William James IRWIN
268 (R.A.F.) Squadron,
Royal Canadian Air Force
who died on
Friday 30 July 1943. Age 26
Hath no man like this'
Also written in french on a massive
Granite Plate placed on the grave:
AU LT AVIATEUR CANADIEN
TOMBE EN MER LE 30-7-43'
'ONE GROUP OF THE FRENCH
TO THE CANADIAN LIEUTENANT
AIRMAN W.J. IRWIN
FALLEN IN THE SEA ON 30-7-43'
GRANVILLE (SAINT PAUL) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Manche, France.
Granville is a town and commune on the west coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula. The communal cemetery is on the eastern side of the town, north of the road (N.24b) to Villedieu-les-Poeles. Access is by Rue du Moulin. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1939-1945 war here, 27 metres north-west of the stone calvary in the centre of the burial ground.
In Fighter Command Losses of Second World War by Norman L R FRANKS, Midland Publishing, is written:
On Friday 30 July 1943, Flying Officer W.J Irwin, RCAF, was lost while flying Mustang I AP232 of 268 Squadron, R.A.F, during a Popular sortie (*) to Granville area, pm. Cotentin Peninsular.
(*) Popular: Photo-reconnaissance sortie.
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