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Raymond James Dillon

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Raymond James Dillon

May 15, 1942

Sea southwest of Samso, Denmark

Military Service


Service Number:

R/67803

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 69 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

KIRKE VAERLOSE CHURCHYARD
Denmark

Grave Reference:

N/A

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Raymond James Dillon is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Raymond James Dillon 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
  • Cemetery– Photo by Mikkel Plannthin and information re crash are courtesy of Airwar over Denmark www.flensted.eu.com 

Hampden of  408 Sqn. was on Gardening (mining) Operation Pumpkin (Samsø Belt)

Returning from the Pumpkin area it was hit by flak from the German mine sweeper 190J which laid anchored 2 miles west of Vesborg lighthouse and exploded in the air at approx. 02:00 killing all onboard. Later the same day the body of Pilot F/S Raymond James Dillon was found in the sea south west of Koldby Kaas, Samsø and by the German Wehrmacht laid to rest in Værløse cemetery near Copenhagen on 19/5-1942.
The body of Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt William D. Palmer RAF was found drifted ashore near Koldby Kaas on the island of Samsø and was taken to Tranebjerg hospital. On 15/6 he was laid to rest with full military honours in Tranebjerg cemetery, the German Field Priest Johannes Vorrath officiating at the graveside ceremony.

P/O Cyril Chesswell RAF and Sgt Raymond Wesley Dreyer have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/S Dillon is buried in the Kirke Vaerlose Churchyard, Denmark.
  • Grave Marker– Gravemarker of F/S Raymond J. Dillon RCAF, of Freeport, Illinois, U.S.A., at Vaerlose Churchyard Burial Grounds, Vaerlose, Zealand Island, Denmark.

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