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Joseph Cletus Allen

In memory of:

Flying Officer Joseph Cletus Allen

August 10, 1943

Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick

Military Service


Service Number:

C/6555

Age:

35

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

#34 Operational Training Unit

Additional Information


Son of John James Allen and Mary Agnes Allen. Husband of Ruby Maude Allen, of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 131 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

OTTAWA MEMORIAL
Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 2. Column 3.

Location:

The Ottawa Memorial stands on the north-eastern point of Green Island in the City of Ottawa. Overlooking the northern branch of the Twin Falls of the Rideau River, it commands a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond. The Memorial commemorates those of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United States of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A., and who have no known graves. The main feature of the Ottawa Memorial is a sculptured terrestrial globe in bronze, 3 metres in diameter, on a base formed by three bronze beavers rising from the centre of an ornamental pool. The globe, of open lattice-work corresponding to the lines of latitude and longitude, on which the land masses are super imposed in low relief, is crowned by the Air Forces emblem of a bronze eagle with outspread wings. Two curved screen walls faced in limestone, bearing cast bronze panels on which the names appear, face inwards towards the globe. They are placed slightly off centre to allow a clear view through the Ottawa Memorial from the central steps on Sussex Drive and from the wide pathway. Two Air Force crest exist in the paving between the screen walls. A dedicatory inscription, in English on one screen wall and in French on the other, is incised in the stonework between the bronze name panels, which reads as follows:
1939 - 1945
In honoured memory of the men and women of the air forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who gave their lives in Canada, in the United States of America and neighbouring lands and who have no known grave.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Joseph Cletus Allen– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Joseph Cletus Allen– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Joseph Allen– Joseph Cletus Allen was my uncle, although he died four years before I was
born. He was one of my mother's two brothers, both of whom were killed four
months apart during 1943. Her other brother, Edmond Bernard Allen, a
Lieutenant in the Canadian Army, was killed on December 27, 1943 during the
battle of Ortona in Italy.
  • Photo of Joseph Allen– Joseph Cletus Allen was my uncle, although he died four years before I was
born. He was one of my mother's two brothers, both of whom were killed four
months apart during 1943. Her other brother, Edmond Bernard Allen, a
Lieutenant in the Canadian Army, was killed on December 27, 1943 during the
battle of Ortona in Italy.
  • Photo of Joseph Cletus Allen– Joseph Cletus Allen (C/6555)

10-August-1943: Five aircraft took-off for a navigation cross country flight with bombing and air firing exercise on return. Four aircraft completed the exercise but the fifth, Ventura GRV. FN973 failed to return. The last communication from this aircraft was received by R/T after the cross country had been completed and permission to proceed to the Bombing Range was requested and given. The crew are missing, their names being as follows:- Pilot - Sgt. R. Laws (NZ421515), Navigator - P/O R.A. Ledingham (J/27450), WAG - Sgt. T.A. Albrey (NZ425583) and AG -  F/O J.C. Allen (C/6555), all were members of No.16 Course.

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