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John Ervin O'Brien

In memory of:

Pilot Officer John Ervin O'Brien

September 12, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/87441

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

148 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Born:

January 5, 1923
Regina, Saskatchewan

Enlistment:

April 24, 1942
Regina, Saskatchewan

Son of John Vincent O'Brien and Velma Elizabeth O'Brien, of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Commemorated on Page 407 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:

Coll. grave VI. C. 5-6.

Location:

Follow the A1 north towards Milan. Exit from the A1 following the signs for Tangenziale West. Exit from the Tangenziale (main road) following the blue signs for Milano, route SS11. Proceed in the direction of Milano and pass the Grand Hotel Brun. Take the sharp turn to the left following the CWGC signs. The Cemetery lies in a large park approximately 0.5 kilometre along on the right. The MILAN WAR CEMETERY is permanently open and may be visited outside the working hours of the local gardening staff but will be unmanned. The local gardening staff working hours are as follows:
From first Monday in April:
Monday to Thursday: 07.30 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 16.45
Friday: 07.30 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 15.30
From first Monday in October:
Monday to Thursday: 08.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 16.00
Friday: 08.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 15.00

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JOHN ERVIN O'BRIEN– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Notification of death– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JOHN ERVIN O'BRIEN– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– 142 (RAF) Squadron Halifax II BB412 with mainly Royal Canadian Air Force crew flew into a mountain near Turin while on a supply drop to partisan forces with all crew KIA - Pilot Officer John Ervin O'BRIEN (J/87441) Pilot / Warrant Officer Class II Richard Alvinzie CROWELL (R/153348) Wireless Op / Flight Sergeant James Howard IRELAND (R/162102) Air Gunner / Flying Officer Joseph Miller PARKINSON (J/27460) Air Bomber / Flight Sergeant Albert Major VANDERHART (R/206366) Air Gunner / Flight Sergeant Bruce Woodward ELLISON (RNZAF 4310166) Navigator / Flight Sergeant Douglas Julius IVES (RAF 1615762) Flight Engineer / Sergeant Ronald McKEEN (RAF 2210512) Air Gunner / Captain WHITAKER of the Parachute regiment

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