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Webb, David Arthur

    Date of birth:
    January 11th, 1922 (Fairmount/Saskatchewan, Canada)
    Date of death:
    September 21st, 1944 (Volkel, the Netherlands)
    Buried on:
    Commonwealth War Graves Roman Catholic Cemetery Zeeland
    Grave: 1.
    Nationality:
    Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

    Biography

    Servicenumber J-90424

    David Arthur Webb was the second son in the family of John and Edith Webb. He was born on January 11, 1922 in Fairmount, Saskatchewan, Canada. He received his education at the country school of Ealingford and McKenzie High school in Kindersley. After graduating, he joined the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Kindersley on august 1, 1941. On August 25, 1941 he voluntary enlisted in the RCAF to be trained as a pilot. He was trained in Brandon Manitoba, Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Edmonton Alberta and Clareshome Alberta. He was then transferred to the Postal Command in Summerside PEI and Debert N.S.. In May 1943, David was transferred to Europe to participate in the war. In September 1943 he was transferred to Transport Command. In March 1944 he followed as many service men an intensive training on a British RAF-station to prepare for an upcoming invasion. The training consisted of pulling gliders, carrying paratroopers and other military supplies. On July 13, 1943 he was promoted to Pilot Officer (P/O). His first job in enemy territory was to carry gliders. On September 19, 1944, during the Battle of Arnhem, he carried paratroopers to the frontline and returned safely to England in a badly damaged aircraft. Just two days later during a similar mission, he had less luck. After dropping supplies, the aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters. David and his co-pilot went down with the aircraft which crashed in Volkel. They were temporarily buried in a field grave and were later reburied in the cemetery in Zeeland, where they are resting till today.

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