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Leonard Acton Dunn

In memory of:

Flying Officer Leonard Acton Dunn

April 17, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/18146

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

401 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Dunn; husband of Josephine M. Dunn, of Meath Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 511 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 279.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometers by road west of London.

The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:

IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE

In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • 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 Toronto Telegram. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Leonard Acton Dunn– Photo of F/O Leonard Acton Dunn (2nd from left) and flying mates. Died April 1945 when plane was caught in explosion following bombing of a factory. (Unknown who other men are)
  • Photo of Leonard Acton Dunn– Leonard Dunn pictured in uniform in his parent's yard in Toronto sometime before he left for the war.
  • Photo of Leonard Acton Dunn

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