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Colin John Blyth

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Colin John Blyth

July 29, 1944


The North Sea

Military Service


Service Number:

J/89962

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

405 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Frederick and Emily Blyth, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 252 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

NORRE HAVRVIG CHURCHYARD
Denmark

Grave Reference:

N/A

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Colin John Blyth is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Colin John Blyth 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
  • Id Card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of COLIN JOHN BLYTH– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of COLIN JOHN BLYTH– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Casualty Notification Form– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Photo and story of crash courtesy Air War Over Denmark www.flensted.eu.com

Lancaster III JB707 of 405 (RCAF) Sqn. took off 22:48 July 28th from Gransden Lodge on a bombing raid on Hamburg.

Bomber Command lost 22 aircrafts on this attack. Ten of these aircraft crashed into the sea. Lancaster JB707 was one of those. The whole crew perished.
 
F/O (P) Elwood A. Townsend, Sgt (FE) Derek C. Carrott RAF,  F/O (N) William C. Morrow, F/O (BA) Elwood C. Pomeroy, P/O (W/Op) Wendell P. Drew and W/C (P) Charles Gray have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

On Thursday 28/6 1945 it was reported to the police in Ringkøbing that there had been found graves in beach areas 1a, 2 and 6 near Bjerregrav. The three graves were believed to hold allied airmen and should be moved to Haurvig cemetery.
 
On the grave in beach area no. 6 was found a wooden cross with an inscription saying: Colin John. Can-R 100467 Heigesetz am 7.10.44. It turned out to be the body of Air Gnr. Colin J. Blyth whom the Germans had buried where it was found washed ashore on 7/10 1944.

On 1/7-1945 Blyth was laid to rest in Haurvig cemetery together with the airmen found in beach area 1a and 2. They were Sgt F. W. Webster of RAF 138 Sqn and Sgt Arthur Robson of RAF 582 Sqn.

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