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Remembering World War II Richard Clement Powell Royal Canadian Air Force
Richard Clement Powell Aircraftman Second Class R/210550 Royal Canadian Air Force June 19, 1924 Summerland, British Columbia December 8, 1942 No. 1 Recruiting Centre, Vancouver, BC Summerland, British Columbia 18 5 feet, 10 inches Fair Brown Brown Single Labourer Baptist Walter Reese Powell (Father) March 9, 1943 18 Peach Orchard Cemetery, Summerland, BC Plot 119, Grave 4
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Richard Clement Powell was the son of Walter Rees Powell and Edna May Powell, of Summerland, British Columbia. His father was Welsh, born in Brynmawr, in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales. His mother was born in Liberty, Union County, Indiana, in the USA. Richard had three brothers – Walter Boyer Powell, George Ernest Powell and Rees Kenneth Powell, and a sister Mary Agnes (Powell) Johnston. Richard’s brother Rees also served in the RCAF, as a pilot (Service No. R/133420), serving in PEI and Quebec. Richard had always lived with his parents, for the most part in Summerland, BC. They did reside for a time in Shelton, in Mason County, Washington in the US, and Richard completed a year of technical school there after high school in 1941/1942. Richard served with the Cadets while in High School. He enjoyed skiing and football. He worked for Walker’s Limited as a nailer from May to November of 1942. After enlisting December, 8, 1942, Richard was granted leave from December 9, 1942 to April 4, 1943. While posted on approved leave without pay, he was working for Bloedel, Stewart and Welsh at a lumber camp in Great Central, BC, and was killed accidentally by a crane at the job site. Aircraftman Second Class Richard Clement Powell was interred at the Peach Orchard Cemetery, in Summerland, British Columbia, with four other Second World War casualties.