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Robert George West

In memory of:

Squadron Leader Robert George West

June 23, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


76 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


December 2, 1918
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


March 12, 1941
Regina, Saskatchewan

Son of Walter and Florence Jane West, of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Commemorated on Page 475 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Sec. B. Row G. Grave 11.


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– Squadron Leader Robert George West is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Squadron Leader Robert George West is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
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  • Photo of Robert George West– Robert George West in his full uniform in Halifax 1941.
  • Photo of Robert George West– This photo was taken in Edmonton in November 1941. He is wearing his full uniform, while walking down the street.
  • Group Photo– This photo was taken in  Kinloss, Scotland.  PO West is centre of the picture with other students, mainly Sergeants, are wearing 'Wings' after basic flying training at RCAF Edmonton. At 19 OTU (Operation Training Unit) RAF Kinloss in Scotland he would have crewed up - a navigator, bomb aimer, air gunner and wireless operator formed. Then 20 weeks of operational training with crew or otherwise on twin-engine Wellingtons, and Whitley's. Following this course the crew would have been posted to one of several H.C.U's (Heavy Conversion Unit) mainly based in Yorkshire to learn how to operate the 4 engine 'Heavy' Halifax bomber. With the increased armament and engine controls, a second gunner and a Flight Engineer joined the crew making it 7 in total. After 12 weeks conversion to 'operational readiness, he and his crew were posted to 76 Squadron RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor in Yorkshire.  A few weeks after posted in he and all the crew lost their lives on the night of 22-23 June 1944 while returning from a bombing raid in occupied France in a heavily damaged Halifax BMkII, serial LW620, code MP-G. It was airborne at 23:07 hours from Holme-on-Spalding Moor in Yorkshire, tasked to bomb the large railway marshalling yards at Laon, preventing the enemy sending reinforcements to the Normandy Beach head. After leaving the target was attacked and lost an engine by a Me110 night-fighter, but the aircraft was still able to fly on three engines. While preparing to descend to Holme-on-Spalding Moor, the damaged inboard port engine was 'feathered reduce drag but the propeller flew off, spun into the cockpit, killing pilot and
wireless operator instantly. Now out of control, the Halifax nose dived and crashed at 04:21 hours near Hotham, 10 miles WSW of Beverley, Yorkshire. Four of the seven man crew including the two Canadians, were buried in Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate, the other three buried in their home towns. 
Pilot S/Ldr Robert George WEST RCAF KIA age 25 buried in Stonef

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