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Raymond Clifford Ridge

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Raymond Clifford Ridge

March 8, 1945

Coast of Norway

Military Service


Service Number:

J/24425

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

404 Buffalo Squadron

Citation(s):

Distinguished Flying Cross. Award effective 7 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 March 1946 'Since joining his present squadron, Flying Officer Ridge has completed a large number of operational sorties, many of which have been successful anti-shipping patrols against enemy naval and merchant vessels near the Dutch, French and Norwegian coasts. These convoys have been frequently accompanied by destroyers and anti-aircraft ships and have occasionally been protected by shore based guns. Flying Officer Ridge has always pressed home his attacks with great courage and fearlessness. He is a most experienced and capable pilot who has always given his leader every possible assistance.'

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information


Born:

August 1, 1922
Angusville, Manitoba

Enlistment:

December 20, 1941
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of Ernest Albert Ridge, and Ethel Mae Ridge, of Brandon, Manitoba. Brother of Gareth, Gertrude and Jean. Husband of Olga (nee Tittlemier) Ridge, of Toronto, Ontario. This was Flight Lieutenant Ridge's 58th trip over enemy territory - 2 more to do and he would have been home. In March 1946, it was announced by RCAF Headquarters in Ottawa that he would be posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and his widow received it in Ottawa on 7 November 1949. Flight Lieutenant Ridge is honoured on the Honour Rolls in Angusville and Kemnay and his name is inscribed on a Bronze Book Plate in Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba in their Memorial Library.

Commemorated on Page 558 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 278.

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 kilometres 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.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of RAYMOND CLIFFORD RIDGE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of RAYMOND CLIFFORD RIDGE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of RAYMOND CLIFFORD RIDGE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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