19.08.1942 No. 403 Squadron Spitfire Vb AR334 P/O. Norman Monchier
Operation: Dieppe Raid
Date: 19th August 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 403 Squadron RCAF
Type: Spitfire VB
Base: RAF Manston
Location: St. Aubin-le-cauf, France
Pilot: P/O. Norman Monchier J/15619 RCAF Age 19. 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 lost in this incident was P/O. John Edwin Gardiner. (Buried next to one another - see below)
Above and below St. Aubin-le-cauf, Cemetery, France as photographed by our Kate Tame in 2012. Any relative who would like a higher resolution of these photographs we would be happy to email them to you free of charge.
P/O. Norman Monchier. St. Aubin-le-cauf, Cemetery, France. Son of Arthur and Margaret Monchier, of Dart mouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Researched for relatives of P/O. Monchier. Thanks to Kate Tame, further information courtesy Les Allison and Harry Hayward "They Shall Grow Not Old". Other sources as quoted below.