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Elmont Gasper Prest

In memory of:

Flying Officer Elmont Gasper Prest

August 18, 1943

Ustrup, Denmark

Military Service


Service Number:

J/15788

Age:

29

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

619 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Melvin Allan and Susan Seretha Hawes Prest, of Upper Stewiacke, Colchester County, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 204 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Allied Military Plot. Row 3. Coll. grave 10.

Location:

Aabenra is in Jutland, on the main road from Germany into Denmark, about 24 kilometres north of the frontier. It is about 105 kilometres from the port of Esbjerg. AABENRAA CEMETERY is on the western side of the town. The 1939-45 Plot is on the left-hand side of the main path towards the rear of the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Elmont Gasper Prest is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Elmont Gasper Prest is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Elmont Prest– Deceased: ELMONT GASPER PREST
Date of Death: August 18, 1943 
Service Number: J/15788 
Rank: Navigator/Flying Officer 
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Local Monument
  • Photo 2 of Elmont Gasper Prest– Elmont in Nova Scotia
The stone already on your site is not local it is located in Denmark and may be accessed at the attached site: http://www.bomberhistory.co.uk/JA691/others.html 

Thank you so much,

Walter Prest
  • Memorial– Memorial stone erected near site of crash.  Story and photo courtesy Airwar Over Denmark www.flensted.eu.com.

Lancaster EE117 took part in the special raid on Peenemünde, the German research establishment on the Baltic coast where V2 rockets were being built and tested.
While returning over Denmark EE117 was attacked by a Bf 110 night fighter at 3500 metre altitude.
At 03:11 hours the Lancaster fell to the ground in a field near Ustrup, killing all onboard.
The crew were Pilot Wing Cdr. Irwin J. McGhie, P/O Victor G. Stabell RAAF, Flt.Engr. Sgt Peter J. Horsham, Navigator F/O Elmont G. Prest RCAF, Air Bomber P/O Peter M. Goldsmith RAAF, W/Op-Air Gnr. Sgt Ford A. Thompson RCAF, Air Gnr. Sgt William A. Mitchell and Air Gnr Sgt Alfred C. Chapman.

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