Joseph Jean Raymond. (Ray) Bedard R C A F

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Address:

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

East Kirkby Airfield

East Kirby

East Kirby

PE23 4DB

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Framed brass plaque and display
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In honoured memory of F/O J.J.R. (Ray) Bedard Royal Canadian Air Force Aged 25 Killed here 23rd June 1953 F/O Bedard of 439 Squadron RCAF was flying from RAF North Luffenham in a Canadian 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” † R.I.P This plaque was unveiled by the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group on the 50th Anniversary in presence of his family Below the brass plaque: THIS PLAQUE IS AN IDENTICAL / COPY OF ONE UNVEILED NEAR / THE CRASHSITE BY THE L.A.R.G.

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