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Vernon Patrick Obright

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Vernon Patrick Obright

June 17, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/90421

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

431 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Wilfrid W. and Magdalen Obright, of Walkerton, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 407 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XII. F. 10.

Location:

Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Vernon Patrick Obright as commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Vernon Patrick Obright 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 VERNON PATRICK OBRIGHT– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of VERNON PATRICK OBRIGHT– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Id card– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Vernon Patrick Obright
  • Entrance
  • Grave Marker
  • Cemetery– Groesbeek Cemetery
(Photo courtesy of Frans van Cappellen, Putten, The Netherlands)
LK837 was one of four 431 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. This crew was airborne 2314 16Jun44 from Croft. Shot down by a night-fighter, crashing at Meijel (Limburg). P/O Johnson RCAF and Sgt Obright RCAF are buried in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, while the others killed are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery. The crew were:  P/O E.O.Johnson RCAF; Sgt D.Shenton, F/O R.W.Jones and P/O W.R.Chapman RAF; and RCAF Sgts E.C.Green and V.P.O'Bright.  F/O R.C.B.Garrity, RCAF, survived and was taken PoW.
(Source: //lostbombers.co.uk)

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