Flight Sergeant Alexander Devoy - 426 Squadron  
   

Flight Sergeant Alexander Devoy - RCAF

 

 Flight Sergeant Alexander Devoy was serving as Navigator on board Lancaster Mk.II DS840 coded OW-C during an operation to Nuremberg on March 30/31, 1944. The aircraft left Linton-on-Ouse at 2158hrs, joining a 68 mile long bomber stream of which 96 aircraft would fail to return.

 On reaching the target area the Lancaster was shot down by a night-fighter. It fell at Ermreuth, 4km WSW of Grafenberg, the entire crew was lost.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/L Walter Cracknell

RCAF

Pilot

Fort William, Ontario

-

Sgt Harold Wride

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Hull

24

F/Sgt Alexander Devoy

RCAF

Navigator

Cumberland,B.C.

23

Sgt Hubert Orr

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

-

30

W/O2 Milton Moosman

RNZAF

W/Op/AG

Wellington, New Zealand

23

F/O Leroy Robinson

RCAF

Air Gunner

Golden, B.C.

27

F/Sgt Roy Hancock

RCAF

Air Gunner

Ingersoll,Ontario

25

 ALEXANDER GORDON DEVOY was born in Cumberland, British Columbia, Canada April 12, 1920, the third child of five born to William Devoy and Mary Jane Kennedy. His father was born in Ireland and his mother in Scotland. They immigrated to Canada and were married in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 1910. Gordon’s older siblings were William (Bill) and Marguerite (Rita). Agnes and Elizabeth (Betty) were younger. When his mother died in 1929 Gordon was only 9 years old. His father hired a housekeeper to help with the children. He was educated in Cumberland and upon graduation he became a printer’s apprentice. He was known by his middle name of Gordon by family and friends.

 Gordon had a keen interest in photography and was an avid reader. He joined a Book of the Month Club. Some of the books he acquired were ‘I Married Adventure’ by Osa Johnson, ‘Complete Poems’ of Keats and Shelley, ‘Northwest Passage’ by Kenneth Roberts, ‘The Sun Never Sets’ by Malcolm Muggeridge and ‘Trelawny’ by Margaret Armstrong.

 Another interest was first aid, later, becoming a first aid man in a logging camp at Franklin River, B.C. where he and his brother worked. When he enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in May of 1941, he joined the Medical Corps and was stationed at Uplands, Ontario. In 1942 he re-mustered to Aircrew, graduating as a navigator from No. 1 A.O.S. in May 1943 when he was sent overseas.

Impressive Shadow Box of Alexander Devoy's Career

 Gordon had strong family values and wrote to his elder sister often, filling her in on his activities. On a leave, he was able to meet his Grandmother Devoy for the first time and forwarded presents, from her, to his family in Canada.

 He was buried at Fürth and was later relocated to Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany, grave 11-A-9.

 In memory of Canadian Armed Forces Second World War veterans from the Upper Fraser Valley who were killed in action, P/O Alexander Gordon Devoy, had a mountain named after him. Mount Devoy is just east of Laidlaw, British Columbia, Canada on the east side of the Fraser River, between Chilliwack and Hope, Yale Division, Yale Land District.

 

 

 
 

Photos and information courtesy of Richard Swanson, research by Linda Ibrom.