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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

Serial: AR334

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.

Burial Details:

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.

KTY 09.08.2015 Aircraft number added - with thanks to Mr. Jack Brook

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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