19.08.1942 No. 403 Squadron Spitfire Vb AR439 P/O. Gardiner
Operation: Dieppe Raid
Date: 19th August 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 403 Squadron R.C.A.F.
Type: Spitfire VB
Base: R.A.F. Manston
Location: St. Aubin-le-cauf, France
Pilot: P/O. John Edwin Gardiner J/8140 R.C.A.F. Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the landing at Dieppe which they were providing cover from the Luftwaffe, two Spitfires collided and crashed at St. Aubin-le-cauf five miles south east of the landing. Both pilots were killed in the mid-air collision.
The other pilot killed was P/O. Norman Monchier.
Above and left St. Aubin-le-cauf, Cemetery, France as photographed by our Kate Tame in 2012. Any relative who would like a higher resolotion of these photographs we would be happy to email them to you free of charge.
P/O. John Edwin Gardiner. St. Aubin-le-cauf, Cemetery, France. Son of the Hon. James Garfield Gardiner, M.P., and Christie Violet Gardiner, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was the eldest son of James Gardiner, the most prominent Liberal politician of the day in Western Canada. James Gardiner also lost two brothers in the first world war – also lost his wife, Violet who took her own life in 1944 following her unbearable grief of their loss.
Researched for relatives of P/O. Gardiner. Thanks to Kate Tame for grave photographs, further information courtesy Les Allison and Harry Hayward “They Shall Not Grow Old”. Thanks also to Commonwealth Graves Commission.
‘Letters Home’ written by Canadian Plains Research Center.
A book containing all his letter sent home by John was published in 2004. ISBN
No: 0-88977-157-X by the Canadian Plains Research Center. ‘Letters Home’.