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 Charles Curtis Merril McCann Rank: Flying Officer     Service No: J/9780     Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 218 RAF Squadron           Date of Birth: February 4, 1910        Place of Birth: Wallace, NS   Date of Enlistment: February 27, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Moncton, NB Address At Enlistment: Pugwash, Cumberland Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 31 Trade: School Teacher/School Principal   Martial Status: Single     Religion: Church of England Next of Kin:      Jessie Ann McCann (Sister) Halifax, NS The parents, Arthur Wellesley McCann (1926) and Mary Jane McCann (1930), both predeceased Flying Officer McCann’s enlistment.  His half brother Sergeant Wellesley McCann was killed in France during WWI on November 1, 1918.  Charles graduated from Acadia University in 1933 with a major in English, and attended the Toronto University (Ontario College of Education) in 1939/1940.  Just prior to enlistment he was employed with the Pugwash School Board. Charles McCann first applied to the RCAF on August 9, 1940 but was rejected as his qualifications at that time were not suitable.  Following  his RCAF acceptance in 1941 and training in Canada, he proceeded overseas on February 19, 1942.  He was assigned to 218 RAF Squadron on July 23, 1942. On the night of December 17, 1942 he was one of three killed when his aircraft, Stirling I (W7614),  on air operations (Bomber Command) to Fallersleben, Lower Saxony, Germany, crashed near Langenhagen, Germany.  Four of the seven crew became prisoners of war.   Date of Death: December 17, 1942       Age At Death:   32 Cemetery:   Hanover War Cemetery Cemetery Reference: 2. D. 14.      Commemorated on Page 95 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 1     Sources and Information: Veterans Affairs Canada  
Charles Curtis Merril McCann
McCann, September 15, 1940