Major HERMANSON died in Bad Driburg, which is a town and spa in Höxter district in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. His CF-104 Starfighter aircraft (104714) struck a ridge, during a low level radar navigation mission, and it crashed.
From the Canadian Virtual War Memoial-
Service Number: 73100
Force: Air Force
Unit: 441 Tactical (Fighter) Squadron
Division: 1 CAG Baden, Germany
Citation: Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
He enlisted in the Canadian Air Force on 12 Oct 1960 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Son of Jack Everett Allen and Helen Marie (née Sinclair) Hermanson of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; brother of Cheryl, Glennis and Julie; husband of Janet Inez (née Purdy) Hermanson and father of Kim, Sean, Dawn and Guy of Schifflewg, Greffern, West Germany.
Major Gerald Lee Allen Hermanson is commemorated on Page 165 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance.
His name is remembered at the STARFIGHTER PILOTS MEMORIAL:-
On 19 June 2008, at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, in the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Air Park of the National Air Force Museum of Canada, the ‘Starfighter Memorial’ was officially unveiled; it is dedicated to honouring all those airmen who flew the CF-104 (‘Starfighter’) and, in particular, it remembers the 37 pilots who gave their lives in the line of duty.