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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
William Duncan Walsh
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William Duncan Walsh R/76467 Flight Sergeant 408 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force February 19, 1920 Folly Lake, Colchester Co., NS January 14, 1941 Halifax Folly Lake, Colchester Co., NS 18 5 feet, 7¼ inches medium blue dark brown Student Baptist Single Gertrude Walsh (Mother) Folly Lake, Colchester Co., NS June 22, 1943 23 Amersfoort (Old Leusden) General Cemetery, Netherlands Plot 13. Row 7. Joint grave 145. Commemorated on Page 224 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 12 Flight Sergeant, William Duncan Walsh was the son of William Gregory and Clara Gertrude Walsh, of Folly Lake, Colchester Co., NS. He was the brother of Reginald Fraser Walsh who also served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and of Helen Marie Walsh. On June 21, 1943 Flight Sergeant, Walsh was serving with 408 Squadron. Sgt D. Brooke RAF and crew, flying Halifax II DT- 772 coded EQ-E, failed to return from a night bombing operation out of the base at Leeming at 23:40 against Krefeld, Germany located north west of Düsseldorf. The plane crashed at Zeist, Holland with the loss of all the crew. Sgt D. Brooke RAF Sgt C. Sebelius RCAF P/O G. Bisheff RCAF F/Sgt J. MacDonald RCAF Sgt M. Shakespeare RAF F/Sgt W. Walsh RCAF F/Sgt J. Archambault RCAF Some reports indicate that the aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter, but it was not claimed. The aircraft crashed in a pasture between the Koelaan (road) and Kouwenhovenselaan (road) at Zeist.