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440 (City of Ottawa) Squadron
19.11.1944 440 (City of Ottawa) Squadron, RCAF Typhoon Ib MN801 Fg Off. John M. Cordick

Operation: Dive Bombing, Netherlands

Date: 19th November 1944 (Sunday)

Unit No: 440 (City of Ottawa) Squadron, RCAF, 143 Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN801

Code: I8:F

Base: ALG B-78, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Location: Near Kerken, Germany

Pilot: Fg Off. John Morgan Cordick J40775 RCAF Age 25. KiA

Above Fg Off. Cordick from his Service Record

REASON FOR LOSS

On the 19th November 1944 at 08:55 hrs seven Typhoons from the Sqn were despatched to bomb the rail line between Kempen and Geldern

Flt Lt. Donald Edward Jenvey J11309 RCAF, who was leading Blue Section described the circumstance of the loss, at 09:30 hrs of MN801 and Fg Off. Cordick:

‘I was leading Blue Section on a dive-bombing mission to target in Geldern area. On reaching the target I made my attack through moderate flak. While climbing I saw Blue Three (F/O J.M. Cordick) commence his dive and almost immediately receive a direct hit from flak and explode. The aircraft crashed to earth. A parachute was not observed’.

Note: Flt Lt. Donald Edward Jenvey DFC, MiD J11309 RCAF was killed on the 25th March 1945 whilst evading after a forced landing on the 29th December 1944

The location of the crash site has not been confirmed but is believed to be at or near Kerken approximately midway between Kempen and Geldern in Germany.

Burial details:

Above: Courtesy of The Kingston Whig Standard, dated 21st December 1944

Fg Off. John Morgan Cordick. Recovered and laid to rest Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, 20.G.15. on the 14th May 1947. Inscription: ‘IN LIFE BELOVED, IN DEATH LAMENTED’. Born on the 22nd May 1919 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Son of Robert James and Gladys (née Paul) Cordick of Oshawa, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Researched by Ralph Snape and dedicated to this pilot and his family.

Other sources as quoted below:

RS 19.05.2023 - Initial upload

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