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Robert Samuel Forestell

In memory of:

Flying Officer Robert Samuel Forestell

August 8, 1944

Bay of Biscay

Military Service


Service Number:

J/24962

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

404 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

December 8, 1919
Coniston, Ontario

Enlistment:

June 11, 1942
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Daniel and Lena Forestell (1958 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Coniston, Ontario. Brother of Bernard Lawrence Forestell.

Flying Officer Forestell held a Bachelor of Science as a Mining Engineer.

Brother of Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomas Bernard Forestell, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed while on a navigation exercise in Canada on March 20, 1944 and Warrant Officer 2nd Class Daniel Arthur Forestell, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in action on 5 April 1943.

Commemorated on Page 306 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BARBATRE CHURCHYARD
Vendee, France

Grave Reference:

Grave 11.

Location:

Barbatre is a village on the island of Noirmoutier, which is situated off the west coast of France and 32 kilometres south of the mouth of the River Loire and 76 kilometres west of La Roche-sur-Yon, the chief town of the Department of Vendee. Barbatre Churchyard is about 2 kilometres from the end of the causeway. The War Graves are to the right of the central crucifix.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of ROBERT SAMUEL FORESTELL– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Mrs. Forestell National Silver Cross Mother 1958– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Biography– Entry from Torontonensis, University of Toronto's yearbook, 1942.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Robert Samuel Forestell
  • Photo of ROBERT SAMUEL FORESTELL– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Robert Forestell– From:  University of Toronto Memorial Book Second World War 1939-1945. 
The book was published by the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto.  
Submitted with permission, by Operation Picture Me.
  • Group Photo– Photograph from Torontonensis,  University of Toronto's yearbook in 1942 shows Prideaux's involvement on the School of Practical Sciences' (S.P.S.) Senior Hockey Team. Prideaux is seen in the second row and was the manager. Robert Forestell, shown in front row, was also killed in the Second World War.
  • Photos of the commemorative ceremony on August 8, 2015, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Biography– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photos of the commemorative ceremony on August 8, 2015, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Photos of the commemorative ceremony on August 8, 2015, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Photos of the commemorative ceremony on August 8, 2015, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Photos of the commemorative ceremony on August 8, 2015, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Photos of the commemorative ceremony on August 8, 2015, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Photos of the commemorative ceremony on August 8, 2015, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Memorial– This memorial was unveiled on August 6, 2016 which honours Ian Robbie and Robert Forestell who were killed in a plane crash on August 8, 1944.
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony– On August 6, 2016, Dorothy Robbie, daughter of  Ian Robbie and Daniel Forestell, nephew and godson of Robert Forestell laid a wreath and paid their respects to the airmen.
  • Photo of the commemorative ceremony on August 6, 2016, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Memorial– This memorial was unveiled on August 6, 2016 which honours Ian Robbie and Robert Forestell who were killed in a plane crash on August 8, 2016.
  • Inscription– This memorial was unveiled on August 6, 2016 which honours Ian Robbie and Robert Forestell who were killed in a plane crash on August 8, 1944.
  • Ceremony– Photo of the commemorative ceremony on August 6, 2016, in Barbâtre, Île de Noirmoutier, France.
  • Paying respects– On August 6, 2016, Dorothy Robbie and Daniel Forestell are joined by Co-Presidents of the Relations Internationales Culture Mémoriel de Barbâtre (R.I.C.M.B)  Tony Erceau and Michel Moracchini and paid their respects to the airmen.
  • Photo of Robert Samuel Forestell
  • Grave marker

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