26.08.1944 No. 421 Squadron Spitfire IX ML308 F/O. James Mc. Flood
Operation: Armed Recce Diepe Area
Date: 26th August 1944 (Saturday) (ORB's state AM 25th August - grave shows 26th August)
Unit: No. 421 Squadron (Red Indian)
Type: Spitfire LF.IX
Location: Arques-La-batialle ( south Dieppe) France
Pilot: F/O. James McVeigh Flood J/35208 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Shot down by German FW190. His Spitfire was seen to go into a dive and crash some 5 miles south-east of Dieppe - no parachute was seen to deploy.
Note: German Garrison surrendered the French capital, Paris the previous day. Hitler also ordered the withdrawal of German troops from Greece. Himmler orders the murder of families of any deserting German military personnel. The Red Army occupies the Romanian capital of Bucharest a few days later as well as the rich oil fields in Ploesti.
F/O. James McVeigh Flood. Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery. Grave M.56. Further information: Son of James M. and Nora Irene Flood, of Hearst, Ontario, Canada. Known as Mac. While in the RCAF, in WWII, his plane was shot down, over France, at a small town called Aufe. The local mayor a man named Bataille, helped rescue his body before the plane burned and buried James in the mayor's family plot. In the early 50's his remains were transferred to the air force cemetery, near Dieppe, in the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, (Hautot-Sur-Mer) , in Seine-Maritime, France. His name appears on the Cenotaph, in Hearst, Ontario, where he was raised.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - May 2015. With thanks to James Marley and Regis Baux.