In response to the Brandon Sun article dated Thursday, June 24, entitled “Second World War Airman’s Remains ID’d After 72 Years.”
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum agrees with the RCAF Commander’s statement of honouring the cost of war and the information regarding the death of the RCAF airman recently found, Flight Sgt. John Joseph Carey and the Second World War deaths of 19,186 predominantly RCAF personnel are honoured in the museum’s chapel and listed in our memorial book “They Shall Grow Not Old.”
Carey, John Joseph FS (AG) R53908. From Ottawa, Ontario. Killed in Action, Aug. 29, 1942, aged 22. No.103 Squadron (Noli me tangere) (Touch me not). Target —Nurnberg, Germany. Halifax aircraft BB 214 was shot down by a Me-110 night-fighter crashing south of Bonn, Germany into Laacher See lake. P/O V.M. Morrison, Sgt.s J.L. MacLachlan (RAF) and J.W. Platt (FAF) were also killed. Sgt.s H.G. Dryhurst (RAF), A.A. Roberts (RAAF) and B.F. Hughes (RNZAF) were taken Prisoners of War.
Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Carey has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, England.
This information has been available to the family and general public since 1992.
To quote the last paragraph, Lt.-Gen. Yvon Blondin, Commander of the RCAF states: “We must not cease to honour the sacrifice of those who came before us, and in doing so provide a sense of closure to the families and to their brothers and sisters in arms.”
The name of Flight Sgt. Carey is also inscribed in granite on our 300-foot RCAF Second World War Memorial wall that is being built by the CATPM memorial committee and will be unveiled Sept. 10, 2014.
In 2010, the Memorial Project Committee of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum began an ambitious project to create a permanent public tribute to all members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and all Canadians serving in any Commonwealth air force who lost their lives during the Second World War.
The RCAF Second World War Memorial, to be located on the grounds of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon, will also pay tribute to Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel who lost their lives in or near Canada during this period.
Flight Sgt. Carey has been honoured and so are 19,185 others who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Second World War veteran
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 9, 2014