AR banner
Search Tips Advanced Search
Back to Top

Info LogoAdd to or correct this story with a few clicks.
Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.
Check our Research databases: Database List


We seek additional information and photographs. Please contact us via the Helpdesk.

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


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

Pages of Outstanding Interest
History Airborne Forces •  Soviet Night Witches •  Bomber Command Memories •  Abbreviations •  Gardening Codenames
CWGC: Your Relative's Grave Explained •  USA Flygirls •  Axis Awards Descriptions •  'Lack Of Moral Fibre'
Concept of Colonial Discrimination  •  Unauthorised First Long Range Mustang Attack
RAAF Bomb Aimer Evades with Maquis •  SOE Heroine Nancy Wake •  Fane: Motor Racing PRU Legend
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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
Click any image to enlarge it

Click to add your info via ticket on Helpdesk •Click to let us know via ticket on Helpdesk• Click to buy research books from Amazon •Click to explore the entire site
If you would like to comment on this page, please do so via our Helpdesk. Use the Submit a Ticket option to send your comments. After review, our Editors will publish your comment below with your first name, but not your email address.

A word from the Editor: your contribution is important. We welcome your comments and information. Thanks in advance.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2024
Last Modified: 19 May 2023, 15:31

Monitor Additions/Changes?Click to be informed of changes to this page. Create account for first monitor only, thereafter very fast. Click to close without creating monitor