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Gerald Henry Armstrong

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Gerald Henry Armstrong

December 4, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/27607

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

431 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Samuel E. and Mary Armstrong, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 132 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Plot 2. Row B. Grave 7.

Location:

Bergen is on the coast 6 kilometres north-west of Alkmaar and 43 kilometres north-north-west of Amsterdam, lying 3 kilometres west of the main Alkmaar-Den Helder road. The BERGEN GENERAL CEMETERY is on the north-eastern outskirts of Bergen, in the road known as Kerkedijk. The British plots are in the south-eastern part of the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Gerald Henry Armstrong is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Gerald Henry Armstrong is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper Clipping– Remembered on the pages of the Ottawa Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer GERALD HENRY ARMSTRONG is one of 21 men commemorated on this plaque placed In Loving Memory of the Men of St Lukes Parish who gave their lives in the World War II, in St Luke’s Anglican Church, Ottawa, Ontario.  He died on December 4, 1943 and is buried in BERGEN GENERAL CEMETERY Netherlands
  • Newspaper Clipping– Pilot Officer GERALD HENRY ARMSTRONG was listed as Missing After Air Operations, in the Department of National Defense for Air Casualty List 781, published in the Globe and Mail on January 18, 1944.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Pilot Officer GERALD HENRY ARMSTRONG was declared, Previously Missing, Now Officially Presumed Dead, in the Department of National Defense for Air Casualty List 1054 of the Royal Canadian Air Force published in the Globe and Mail on December 1, 1944.
  • Grave Marker– (Photo used with permission of Frans van Cappellen, Putten, The Netherlands)
The crew of Halifax EB 137 was airborne 2339 3 Dec 43 from Tholthorpe on a night operation over Leipzig.  Cause of loss and crash-site not established.  431 Sqdn lost four of their aircraft on this operation.  The following crew are buried in Bergen General Cemetery:  F/S F.A.Long, age 20, RAF; Sgt G.Heider, age 23, RCAF; F/S R.R.Steven, age 22, RAF; Sgt G.F.Brown, RAF; Sgt W.C.Burley, RAF; P/O G.H.Armstrong, age 19, RCAF; Sgt J.G.L'Argent, age 29, RAF.
(from www.lostbombers.co.uk)
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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