Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Sidney Glen Peterson

In memory of:

Flying Officer Sidney Glen Peterson

May 25, 1944

Hank, Netherlands

Military Service


Service Number:

J/14208

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

78 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45, Air Observer Badge. Posthumously awarded the Operational Wings on 23 November 1946.

Additional Information


Born:

December 18, 1922
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment:

July 25, 1941
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Beloved and loving son of Lawrence and Ethel Peterson, formerly of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sidney was predeceased by his brother Flying Officer Lawrence Herbert Peterson, killed in action over El Alamein, North Africa, 30 October 1942. Sidney is fondly remembered by his brother Flight Lieutenant Warren Senior Peterson (deceased) brothers Clive Julius and Roy Eric Peterson. Sidney will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, his leadership qualities and his keen sense of duty. He will always be an inspiration to his younger brothers. Sidney graduated from Lord Selkirk High School in Winnipeg and served as a cadet officer in The Fort Garry Horse Cadets before enlisting in the RCAF in January 1942. After training and receiving his commission and Observer's wing in Canada, he was sent overseas. In England he received Operational training and served in 65 Squadron and 78 Squadron, RAF. As a navigator with 78 Squadron he flew 26 operational missions in Halifax IIIB bombers. While returning from a mission to Aachen, Germany, his aircraft (Halifax LV905) was shot down over Holland and crashed into a dike, two bodies were recovered, five crewmen including Sidney, were entombed in the wreckage. Recovery of the aircraft and the remains of the crew was begun and completed in 2005 after private donations from the people of Holland were collected and raised by the Salvage Halifax 1944 Foundation. The Peterson family wish to thank (the late) HRH Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands; Mr. Anton van der Pluym; Mr. and Mrs. Philip de Witt and the members of Stichting Archief*Kring Hank; all the members of the Salvage Halifax 1944 Foundation, Mr. Jan C.K. van Loo, President, Mr. Jan Rouwenhorst, secretary; Captain Hans Spierings and crew members of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Salvage Team, and members of the Identification Team of the Royal Netherlands Army. The family also wish to thank Mr. Steve Austin, Ms. Sarah Tyrrell and Mr. Phil Michael of Veterans Affairs Canada, and Ms. Kirsten Johnson, Canada Remembers Division for their constant attention and superb handling of all arrangements and details pertaining to Sidney's final resting place. Per Ardua Ad Astra, and thank you to all crew members of Halifax LV905 for the Peace we now enjoy. Vancouver Sun / The Province, Area Code 604 Lacrosse, Rugby and Fencing were his hobbies and interests.Attended Fort Garry, Horse Cadet Corps Jan 1939 - July 1941.

Commemorated on Page 416 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Coll. grave 24. J. 2-4.

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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  • Photo of Sidney Peterson
  • Photo 2 of Sidney Peterson
  • Group Photo– The best crew at O.T.U.
Left to right: S.G.Peterson, navigator.  A.H.Fotheringham, pilot.  A.Hines, B/A.  H.Gray, R/G.  R.A.Brewington, W/Op
  • Group Photo– Crew of Sidney Peterson posing for a group photo.
  • Group Photo– Sidney (second from left wearing a hat)is seen here relaxing with his friends.
  • Photo of SIDNEY GLEN PETERSON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star for 23 September 2006, page A17.
  • Canadian Airmen Buried with Honours
  • Canadian Airmen Buried with Honours (Page 2)
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy of Frans van Cappellen, Putten, The Netherlands
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Sidney Glen Peterson 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– Flying Officer Sidney Glen Peterson is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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