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Wenford Maxwell Ritchie
Wenford Maxwell Ritchie Pilot Officer J/90667 433 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force April 20, 1923 Kentville, Kings Co., NS September 11, 1941 Halifax, NS October 6, 1944 21 Reichswald Forest Cemetery, Germany 8. B. 10. Commemorated on page 228 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 10 Pilot Officer Ritchie was the son of Wenford Evans Ritchie and Grace Marion (Spears) Ritchie, of Kentville, NS. The Halifax aircraft LW129 of 433 Squadron with a crew of seven left base at 4 pm on October 6, 1944 on an operational attack against Dortmund, Germany and failed to return. Pilot Officer Ritchie was acting as Air Gunner on the flight. It was later determined that three members of the crew survived the crash and four members of the crew, including Pilot Officer Ritchie, were initially buried in the North Cemetery at Dusseldorf. The remains were reburied in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery.