Ceremony marks legacy of ‘field of crosses’ founder

Ceremony marks legacy of ‘field of crosses’ founder

CALGARY- A solemn ceremony was held at sunrise on Thursday morning, in honour of a Calgary man whose vision and determination helped establish the field of crosses along Memorial Drive. George Bittman was a navy veteran and former head of the Poppy Fund, before dying...

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Field of Crosses Memorial Project – Wire Source

Field of Crosses Memorial Project – Wire Source

The McCann Family Foundation, the Calgary Poppy Fund and the Field of Crosses Memorial Project's volunteer board of directors wishes to welcome Calgarians to the annual Field of Crosses Memorial Project. "A yearly tribute to Southern Alberta's fallen soldiers" In...

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Sunrise ceremonies to honour Albertans killed in war

Sunrise ceremonies to honour Albertans killed in war

The crosses are back on Memorial Drive. There are thousands of them, each white marker a stark reminder of the many southern Alberta soldiers to die in combat. Murray McCann, whose McCann Family Foundation funds the project to erect crosses along Memorial Drive in...

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Field of Crosses

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŽ๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ-๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐‹๐š๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ

During the Second World War, on June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the largest naval, air and land operation in history, code-named Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy. This was to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation, and the beginning of the liberation of North-West Europe.

After a naval and aerial bombardment of the German shoreline defences, the first waves of landing craft headed to their assigned landing beaches. With a 5-division front on the coastline of Normandy, France along with three airborne divisions landing ahead of the main invasion. By dayโ€™s end, the beaches were secure and approximately 156,000 Allied troops had successfully landed on Normandyโ€™s beaches.

Along an 80km coastline, the 2 American divisions would assault two landing beaches code-named Utah and Omaha. The 2 British divisions would assault two landing beaches code-named Gold and Sword. The one Canadian division would assault their landing beach code-named Juno.

Total Allied casualties on D-Day are estimated at more than 10,000 and estimated 4,000 killed.

Less than a week later, on June 11, the landing beaches were fully secured and over 326,000 troops, more than 50,000 vehicles and some 100,000 tons of equipment had landed at Normandy.

Operation Neptune was the airborne and naval assaults conducted in the late hours of June 5 and the early hours of June 6, prior to Operation Overlordโ€™s landings.

The first Allied action of D-Day was the glider assault to capture two key bridges intact: the Pegasus Bridge on the Caen Canal and Horsa Bridge on the Orne River. To further secure the Eastern flank the 5 bridges over the Dives River were destroyed to prevent German armour from counterattacking Juno and Sword beaches.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: The first wave of Allied soldiers was the Airborne Paratroopers. The largest parachute drop attempted in warfare with some 24,000 paratroopers invading from the air in the final minutes of June 5. One thousand Allied planes drop 16,000 US and 8,000 British paratroopers including the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜บ: The Allied invasion fleet consisted of nearly 7,000 warships, destroyers, minesweepers, escorts, assault landing craft, and merchant vessels. These Allied ships delivered the ground forces to the Normandy beaches. This operation involved two naval task forces: the Western Task Force responsible for the American landing areas of Utah and Omaha beaches, and the Eastern Task Force assigned to the British landing beaches at Gold, Juno and Sword. It remains the largest seaborne invasion in history.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ: The primary mission of the heavy bombers prior to Operation Overlord was the destruction of the German air combat strength along with airfields and aircraft factories, and the disruption of the rail communications in the Normandy area. The Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers carried out operations against 72 separate rail centres in France, Belgium and western Germany before D-Day - locomotive depots, repair facilities and marshalling yards were destroyed or seriously damaged. Other targets were military depots and ammunition dumps.

With the Allied troops ashore in Normandy, the bombers and the fighter squadrons were called upon to assist ground forces. Targets included enemy troop and tank positions, supply depots and lines of communication.

The Battle of Normandy ended on the August 21, 1944, with the closing of the Falaise Gap. The next battles were the pursuit of the German forces into Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany.
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3 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐ข๐ซ๐ข ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ

Operation Diadem, also referred to as the Fourth Battle of Monte Casino, or in Canada known as the Battle of the Liri Valley. This offensive operation by the Allies during World War II, was fought between May 11 to June 4, 1944.

