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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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1 Squadron Crest
05.06.1940 1 Squadron Hurricane Plt Off. Shepherd.

Operation: Patrol

Date: 5th June 1940 (Wednesday)

Unit: 1 Squadron (RAF)

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: No details available.

Code: JX:?

Base: RAF Chateaudun, France

Location: Near Rouen France

Pilot: Plt Off. John Adamson Shepherd 41621 RAF Age 25. Killed


During a patrol engaged enemy and shot down over Rouen, France.

Plt Off. John Adamson Shepherd and his original grave marker.

No further details - appreciate any further information that you are able to supply.

Burial details:

Plt Off. John Adamson Shepherd. St. Sever Cemetery Ext, Rouen. Block S. Plot 4. Row O. Grave 4. Born on the 10th November 1915 in Sunderland, Durham. Son of Reginald Andrew and May Allen Havergal (née Adamson) Shepherd. His father predeceased him in July 1921.

His twin brother Andrew Fraser Shepherd served with the Royal Canadian Engineers and survived the war.

His elder brother, Cpl. Reginald Alistair Shepherd MM. K46340, lost his life on the 5th April 1945 in Holland serving with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment Royal Canadian Infantry Corps.

The Military Medal was awarded to Pte (acting Cpl) Shepherd for distinguished services in the the field.

Right: Grave marker for Cpl. Reginald Alistair Shepherd MM. K46340 RCIC

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot. Thanks to Chris on behalf of the family for the correction to the NoK details for Plt Off. Shepherd (Jun 2021). Other updates by Aircrew Remembered (Jun 2021). Thanks to sources as quoted below.


RS 07.06.2021 - Correction to NoK details and additional information added

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