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Fernie, John Robert Bruce
Corporal
Royal Canadian Air Force
Aspen Beach, Alberta
Bentley, Alberta
Died: Nov 4,1941

Commemorated at
Ottawa Memorial, Canada

John Robert Bruce Fernie, born January 14, 1914 at Wiesville (present-day Aspen Beach), Alberta and completed his education at Woodynook School in Lacombe County, in 1929. A mechanic by trade, Fernie worked for James Hansen Garage & Service Station at Bentley, Alberta before enlisting at Edmonton, Alberta February 3, 1940. Fernie served with the Royal Canadian Air Force attached to No. 5 Squadron (Volando Vincimus) as a Corporal during the Second World War. Part of Eastern Air Command, the No. 5 Squadron operated Canadian Vickers Stranraer on anti-submarine and coastal defence reconnaissance off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada. On November 4, 1941, Corporal John Robert Bruce Fernie died after his Stranraer aircraft crashed on Mount Baldwin near Squamish, British Columbia during a cross-country aircraft delivery. The No. 5 Squadron had been en route from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to Patricia Bay, British Columbia when encountering dense snow. Fernie is commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial, Ontario and on a cairn at the crash site on Mount Baldwin, British Columbia. Son of George and Martha (nee Jefferies) Fernie; brother of Jessie Margaret, Ernest Andrew, Rosaline Martha, Walter Weir and Dorothy Fernie; former husband of Violet Helen (nee Heinz) Fernie and father of Kenneth Nielsen Fernie; he was 27 years old. Citation(s): War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example" - Benjamin Disraeli

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