John Luther "Jack" Cornell

RCAF   Sgt.

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Jack & friend "Dick" at Mossbank with 135 Squadron

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Jack Cornell getting his wings

Wings Given at Dunnville

Dunnville, 15 Aug. 1942 — "Wherever you go, remember one never finishes learning to fly. The more you know about flying, the more you will find you don't know," Wing-Cmdr. V. H. Patriarche, officer commanding No. 6 Service Flying Training school, R.C.A.F., told a class of graduating fighter pilots at a "wings" parade yesterday afternoon. Telling them that members of the class were being posted to many places, both in Canada and overseas, he urged that, no matter what their job might be, they do it to the best of their ability always. "It is absolutely essential," he said, "that when a man becomes a pilot he be able to assume any of the jobs that may be required of him. Some of the jobs will be boring, some intensely interesting and some hard." He reminded them that a tremendous group of people are required to keep the aircraft up and that to every one of them "a great deal of credit must be given."


Born 25 February 1921 in Hamilton, Ontario
Son of Herbert Stanley & Elsie Mae (Bennett) Cornell
- of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Enlisted 3 September 1941 in Hamilton, Ontario
Winged 14 August 1942 at No. 6 SFTS Dunnville
Sent to 135 Squadron at Mossbank
Killed 28 December 1942 while practicing attacks
- between Salt Spring Island & Galliano Island
His body was never recovered, he is
He is commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial,
- Green Island, Ottawa, Ontario, panel 1, column 5


Mom, Ken & Jack
Jack (on the right) with his Mother & Brother Ken after the wings ceremony at Dunnville


Air Force Casualties

Ottawa, 10 Aug. 1943 (CP) — The R.C.A.F. reported tonight in its 650th casualty list of the war, containing 29 names, that three men were killed on active service overseas, 11 are missing on active service after air operations overseas, and one man previously reported missing on active service overseas now is reported safe. Following is the latest list of casualties, with next of kin:

CORNELL, John Luther, Sgt. Previously reported missing on active service overseas (sic), now for official purposes presumed dead. H. S. Cornell (father), Moose Jaw, Sask.




Thanks to Richard (& Ken Cornell) for the pix & info !

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