Book of Remembrance - Volume  I


Flight Lieutenant Clarence Lyell Shaver

Royal Canadian Air Force

Son of Clarence and Bessie Shaver; husband of Catherine Purcell Shaver, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, age 26, died on 02-Mar-1945. With 136 missions on his first tour, and 66 on his second , F/L Lyell Shaver was killed on a mission into Germany.


Lyell Shaver

Photo courtesy of Greg Maslen from the collection of  Donald "Chunky" Gordon, DFC & Bar


The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540):

We lost another Flight Commander, he is F/L Lyal Shaver, a very forceful character and a competent leader. This loss shook us rigid! Lyal was one of the finest pilots in the Wing and we all felt so optimistic about him. Being married in Canada before coming over for his second tour will no doubt cause that additional grief. To date, Lyal has carried out 66 operational sorties, totalling 80:15 hours on his second tour and gives him a total of 202 sorties, 171:55 operational hours and a grand total of 839:10 flying hours.


The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 541): After the attack, J/17058 FL Lyell Shaver and F/L Breck attacked a loco and 15 plus cars, with a claim of 4 cars damaged; considerable light flak was encountered. On returning to base, the section dived through a break in the cloud down to 400 feet presumably to pinpoint their position. Intense accurate light flak was encountered and F/L Saver was seen to be hit, flick on his back, dive into the ground and burst into flames in the area E.8546.

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

J/17058 FL Lyell Shaver is buried at Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany Grave Reference: 21. H. 18.

Location: The REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY is located 5 km south west of Kleve. From Kleve the cemetery is located, using the Hoffmannallee from the Town Centre, which becomes the Materbornerallee. This road enters Reichswald Forest and becomes the Grunewaldstrasse. Follow direction Gennep, entering Reichswald Forest the cemetery is situated 500 metres on the left. Alternatively from the motorway 57, take exit Kleve/Goch, which leads onto the 9 N road in the direction towards Kleve. After 3 km turn left on to the 504 direction Kranenburg. Reichswald cemetery is clearly sign posted on the 504 at cross roads Grunewald. REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY is situated on the Grunewald Strasse direction Kleve on the right, 3 km from cross roads Grunewald.lose some informationabout the above cemetery and its location which you may find of interest.


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