Last Post - Flight Officer John Edward Grant

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Source: reconstructed according to

Lost Bomber Report

Serial MZ807. 45 Halifax Mk.111. Part of a batch of 360 HP61 Halifax Mk.B.111. Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 23Jun44 and 14Jul44. MZ807 was initially issued to No.422 Sqdn. Airborne 1749 Dec. 02, 1944 from Skipton-on-Swale... Those killed are buried in Choloy War Cemetery. See below for images of the gravesite and headstone. F/S Mallory was treated for his injuries in a French Hospital.


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Photos of John Edward Grant are provided courtesy of Al Mallory, son of Lorne Mallory and Canadian Archives. They were clipped from the larger images.

Choloy Cemetery

Choloy War Cemetery was created as the last resting place of military personnel recovered from isolated sites and small churchyards in north-eastern France where permanent maintenance of the graves was not possible. It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The land was a gift from the people of France as shown in the plaque below.

choloy plaque - gift of people of france


In Memory of

J/39333, 433 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
who died age 31
on 02 December 1944
Son of James Louis and Anne Grant; husband of Harriette Calder Beckwith Grant, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Remembered with honour


Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission



The headstone of Flying Officer John Edward Grant beside Pilot W. H. Cook at Choloy War Cemetery, image courtesy of Al Mallory, Son of F/S Lorne Mallory. je grant headstone

ainsworth going to last flight

Flying Officer John Edward Grant was the only son of the late James Louis and Anne Grant of Toronto, Ontario. He was married to Harriette Calder Beckwith Grant, also of Toronto, Ontario. F/O John Edward Grant joined the Royal Canadian Airforce, and was trained as a navigator. He crewed up with the W.H. Cook crew of 433 Squadron. The crew departed at 17:00 hours for an operation near Hagen Germany, crashing in France at 23:00 hours on Dec 2/3, 1944. It was the first flight of the W.H. Cook crew in Halifax MZ 807. F/O Grant also had two sisters, Mrs. Graeme McCracken of Kingston, Ontario and Mrs.Marjorie Hughe.

Ops Report December 2/3, 1944

31 Halifaxes from 408, 415, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 429, 432, 433, and 434 squadrons were joined by 48 Lancasters from 419, 428 and 431 squadron on an attack at Hagen. The crews were over the target at between 16,000 and 18,000 feet, releasing 1,424,000 lbs of high explosives and 262,000 lbs of incendiaries. According to reports, bombing was accurate with severe damage being caused. A factory making batteries for U-Boats was completely destroyed. All crews commented on the severe icing to and from the target on this night.

Source: courtesy of Richard Koval


F/Lt W. Cook RCAF and crew, flying Halifax III MZ-807 coded BM-C, failed to return from this operation.

Sgt R. Ainsworth RAF

F/O J. Grant RCAF

F/O R. Shiells RCAF

F/O J. Pittman RCAF

F/Sgt L. Mallory RCAF– injured


6 crew were killed and one injured.


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The image below of Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Walter Herbert Cook's Headstone at Choloy is provided courtesy of The War Graves Photographic Project. The Project has kindly posted the photo of the crew with each crew's headstone on their site.

the wargraves photographic project logo

grant headstone image from war graves
Click here to see the "They Shall Not grow Old" entry for F/S John Edward Grant  

grant name at nanton


Canada's Bomber Memorial contains the names of 10,063 brave Canadian members of Bomber Command who died during World War II. To see images of the beautiful Memorial at Nanton, Alberta, click here. Toward the bottom of the second column of this panel one can see the name of John Edward Grant.

This image above from Canada's Bomber Command Memorial was taken by Lloyd and Susan Campbell.


Click here to see the "They Shall Not grow Old" entry for Flight Officer John Edward Grant.