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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
   Arthur Douglas Swansburg
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Swansburg, Arthur Douglas R/76207 Flight Sergeant 405 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force September 11, 1916 Little Harbour, Shelburne Co., NS November 13, 1940 24 Halifax, NS Dartmouth, NS Mechanic United Church of Canada Single at enlistment Milford Clayton Swansburg (Father) Shelburne Co., NS July 27, 1942 25 Runnymede Memorial   Commemorated on Page 118 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 12 Flight Sergeant Swansburg was the son of Milford Clayton and Helen Glenn Swansburg, and husband of Mary Gertrude Swansburg of Swansburg, Shelburne Co.,  NS. He completed Grade XI in Little River Harbour, NS.  Six months before his enlistment he moved to Dartmouth and was employed as a garage mechanic.  He married Mary Gertrude Harding on September 20, 1941. Completing training in Canada at Toronto, Picton, St Catherines, Rockcliffe and Camp Bordon, he embarked Canada on October 6, 1941 and was assigned to 22 Operational Training Unity in England. On July 7, 1942 he was transferred to 405 RCAF Squadron. On the morning of July 27, 1942, while serving with 405 Squadron of Bomber Command, Sergeant Swansburg was the Air Observer on an aircraft detailed to carry out air operations against Hamburg, Germany.  The aircraft (Halifax W.1186)  crashed at 1:45 am  near the mouth of the Este, a small river running into the Elbe between Crans and Neuenfelds approximately seven miles from Hamburg.  While two bodies were recovered from the wreckage, the body of Sligth Sergeant Swansburg was never located.       
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