The fog of war – 25 December 1944: “Sandy” Borland (416) Shot Down by T-Bolt

Editor’s  note

This was posted  in 2011. It  was  the first  time  that I  had heard  about  such a story  before.

I am sure you browsed though Greg’s first scanned pages of his grandfather’s logbook.

“Sandy” Borland (416) Shot Down by T-Bolt

If you did then you will not be surprised to read this obituary.

In memory of Flying Officer

ALEXANDER GEORGE  BORLAND
who died on December 25, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number: J/25780

Age: 21

Force: Air Force

Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Division: 416 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of John and Jessie Borland, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

There were very few information about the death of this pilot…

Until Greg sent me this…

 

I was shocked when I read this entry in the logbook.

“Sandy” Borland (416) Shot Down by T-Bolt

This is a T-Bolt…

This is what I found on Google Books about the incident…

This is Flying Officer Alexander George Borland…

He was just 21..

Sandy” Borland (416) Shot Down by T-Bolt…on Christmay Day…!

Air Force Casualties

Ottawa, Jan. 9, 1945 – The Department of National Defense for Air today issued Casualty List No. 1086 of the Royal Canadian Air Force, showing next of kin of those named from Ontario include:
Missing After Air Operations (Believed Killed)

BORLAND, Alexander George, FO. J. L. Borland (father), Guelph

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Air Force Casualties

Ottawa, Aug. 14, 1945 — The Department of National Defense for Air today issued casually lists Nos. 1,254 and 1,255 of the Royal Canadian Air Force, showing next-of-kin of those named from Ontario include:
Previously Missing Believed Killed, now Officially Presumed Dead

BORLAND, Alexander George, FO. J. L. Borland (father), Guelph

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Comment section

Comments are most of the time unread by readers who are reading this blog.

That’s the reason I post some comments as full-length articles.

John Le May has been commenting a lot since he has been  reading the  blog, and his comments are as precious  as all his documents and photos he shared.

This is the comment he left last week…

Good morning Pierre,

When I arrived in England in October 42, I was in Bournemouth for a couple of weeks then to the 401 Squadron. The CO was Keith Hodgson who I remember eventually went to NORAD.  Later died in a crash.

John

I went looking for this pilot since I  knew a pilot whose name was Hodgson.

hodgson

 John Hodgson killed in 1944

He was not the one.

The pilot who John was referring  to was Keith  Hodson.

Someone has already paid homage to him.

Click  here.