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GOOSE BAY JOINT SERVICES CEMETERY, LABRADOR

  • Country Canada
  • Total identified casualties 32 Find these casualties
  • Region Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 53.32956, Longitude: -60.44195

Location information

The cemetery is located in the Labrador wilderness, but it is accessible by road. The cemetery is located approximately two kilometres past the Canadian Forces Base Arena.

Visiting information

The cemetery grounds are open for visitation all day every day.

History information

Goose Bay lies at the head of Lake Melville, connected with the sea by Hamilton Inlet on the coast of Labrador. It is the site of a great trans-Atlantic airport, which was first opened in 1941 as a Royal Air Force base for the transport of aircraft to England by the R.A.F. Ferry Command. During the war, Goose Bay, in No. 6 Military District, was the Area Headquarters of the Atlantic Command in Labrador, a Canadian garrison being stationed here for the protection of what rapidly became one of the great centres of world air transport. The cemetery, commonly known as "Lest-we-Forget" Cemetery, is 5 kilometres west of the centre of the R.C A F. Station camp on the outer perimeter road. Of the 32 burials in the cemetery, 28 of the war graves contain airmen, most of whom were killed when their aircraft crashed in this area. Of these, 21 airmen belonged to the Royal Canadian Air Force, two to the Royal Air Force, one to the Royal Australian Air Force, three to the R.A F. Ferry Command and one to the R.A.F. Transport Command. In the remaining war graves are buried four Canadian soldiers.