McCartney, George William
|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of William Murdoch McCartney and Janet McCartney (née Gibson), of Claireville, Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada.
|Handley Page Halifax III
|Brookwood Military Cemetery
|43. E. 7.
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Canadian Air Force
|Country of Origin
|Adjacent to Clubhouse, Breighton Airfield, East Yorkshire
|Inscribed Marble Tablet
|Dedicated to all who served at this airfield and gave their lives during World War II
|External, All Saints Church, Bubwith, East Yorkshire
|Stone Memorial, inscribed Metal Plaque
|78 Sqn 4 Group Bomber Command Yorkshire 1939 - 1945 To All Who Served
|Internal, All Saints Church, Bubwith, East Yorkshire
|Inscribed Wooden Board, Memorial Chapel featuring Cross made from Halifax wreckage
|The 78 Sqn Memorial in the Churchyard was dedicated by the Bishop of Selby on 7th September 1986. RAF Breighton, two miles from this church was the Sqn's home from June 1943 to May 1945
|Outside "B" Hangar, RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
|Memorial Stone & Inscribed Slate Plaque
|In proud memory of all who have lost their lives serving with 78 Sqn Royal Air Force "Nemo Non Paratus - Nobody Unprepared"
|George was born on 11 April 1912 at Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire in Scotland. His parents were born at Smallriggs, Lochmaben and made their home in Claireville, Kent County, New Brunswick after emigrating to Canada. Sadly his mother died in 1924 and his next-of-kin is shown on his enlistment papers as his sister Marion McCartney Little. The family lived in Scotland for 18 years. George’s younger sister Jean had died in 1915 aged 18 months. His sister Marion’s husband was also named George. His schooling was at Johnstonebridge School, Primary and at The Academy, Lockerbie. In Canada he worked for Dan Geddes and in the winter he carried out Team work building roads, camps and teaming, in the summer he was trucking and anything else that needed doing, such as hauling pulpwood, lumbering and hauling cedar.
|George enlisted on 2 April 1940 and after training was sent to the U.K. He embarked from Halifax on 26 August 1943 and arrived at 3PRC on 2 September 1943. He was then at 5 AOS 19 October 1943, 23 OTU 23 November 1943, 61 Base 19 March 1944 and 78 Squadron 28 April. George was sadly to lose his life on 26 August 1944.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
|Record of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/661/16
|Summary of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/661/15
Last Operation Information
|Night (40% moon)
|Gardening off la Rochelle, France. One of 6 Halifaxes
|Reason for Loss
|Crashed into a quarry near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on return to base