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Curdis KarrelPilot OfficerJ/88620431 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air ForceMay 24, 1921New Waterford, NSAugust 10, 1942Moncton, NB21Student/Office Clerk (Canadian Car and Foundry)SingleJewishSarah Karrel (Mother) Sydney, NSJuly 29, 194423Kiel War CemeteryColl. grave 5. A. 1-6. Commemorated on page 349 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on July 27Pilot Officer Karrel was the son of Morris and Sarah Karrell of Sydney, NS. Having trained in Canada and receiving his Air Bombers Badge on July 9, 1943, Pilot Officer Karrel went overseas in July 1943 and was assigned to RAF Trainees Pool on August 25, 1943. He sent overseas arriving in the United Kingdom on September 1, 1943 and joined 421 Squadron on May 29, 1944On of night of July 28/29, 1944, Pilot Officer Karrel, serving with 431 Squadron, was the Air Bomber on an operational bombing flight over Hamburg. The aircraft failed to return to base. He and had eleven sorties and a total of forty-eight operational hours over enemy territory.In 1947 it was determined that the aircraft had been shot down by a German fighter plane near Hohenaspe, Germany. Six of the crew were killed and buried in a cemetery at Hohenaspe, later reburied in the Kiel War Cemetery.