Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Francis McCormick

In memory of:

Pilot Officer James Francis McCormick

January 16, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/95357

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

420 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

December 20, 1921
Smith's Falls, Ontario

Enlistment:

April 29, 1943
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Patrick and Elizabeth McCormick, of Port McNicoll, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 541 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

16. F. 5.

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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  • Memorial Arch west – The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of "P/O J.F. McCORMICK R.C.A.F.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book – University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 42 reads: P/O James Francis McCORMICK,
420 Sqn RCAF. Former student in St Michael’s College, 1942.  Killed in an air operation over Germany, 16 January 1945.  Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Germany
  • Memorial Room – Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • St. Michael’s College Memorial Intro – Inscriptions in the stone walls of the slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorate the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Detail of St. Michael’s College Memorial – Showing some of the Second World War names including that of James Francis McCormick.
  • St. Michael’s College Memorial – The memorial slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorates the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Soldiers' Tower – The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Grave marker – Becklingen War Cemetery … 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 James Francis McCormick is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Pilot Officer James Francis McCormick is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of JAMES FRANCIS MCCORMICK – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JAMES FRANCIS MCCORMICK – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Id Card – Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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