George Arthur Wood J/94668Pilot Officer12 RAF Squadron, Royal Canadian Air ForceDecember 1, 1925 Fredericton, NBSeptember 4, 1943 Montreal QuebecHartford, Connecticut, US17 5 feet, 8 inchesMediumBlueBrownSingleStudentChurch of EnglandNora Wood (Mother) Hartford, Connecticut, USFebruary 7, 194519Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, NetherlandsXVII. A. 10.Commemorated on Page 577 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on December 2George Arthur Wood was the adopted son of Stanley Harold Wood, and of Nora (Sears) Wood. His father, Stanley, was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and served during World War I. The family lived in Fredericton, New Brunswick where George was born; however, when he was four months old the family moved to the United States and lived in Hartford, Connecticut.At age seventeen, George returned to Montreal, Quebec, and enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He trained in Canada and received his Air Gunner Badge on March 24, 1944. He embarked Halifax on May 25, 1944 and disembarked in the United Kingdom on June 2, 1944. He served with 83 OTU (Operational Training Unit) from June 20, 1944 to September 10, 1944 and was then taken on strength with 12 RAF Squadron on October 30, 1944. On the night of February 7/8 Pilot Officer Wood was the Upper Air Gunner on Lancaster aircraft NF 925 that departed RAF Station Wickenby for bombing operations over Kleve, Germany. The aircraft failed to return to base. It was later determined the aircraft, hit by flax, crashed in the vicinity of Oss in the southern Netherlands. All seven members of the crew including George Arthur Wood were killed. The bodies were initially buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Nistelrode, approximately five miles south of Oss and post-war, re-buried in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.
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