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Alan Osborne Smuck

In memory of:

Flying Officer Alan Osborne Smuck

July 14, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/15677

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Goose Squadron

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp. He earned his Pilot's Flying Badge on 7 October 1941 and was posthumously awarded his Operational Wings on 22 August 1946.

Additional Information


Born 21 April 1918 in Weston, Ontario. Son of Stanley Allan and Annie Irene (née McEwan) Smuck of Weston, Ontario. Husband of Thelma Elizabeth (née Calhoun) Smuck and father of Alan Osborne of Weston, Ontario. Brother of John Stanley. Flying Officer Smuck attended Western Memorial Public from 1925 to 1933 and Weston Collegiate from 1934 to 1939. He worked at Canada Cycle and Motor Company Ltd as a sales clerk in 1939 until he enlisted in Toronto, Ontario on 8 January 1941. He enjoyed hockey, baseball and basketball.

Commemorated on Page 215 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

TILBURG (GILZERBAAN) GENERAL CEMETERY
Netherlands

Grave Reference:

Plot A. Row 1. Coll. grave 29-30.

Location:

Tilburg is a town lying close to the Dutch-Belgian border. It is 20 kilometres east of Breda, about the same distance south of 's-Hertogenbosch, and 30 kilometres north-north-east of the Belgian town of Turnhout. The TILBURG (GILZERBAAN) GENERAL CEMETERY is about 4 kilometres from the town centre, at the northern end of the Gilzerbaan, which is the by-pass skirting the town. It is in a little lane leading off this road. The 1939-45 war graves are near the entrance gates.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1943. 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
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Alan Osborne Smuck 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 Alan Osborne Smuck as commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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