Raymond ChatsonAircraftman 2nd ClassR/165519Royal Canadian Air ForceFebruary 9, 1924Schumacher, OntarioApril 25, 1942Galt, OntarioGalt, Ontario175 feet, 6 inchesMediumGreenDark BrownSingleTrainee, Galt Aircraft SchoolRoman CatholicJohn Chatson (Father) Schumacher, OntarioOctober 14, 194218 (Lost at Sea)Ottawa Memorial
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Raymond Chatson was the son of John Chatson and Shirley Alfreta (Farrell) Chatson of Schumacher, Ontario. Following enlistment on April 25, 1942 and training in Ontario, Raymond was assigned to RCAF Boxwood, Newfoundland, in October 1942. He was en route from No.1 Technical Training School (RCAF St. Thomas) at St. Thomas, Ontario and was a passenger on the SS Caribou crossing from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland on October 14, 1942. The Caribou was A single torpedo struck the SS Caribou, at 3:40 am, causing the ship’s boilers to explode and sinking the passenger ship in four minutes. Of the two hundred and thirty-seven aboard the SS Caribou, one hundred and thirty-six perished, including fifty-seven military personnel. The body of Aircraftman 2nd Class Raymond Chtason was never recovered.