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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Norman Alexander Gardner
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Gardner, Norman Alexander R/76113 Flight Sergeant 21 RAF Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force June 22, 1920 Halifax, Nova Scotia October 22, 1940 20 Halifax Brooklyn, Queen's County, NS Student Anglican Single Percy M Gardner(Father) Brooklyn, Queen's County, NS November 6, 1942 22 Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery Plot 69. Row D. Joint grave 2. Commemorated on Page 75 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 19. Flight Sergeant Norman Gardner was the only child of Percy McQueen and Geraldine Evelyn (née Webster) Gardner of Brooklyn, Queen's County, NS. He attended Liverpool High School, NS from 1932 to 1938 when he received his Grade XII certificate in June. He enjoyed field hockey, aquatics, hunting, and fishing and was a Boy Scout for six years. At enlistment he expressed a keen interest in serving as a wireless air gunner. He embarked for the United Kingdom on June 18, 1941 and was assigned to 21 RAF Squadron on April 21, 1942. On November 6, 1942, 21 Squadron despatched four Venturas to attack enemy shipping at Maasluis in Holland, and six more in pairs to Roosendaal, Ijmuiden, and Den Helder. Flight Sergeant Gardner was the wireless air gunner on Ventura II AE848 out of HMS Methwood for air operations against Den Helder. The aircraft was reported as being shot down by radar guided flak and presumed lost near the Dutch coast. Its crew of four were, RAF F/O. A.E.K Perry, RAF P/O. L.G.O Smith, RCAF F/O. R.W Neill (Winnipeg, Canada) and RCAF F/Sgt. N.A Gardner. The only body recovered was that of Norman Gardner, who is buried at Amsterdam (Watergraafsmeer) New Eastern Cemetery. The other members of the crew have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
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