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Raymond Kenneth Van Cleaf

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Raymond Kenneth Van Cleaf

May 19, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/17409

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Son of Carl J. Van Cleaf and Amy Van Cleaf, of Hamilton, Ontario, Sec B. Cons.

Commemorated on Page 222 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BICESTER CEMETERY
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Grave 147.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Photo of Raymond  Kenneth Van Cleaf– Sgt  Raymond  Kenneth Van Cleaf  Wireless operator /Air Gunner
  • Photo of RAYMOND KENNETH VAN CLEAF– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– The image is of the  memorial plaque placed near the crash site of 'Wellington' bomber HZ437 from 15 OTU  RAF Harwell.
The aircraft attempted to land on one engine at RAF Turweston near to the town of 'Brackley ', but the aircraft stalled and sadly all the crew were lost.
The dedicated memorial to the crew is placed on farm land
;  the farm was named 'Red Oak ' farm in their memory.
The crash site is near to the village of 'Westbury' in the county of Buckinghamshire , England.
In the ' Westbury' village church an honour board has been placed in the crews memory as well.
  • Grave marker– Photo donated by The Commonwealth Roll of Honour Project.

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