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Sergeant Joseph Fernand Raymond Croteau

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Sergeant Joseph Fernand Raymond Croteau

Birth
Capitale-Nationale Region, Quebec, Canada
Death
16 Nov 1942 (aged 23)
Pitsea, Basildon District, Essex, England
Burial
Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea Unitary Authority, Essex, England
Plot
Plot R. Grave 12163.
Memorial ID
54171701 View Source

Flight Sergeant ( W.Op./Air Gnr. ) R/55836 Royal Canadian Air Force. Age 25. From Quebec City, Quebec.

Member of the 425 Squadron Wellington III BJ894 KW-K Training Crashed 1930, during the course of a Bulls Eye exercise,on Marshes near Canvey Island, Essex.

One report states: ‘flew down the length of Long Road, engine ablaze and crashed and burned so fiercely at the end of Northwick Road, that when the bodies were recovered the pennies in their pockets had melted and fused to the bones. These guys are buried in Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend.'

Another states: ‘…as far as I can make out, the Wellington bomber was on a routine training flight when a German night fighter, which was on the prowl over the Thames area caught it. It flew along the length of Long Road all ablaze and eventually came down on the opposite bank of the creek at the end of Northwick Road. This is now where Pitsea tip is, I imagine.'
Sergeant Joseph Fernand Raymond Croteau 55836, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, died on 16th November 1942.

Flight Sergeant ( W.Op./Air Gnr. ) R/55836 Royal Canadian Air Force. Age 25. From Quebec City, Quebec.

Member of the 425 Squadron Wellington III BJ894 KW-K Training Crashed 1930, during the course of a Bulls Eye exercise,on Marshes near Canvey Island, Essex.

One report states: ‘flew down the length of Long Road, engine ablaze and crashed and burned so fiercely at the end of Northwick Road, that when the bodies were recovered the pennies in their pockets had melted and fused to the bones. These guys are buried in Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend.'

Another states: ‘…as far as I can make out, the Wellington bomber was on a routine training flight when a German night fighter, which was on the prowl over the Thames area caught it. It flew along the length of Long Road all ablaze and eventually came down on the opposite bank of the creek at the end of Northwick Road. This is now where Pitsea tip is, I imagine.'
Sergeant Joseph Fernand Raymond Croteau 55836, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, died on 16th November 1942.

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  • Maintained by: Janet Penn
  • Originally Created by: js
  • Added: 27 Jun 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 54171701
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54171701/joseph-fernand_raymond-croteau: accessed ), memorial page for Sergeant Joseph Fernand Raymond Croteau (13 Apr 1919–16 Nov 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 54171701, citing Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea Unitary Authority, Essex, England; Maintained by Janet Penn (contributor 47208565).