To block the Allies route to liberate Rome, the Germans built two defensive lines of fortifications: the Gustav Line and miles behind it to the west, the Hitler Line. The Gustav Line ran from the north of Ortona in the east on the Adriatic Sea down through Cassino and across the Liri Valley to the west coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Both German defensive line systems were constructed of pillboxes, tank turrets mounted on concrete emplacements and strategic barbed wire and minefields.

The Allies objective was to break through the German defences on the Gustav Line and open up the Liri Valley and follow the main route to Rome. Operation Diadem was planned to coincide with the Normandy invasion, as Diadem was to tie down German forces keeping them in Italy and not being redeployed to France and or the Eastern Front. A British member of Parliament nicknamed these Allied servicemen as โ€˜the D-Day Dodgersโ€™.

The Gustav Line
The Gustav Line was dominated by high peaks to the immediate east of the Liri and the Rapido rivers, especially Monte Cassino, with its famous old abbey, looming over the town of Cassino at the entrance to the Liri Valley.

On May 11, 1944, Operation Diadem was launched at 2300 hours with 1,660 artillery pieces firing on German defensive positions. Troops of US Fifth and British Eighth Armies advanced toward German positions behind a massive artillery barrage. Tanks of the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade (formerly 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade) supported the Allied attack and the Canadian troops joined the front-line action on May 16 to crack the Gustav Line. After four days of hard fighting, the German defences were broken from Cassino to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the German troops withdrew from Gustav Line to Hitler Line 30 miles to the south of Rome, Italy. On May 18, British 78th Division linked up with the Polish Corps in the Liri River valley west of Cassino, Italy. Later, on the same day, Polish troops captured the ruins of the Monte Cassino monastery.

The Hitler Line
The First Canadian Corps was tasked with punching through the Hitler Line and continue the push to Rome. The 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to lead the attack, followed by the 5th Armoured Division. The attack began on May 17 with the attempt to pierce the line with individual battalion thrusts, they advanced quickly. Two days later the Ontario Tank Regiment lost 13 tanks and many others damaged. The Royal 22nd Regiment (the Van Doos), a Canadian Infantry regiment suffered a high number of casualties in their direct assault on the Hitler Line and the attack came to a halt that evening. Following 3 days of preparations, Operation Chesterfield was implemented, starting with a bombardment over a front of some 2000 meters. The two-brigade wide assault began on May 23 to 24, 1944 by Canadian and Polish forces.

The strong points of the German Hitler Line were located at Piedmonte, Pontecorvo and Aquino. Early on May 23, the attack on the Hitler Line went in, under heavy enemy mortar and machine-gun fire, troops of the Polish II Corps and Canadian 1st Infantry Division attacked Piedimonte, Italy.
The line was breached on May 24, on the British Eighth Armyโ€™s front by the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, which attacked with II Polish Corps on their right. The first to breach the line, at Pontecorvo were the 1st Canadian Division's 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, and the Royal Canadian Regiment cleared the town of Pontecorvo. The Polish II Corps captured Piedimonte on May 25. The next obstacle was the Melfa River.
After establishing a bridgehead across the Melfa River and the Canadians were over the river on May 24, the 1st Canadian Corps pursued the retreating German forces northward, the major fighting for the Liri Valley was over. Rome fell to the Americans on June 4, less than 48 hours later, on June 6, 1944, D-Day began as the Allies invaded at the Normandy beaches in France.

Each November the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta commemorates these 10 servicemen.

Isenstein, Simon โ€“ 20 โ€“ Pte IRoC โ€“ 03/06/44
Johnson, Robert A โ€“ 31 โ€“ L/Cpl LER โ€“ 23/05/44
Johnson, Henry O โ€“ 27 โ€“ GU 4th RCA โ€“ 25/05/44
Korner, Joseph โ€“ 20 โ€“ Pte LER - 23/05/44
Lawson, James C โ€“ 24 โ€“ Cpl LSH โ€“ 25/05/44
Oerlemans, Harold H โ€“ 19 โ€“ Pte LER โ€“ 23/05/44
Reid, Orville J โ€“ 25 โ€“ Pte LER โ€“ 25/05/44
Rice, Charles M โ€“ 21 โ€“ Cpl WR (M) โ€“ 24/05/44
Standish, William H โ€“ 27 โ€“ SP RCE โ€“ 23/05/44
Steadman, David M โ€“ 21 โ€“ Pte SHoC โ€“ 23/05/44

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Images included:

The Hitler Line 1944. Painted by Charles Comfort.

