Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Herman Earl MacDuff

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Herman Earl MacDuff

May 22, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/l9534

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

550 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 372 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ST. NIKLAAS COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Belgium

Grave Reference:

Grave 32972.

Location:

The town of Sint-Niklaas is located on the motorway E17/A14. From the motorway E17/A14, which runs between Kortrijk and Antwerp, turn off at junction 15 onto the N16, direction Sint-Niklaas. Follow this road to the junction with the N70 and turn left along Koning Astridlaan, direction Gent. At the first crossroads turn right into Tereken then first left past the church, the cemetery is along here on the left.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Herman Earl MacDuff is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Herman Earl MacDuff is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Sint Niklaas Communal Cemetery - May 2019 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Memorial to 550 RAF Squadron ... Sint Niklaas Communal Cemetery - May 2019 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Memorial reads:

Here rest seven crew members of the 550 Sqdn RAF North Killingholme who gave their lives for our freedom. 
Lancaster LL851 took off from North Killingholme (Lincolnshire) on May 21 1944 at 10:40 pm for a bombing mission to the industrial area of Duisburg in the Ruhr.
In spite of a thick cloud cover over the target, the objectives were accurately met, paralysing all industrial activity in Duisburg for one year.
During the return flight, the Lancaster was probably shot down by a German night fighter and crashed on May 22 1944 at 02:15 am at Heimolen, some 3 km south of Sint-Niklaas.
All crew members perished and were buried in the town’s communal cemetery.

P/O P J Dukelow – Pilot
Sgt D S Bruty – Flight Engineer
P/O L R Dunham – Navigator
Sgt L R Towsley RCAF – Bomb Aimer
Sgt D A W Mayo – Wireless Operator
Sgt S A Jarvis – Air Gunner
P/O H E Macduff – RCAF Air Gunner

We Will Remember Them

 ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Herman Earl MacDuff– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Entrance
  • Grave Marker

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