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Sergeant Raymond Francis Pelrine

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Sergeant Raymond Francis Pelrine

Birth
Port Felix, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death
23 May 1943 (aged 20)
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Burial
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Plot
Row H4. Grave 99.
Memorial ID
136128390 View Source

Sergeant Pelrine was one of 22 Commonwealth airmen, and approx. 110 civilians, killed by ground fire during a Luftwaffe bombing raid on 23 May 1943 against the Metropole Hotel in Lansdowne Square, Bournemouth, Dorset, England. The air attack destroyed 22 buildings and damaged over 3000 in central Bournemouth. The total number of victims is thought to have been 131, though estimates varied between 70 and 200.
The Commonwealth airmen who perished in this bombing raid were:-
RCAF Flight Sergeant (AG)William Geoffrey ABBOTT,
RCAF Flight Sergeant George ASSAF,
RCAF Flight Sergeant David Rainnie CHALMERS,
RCAF Flight Sergeant Julian Louis SOOS,
RCAF Leading Aircraftman Earle Oscar GILBERT,
RCAF Sergeant (AG) Robert Richard COURTNEY,
RCAF Sergeant Alexander Colin MATHESON,
RCAF Sergeant (AG) Francis John MATIER,
RCAF Sergeant (AG) Raymond Francis PELRINE,
RCAF Sergeant Ross Clifton WOODS,
RCAF Corporal William Godfrey WOOD,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Colin Bernard CRABBE,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Ronald Franklin FENTON,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Allan John KERRIGAN,
RAAF Flight Sergeant John Francis McMAHON,
RAAF Sergeant George Arthur MILLS,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Vivian Lewis POPE,
RAAF Leading Aircraftman Ronald CRAWSHAW,
RAAF Sergeant Neil Morton GRAY,
RAF Leading Aircraftman Jack HOWLETT,
RAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Andrew Joseph Philips LOHOAR and
RAF Aircraftman 1st Class James Joseph MORRISSEY.

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-
Military Service:
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: R/88040
Age: 20
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: #3 Personnel Reception Centre

At the time of the bombing attack, Sergeant Pelrine was at RAF Bournemouth's #3 Personnel Reception Centre and was staying at the Metropole Hotel.

A Handy Man by trade, residing in Rockingham, Nova Scotia, Canada [his permanent address was in Port Felix], he enlisted in the RCAF on 3 Feb 1941 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Son of Charles M. Pelrine and Clara (née Fougere) Pelrine of Havre Boucher, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sergeant Raymond Francis Pelrine is commemorated on Page 202 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.

Sergeant Pelrine was one of 22 Commonwealth airmen, and approx. 110 civilians, killed by ground fire during a Luftwaffe bombing raid on 23 May 1943 against the Metropole Hotel in Lansdowne Square, Bournemouth, Dorset, England. The air attack destroyed 22 buildings and damaged over 3000 in central Bournemouth. The total number of victims is thought to have been 131, though estimates varied between 70 and 200.
The Commonwealth airmen who perished in this bombing raid were:-
RCAF Flight Sergeant (AG)William Geoffrey ABBOTT,
RCAF Flight Sergeant George ASSAF,
RCAF Flight Sergeant David Rainnie CHALMERS,
RCAF Flight Sergeant Julian Louis SOOS,
RCAF Leading Aircraftman Earle Oscar GILBERT,
RCAF Sergeant (AG) Robert Richard COURTNEY,
RCAF Sergeant Alexander Colin MATHESON,
RCAF Sergeant (AG) Francis John MATIER,
RCAF Sergeant (AG) Raymond Francis PELRINE,
RCAF Sergeant Ross Clifton WOODS,
RCAF Corporal William Godfrey WOOD,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Colin Bernard CRABBE,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Ronald Franklin FENTON,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Allan John KERRIGAN,
RAAF Flight Sergeant John Francis McMAHON,
RAAF Sergeant George Arthur MILLS,
RAAF Flight Sergeant Vivian Lewis POPE,
RAAF Leading Aircraftman Ronald CRAWSHAW,
RAAF Sergeant Neil Morton GRAY,
RAF Leading Aircraftman Jack HOWLETT,
RAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Andrew Joseph Philips LOHOAR and
RAF Aircraftman 1st Class James Joseph MORRISSEY.

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-
Military Service:
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: R/88040
Age: 20
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: #3 Personnel Reception Centre

At the time of the bombing attack, Sergeant Pelrine was at RAF Bournemouth's #3 Personnel Reception Centre and was staying at the Metropole Hotel.

A Handy Man by trade, residing in Rockingham, Nova Scotia, Canada [his permanent address was in Port Felix], he enlisted in the RCAF on 3 Feb 1941 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Son of Charles M. Pelrine and Clara (née Fougere) Pelrine of Havre Boucher, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sergeant Raymond Francis Pelrine is commemorated on Page 202 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.


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  • Created by: SJB Hearn
  • Added: 19 Sep 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 136128390
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136128390/raymond-francis-pelrine: accessed ), memorial page for Sergeant Raymond Francis Pelrine (30 Jul 1922–23 May 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 136128390, citing Bournemouth Crematorium and North Cemetery, Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England; Maintained by SJB Hearn (contributor 46864594).