Canadians advancing from the Gustav Line to the Hitler Line, May 24, 1944.

#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History
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๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐ข๐ซ๐ข ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ

Operation Diadem, also referred to as the Fourth Battle of Monte Casino, or in Canada known as the Battle of the Liri Valley. This offensive operation by the Allies during World War II, was fought between May 11 to June 4, 1944. 

To block the Allies route to liberate Rome, the Germans built two defensive lines of fortifications: the Gustav Line and miles behind it to the west, the Hitler Line. The Gustav Line ran from the north of Ortona in the east on the Adriatic Sea down through Cassino and across the Liri Valley to the west coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Both German defensive line systems were constructed of pillboxes, tank turrets mounted on concrete emplacements and strategic barbed wire and minefields.  

The Allies objective was to break through the German defences on the Gustav Line and open up the Liri Valley and follow the main route to Rome. Operation Diadem was planned to coincide with the Normandy invasion, as Diadem was to tie down German forces keeping them in Italy and not being redeployed to France and or the Eastern Front. A British member of Parliament nicknamed these Allied servicemen as โ€˜the D-Day Dodgersโ€™. 

The Gustav Line
The Gustav Line was dominated by high peaks to the immediate east of the Liri and the Rapido rivers, especially Monte Cassino, with its famous old abbey, looming over the town of Cassino at the entrance to the Liri Valley. 

On May 11, 1944, Operation Diadem was launched at 2300 hours with 1,660 artillery pieces firing on German defensive positions. Troops of US Fifth and British Eighth Armies advanced toward German positions behind a massive artillery barrage. Tanks of the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade (formerly 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade) supported the Allied attack and the Canadian troops joined the front-line action on May 16 to crack the Gustav Line. After four days of hard fighting, the German defences were broken from Cassino to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the German troops withdrew from Gustav Line to Hitler Line 30 miles to the south of Rome, Italy. On May 18, British 78th Division linked up with the Polish Corps in the Liri River valley west of Cassino, Italy. Later, on the same day, Polish troops captured the ruins of the Monte Cassino monastery.

The Hitler Line
The First Canadian Corps was tasked with punching through the Hitler Line and continue the push to Rome. The 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to lead the attack, followed by the 5th Armoured Division. The attack began on May 17 with the attempt to pierce the line with individual battalion thrusts, they advanced quickly. Two days later the Ontario Tank Regiment lost 13 tanks and many others damaged. The Royal 22nd Regiment (the Van Doos), a Canadian Infantry regiment suffered a high number of casualties in their direct assault on the Hitler Line and the attack came to a halt that evening. Following 3 days of preparations, Operation Chesterfield was implemented, starting with a bombardment over a front of some 2000 meters. The two-brigade wide assault began on May 23 to 24, 1944 by Canadian and Polish forces.

The strong points of the German Hitler Line were located at Piedmonte, Pontecorvo and Aquino. Early on May 23, the attack on the Hitler Line went in, under heavy enemy mortar and machine-gun fire, troops of the Polish II Corps and Canadian 1st Infantry Division attacked Piedimonte, Italy.
The line was breached on May 24, on the British Eighth Armyโ€™s front by the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, which attacked with II Polish Corps on their right. The first to breach the line, at Pontecorvo were the 1st Canadian Divisions 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, and the Royal Canadian Regiment cleared the town of Pontecorvo. The Polish II Corps captured Piedimonte on May 25. The next obstacle was the Melfa River. 
After establishing a bridgehead across the Melfa River and the Canadians were over the river on May 24, the 1st Canadian Corps pursued the retreating German forces northward, the major fighting for the Liri Valley was over. Rome fell to the Americans on June 4, less than 48 hours later, on June 6, 1944, D-Day began as the Allies invaded at the Normandy beaches in France. 

Each November the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta commemorates these 10 servicemen.  

Isenstein, Simon โ€“ 20 โ€“ Pte IRoC โ€“ 03/06/44
Johnson, Robert A โ€“ 31 โ€“ L/Cpl LER โ€“ 23/05/44
Johnson, Henry O โ€“ 27 โ€“ GU 4th RCA โ€“ 25/05/44 
Korner, Joseph โ€“ 20 โ€“ Pte LER - 23/05/44
Lawson, James C โ€“ 24 โ€“ Cpl LSH โ€“ 25/05/44
Oerlemans, Harold H โ€“ 19 โ€“ Pte LER โ€“ 23/05/44
Reid, Orville J โ€“ 25 โ€“ Pte LER โ€“ 25/05/44
Rice, Charles M โ€“ 21 โ€“ Cpl WR (M) โ€“ 24/05/44
Standish, William H โ€“ 27 โ€“ SP RCE โ€“ 23/05/44
Steadman, David M โ€“ 21 โ€“ Pte SHoC โ€“ 23/05/44

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Images included:

The Hitler Line 1944. Painted by Charles Comfort. 

