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Memorial details

Memorial type
Trophy / Relic
District
East Lindsey
Town
East Kirkby
County
Lincolnshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Non-Combat Deaths
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
83816
Current location

Inside of the main hangar by the north west wall
LINCOLNSHIRE AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE
A155
East Kirkby
East Lindsey
Lincolnshire
PE23 4DE
England

OS Grid Ref: TF 33835 62164
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Collection of wreckage with the Canadian flag, photograph and an exact duplicate of the brass memorial plaque that is by the actual crash site. Plaque is brass mounted on a wooden base, inscribed and picked out in black
Inscription
Brass plaque: IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ F/O J.J.R (RAY) BÉDARD/ ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE/ AGED 25/ KILLED HERE 23RD JUNE 1953/ F/O BÉDARD OF 439 SQUADRON RCAF WAS FLYING FROM RAF NORTH/ LUFFENHAM IN A CANADAIR SABRE MK II. HE BROKE FROM FORMATION/ AND HE WAS SADLY KILLED AFTER BAILING OUT WHILE HIS AIRCRAFT WAS IN A/ STEEP DIVE. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN THE FIELD ALONGSIDE THIS BUILDING./ "IF ONES HEART LIES LONELY/ FOR THE MAPLES GOLDEN SHADE/ AND IF ONE LISTENS MUTELY/ FOR A SONG THAT IS NOT PLAYED/ BREATHE GENTLY ON HIM ENGLAND/ A SON OF CANADA, HE STAYED"/ (a small cross) R.I.P./ THIS PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED BY THE LINCOLNSHIRE AIRCRAFT RECOVERY GROUP/ ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN PRESENCE OF HIS FAMILY. Small label below the plaque: THIS PLAQUE IS AN IDENTICAL/ COPY OF ONE UNVEILED NEAR/ THE CRASHSITE BY THE L.A.R.G.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Bédard, J.j.r (ray)
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Commemorations
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Year died, regiment, forename, surname, manner of death, age of death, additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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