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St. Donat Memorial

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  • 75th anniversary of the Liberator III crash in Saint-Donat, September 30, 2018.
  • 75th anniversary of the Liberator III crash in Saint-Donat, September 30, 2018.

Municipality/Province: Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm, QC

Memorial Number: 24009-004

Type: Obelisk

Address: 800 Desrochers Street

Location: Saint-Donat Cemetery

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 46.3134107   Long: -74.2108074

Submitted By: Claude Lambert/CWGC/André Gaudet

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates 24 War Dead of the Second World War on the St. Donat Memorial in St. Donat Cemetery, Quebec.

The 24 War Dead commemorated on the Memorial perished on 20 October 1943 as a result of a RCAF Liberator bomber crashing on “Black Mountain” near St. Donat, Quebec; all crew members were killed. Their mass grave lay undisturbed at the site until 1985 when it was desecrated by persons unknown. Members of Canadian Forces Station Lac St. Denis reburied the remains in St. Donat Cemetery on 19 June 1985.

The Memorial was refurbished in September 2018 by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to commemorate the 75th anniversary of those who sacrificed their lives in the aircraft crash.

The names of the members who perished are also inscribed on the RCAF Liberator III Memorial erected on top of the Montagne Noire, in Saint-Donat, in memory of the victims of the tragedy.

 

 

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Inscription found on memorial

[front/devant]

EN SOUVENIR
DES VINGT-QUATRE MEMBRES DE
L’AVIATION ROYALE CANADIENNE
QUI ONT PERDUE LA VIE
DANS L’ÉCRASEMENT
D’UN BOMBARDIER LIBERATOR
SUR LA MONTAGNE NOIRE
LE 20 OCTOBRE 1943.

IN MEMORY
OF THE TWENTY FOUR MEMBERS
OF THE
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE WHO
LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE CRASH
OF A LIBERATOR BOMBER ON
MONTAGNE NOIRE
ON 20TH OCTOBER 1943.

JUSQU'AUX PLUS HAUTS SOMMETS Ô DIEU,
PAR DES VOIES DIFFICILES NOUS AVONS PRIS NOTRE ENVOL
NOUS QUI SOMMES ÉLEVÉS AU-DELA DES TÉNÈBRES
AVONS TROUVÉ LA LUMIÈRE.
CELA N'EST PAS MOURIR.

...

TO THE GREAT HEIGHTS, O LORD, THROUGH DIFFICULT PATHS,
THINKS NOT OF US AS LOST, WE WHO HAVE FLOWN
ON PAST THE TUMBLED BLACKNESS OF THE SKY
THINK ONLY OF THE GOAL - FOR WE HAVE FOUND IT
TO GO INTO THE LIGHT IS NOT TO DIE

[left side/côté gauche]

R129211 WARRANT OFFICER II J. A.BARABONOFF
R 84899 CORPORAL H. D. BEATTIE
R 173349 L. D. G. AIRCRAFTMAN C.L. DYNES
R 74645 SERGEANT F. H. ELLIOTT
R 72026 SERGEANT E. M. FINN
J 5821 FLIGHT LIEUTENANT R. F. FISHER
R 78656 CORPORAL H. K. HAMBLY
R 113408 WARRANT OFFICER 1 W. HOWLETT
R 72936 WARRANT OFFICER 1 F. E. JENKINS
R 64066 CORPORAL A. C. JOHNSTON
J 7987 FLYING OFFICER J. S. JOHNSTON
J 39103 PILOT OFFICER J. LAMONT

[right side/côté droit]    

J 37357 PILOT OFFICER R. W. MACDONALD
75226 SERGEANT W. G. MACNAUGHTON
R 99167 CORPORAL R. D. MARR
R 207868 LOG AIRCRAFTMAN G. R. PATTERSON
J 9147 FLIGHT LIEUTENANT J. A. R. POIRIER
R 177668 LOG AIRCRAFTMAN A. J. RADCLIFFE
R 150207 LOG AIRCRAFTMAN E. W. READ
J 21297 FLYING OFFICER S. A. SANDERSON, AFM
R 67673 WARRANT OFFICER 1 J. SILVERSTEIN
R 177329 LOG AIRCRAFTMAN J. A. J. P. VEILLEUX
4074 FLIGHT SERGEANT R. F. WARE
R 51027 SERGEANT S. A. WOOD

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