Paying Homage to Wing Commander Ford, by Robert de Vries

Robert sent me these pictures and this message with them. I think it’s appropriate to share what he wrote about Wing Commander Ford.

Hi Pierre

Hereby my own pictures when I visited the grave of WCmd Ford.

I really kept some moments of silence remembering him, knowing the story, young age, career of WC Ford, all for the liberation of us here.

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On the other side, you can’t see it on the picture, were German graves (Vlieland Island had a big Flak regiment (500 pax) because above the island there was a route for Allied Bombers with destination Hamburg, Berlin …..).

I hope to get some more information about the crash and why L.S. Ford was buried in Vlieland (mailed the local historian).


Robert de Vries

In memory of
Wing Commander
who died on June 4, 1943 

Military Service:

Service Number: J/3712
Age: 22
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 402 City of Winnipeg Squadron
Honours and Awards:  Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information:

Son of Dr. Theodore Rupert Ford and Margaret Irene Ford, of Shelburne, Nova Scotia. B.A.

Wing Commander Ford was an ace, he was credited with destroying six enemy aircraft. He was killed when his Spitfire aircraft AA980 was shot down in the sea off Holland.