Searchable Database of 10,872 Names on the Memorial Wall
This Virtual Memorial contains the names of the Canadians who were killed while serving with Bomber Command during World War II. They include those serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as those serving with other air forces under Bomber Command. Also included are the names of those of non-Canadians who were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and who were killed while serving with Bomber Command. There are 10,872 names in the Memorial.
449 of the names are those of Americans who joined the RCAF prior to their country entering the war. A list of their names may be found in the ‘Aircrew Losses’ section of our archives.
To be listed on the Memorial the individual must have been killed while serving with a Bomber Command Squadron or while training with a Bomber Command Operational Training Unit or a Bomber Command Heavy Conversion Unit. Individuals included on the Memorial must have been Canadian citizens serving with Bomber Command in any air force or non-Canadians serving with Bomber Command while wearing the uniform of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Individuals are not included if they were serving with units not under the control of Bomber Command (Examples: Coastal Command, Fighter Command, meteorological flights, glider towing, etc.)
We make use of W.R. Chorley's series, 'Bomber Command Losses' as a guideline as to whether an individual should be included.
There are some names in the Virtual Memorial that are followed by notes.
Alternate names and spellings that the airman may have been known by.
Those killed during service in North Africa: Three Canadian Squadrons served as 331 Wing RCAF from late May until early October, 1943. Forty-four Canadian airmen were killed during service with 331 Wing. Although ‘technically’ they were not part of Bomber Command, their names have been included as are the names of ten Canadians serving with RAF squadrons in North Africa.
USAAF: Fifty-nine RCAF Americans transferred over to the USAAF in late 1942-1944. These airmen transferred while they were flying with their RCAF and RAF squadrons and were only part way through their combat tour. They were told to return to their RCAF-RAF squadrons and finish that tour. Sadly, they were killed before doing so.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
The Bomber Command Museum is the only facility in Canada whose primary goal is to honour those who served with Bomber Command.
We gratefully acknowledge the invaluable contribution of Les Allison and Harry Hayward in preparing, ‘They Shall Grow Not Old’ as published by the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. This work provided the foundation for our Memorial. Hugh Halliday generously made available extensive information as well. We have also incorporated information provided by the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, UK.
We also gratefully acknowledge our corporate sponsor Lexicom Internet Services for their technical expertise regarding the incorporation of this Memorial into our website.