#NationalSiblingsDay serves to celebrate and recognize the importance of brothers and sisters.
Today, we would like to acknowledge the 57 sets of sibling combinations we commemorate each November in the Field of Crosses, including brothers Joseph and Thomas Dutton.
DUTTON, Joseph M.
Age 23 – FS (AG) RCAF
Date of Death: 06/06/1942
DUTTON, Thomas A.
Age 20 – WO2 (AG) RCAF
Date of Death: 03/03/1943
Joseph Mervyn Dutton, born on April 3, 1919, and brother of Thomas Alexander Dutton, born in Calgary, Alberta on June 3, 1922, were the sons of Mabel Dutton and Mervyn “Red” Dutton, who at the time was the acting President of the of the National Hockey League.
Joseph attended school in Calgary, Alberta at Cliff Bungalow and later Central High School. At the time of his enlistment, his occupation was listed as a hockey player with an Eastern US amateur team.
At Enlisting in Calgary on October 11, 1940 with the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number R60552, serving with the 419 (Moose) Squadron.
Joseph earned his Pilots Wings July 15, 1941.
Joseph was killed in action on June 6, 1942 at the age of 23 when his aircraft failed to return from air operations against Essen, Germany. This was his 30th mission, he received his Operational Wings posthumously on May 2, 1946.
Thomas was attending St. John’s College in Winnipeg, Manitoba when he decided to enlist in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 2, 1940, with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Service number R61271, serving with the 427 (Lion) Squadron. Thomas achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Class II.
He was killed in action on March 3, 1943 at the age of 20 when his aircraft had been detailed on a mine laying operation over enemy water. Thomas and his crew did not return from the operation.
Warrant Officer Class II Thomas A. Dutton and Flight Sergeant Joseph M. Dutton have no known graves, however their names are inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, England. They are also commemorated on the Nanton War Memorial.