Memorial seeks relatives of 13 Virginians killed while with RCAF in WWII
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia War Memorial wants to find the relatives of 13 Virginians who were killed in action while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
Many Americans enlisted in the Canadian armed forces before the U.S. entry in World War II in December 1941. “Unfortunately, records of these individuals are sketchy,” the War Memorial says.
On Oct. 22, the War Memorial will hold a ceremony to dedicate a commemorative plaque listing the names and hometowns of the Virginians who died in RCAF service. It intends to invite their relatives to the ceremony in Richmond.
Military and government officials from Canada and the U.S., as well as from Virginia’s state government, will participate in the public event.
Before America’s entry into World War II, 9,000 Americans enlisted in the RCAF to fight the Axis nations.
As a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Canada had joined England in declaring war on Nazi Germany in 1939. Of these Americans, 764 were lost in combat missions.
“The names of the 9,231 Virginians who served in our U.S. military and were killed in action during World War II are engraved on the glass and stone walls of the Shrine of Memory here at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond,” said Jon Hatfield, the War Memorial’s executive director, in a statement.
“It is fitting that we honor these 13 Virginians who also gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to Canada, our neighbor and ally in the fight for freedom,” Hatfield said.