Book of Remembrance - Volume  I

 

Flying Officer John George Martin

Royal Canadian Air Force


Son of Charles H. and Florence B. Martin, of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, age 23, died on 19-Nov-1944 while based at Melsbroek, Holland, on a mission to bomb a railroad in Wickrath, Germany. F/O Martin had 32 missions completed at the time of his death.

The following is from 439's Operations Record Book (Form 540): The Squadron ran into a bit of though luck on the last operation. J.37648 F/O J.G. Martin received a hit by flak and was forced to bale out but his parachute streamed as explained in the F.541. This cool, intelligent and conscientious youth was a great loss to the squadron. He has done 32 operational sorties totalling 33:20 hours and giving him a total of 429:20 flying hours.

The following entry is from 439's Operations Record Book (Form 541): The remaining seven aircraft continued and successfully bombed the railway, diving from 8,000 feet, southwest to northeast. The bombing was good with hits straddling the railroad and damaging the rails although no direct hit was scored. The light flak at this point was terrific, described as coming up in "sheets" from the small forest to the north of the target and gave the impression of being automatically controlled. Red Four (J/37648 Johnny Martin) was hit badly and was seen streaming glycol. Red Three (F/O Jack Roberts) stayed with him as he attempted to glide to our lines. Losing height all the time, he then appeared to think it wiser to bail out which he did at a point about ten miles northeast of Roermind, Holland, at map reference K.8696. F/O Roberts watched him bail out. His parachute streamed out but failed to open fully and he fell rapidly towards the ground landing in a clump of trees. It was very doubtful whether he survived.

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website  courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

J/37648 F/O J.G. "Johnny" Martin is buried at RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, United Kingdom Grave Reference: Panel 247.

 

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