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Sedley Stewart Blanchard

In memory of:

Wing Commander Sedley Stewart Blanchard

February 14, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

C/157

Age:

31

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

426 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 137 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

18. G. 2.

Location:

The town of Nijmegen is 16 km south of Arnhem. JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY is 4 km south west of Nijmegen, 1 km south of the main Grave-Nijmegen road. Folowing the A73 exit at the junction Nijmegen Wijchen taking following directions to Nijmegen along the A32b entering Nijmegen on the Graafseweg. On reaching the Industrieterrein a Commission signpost directs visitors to turn left onto the Weg Door Jonkerbos. Shortly after appears a further signpost showing the left hand turning onto Oude Mollenhutseweg. The JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY is located on 150 metres after entering the Oude Mollenhutseweg on the right hand side of the road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Wing Commander Sedley Stewart Blanchard is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Wing Commander Sedley Stewart Blanchard is also 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
  • Photo of SEDLEY STEWART BLANCHARD– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Gravemarker
  • Photo of Sedley Stewart Blanchard
  • Statue of Sedley Stewart Blanchard
  • Jonkerbos War Cemetery– Photo courtesy of Frans van Cappellen, The Netherlands
Buried here is the crew of Wellington X3420 who took off at 1806 14 Feb 43 from Dishforth.  Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed 2100 between Heel and Beegden (Limburg). All were initially taken to Venlo for burial. They have been subsequently re-interred in Jonkerbos War Cemetery.  Killed was PIlot W/C S.S.Blanchard. the Commander of 426 Sqdn.  Also killed was 2nd Pilot Sgt K.W.Tutton; P/O P.W.Jeanneret;  Sgt A.G.Longwell; F/S J.H.Eveline, and RAF Sgt P.M.Corley KIA
(Source:  www.lostbombers.co.uk)
  • Plaque– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
2075 W/C Sedley Stewart Blanchard (RMC 1929) He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 426 Sqdn  He died on Feb 14, 1943 at 31 years of age. He was buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Njmegen, Netherlands 18 G 2.
  • Memorial– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
2075 W/C Sedley Stewart Blanchard (RMC 1929) He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 426 Sqdn  He died on Feb 14, 1943 at 31 years of age. He was buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Njmegen, Netherlands 18 G 2.
  • Stained Glass Window– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
2075 W/C Sedley Stewart Blanchard (RMC 1929) He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, 426 Sqdn  He died on Feb 14, 1943 at 31 years of age. He was buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Njmegen, Netherlands 18 G 2.
  • Plaque– Blanchard Hall the No 426 Thunderbird Squadron's theatre and conference room, where all presentations, promotions, awards and briefings take place is dedicated to the Memory of W/C Sedley S Blanchard 1911-1943 Commanding Officer 426 RCAF Squadron 15 October 1942014 Feb 1943 (KIA)
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Calgary Herald. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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