.com/ 
Halifax III MZ865 of 429 Squadron took off 18:03 from Leeming on a mining (gardening) in the Kadett Channel.  At 21:01 hours the aircraft was attacked by a German night fighter and crashed into the Baltic Sea about 8 kilometres off the Falsterbo lighthouse, Sweden, killing all onboard.
The bodies of Pilot F/Lt Ross C. Charlton and Flt. Engr. P/O Wolodemir Fedorchuk were recovered from the sea west of Skanör by the Swedish navy and laid to rest in Pålsjö cemetery at Hälsingborg.
Mid-Upper Gunner Sgt Gordon L.J. Barnes rests in Hälsingborg.
Navigator F/O Robert A. Thorne was found on the Skanör beach and was laid to rest in Malmö cemetery.  The body of W/Op F/O Keith W. Rainford was found washed ashore at Karlslunde beach on the island of Sjælland on 28/5 and was laid to rest in Karlslunde cemetery, Denmark, on 31/5 1945.
On 16/7 the dead body of Tail Gunner F/Sgt Stanley E. Bostwick was found washed ashore near Vindeby on the island of Langeland and was laid to rest in Magleby cemetery on 20/7 1945.  A Canadian Field Priest officiated at the graveside ceremony.  Bomb Aimer P/O Robert J. McCallum has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
(It should be noted that in Swedish records it is claimed that the Halifax was hit by Swedish flak.)

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