Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Hamilton Ballantyne

In memory of:

Flying Officer James Hamilton Ballantyne

March 8, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


403 Sqdn.


Distinguished Flying Medal

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Medal

Additional Information

Flying Officer Ballantyne enlisted in December 1940, and went overseas in September 1941. F/O Ballantyne was an ace, credited with destroying nine and one quarter enemy aircraft. F/O Ballantyne flew with No 229 and 603 Squadrons in Malta and was awarded the D.F.M. for destroying so many aircraft. He was shot down twice by ME-109's, both times landing in the sea and being rescued by the air-sea rescue crews. He flew Mustangs, Typhoons, Hurricanes and Spitfires.

Commemorated on Page 242 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Eure, France

Grave Reference:

Grave 6.


St. Andre-de-L'Eure is a small town 16 kilometres south-south-east of the town of Evreux. The cemetery is on the north-eastern side of the town, on the D.122 road to Foucrainville.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of James Ballantyne– PL-13395 - 6 March 1943 - Portrait: Pilot Officer J.H. Ballantyne, J/16085, Toronto, Ont. Pilot Officer James Hamilton Ballantyne, D.F.M. of Toronto who won the Distinguished Flying Medal while he was a flight sergeant serving with the Royal Air Force in the defense of Malta. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H.H. Ballantyne, 43 Hendrich avenue, Pilot Officer Ballantyne has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft and damaged others and his citation notes that he "is a most courageous and brave fighter pilot, who has played a worthy part in the defense of Malta."
  • Group Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of James Hamilton Ballantyne– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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