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Joseph Bertrand Raymond Presse

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Class II Joseph Bertrand Raymond Presse

July 13, 1945

Military Service

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Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


11 Sqdn.

Additional Information

Son of Emile and Alma Presse. Adopted son and nephew of Marcelline Sabourin, of North Bay, Ontario. A commemorative cairn was constructed and erected by the personnel of Canadian Forces Base Comox at the site of the July 13, 1945 crash of a Royal Canadian Air Force Liberator near Bamfield, British Colombia. It bears a bronze plaque provided by the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The cairn stands at the site of the last resting place of the fourteen crash victims. It was unveiled on August 10, 1983 by the Honourable W. Bennett Campbell, Minister of Veterans Affairs, in the presence of representatives of the families of the crash victims.

Commemorated on Page 555 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a 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.

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  • Grave Marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
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  • Photo of JOSEPH BERTRAND RAYMOND PRESSE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Vancouver Sun, August 11, 1983

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