1947 Canadian Grave - N. Ireland

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  1. handtohand22

    handtohand22 Senior Member

    In 1947 a Canadian aircraft crashed on its approach to Aghadowey Airfield in County Londonderry, NI and the pilot was never found.

    The crash site is off the Ballyagan and Mayoghill roads in boggy ground. The aircraft and the body were not recovered but occasionally parts of the aircraft appear after the area is ploughed or grazed. These objects are placed on the memorial.

    The Garvagh Branch of the Royal British Legion visit the site every year, one week before the Armistice Day Parade takes place. The family of the pilot have visited this site in the past.

    I was taken to the site by ex-Drum Major Raymond McKeeman who until his retirement last year was the oldest serving soldier in the British Army. He appears in one of the attached photos.

    I am not to sure about the first line of the headstone, can anyone elaborate?

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  2. trevmcc

    trevmcc Junior Member

    I heard about this a few years ago but could never met anyone who knew much about it, thanks for posting.
  3. izzy

    izzy Senior Member

    Erected by the British Legion Womens ?
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Details from the CWGC.


    Service No:H/51139
    Date of Death:04/11/1947
    Regiment/Service:Royal Canadian Navy H.M.S.Gannet.
    Panel ReferencePanel 6.

    Additional Information:

    Son of James MacDonald, and of Laura MacDonald, of Newcastle, New Brunswick.

    CWGC - Casualty Details
  5. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I never knew about this.
    Can the memorial be easily seen from the road??

    Must pay a visit.

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