Officer E J Allen
Canadian Air Force
of Ernest and Mary Anne Allen; husband of Zella Marguerite Allen, of
St. James, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, age 23, Died on 12-Aug-1944
while based at Lantheuil, France.
following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): Good weather all
day which paved the way for another three operations. The tough day
cost our Squadron two pilots, J/22034 F/O Dickie Moen
and J/20587 F/O Ernie Allen. Ernie
Allen, a good clean living pilot, and we hope to see him again
soon, if and when the encirclement of the Jerries' Armoured
Divisions is affected. it is only a few days ago since he
ferried an aircraft from England and was able to see his wife,
LAW Allen, ZM, who is employed in the RCAF Overseas Records
following entry is from 439's War Operations Book (Form 541): As
soon as our Squadron arrived over the target area, all the flak boys
gave us a very generous reception. The aircraft flown by F/O Ernie
Allen in No. 2 position was struck in the starboard wing and main
tanks at about 5000 feet and fell out of control . F/O Stelter, No. 3,
saw Ernie's wing being chipped by flak, then enveloped in smoke and
the aircraft turn to starboard. Ernie managed to clear the ship and
was last seen swinging safely down to earth under a gleaming white
parachute. It was presumed that Ernie reached ground near the second
target at Le Pont des Vers, and near Segrie Fontaine, map
reference 985288, and is now in enemy territory.
It was learned later ( 9 days later) that he had
not made it. He was temporarily buried at Menchieluit sur Orne,
France by the 21st Army who had found his remains.
entry is from The
Canadian Virtual War Memorial website
courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
F/O Ernie Allen is buried at BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE
CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, France. Grave Reference:
XVII. F. 16.
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