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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Reginald Woof
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Woof, Reginald J/15546 Pilot Officer Royal Canadian Air Force 156 RAF Squadron April 25, 1914 Middleton St. George, England November 15, 1940 26 Charlottetown, PEI Conway, Digby Co., NS Construction Foreman Church of England Single James Arthur Woof (Father) Conway, NS August 1, 1942 28 Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Netherlands Row C. Grave 17. Commemorated on Page 125 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 16 Born in Middleton St George, County Durham, England, Pilot Officer Woof was the son of James Arthur and Margaret Ann Woof, of Digby, NS. The family moved to Nova Scotia from England, arriving in Halifax from Liverpool July 8, 1926 on the SS Nova Scotia. Reginald was twelve years of age. He had attended Stockton Secondary School in Stockton, England where he had obtained an Nova Scotia equivalent of Grade 10/11. In the six years, prior to enlistment, he was employed by the Municipal Paving and Construction Company, in Halifax. Having enlisted in Charlottetown, he travelled by train to Toronto, arriving there on November 17, 1940. He completed his Initial Training at Course 22 from March 29 through May 4, 1941; his Elementary Training with Course 27 from June 4, to June 21, 1941; Service Flying Training at Course 31 from June 21 through September 1, 1941. He received his Pilot’s Flying Badge on September 1, 1941. Pilot Officer Woof proceeded overseas and was posted to 12 Operational Training Unit in November of 1941. He was transferred to 156 RAF Squadron at RAF Alconbury on February 28, 1942. On Friday, July 31 1942, aircraft of 156 squadron departed RAF Station Alconbury for air operations (bombing raid) over Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday, August 1, 1942. The Wellington 111 Z1622 failed to return to base and all crew were initially listed as missing, presumed to have crashed off coast of Holland. It was later confirmed that all the crew were killed in the crash. The body of Pilot Officer Woof was recovered from the sea at Domburg, Holland and was buried in the Cemetery at Flushing, Holland. Other Crew Members also buried at Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Netherlands Flight Sergeant (Observer) A M Illingworth Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
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