Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Paul Martin Roche

In memory of:

Flying Officer Paul Martin Roche

July 29, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/25800

Age:

28

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

550 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Born:

October 26, 1915
Cochrane, Ontario

Enlistment:

April 13, 1942
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Martin J. and Cecile M. Roche, of Peterborough, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 430 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BLAMONT COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Grave Reference:

Grave 7.

Location:

Blamont is a village and commune 50 kilometres east-south-east of Nancy and on the N. 4 road from Nancy to Sarrebourg. The communal cemetery is south of the village, on the road to the neighbouring village of Barbas. West of the main path, near the middle of the southern boundary are the graves of 7 airmen, 5 of whom belonged to the Royal Air Force and two to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Paul Martin Roche – Paul's graduation photo from Optometry School at Saint Michael's College in Toronto.
  • Photo of Paul Martin Roche – My much loved Great Uncle, Paul M Roche, Lancaster Bomber Pilot, RCAF. He "never flew in any other state but the state of grace."
  • Newspaper Clipping – The Peterborough Examiner reporting on Paul's safe arrival in England.
  • Letter Page 1 – This letter was from the Mayor of Blamont, France where Paul's plane crashed on July 29th, 1944.  He and his crew are buried there in the communal cemetery. The letter was sent to the airman's mother, Cecile Roche, and explains how the plane leveled out at the last moment and crashed into a field saving the town.
  • Letter (Page 2)
  • Letter (Page 3)
  • Letter (Page 4)
  • Letter (Page 1) – Paul's last letter to his family.
  • Letter (Page 2)
  • Letter (Page 3)
  • Envelope
  • Paul's service medals and RCAF flight log
  • Honour Roll – Paul's name on page 430 from "The Book of Remembrance"
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Paul Martin Roche 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
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Paul Martin Roche is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of PAUL MARTIN ROCHE – Paul's portrait was one of twenty chosen for an exhibit at Vimy Ridge entitled "Faces of Freedom" running May-November, 2019.
  • Ceremony – Ceremony in Blâmont for the 75th anniversary of the plane crash and saving of the town on May 10th, 2019.
  • Ceremony – Paul’s medals placed on his tombstone during a VE ceremony in Blâmont on May 10th, 2019, united 75 years later. Lest we forget

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