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Gordon Leonard Olsen

In memory of:

Sergeant Gordon Leonard Olsen

August 17, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:

R/66161

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

78 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Leonard and Tora Olsen, of St. Catharine's, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 40 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

20. F. 5.

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • 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 Gordon Leonard Olsen is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Sergeant Gordon Leonard Olsen is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star January 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Gordon Leonard Olsen– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy of Frans van Cappellen, Putten, The Netherlands
Whitley aircraft Z-6577 was one of three 78 Sqdn Whitleys lost on an operation to Cologne.  See: Z6754; Z6823.  The aircraft was airborne 2252 16 Aug 41 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed 0247 at Oh_ en Laak (Limburg), on the W bank of the Juliana Kanaal, 14 km SW of Roermond, Holland. all are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery. Nineteen-year-old Sgt. Olsen is listed as Pilot as is 22-yr-old Sgt T.A.Sherman of the RCAF.  Three members of the RAF were also killed.  They were:  F/S R.Jopling age 32;  Sgt D.A.Wilson age 22; and Sgt D.F.Hawkes age 25.
(Source:  //lostbombers.co.uk)


 which went missing during bombing operations ovbr enemy territory.  Six crew memberds, not Canadians, missing, believed killed.

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