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Pilot Officer JOHN GILLESPIE MAGEE

Service Number: J/5823
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Canadian Air Force

412 Sqdn.

Date of Death

Died 11 December 1941

Age 19 years old

Buried or commemorated at

SCOPWICK CHURCH BURIAL GROUND

Row 3. Grave 33.

United Kingdom

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service Canadian
  • Additional Info Son of John Gillespie Magee and Faith Backhouse Magee, of Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Magee's poem "High Flight" found particular fame when the President of U.S.A., Ronald Reagen, used lines from the poem as part of his address to the American people, after the "Challenger" space-ship blew up, killing seven of the crew.
  • Personal Inscription "OH I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH... PUT OUT MY HAND AND TOUCHED THE FACE OF GOD"
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