Lieutenant Clarence Lyell Shaver
Canadian Air Force
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.
courtesy of Greg Maslen from the collection of
Donald "Chunky" Gordon, DFC & Bar
following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540):
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.
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.
entry is from The
Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy of
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
FL Lyell Shaver is buried at Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY,
Germany Grave Reference: 21. H. 18.
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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