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Allen, Robert Steven John
Nepean, Ontario
Died: Jan 29,1989

Commemorated at
Book of Remembrance, Canada

Robert ‘Bob’ Steven John Allen, born May 2, 1964 at Iserlohn, Germany, grew up in Ontario where he enlisted March 7, 1985. Allen served with the Canadian Armed Forces attached to the Canadian Airborne Regiment (Ex Cœlis) as a Corporal (Supply Technician) during Peacetime. Based at CFB Petawawa, Ontario, the Canadian Airborne Regiment was part of the Airborne Battle Group that took part in search and rescue reconnaissance and defence operations in Canada. In 1989, the regiment participated in Brim Frost 89, a joint Canadian-United States winter military exercise. Operating Canadian C-130 Hercules aircraft, the Canadian Airborne Regiment operated between Edmonton, Alberta and the Fairbanks-Fort Wainwright Army Post in Alaska. On January 29, 1989, Corporal Robert Steven John Allen died after his Hercules crashed while on approach to the Fort Wainwright Airport after encountering ice fog and plummeting temperatures that reached 50 degrees Celsius without the windchill. Killed instantly, Allen is commemorated on Page 185 of the In The Service of Canada Book of Remembrance, Ontario, and on the Logistics Branch Roll of Honour, CFB Petawawa, Ontario. Husband of Yvette Allen and father of Shaun and Christopher Allen; he was 24 years old. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

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