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Joseph René Guy Gingras

In memory of:

Flying Officer Joseph René Guy Gingras

June 26, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/22212

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

432 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Daniel and Amanda Gingras, of Gatineau Mills, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 163 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Plot 2. Row C. Grave 26.

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– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Joseph Rene Guy Gingras is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Joseph Rene Guy Gingras is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Joseph René Guy Gingras– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Joseph René Guy Gingras– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Photo used with permission of Frans van Cappellen, Putten, The Netherlands
Wellington aircraft HZ518 was airborne 2305 24 Jun 43 from Skipton-on-Swale and crashed in the sea off the Dutch coast. It is believed that P/O Gingras was picked up alive as his death is recorded as 26 Jun 43. He is buried in Bergen General Cemetery. Of the others, two have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.  They are FS J. J. C. Mercier RCAF and Sgt. M. P. Tobin RAF.
Two Canadians are buried in other Dutch cemeteries:  F/Ss M. R. Deverell and  J. M. C. Lagace. 
(Source:  www.lostbombers.co.uk)

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