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Norman Richard Stubbs

In memory of:

Sergeant Norman Richard Stubbs

November 20, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/270450

Age:

20

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

1656 Heavy Conversion Unit

Additional Information


Son of Robert Stanley and Anna Stubbs, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 455 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 3.

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star November 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star November 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Norman Stubbs– Photo of LAC2 Norman Richard Stubbs from his File at the Canadian Archives.
 R. Whitehouse
  • Photo of Norman Stubbs– This picture of Norman shows him as a Sgt Air Gunner and is from his File at the Canadian Archives.
 R. Whitehouse
  • Photo of Norman Stubbs– This Intelligence photo of Norman Stubbs is one of three negatives found in an envelope in his pers file in Ottawa.  These photos were taken in "Continental" style clothing.  The airman carried these on their person when flying over Europe.  If they were shot down, they could contact the Underground and provide them with pictures for documents.  
I had three pictures rendered into digital photos by the Achives staff.  This one has been 'cleaned up' of scratches and text so that it remains a portrait of Norman Stubbs.  Norm was my father-in-law's best friend.

Source:Photo - Library & Archives Canada RG 24 via R. Whitehouse 
Info on Intelligence Photos -George C. Hood 95th Bomber Group, 8 AAF via Finn Buch (Denmark)
  • Crash Report– The Immediate Crash Report sent by RAF Base Lindholme near Doncaster in Yorkshire the day after his crash.  The only survivor was the rear gunner.  Norman was the Mid-Upper Gunner in the Halifax aircraft.  This is from his File at the Canadian Archives
 R. Whitehouse
  • Document– The RAF Burial Return.  Norman was posted to the Heavy Conversion Unit at Lindholme at the time of his death.  The crash took place only two minutes after takeoff.  This is from his File at the Canadian Archives
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  • Document– RAF Accident report filed after Stubbs' accident.  page #1

Canadian Archives
 R. Whitehouse
  • Document– RAF Accident report filed after Stubbs' accident.  page #2

Canadian Archives
 R. Whitehouse
  • Document– Crash Notification to RAF HQ shows all the details of the crash that can be found in Stubbs' file in Ottawa.

Canadian Archives
 R. Whitehouse
  • Newspaper clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Western Technical School– In memory of the students from Western Technical School, Toronto who served during World War II and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Western Technical School Memorial– In memory of the students from Western Technical School, Toronto who served during World War II and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Memorial– Sergeant Norman Richard Stubbs is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Sergeant Norman Richard Stubbs is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker

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