To Honour Canada's Military

RCAF RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Motto: Such is the pathway to the stars

Between 1939 and 1945, the Royal Canadian Air Force enlisted 232,000 men and 17,000 women and operated 86 squadrons, including 47 overseas. Canadians flew bomber, fighter, reconnaissance, transport, and other missions around the world. Tens of thousands of Canadian air crew also served with Britain’s Royal Air Force and Canadian fighter aircraft participated in the epic Battle of Britain in 1940. For the rest of the war, Canadian fighter-bombers attacked coastal areas in German-occupied Europe while Canadian heavy bombers struck at targets much further inland. In addition, Canadian maritime patrol bombers based in Canada, Newfoundland, Iceland and Britain fought German submarines. By 1945, the R.C.A.F. had grown to be the world’s fourth- largest air force. More than 17,000 Canadian airmen perished during the war.
RAF Fighter Command RAF Fighter Command
Motto: Offence Defence

RAF Fighter Command was one of the commands of the Royal Air Force. It was formed in 1936 to allow more specialised control of fighter aircraft. It served throughout the Second World War. It earned great fame during the Battle of Britain in 1940, when the Few held off the Luftwaffe attack on Britain. The Command continued until 17 November 1943, when it was disbanded and the RAF fighter force was split into two categories; defence and attack. The defensive force became Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB) and the offensive force became the RAF Second Tactical Air Force. Air Defence of Great Britain was later renamed Fighter Command.
404 Squadron 404 Squadron
Motto: Ready to fight

The squadron was formed at Thorney Island in Sussex, England on 15 April 1941 under Royal Air Force operational control. Tasked with coastal patrol and attack, the squadron flew the Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV & later the Beaufighter. From May 1944 to September 1944 they were based at RAF Davidstow Moor in Cornwall, England.

As part of the RAF Dallachy strike wing of four Beaufighter-equipped squadrons, they took part in an attack on German ships on the Norwegian coast on 9 February 1945. The ships included a destroyer and "flak" ships as well as merchantmen. The ships were located in a fjord and German fighter aircraft scrambled in defence. As a result of the heavy losses to the Dallachy Wing the attack was subsequently called "Black Friday". The squadron disbanded on 25 May 1945.

Battle Honours
Atlantic 1941–45 * English Channel and North Sea, 1941–45 * Baltic 1944–45 * Normandy 1944 * Biscay 1943–44
F/O Forestell Robert Samuel
Rank: Flying Officer
Pilot – A qualified pilot flew the aircraft and in the Royal Air Force was usually the captain (function not rank) of the crew, making the key operational decisions even if his rank was junior to other members of the crew. Fighter Pilots flew alone as the planes were smaller and faster and designed to be operated by a single pilot.

The pilot was often a commissioned officer but he could hold any rank from Sergeant up to Group Captain. Officers of higher rank did occasionally fly operationally but were discouraged from doing so due to concerns of them being taken prisoner. Captains were often informally referred to by their crews as Skipper or Skip. A pilot wore the traditional double-winged brevet "pilot's wings" on his tunic above his left breast pocket.

Service Number: J/24962
Born: Dec 08, 1919 Coniston, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: World War 2
Service: RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Air Command: RAF Fighter Command
Squadron: 404 Squadron
Service Details :

1939-45 Star
The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
France And Germany Star
The Star was awarded for one day or more of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany between 06 June 1944 (D-Day) and 08 May 1945.
Defence Medal
Although the medal was usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945, the exact terms were: Service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, providing such service lasted for three or more years. Service overseas or outside the country of residence, providing that such service lasted for one year, except in territories threatened by the enemy or subject to bomb attacks, in which case it was six months prior to 02 September 1945. Under the terms of this last condition, Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. The qualifying period in mine and bomb disposal was three months. Canadians serving in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified for this medal. Those awarded the GC or GM for civil defence received this medal. Home Guard and others in Britain qualified for this medal.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.
War Medal (1939-45)
The War Medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces and merchant marines for serving for 28 days between 03 September 1939 and 02 September 1945. In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been served at sea.

Service Notes:
Pre/Post War: Flying Officer Forestell held a Bachelor of Science as a Mining Engineer. Brother of Sergeant Thomas Bernard Forestell, Royal Candian Air Force, killed while on a navigation exercise in Canada on March 20, 1944 and Warrant Officer 2nd Class Daniel Arthur Forestell, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in action on 5 April 1943. Mrs. Lena Forestell was named the National Silver Cross Mother in 1958, having lost three sons in the Second World War.
Relatives on this site:
(Brother) WO II Forestell, T B - World War 2 (Brother) WO II Forestell, D A - World War 2

Deceased: August 08, 1944 at Bay of Biscay, France
Marker: Grave 11
Obituary: Son of Daniel and Lena Forestell, of Coniston, Ontario.
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Researched By: Sean Wilson
Additional research by: Shirley Stone

F/O Robert Samuel Forestell
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Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

1939-45 Star
France And Germany Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)

Page 306 from WW2
Book of Remembrance

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