WWII airmen to be buried with military honours in British Columbia
07 November 2014
The remains of four airmen from the crash of a Second World War
training aircraft in British Columbia will be buried by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) on Monday 10 November
2014 at 10:00am PST at Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, Canada.
The four airmen, Sergeant William Baird from the Royal Canadian
Air Force (RCAF), and three from the Royal Air Force (RAF), Pilot
Officer Charles George Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony William Lawrence,
and Sergeant Robert Ernest Luckock, were conducting a navigation
training exercise aboard the Avro Anson L7056 aircraft in October
1942 when they failed to return from the mission.
The crew, all members of the RCAF 32 Operational Training Unit,
departed from Patricia Bay, British Columbia on October 30, 1942.
The aircraft failed to return and was not discovered during the
subsequent search operation. The four airmen on board were presumed
to have died, and their names were listed on the Ottawa Memorial to
The remains of the four airmen were recovered from the crash
site in May 2014 after the wreckage of the Avro Anson was located
on southern Vancouver Island in October 2013 by a logging company.
The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and the Royal
Canadian Air Force (RCAF) worked collaboratively with the British
Columbia Coroner's Office, which maintained jurisdiction over the
crash site, to conduct a recovery operation.
The CWGC is working together with the Canadian DND, the RCAF and
the British Ministry of Defence to organise the internment
ceremony, in consultation with the airmen's relatives, providing
the airmen with a final honoured and appropriate resting place in a
Commonwealth War Graves plot.
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