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William Gerald Schroeder

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant William Gerald Schroeder

February 9, 1945

Moulmein, Myanmar

Military Service


Service Number:

J12468

Age:

27

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

159 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Born:

February 7, 1918
McGillvary Township, Ontario

Enlistment:

August 4, 1941
London, Ontario

Son of William Wesley Schroeder and Edith Lyle Schroeder, of Centralia, Ontario. Formerly commemorated on Column 455 of the Singapore Memorial.

Heroes Remember Video

Commemorated on Page 562 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY
Myanmar

Grave Reference:

Coll. grave 7A. E. 10-17.

Location:

TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY is outside Yangon (formerly Rangoon, Burma), near the airport and immediately adjoining the village of Taukkyan. It is on PY1 road (formerly Prome Road), about 35 kilometres north of the city from which it is easily accessible.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of William Gerald Schroeder
  • Cenotaph– Flight Lieutenant William Gerald Schroeder is also commemorated on the cenotaph in Exeter, ON … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cenotaph– Flight Lieutenant William Gerald Schroeder is also commemorated on the cenotaph in Exeter, ON … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– In this photo are all six Canadians, and seven of the eight men who died (the full crew) when 159 Squadron Liberator KH255 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire during a 9 Feb 1945 raid on the port of Khao Huagang, Thailand; only 1739627 RAF Sgt Derrick Charles North Burton is absent.  The KH255 crew are buried in Collective Grave 7A. E. 10-17, Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma.  [Crew positions on 9.2.45 are given.] 
 
Back row, left to right:
 
J/12468 F/O SCHROEDER, William Gerald, Centralia, Ontario [pilot]
J/44860 P/O MCMILLAN, Richard Lyle, Vancouver, British Columbia [2nd pilot]
J/45103 P/O ZAKOW, Nick (birth name ZAICZKOWSKI), Windsor, Ontario [navigator]
J/43938 P/O JOHNSON, Kristinn Gudmundur, Gimli, Manitoba [bomb aimer]
J/45225 P/O TALBOT, Robert, Vancouver, British Columbia [wireless operator]
**Sgt Rowley, RAF 
 
Front row, left to right:
 
**Sgt Worseley, RAF 
**Sgt Meadows, RAF 
2222977 Sgt BRIGHT, Roland Bernard, RAF, Langwith, UK [nose gunner]
**Sgt Leishman, RAF 
 
**These four men in the were not aboard KH255 when shot down.

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