Royal Canadian Air Force
Victoria, British Columbia
Died: Jul 29,1944
Chaumousey Communal Cemetery; Vosges, France
Peter Joseph Biollo, born September 1, 1923 at Edmonton, Alberta, grew up there where he completed his education at St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1939. Single, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he worked as a sheet metal worker at Pacific Sheet Metal Works before enlisting at Vancouver, British Columbia June 1, 1942.
Commissioned May 14, 1943, Biollo served with the Royal Canadian Air Force attached to No. 576 (R.A.F.) Squadron (Carpe Diem) as a Flying Officer (Air Bomber) during the Second World War. Part of No. 1 Group, RAF Bomber Command and based at RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, England, the heavy bomber squadron flew Lancaster aircraft over France and Germany. On July 29, 1944, Flying Officer (Air Bomber) Peter Joseph Biollo died after his Lancaster crashed in the Renauvoid Forest, west of Epinal, France while en route to bomb Stuttgart, Germany. One of 494 Lancasters taking part in the night raid when he was shot down by Luftwaffe night fighters, Biollo is commemorated at the Chaumousey Communal Cemetery in northern France and on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall, Nanton, Alberta.
Son of Peter Paul and Doris May (nee Caswell) Biollo of Edmonton; brother of Raymond, Miriam, Frances, Elvera, Ramona, Doloris, Loretta and Barbara Biollo; he was 20 years old. Citation(s): 1939-1945 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp.
"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave." -Joseph Rodman Drake