Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John William Borum

In memory of:

Flying Officer John William Borum

April 22, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/10554

Age:

30

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Son of William Selby Borum and Mary Garnet Borum, of Pine Valley, San Diego Co., California, U.S.A.

Commemorated on Page 138 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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  • Inscription– Flying Officer JOHN WILLIAM BORUM is commemorated on this panel of the Ottawa Memorial. He is one of 37 members of the RCAF who were lost at sea when the ship Amerika, which was bringing them to England to take part in European operations, was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-306 south of Cape Farewell, Greenland in the early hours of the morning of April 22, 1943.  Flying Officers JOHN HUGH LYNDON HETHERINGTON RICHARD SCOTT MCCLOSKEY, who are commemorated on this panel, were also among the victims.
  • Dedicatory Inscription at the Ottawa Memorail
  • The Ottawa Memorial
  • Newspaper Clipping– Flying Officer JOHN WILLIAM BORUM was listed as 'missing as a result of enemy action at sea' in the 570th  R.C.A.F. casualty list of the war, released on May 8, 1943 and published in the Globe and Mail on May 10, 1943.  The article, published 19 days after the actual event, speculates on what happened, as no further details were available at the time.  It is now known that the men were lost at sea when the ship Amerika, which was bringing them to England to take part in European operations was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-306, south of Cape Farewell, Greenland in the early hours of the morning of April 22, 1943.  42 of the ship¿s crew and and seven gunners were also lost at sea.  30 crew members, eight gunners and 16 R.C.A.F Officers survived and were picked up by HMS Asphodel and landed at Greenock, Scotland.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Part 2 of list of RCAF Officers 'missing as a result of enemy action at sea' in the 570th  R.C.A.F. casualty list of the war published in the Globe and Mail on May 10, 1943.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Flying Officer JOHN WILLIAM BORUM and the 36 other members of the R.C.A.F. who perished with him when the ship Amerika was torpedoed and sank on April 22, 1943 were listed as ¿Now presumed dead¿ in the 798th casualty list of Department of National For Air published in the Globe and Mail on February 7, 1944.
  • Amerika– Photograph of the Amerika.  The ship departed Halifax on April 14,1943 bound for Liverpool, England as part of convey HX-234, and was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-306 south of Cape Farewell, Greenland at 01.54 hours on April 22, 1943.  Flying Officer JOHN WILLIAM BORUM and 36 other members of the RCAF. perished.  42 of the ship's crew and and seven gunners also perished.  30 crew members, eight gunners and 16 RCAF Officers survived and were picked up by HMS Asphodel and landed at Greenock, Scotland.  U306 was sunk on October 31, 1943 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Whitehall and the British corvette HMS Geranium and all of the crew of 51 perished.  (Source: Uboat.net)
  • Newspaper Clipping– Flying Officer JOHN WILLIAM BORUM was listed among the R.C.A.F personnel recently commisioned in Canada in this clipping published in the Globe and Mail on May 6, 1943, thirteen days after he was lost at sea.   Others on this list who perished along with John Borum are Stanley William Dean, Benjamin Gordon Fife, Warren Oliver Slack, John Noble Rombough, Thomas James Ritchie, Terence William Kidd, and Frederick Bennett Keys.

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