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Arnold Walter Roseland

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Arnold Walter Roseland

July 13, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/4116

Age:

28

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

442 Squadron

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, France and Germany Star, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, United States Air Medal.

Citation: Decorated for meritorious achievement in aerial flight. This officer, as pilot of a fighter plane participated in numerous attacks on enemy installations in the Aleutians which were pressed home despite heavy anti-aircraft fire and often under adverse weather conditions. All flights were made from advanced bases and required skillful airmanship for a successful execution of the mission. The courage and devotion to duty of this officer reflects great credit upon himself and the organization of which he is a part.

Date of Award: 27 August 1943.

Operational Wings posthumously awarded 18 December 1946.

Additional Information


Born:

August 31, 1915
Youngstown, Alberta

Enlistment:

June 29, 1940
Calgary, Alberta

Son of Gustav Andrew and Anna (née Kyland) Roseland of Okotoks, Alberta. Husband of Audrey Edith Weiler (remarried Arnold) and father of Ronald Keith and Garry Lee. Brother of Ernest Gustav, Erling Arthur, Magnald, Gudrun, Alfhid, Hidur and Agnes. While attached to the 11th Air Force of U.S.A.A.F. Flight Lieutenant Roseland was awarded the US Air Medal.

Commemorated on Page 432 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XXIII. A. 1.

Location:

This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Arnold Roseland– There is a lake named after him in Alberta.

To learn more about Arnold Roseland, please click on this link:

http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/47/categoryId/18/language/en-CA/The-Hero-Behind-the-the-Resurrection-of-the-Roseland-Spitfire.aspx
  • Plaque– Library named for Arnold Roseland dedicated on 13 July 2004 by the town of Saint-Martin de Mailloc in the region of Calvados.
  • Re-dedication of Lake
  • Memorial Cairn– Memorial Cairn commemorating Arnold Roseland of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Roseland Lake was named after him and it was dedicated to him on September 16, 2003. The name of this lake was bestowed by the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (now the Geographical Names Board of Canada).  The Memorial Cairns Project was conducted by the Airman's Memorial Cairns Committee, Royal Canadian Legion, McGrane Branch No 28, Lac La Biche, Alberta.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping 2
  • Newspaper Clipping 3
  • Newspaper Clipping 4
  • Memorial– Monument to Arnold W. Roseland was erected to Honour a Canadian Aviator who gave up his life for the people of France on July 13, 1944.The dedication of this monument took place on July 13, 1999 the 55th anniversary of his death.
  • Inscription– Inscription on the Memorial Cairn.
  • Ceremony– Dedication of Monument in St. Martin de Maillioc, Normandy, France
to Arnold Walter Roseland
  • Memorial Plaque– Library Plaque in Normandy
Library named after F/L Arnold W. Roseland RCAF
Killed in action July 13, 1944
  • Photo of Arnold Walter Roseland– RCAF Photo from LAC Ottawa Files
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Calgary Herald. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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