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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
John Henry Prentice
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Prentice, John Harry C/1441 Flight Lieutenant Royal Canadian Air Force December 3, 1942 41 Carrville Methodist Cemetery, Ontario Commemorated on Page 107 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 7. Flight Lieutenant Prentice was the son of John and Emma J. Prentice and the husband of Ida Amy Prentice, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Lockheed Hudson bomber, on a flight to reward two girls selling Victory Bonds, was caught in a sudden snow-flurry and nose dived almost vertically into the water of Halifax harbour only a few minutes after it took off from the airfield. All five on board were killed instantly. The dead included Flight Lieutenant Prentice; Mary McQueen of Prince Edward Island; Jean Curran of Dartmouth, NS; Test Engineer Arthur Cahill of Chapeau, Quebec; and, Observer Owen McCulley of Sydney, NS. The two girls, noth 22 years of age were employees of the Clark Ruse Aircraft Ltd., operating in Halifax, NS. The two girls had won the flight in a competition among plant employees during the third Victory loan campaign .