Name:George Demetrius Coe (Kegereko)Service No: R/109811Rank:Warrant Officer Class II (Wireless Operator & Air Gunner)Service:Royal Canadian Air ForceDate of Birth:April 17, 1919Place of Birth:Glace Bay, Cape Breton, NSDate of Enlistment:July 7, 1941Place of Enlistment:Windsor, OntarioAddress at Enlistment:Windsor, OntarioAge at Enlistment:22Trade at Enlistment:ClerkReligion:AnglicanMarital Status:MarriedNext of Kin:Gladys Amy Coe, [Wife] Windsor, OntarioDate of Death:June 22, 1943Age at Death:24Cemetery:Jonkerbos War Cemetery, NetherlandsGrave Reference:11. I. 7.Commemorated on Page 147 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplay in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 28George Demetrius Coe was the son of John Emmanuel (1855-1940) and Annie Isabel (Lloyd) Coe (1887-1964) and husband of Gladys May Coe (1920-1963), of Windsor, Ontario.George’s father John was from the Greek island of Crete and emigrated from Athens to Canada (the family’s actual surname was Kegereko). George’s mother was from Liverpool, England. George married Gladys May Johnson August 27, 1938 in Windsor, Ontario. He indicated on his marriage certificate he was working as a messenger at the time. Their son George Stewart Coe was born March 28, 1939.At enlistment George Demetrius indicated that he had served as a drummer with the Boys Brigade for 11 years and was a “Lieutenant and well-acquainted with military drills”. He listed hockey, baseball, football and swimming as sports he enjoyed. He was working for CPR Communications doing clerical work in Windsor, Ontario from May of 1937 until he enlisted. He wrote on his application, “I figure that even if I am only a 5 feet 5 inches fellow, there will be more room for me in the gunner’s position in the plane. I also love democracy.”George Demetrius trained at the Bombing and Gunnery School in Jarvis, Ontario earning his Air Gunnery Badge April 10 and completing his training May 12, 1942.He disembarked in the UK June 11, 1942. On August 25, 1942 he transferred to Operational Training Unit 23. During his training with 23 OTU, his Wing Commander wrote that Coe was, “A hardworking operator when on duty in the air […], Very responsible and dependable quick in action and mentally alert”.He then joined 429 Squadron November 10, 1942.On the evening of March 12th / morning of 13th, 1943, the crew of Wellington MS487 were undertaking an operational flight to bomb Essen when it was slightly damaged by flak over the target, the crew brought the aircraft safely back to the UK and landed at base of East Moor at a minute past midnight. The crew were as follows:Pilot – Pilot Officer George Henri de Bussac RCAF (J/17554), of Lydden, SaskatchewanNavigator – Flying Officer Malcolm Burgess Spence RCAF (J/17487), of Toronto, OntarioBomb Aimer - Flying Officer William Arthur Follows RCAF (J/12302), of Toronto, OntarioWireless Operator - Sergeant George Demetrius Coe RCAFAir Gunner – Sergeant David Edwin Palmatier RCAF (R/116471), of Winnipeg, ManitobaThree months later, on June 22, 1943, all of the above were killed when Wellington HZ517 failed to return from Ops to Krefeld. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter over Holland with the loss of the whole crew and all are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Holland. 429 Squadron lost four aircraft on that night with seventeen aircrew killed.