Avro Lancaster III (#EE195) aircraft, Code GZ-B, with its aircrew of seven airmen of 12 Squadron, went down into the sea off the coast of the Netherlands during a night operation against Cologne, Germany.
The seven airmen who perished in the crash were-
RCAF Flying Officer Howard Cedric TREHERNE,
RAFVR Sergeant Mervyn Barnaby NOBLE,
RAFVR Sergeant Francis Donovan AYERST,
RAF Squadron Leader Frederick John KNIGHT,
RAF Flight Sergeant Frank BIRKIN,
RAFVR Sergeant Ernest Frederick LAWRENCE and
RAFVR Sergeant James Roy BOXALL.
Rank: Flying Officer
Service Number: J/16069
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 12 RAF Squadron (MOTTO-‘Leads The Field’); RAF Wickenby in Lincolnshire
A labourer by trade and residing in Merville, British Columbia, Canada, he enlisted in the Canadian Scottish Regiment on 19 Sept 1939 in Victoria, British Columbia, at the age of 19 years. Serving in Canadian Army Reserves and a saleman by trade, he later enlisted in the RCAF on 17 July 1940 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Son of Howard Randolph Treherne and Margaret Elizabeth (née Spear) Treherne [both parents born in England]; husband of Veronica Catherine (née Beazley) Treherne (later Douglas) of Truro, Nova Scotia (the couple married on 30 April 1941 in Truro, Nova Scotia).
Flying Officer Howard Cedric Treherne is commemorated on Page 221 of Canada’s Second World War Book of Remembrance.
Veronica Catherine Beazley Douglas
1920–2006 (m. 1941)
Bernard John Treherne