Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gordon Arthur Kidder

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Gordon Arthur Kidder

March 29, 1944

Zagan, Poland

Military Service


Service Number:

J/10177

Age:

29

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

156 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, War Medal 1939-45, Mentioned in despatches, award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date.

Honours and Awards:

Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information


Born:

December 9, 1914
St. Catharines, Ontario

Enlistment:

January 8, 1941
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Arthur Garfield and Ethel May (nee Smith) Kidder. Brother of Alvin Harry and Alice Viola Marie.

He was one of six Canadian airmen shot after being recaptured during an escape from Stalag Luft 3.

Commemorated on Page 352 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

8. D. 5.

Location:

Poznan (or Posen), which is the capital of the Province of the same name, is a cathedral city on the River Wanta. The POZNAN OLD GARRISON CEMETERY is on the northern side of the town.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flight Lieutenant Gordon Arthur Kidder is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Lieutenant Gordon Arthur Kidder 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
  • Group Photo– Gordon Kidder (tallest)

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Christmas Card– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Post Card– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Memorial Garden - The plaque under the cross reads "Erected by the Prisoners of War of the allied air forces in honoured memory of their comrades who died at Stalag Luft 3 during the war AD 1939-1945 Per Ardua ad Astra" ... Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Near the exit of Tunnel Harry - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Entrance to  Harry - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– The Canadians - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Memorial - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Memorial Stone - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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