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Daniel Joseph Murphy

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Daniel Joseph Murphy

February 19, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:



Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


11 Sqdn.

Additional Information

Son of David and Rose Murphy; husband of Mary Patricia Murphy, of Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 548 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 4. Column 3.


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.

Digital Collection

  • Photo of DANIEL JOSEPH MURPHY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DANIEL JOSEPH MURPHY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Daniel Joseph Murphy– From the Sydney Academy Memorial booklet, published by the Student's Assembly in memory of former students who served during the Second World War.  The original pictures were supplied by the Sydney Post-Record and the booklet was compiled by Jack Wilcox, class of 1946 and Donald Trivett, class of 1947.
Additional Information courtesy of Floyd Williston:
F/L Daniel Joseph Murphy, age 23, was killed on February 19, 1945, when Liberator 3715 from No.11 Bomber Reconn. Squadron, on which he was the wireless-operator, failed to return from operations over the Atlantic. There were no survivors. F/L Murphy's name is inscribed on the Ottawa War Memorial. There were seven other Atlantic Canada airmen, with the family name, Murphy, who made the supreme sacrifice in the 1939-1945 hostilities.
  • Letter from the Sydney Academy

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