Canadians advancing from the Gustav Line to the Hitler Line, May 24, 1944. 

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It’s hard to even conjure up what these young people had to do. And did. Thank you to the Field of Crosses!! or I’d never know of these acts of heroism.

1 month ago
Field of Crosses

On May 9, 2014, Canada marked a "National Day of Honour" to pay tribute to the men and women who served in the nation's military mission in Afghanistan. Today, ten years later, we'd like to remember one of the brave souls who is honored every November in The Field of Crossesโ€”a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in May 2008.

Corporal Michael Starker was born in Calgary on 16 February 1972. He joined the Regular Force as an infantryman on 16 August 1990 and was posted to 1 PPCLI upon completion of Battle School. Corporal Starker served in the First Battalion from August 1990 until August 1991, and spent time in Cyprus with the Battalion.

Upon his return from Cyprus, he was posted to 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment. He served with the Airborne Regiment until it disbanded in 1995. Corporal Starker returned to the First Battalion in Calgary and served with the Battalion until he took his release in February 1996.

Corporal Starker worked as a paramedic with Calgary's Emergency Medical Services for the past nine years. He joined the Reserve Force as a medic in 2003 and worked with the Calgary Detachment of 15 Field Ambulance.

Corporal Michael Starker was killed in action in Afghanistan on 6 May 2008 while working with the Provincial Reconstruction Team Force Protection Company (B Company, 1 PPCLI), when his patrol came under fire in an ambush in the area West of Pashmul, a village in Zharey District, Southwest of Kandahar City.

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#10Years #DayofHonour #Afghanistan #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #WeRemember #FieldofCrosses #YYC #Calgary
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On May 9, 2014, Canada marked a National Day of Honour to pay tribute to the men and women who served in the nations military mission in Afghanistan. Today, ten years later, wed like to remember one of the brave souls who is honored every November in The Field of Crossesโ€”a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in May 2008.

Corporal Michael Starker was born in Calgary on 16 February 1972. He joined the Regular Force as an infantryman on 16 August 1990 and was posted to 1 PPCLI upon completion of Battle School. Corporal Starker served in the First Battalion from August 1990 until August 1991, and spent time in Cyprus with the Battalion.

Upon his return from Cyprus, he was posted to 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment. He served with the Airborne Regiment until it disbanded in 1995. Corporal Starker returned to the First Battalion in Calgary and served with the Battalion until he took his release in February 1996.

Corporal Starker worked as a paramedic with Calgarys Emergency Medical Services for the past nine years. He joined the Reserve Force as a medic in 2003 and worked with the Calgary Detachment of 15 Field Ambulance.

Corporal Michael Starker was killed in action in Afghanistan on 6 May 2008 while working with the Provincial Reconstruction Team Force Protection Company (B Company, 1 PPCLI), when his patrol came under fire in an ambush in the area West of Pashmul, a village in Zharey District, Southwest of Kandahar City.

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#10Years #DayofHonour #Afghanistan #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #WeRemember #FieldofCrosses #YYC #Calgary

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So young, young man. We’ll never forget.

Always Remembered โค๏ธ

1 month ago
Field of Crosses

A Tribute to Firefighters.

This past weekend, we observed International Firefighters Day. The men and women, who risk their lives daily to keep our homes and communities safe from the damaging and potentially fatal effects of fire, deserve a special tribute. Firefighters are often overworked and underappreciated, yet instead of complaining, more often than not, they tell you how much they love their job. We realize how conscientious and dedicated these public servants are to their communities.

Firefighters typically possess interpersonal and social skills as they need to work closely with their colleagues to form a united team. Because of their shared attributes, the common obstacles they face, and the numerous hours they spend training together, these professionals often establish bonds that rival those typically found amongst siblings.

Firefighters work very long hours, sometimes living at the fire station for days at a time. They are committed to their jobs and take the work of protecting their communities and each other very seriously. They often volunteer their precious time to schools and other organizations to help educate others about the dangers of fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event of a fire. Thank you to our firefighters!

