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John Raike

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Class II John Raike

September 16, 1944


The North Sea

Military Service


Service Number:

R/127923

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

405 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Herbert and Elizabeth Raike, of Oshawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 423 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 254.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometers by road west of London.

The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:

IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE

In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Warrant Officer Class II John Raike is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Warrant Officer Class II John Raike is also 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
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star February 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star February 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of John Raike– In memory of the Fathers, Husbands and Sons of the Oshawa Branch of the Silver Cross Women of Canada. From their book titled Book of Remembrance which is held at the Oshawa Public Library.

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Runnymeade Memorial– Runnymede Memorial (CWGC)
Crash information found on Air War Over Denmark www.flensted.eu.com and is used with permission of Søren C. Flensted.
Lancaster III PB527 of 405 Squadron took off at 22.35 from Gransden Lodge on an operation to Kiel 16.09.44.  The aircraft must have crashed in the North Sea.
Pilot F/Lt Ronald W. Long, DFC, RCAF, rests in Fovrfeld cemetery in Esbjerg. Where and when he was found and when he was laid to rest is not clear.  
W/Op-Air Gnr. F/S Alan W. Gowdey RAF was laid to rest in Sønderho cemetery on 17/6-1945 after having been buried by the Wehrmacht on the beach near Sønderho in the fall of 1944.
Air Gunner WOII Raike and remaining crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial for those with no known grave.  They were all members of the RAF: 
Sgt  (FE) Ronald I. York, F/L (N) Robert Brook DFC, P/O (AB) Gordon J. Edwards DFC, and F/S (WO)William D. Leavesley.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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