Book of Remembrance - Volume  I


Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Freeland Sage

Royal Canadian Air Force

Enlisted October 1939, and trained as a Pilot. He served with #135 Squadron in British Columbia. While  based in Holland with 439 Sqn he was killed on his second mission of the day over enemy territory on 24-DEC-1944  Listed initially as missing in action, word was received on the 18 July 1945 that his body was found and buried in in the First U.S. Military Cemetery located at Foy, Belgium. F/L Sage was on his 9th operational mission of the war.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): Fate was against us on this day before Christmas. On the second operation R74061 F/Sgt Wright W.A. was shot down by a Thunderbolt and is presumed killed. On the same operation C.1191 A/F/L Ken Sage was also attacked by a Thunderbolt as explained in the attached 541; and on the last operation of the day he was hit by flak as a result of which he is missing,  presumed killed. This lanky pilot is married, has a family, and has been in the RCAF since 9-10-39. he has done 9 operational sorties, totalling 10:15 hours and all told has 949:20 flying hours.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 541): Ten aircraft took-off this time to cover the battle area south of Aachen, Germany. They were led by F/O Laurence and after climbing to 11,000 feet levelled out and flew towards the area south of Aachen where the Squadron broke up into three sections. F/O Laurence and his section descended to 3,000 feet and searched for enemy transport. They were right over the battle line where great artillery and armoured activity was going on beneath. Considerable scattered MET was visible but all defended by concentrations of 20mm and 40mm guns which proved very formidable. After attacking various targets, they went down on some vehicles just outside the little village of Schonberg, inside Belgium where terrific flak was encountered. Red 3 (F/L Sage) received a hit between Mayan and Monreal, west of Keblens and flicked on his back, then crashed into the deck, burning up at map reference L.0579

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

C1191 F/L K.F. Sage was re- buried at HOTTON WAR CEMETERY, Belgium. Grave Reference: VIII. F. 11.

Location: HOTTON WAR CEMETERY is located 58 km south east of Namur. From Namur the N4 leads onto the town of Marche en Famenne. On reaching Marche en Famenne the N86 leads towards Hotton. On reaching Hotton, the cemetery is located 500 meters on the N86 towards Menil.




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