Each November the Field of Crosses commemorate four Calgary Firefighters who served in the Canadian Armed Forces and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

๐๐€๐‘๐“๐‹๐„๐“๐“, ๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐†.
Age 27 โ€“ Pte. CASC
Date of Death: 14/May/1915

๐๐Ž๐–๐ƒ๐„๐, ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ ๐….
Age 30 โ€“ Pte. 1st Pnr Bn
Date of Death: 26/May/1916

๐๐”๐‘๐“๐Ž๐, ๐„๐ซ๐ข๐œ ๐….
Age 22 โ€“ L/Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 09/May/1915

๐†๐€๐‹๐‹๐€๐‚๐‡๐„๐‘, ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง
Age 24 โ€“ Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 02/June/1916

#Firefighters #FirefightersDay #CalgaryFireDepartment #CFD #FieldofCrosses #WeRemember
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A Tribute to Firefighters.

This past weekend, we observed International Firefighters Day. The men and women, who risk their lives daily to keep our homes and communities safe from the damaging and potentially fatal effects of fire, deserve a special tribute. Firefighters are often overworked and underappreciated, yet instead of complaining, more often than not, they tell you how much they love their job. We realize how conscientious and dedicated these public servants are to their communities.

Firefighters typically possess interpersonal and social skills as they need to work closely with their colleagues to form a united team. Because of their shared attributes, the common obstacles they face, and the numerous hours they spend training together, these professionals often establish bonds that rival those typically found amongst siblings.

Firefighters work very long hours, sometimes living at the fire station for days at a time. They are committed to their jobs and take the work of protecting their communities and each other very seriously. They often volunteer their precious time to schools and other organizations to help educate others about the dangers of fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event of a fire. Thank you to our firefighters!

Each November the Field of Crosses commemorate four Calgary Firefighters who served in the Canadian Armed Forces and paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

๐๐€๐‘๐“๐‹๐„๐“๐“, ๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐†.
Age 27 โ€“ Pte. CASC
Date of Death: 14/May/1915

๐๐Ž๐–๐ƒ๐„๐, ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ ๐….
 Age 30 โ€“ Pte. 1st Pnr Bn
Date of Death: 26/May/1916

๐๐”๐‘๐“๐Ž๐, ๐„๐ซ๐ข๐œ ๐….
Age 22 โ€“ L/Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 09/May/1915

๐†๐€๐‹๐‹๐€๐‚๐‡๐„๐‘, ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง
Age 24 โ€“ Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 02/June/1916

#Firefighters #FirefightersDay #CalgaryFireDepartment #CFD #FieldofCrosses #WeRemember

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Words cannot express our appreciation.

Terri Emmerson

2 months ago
Field of Crosses

๐‡๐€๐๐๐€, ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ฆ ๐„.
Age 25 โ€“ F/O (BA) RCAF
Date of Death: 25/4/1945

William Edward Hanna was born February 10, 1920, in Bow Island, Alberta, son of Samuel Murry Hanna and Bertha Alice Hanna.

William enlisted in 1940 with the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number J400861, flying with the 431 Iroquois Squadron on a Lancaster bomber KB 831.

Heading to their target at Wangerooge, Germany, two Lancasterโ€™s (KB 831 and KB 822) were lost in a mid-air collision over the Baltic Sea. William Hanna was killed in action on April 25, 1945, at the age of 25.

Flying Officer Bomb Aimer Hanna has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Surrey, England. He is also inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, Alberta.

Flying Officer (BA) Hanna is commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History
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๐‡๐€๐๐๐€, ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ฆ ๐„.
Age 25 โ€“ F/O (BA) RCAF
Date of Death: 25/4/1945

William Edward Hanna was born February 10, 1920, in Bow Island, Alberta, son of Samuel Murry Hanna and Bertha Alice Hanna. 

William enlisted in 1940 with the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number J400861, flying with the 431 Iroquois Squadron on a Lancaster bomber KB 831.

Heading to their target at Wangerooge, Germany, two Lancasterโ€™s (KB 831 and KB 822) were lost in a mid-air collision over the Baltic Sea.  William Hanna was killed in action on April 25, 1945, at the age of 25.

Flying Officer Bomb Aimer Hanna has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Surrey, England.  He is also inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, Alberta.

Flying Officer (BA) Hanna is commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History
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