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  The Luftwaffe carried out a bombing raid on May  23, 1943, against the town of Bournemouth in Dorset, England.  The air attack destroyed 22 buildings and damaged over 3000 in central Bournemouth.  Some 131 people were killed and hundred were injured.  RAF Station Bournemouth was the station of No 3 Personnel Reception Centre for Dominion aircrew and No 11 Australian Personnel Dispatch and Receiving Centre. On May 23 Canadian airmen were staying at the Metropole Hotel in Lansdowne Square, Bournemouth. The building was badly damaged and  22 Commonwealth airmen died.  Among the Canadian airmen killed on that Sunday morning was one Nova Scotian, Raymond Francis Pelrine of Antigonish Co., NS.  
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  Air Raid on Bournemouth May 23, 1943  
Name: Raymond Francis Pelrine Rank: Sergeant Service Number: R/88040 Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force Division: #3 Personnel Reception Centre Date of birth: July 30, 1922 Place of birth: Port Felix, Nova Scotia Date of enlistment: February 3, 1941 Place of enlistment: Halifax, NS (RCAF Recruiting Centre) Address at Enlistment: Rockingham, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 18   Height: 5 feet, 6 inches   Complexion: fair   Eyes: blue Hair: brown Trade: Handy Man Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Charles martin Pelrine (Father) Havre Boucher, Antigonish, NS Date of Death: May 23, 1943 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Bournemouth North Cemetery Grave Reference: Row H4. Grave 99   Raymond Francis Pelrine was the son of Charles Martin Pelrine (1893-1961) and Clara Pelrine of Havre Boucher, Antigonish Co., NS. Sergeant Pelrine was one of 22 Commonwealth airmen, and approximately 110 civilians, killed during a Luftwaffe bombing raid on May  23, 1943, against the Metropole Hotel in Lansdowne Square, Bournemouth, Dorset, England. Sergeant Pelrine had arrived in England in February, 1943 and was stationed at Bournemouth effective February 27, 1943. He was trapped in the Metropole Hotel when it was bombed. He was buried on May 29, 1943 in the Bournemouth North Cemetery. The air attack destroyed 22 buildings and damaged over 3000 in central Bournemouth. The total number of victims is thought to have been 131, though estimates varied between 70 and 200.   Commemorated on Page 202 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 24
 The Commonwealth Airmen Killed in the Bombing Raid  Canadian RCAF Flight Sergeant (AG)William Geoffrey Abbott RCAF Flight Sergeant George Assaf  RCAF Flight Sergeant David Rainnie Chalmers  RCAF Flight Sergeant Julian Louis Soos RCAF Leading Aircraftman Earle Oscar Gilbert RCAF Sergeant (AG) Robert Richard Courtney  RCAF Sergeant Alexander Colin Matheson  RCAF Sergeant (AG) Francis John Matier  RCAF Sergeant (AG) Raymond Francis Pelrine  RCAF Sergeant Ross Clifton Woods RCAF Corporal William Godfrey Wood Australian RAAF Flight Sergeant Colin Bernard Crabbe  RAAF Flight Sergeant Ronald Franklin Fenton RAAF Flight Sergeant Allan John Kerrigan  RAAF Flight Sergeant John Francis McMagon  RAAF Sergeant George Arthur Mills RAAF Flight Sergeant Vivian Lewis Pope RAAF Leading Aircraftman Ronald Crawshaw  RAAF Sergeant Neil Morton Gray British RAF Leading Aircraftman Jack Howlett RAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Andrew Joseph Philips Lohoar  RAF Aircraftman 1st Class James Joseph Morrissey 
Photos of the Burial Service May 29, 1943