20 March 2018. The Canadian High Commission in Ghana has remembered the eight (8) Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) crew who died in Ghana in line of duty on September 7, 1943 at the Christianborg War Cemetery at Osu on Tuesday, 20 March 2018.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Her Excellency Heather Cameron who laid wreath on behalf of the Canadian Government in a brief speech said the eight (8) RCAF Pilots died after successfully completing their ferry flight mission over the Atlantic. She noted that shortly after departing Accra, the aircraft crashed in the dark killing all passengers on board.
She added, the RCAF Pilots joined a long list of Canadians serving during the Second World War who lost their lives on the African Continent.
She commended the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Department of Parks and Gardens for the well beautifully maintained, dignified and serene resting place for military members who had sacrificed so much in the service for their country.
As part of the commemoration, personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy who were in the country to participate with other Gulf of Guinea States in a joint Military Exercise code named Obangamy also joined the Canadian High Commission to honour the fallen heroes.
Lt Cdr Emily Lambert and Lt Cdr Matt Woodburn both Commanding Officers of Her Majesty Canadian Ship Kingston and Summerside read a message on behalf of the fallen heroes.
Other members present were the Counsellor (Political) at the Canadian Embassy in Ghana Mr Pasquale Salvaggio, personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy Ship and personnel from the Ghana Navy.