DEWAR, PETER

Birthdate
Birthplace
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Age
29
Parents
Son of Thomas and Janet Dewar of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Clerk
Service number
J/88395
Engagement
1942-07-08
Disembarked
1943-07-01, United Kingdom
Date of death
1944-05-13
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Awards
Royal Canadian Air Force
Plot 4 | Row AA | Grave 3

"IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR PETER . "PEACE" WIFE AND SONS, MOTHER, DAD, BROTHERS & SISTER"

Military grave
Additional info

Awarded Air Bomber badge on 28 May, 1943.

Taken on strenght: 419 Squadron 61 Base on March 16, 1944.

On the night of 12th/13th May 1944, Lancaster KB.713, took off to attack Louvain (Leuven), Belgium. Nothing further was heard from this aircraft and its failure to return to base is presumed to be due to enemy action. This aircraft was airborne at 2200 hrs and its estimated time of return is 0240 hrs. The names of the missing crew are as follows: J/24243 Pilot Officer B.F. Edwards, Captain. J/22573 Flight Officer R.R. Campbell, Navigator. R/178160 Flight Sergeant P. Dewar, Air Bomber. R/118580 Flight Sergeant R.S. Smith, Wireless Operator. 1590317 Sergeant Carruthers, Flight Engineer. J/30164 Pilot Officer J.A. Webber, Air Gunner. J/38163 Pilot Officer H.E. Oddan, Rear Air Gunner.

On the 28th February, 1946 a visit was made to Reninghe, Belgium and the following witnesses interrogated: Antoine Mahieu, Eric Vaneecke, Gaston Debeir, Georges Hoorelbeke.

All declared that a four engined bomber had crashed at Reninghe (Hameau de Knocke) on the night of 12/13 May, 1944 at 01.00 hrs. This aircraft was apparently coming from the direction of the coast and believed to have been shot down by coastal Anti Aircraft Batteries. On impact with the ground the bombs exploded and the aircraft was blown to pieces.

Unrecognisable unidentified human remains were buried by the villagers in three small coffins in grave nr. 16 British plot Reninghe Belgian Military Cemetery. It was marked with a brown wooden cross on which was painted a Union Jack and the following lettering almost illegible. "Unbekant Fliegers 13 Mai 1944" (Unknown Aircrew 13 May 1944). 

DEWAR, PETER - ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE 419 SQDN
Peter Dewar, Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqdn.
DEWAR, PETER - ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
Peter, like so many Canadians, loved to play hockey. Ph. provided by niece Nancy.
DEWAR, PETER - ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
Peter and his wife Kathleen Merrie McIsaac Dewar. Ph. provided by niece Nancy.
DEWAR, PETER - ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
Mother Janet and Peter's eldest son visiting the first gravesite in 1948. Ph. provided by niece Nancy.
DEWAR, PETER - ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
Peter's brother David Dewar visiting the first gravesite in 1948. Ph. provided by niece Nancy.
DEWAR, PETER - ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
First gravesite. All the remains were found in 1 coffin and now re-buried in Campbell, Robert Roy's grave. Each crew member has his own grave marker (Adegem). R.S. Smith remains are buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery (found later). Ph. provided by niece Nancy.