James Waldron "Wally" Creeden
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- Collection of black and white photographs and a funeral card pertaining to James Waldron "Wally" Creeden who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
1987.0017.01: Black and white photograph of four men dressed in Royal Canadian Air Force uniforms, standing outdoors, circa 1940 to 1942. Reverse labeled “L[eft] to R[ight]: Jack Layden, Wally Creeden, Stan Dutchburn, Ray Dutchburn”.
1992.0009.01: Black and white photograph of four men in Royal Canadian Air Force flying uniforms and equipment, standing in front of an aircraft, circa 1940 to 1942. Wally is the second from the right.
1992.0009.02: Black and white photograph of four Royal Canadian Air Force servicemen standing and one sitting in front of a water truck, laughing and looking or pointing into the distance, circa 1940 to 1942. Wally is the first on the left, wearing Sergeant Insignia, and a Radio Operators “Sparks” badge.
1992.0009.03: Black and white photograph of four Royal Canadian Air Force servicemen standing and in front of an aircraft, circa 1940 to 1942. Wally is the first on the left, wearing Sergeant Insignia, and a Radio Operators “Sparks” badge.
1992.0009.04: Black and white matted photograph of the Creeden family. From left to right: James Walter (father) seated, two sisters, James Waldron, and Elsie Elvira [Wallace] (mother).
1992.0009.06: Black and white photograph of Mrs. Creeden receiving her son’s Distinguished Flying Medal.
1992.0009.07: Black and white photograph of the grave of Wally Creeden’s covered with flowers, with eight family members standing behind.
“In Remembrance” card with a poem and funeral information pertaining to James Waldron Creeden.
- Born on 4 February 1922, James “Wally” Waldron was the eldest of three and oldest son of James W. and Elsie E. Creeden on Paris, Ontario.
Wally enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and became one of the youngest men to earn his pilot wings at the age of eighteen after graduating from No. 6 Service Flying Training School (S.F.T.S.) in Dunnville, Ontario. He served overseas with the 407 “Demon” Squadron under the Royal Air Force Coastal Command, known for its daring and courageous deeds, attacking German shipping and planes. He served in the same squadron as John “Jack” Chapple Tate, also from Paris, Ontario.
On 12 February 1942, he carried out a mission attacking enemy naval forces, including the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau battleships, off the Dutch coast. The close range attack required a great deal of determination, skill, and courage, and for that, he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal on 8 May 1942.
Only a week later on 16 May 1942 while carrying out his 31st mission in the Frisian Islands, his Hudson aircraft was heavily damaged. He was forced to make an emergency landing near the Conningsby aerodrome at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, and the aircraft crashed and burned, killing all crew members instantly (F.O R.K. Howson, FS.s J.H. Powell, J.A. Easton, and D.E. Parks). Wally was twenty years old, and was buried at the Great Bircham (St. Mary) Church in Norfolk, England. His military service also earned him the 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, and War Medal 1939-45.
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- Creeden, James Waldron "Wally"
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- 1987.0017.01; 1992.0009.01; 1992.0009.02; 1992.0009.03; 1992.0009.04; 1992.0009.06; 1992.0009.07
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England, United Kingdom
Latitude: 53 Longitude: -2
Latitude: 43.2 Longitude: -80.38333
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