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John Joseph Murphy

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant John Joseph Murphy

November 24, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/201446

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

419 (Moose) Squadron

Additional Information


Son of Thomas and Isabella Murphy, of Detroit, Michigan,U.S.A.

Commemorated on Page 401 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY
Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Sec. H. Row C. Grave 11.

Location:

The town cemetery is on the south east side of Harrogate, Yorkshire. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's plot is in the southern part of the cemetery. To reach the cemetery from Harrogate, go along the Harrogate/Wetherby road (A661) to the junction with the A59. The cemetery is signposted at this junction. This cemetery contains war graves of both world wars. The large majority of the war burials occurred during the 1939-45 War. Nearly all are airmen, two-thirds of them belonging to the Canadian forces. Many of these men died in the Military Wing of Harrogate General Hospital. Of the many airfields established in Yorkshire during the War, a number were situated in the vicinity of Harrogate. Such were the R.A.F. station at Harrogate itself, and those at Linton-on-Ouse, Tockwith, Rufforth and Marston Moor. Nearly all the Canadians buried here belonged to No. 6 (R.C.A.F.) Bomber Group, whose headquarters were at Allerton Park. All the stations controlled by this Group were in the area north of Harrogate in the Vale of York, the largest base having its headquarters at Linton-on-Ouse. During the early months of the war a piece of land was set aside by the local authorities for service war burials near the north-west corner of the cemetery. This group of war graves is in Sections 20E and 21E within the northern boundary. In July 1943 the Air Forces Section was opened at the north-eastern corner of the cemetery, where men from airfields in Yorkshire and the north-eastern counties were brought, most of whom died in the great bomber offensive on targets in Germany.

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– Flight Sergeant John Joseph Murphy is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant John Joseph Murphy is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Identification– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Service Book– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Notification of death– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Plaque– This memorial plaque was dedicated on June 19, 1994 in Sedgefield, County Durham, England.
  • Gravemarker for J J Murphy
  • Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery– Harrogate, Yorkshire, EnglandThe lady in this picture is standing in front of gravestone of Flight Sergeant Leslie Toth. The adjacent headstones are for the remaining members of the aircrew:  John Murphy, George Warren-Darley, Richard Mansfield, Douglas Gunn, Allan Hirst, and Derrick Newland (RAF).
  • Court of Inquiry (Page 1)– Court of Inquiry into the crash of Lancaster KB785
The four pages of the investigation into this crash came to the conclusion that the pilot, Mansfield, confused the Cold Air Intake handle for the engines with the handle for the Fuel Dump Switches.  The fuel switches failed to function fully and gasoline entered the aircraft and ignited.  
Sixteen witnesses were called by the Board and there were conflicting statements that the Court had to resolve.  Please read all four pages  to understand the loss of this experienced crew because of lack of training and experience.

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol 28179 (Mansfield, RG) via Robert W. Whitehouse
  • Court of Inquiry (Page 2)– Court of Inquiry pg2
 
Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol 28179 (Mansfield, RG) via Robert W. Whitehouse
  • Court of Inquiry (Page 3)– Court of Inquiry pg3
 
Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol 28179 (Mansfield, RG) via Robert W. Whitehouse
  • Court of Inquiry (Page 4)– Court of Inquiry pg4
 
Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol 28179 (Mansfield, RG) via Robert W. Whitehouse
  • Photo of John Joseph Murphy– R201446 Flight Sergeant John Joseph Murphy (Wings Photo)

This photo is taken from his Library and Archives file in Ottawa.  It shows his sergeant's stripes and wings which her would have received on graduation from gunnery school.

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol28309 via Robert Whitehouse
  • Photo of John Joseph Murphy– R201446 Flight Sergeant John Joseph Murphy (Wings Photo)

This photo is taken from his Library and Archives file in Ottawa.  It shows him on the first day of his enlistment. This photo was used for his ID card as well.

Source: Library and Archives Canada RG24 Vol28309 via Robert Whitehouse

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