Name:Rank:Service No: Service: Date of Birth:Place of Birth:Date of Enlistment:Place of Enlistment:Address at Enlistment:Age at Enlistment:Height:Complexion:Eye Colour:Hair Colour:Trade:Marital Status: Religion:Next of Kin:Date of Death: Age at Death:Cemetery: Grave Reference:
Kenneth David Tucker Pilot OfficerJ/89456Royal Canadian Air Force419 SquadronAugust 10, 1923East Amherst, NSAugust 31, 1942Moncton RCAF Recruiting CentreAmherst, NS185 feet, 7 inchesDarkBrownDark BrownClerk in Engineering Co., StoreSingleUnited ChurchJennie May Tucker (Mother) Amherst, NSApril 28, 194420Maastricht General Cemetery, Limburg, NetherlandsRow 1, Grave 94 Commemorated on page 465 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 6Kenneth David Tucker was the son of Arthur Floyd and Jennie May (Mitchell) Tucker, of Amherst, NS. He completed grade ten at the East Amherst School in 1940 and was then employed by Robb’s Engineering Works Ltd., Amherst 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 Tucker as Air Gunner and Pilot Officer Edmund Ronald Dujay, Air Gunner of Joggins Mines, 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:“During the 4½ months your son was with us he took part in 18 sorties against the enemy, those including several attacks on the enemy’s most valuable and heavily defended areas. He was a very steady lad with a really good knowledge of his job and that, combined with his cheerful and determined manner, made him a very popular and valuable Squadron member whose services we are very 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.