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William Franklin Kidd

In memory of:

Aircraftman 1st Class William Franklin Kidd

July 3, 1941


Derbyshire, Lancashire, England

Military Service


Service Number:

R/63958

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

401 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45.

Additional Information


Born:

March 29, 1920
Montague Township, Ontario

Enlistment:

April 25, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William and Maud (nee Condie)Kidd, of Franktown, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 34 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

SCOPWICK CHURCH BURIAL GROUND
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Row 3. Grave 40.

Location:

Digby aerodrome was built towards the end of the First World War and after the war it functioned as a permanent unit of the Royal Air Force. In 1937 it became a member of No 12 Fighter Group in which it remained until the end of the Second World War.

Digby was one of the original sectors of Fighter Command and in the early days of the Second World War was very active in the defence of northern England. No 42 (Fighter) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force (known as the Red Indian Squadron from the emblem which it carried) was formed there in April 1942. On September 16, 1942, the sector was taken over by the RCAF and until the end of the war was known as Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Digby.

The 37 Canadian airmen buried at Scopwick lost their lives while stationed at Digby. They include an American airman who served with the RCAF, P/O J G Magee, and author of the poem 'High Flight'.

Scopwick Church Burial Ground contains 50 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and five German war graves. The graves form a plot in the top half of the burial ground. The Cross of Sacrifice in the corner of the plot was unveiled by the Air Member, Canadian Joint Staff on June 1, 1950.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Marker– Marker stone to A/C 1, W. F. Kidd in Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Lincolnshire, England.  The personal inscription reads: Asleep in Jesus.
  • Photo of William Kidd

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