Who remembers Stanley Ernest Messum?

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial does.

In memory of
Flying Officer
Stanley Ernest Messum
April 6, 1945

Military Service:

Service Number: J/19447
Age: 29
Force: Air Force
Unit:Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 443 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of Henry Clifford Messum and of Lydia Florence Messum (nee Pallot), of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Husband of Daisy Denise Messum.

Grave Reference:14. A. 15.>

Jim O’Toole also remembers…

443 group picture 1945

Stan Messum pictured on top of plane was killed in later April.


17 thoughts on “Who remembers Stanley Ernest Messum?

  1. At the end of January, F/L H. P. Fuller became tour expired and Don Walz took over ‘B’ Flight. In February, F/L A. Hunter, F/O P. E. H. Ferguson, F/O L. B. Foster, F/L R. B. Henderson, F/L J. R. Irwin and F/L P. G. Blades followed Fuller. F/L L. E. Hunt replaced Blades as “A” Flight Commander. The squadron also lost P/O R. L. Gaudet, posted out on medical grounds. This left only Phil Bockman, Fairfield, and Don Walz of the original twenty pilots posted overseas from Canada a year earlier. Replacement pilots were F/L J. C. Turcott, F/O’s J. Collins, H. A. Greene, M. J. S. Clow, S. E. Messum, G. A. McDonald, J. W. O’Toole, and WO C. J. Grant. As well, F/O C. E. Glover, Hornet adjutant, was replaced by P/O C. W. Kroeker.


    As the armies swept forward into north-western Germany, the fighter squadrons of 2nd TAF followed close behind. After twelve days in Eindhoven, the Hornets flew to Rheine for a day as the Wing advanced to Diepholz for a fortnight before advancing to Reinsehien for a few days of operations. Despite these moves, the squadron peaked to 829 sorties and the pilots flew 1244 hours, which was almost as high as the two previous months combined!

    Persistent poor weather in early April necessitated weather recces to see if conditions were fit for operations. On one of these missions, F/O S. E. Messum was killed by enemy flak.


  2. Stanley Messum was my uncle on my Father’s side. I was able to visit his grave site in Kleve, Germany in 2011. Also have pics of his brother, Roy ( my father) visiting the same cemetery in the 50’s.

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