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Edmund Ronald Dujay
Edmund Ronald Dujay Pilot Officer J/88394 Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Squadron August 30, 1924 Joggins Mines, Cumberland Co., NS October 14, 1942 Moncton RCAF Recruiting Centre Joggins Mines, NS 18 5 feet, 6 inches Dark Brown Dark Brown Store Clerk Single Roman Catholic Leana Dujay (Mother) Joggins Mines, NS April 28, 1944 20 Maastricht General Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands Row 2. Grave 120. Commemorated on page 296 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 24 Edmund Ronald Dujay was the son of John and Leanna (White) Dujay, of Joggins, NS. He completed grade ten at the Joggins School in 1941 and was then employed by Landry and Comeau, Joggins Mines as a clerk until his enlistment. Having trained in Canada and received his Air Gunner Badge on June 25, 1943 he embarked Halifax for the United Kingdom on July 16, 1943, arriving in the United Kingdom on July 22, 1943. He joined 419 Squadron on December 13, 1943. On the night of April 27, 1944, Squadron 419 flew against one of the main German industrial areas at Montzen. Halifax aircraft JN.954 with a crew of six, including Pilot Officer Edmund Ronald Dujay, as Air Gunner and Pilot Officer Kenneth David Tucker as Air Gunner Air Gunner of Amherst, Nova Scotia, left the base at 23:26 hours on April 27 and failed to return. It was later determined from official German information that the aircraft crashed at Heer, near Maastricht, Holland. All of the crew were killed and buried in the military cemetery at Maastricht. His Commanding Officer wrote: “Your son took part in 20 attacks on the enemy during the 4½ months your son was with us, some of those sorties being against the most important and heavily defended German targets. On one occasion, while attacking Leipzig, his aircraft was twice attacked by an enemy night fighter but your son, by skilful direction to his pilot and by good work with his guns, saved the aircraft and probably shot down one of the fighters. He was an above average gunner who was very keen on his job and he had a very cheerful disposition with the result that he became one of the most popular aircrew members whose services we are distinctly sorry to lose. ” Both Pilot Officers Edmund Ronald Dujay and Kenneth David Tucker were 18 at enlistment, both received their Air Gunner Badge on June 25, 1943, travelled overseas on the same date and were both assigned to the 419 Squadron and to the same air crew of Halifax aircraft JN.954. While they enlisted on different dates they both enlisted in Moncton, NB. They both lived and worked 32 km from each other in Nova Scotia.