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Joseph Reginald Dunford
Joseph Reginald Dunford Flying Officer J/38266 Royal Canadian Air Force 115 (RAF) Squadron May 18, 1922 Burin Bay, Newfoundland October 9, 1942 Sydney, NS Sydney, NS 20 November 15, 1944 22 Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 4. B. 8. 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 Flying Officer Dunford was the son of Eli Hallot Dunford and Eliza (Hobin) Dunford, of Sydney, NS. Joseph was born in Newfoundland; however, lived in Cape Breton from the age of sixteen months. He attended Sydney Academy, graduating in 1938. He was then employed as a warehouse clerk at Dominion Steel and Coal Company until his enlistment. He trained in Canada with the RCAF until December 14, 1943 and went overseas, disembarking in the United Kingdom on December 21, 1943. He continued training until July 22, 1944 when he joined RAF Squadron 115. On the night of November 15, 1944, aircraft Lancaster NN706 of 115 RAF Squadron with a crew of eight, failed to return from an operational attack on Dortmund, Germany. Flying Officer Dunford was serving as wireless operator/air gunner. The aircraft departed base at 12:43 am and failed to return. The International Red Cross, from German information, confirmed the death of the Flying Officer Dunford. In 1947 it was determined he had been buried in the Principle Cemetery at Dortmund. His remains were reburied in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany in 1947.