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Deebank, Percy John (Aircraftman 1st Class)

Died 1940-November-08

Birth Date: 1920-August-06 (age 20)

Son of Samuel Joseph and Sadie Deebank, of Cornwall.

Home: Cornwall, Ontario

1 BGS- Bombing & Gunnery School
Jarvis, Ontario, Canada
Aircraftman 1st Class
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
AC1 Deebank went onto Lake Erie off Hoover Point, near Jarvis, Ontario in a canoe to recover a drogue. The canoe capsized and he was unable to make shore in very low temperature water with heavy clothing.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry " 1940-11-08

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Google MapCornwall, Ontario
Google MapNorth Branch Cemetery
Grave 45

1 BGS (1 Bomb and Gunnery School)

The Bombing and Gunnery School (B&GS) offered instruction in the techniques of bomb aiming and aerial machine gunnery to Air Observers, Bomb Aimers, and Wireless Air Gunners. These schools required large areas to accommodate their bombing and gunnery ranges, and were often located near water. The Avro Anson, Fairey Battle, Bristol Bolingbroke, and Westland Lysander were the standard aircraft used at B&GS schools.
1944 Navigation chart showing RCAF Jarvis and surrounding area. from:

RCAF Roundel - RCAF Station Jarvis Ontario

General RCAF Jarvis Blog

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