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Claude Berges
Male 1916 - 1944


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  • Birth  1916  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Military  WW2 
    Religion  1921  St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Roman Catholic 
    Died  22 Apr 1944  , Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misfortune  9 Feb 1945  Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    shot down and killed over Nazi-occupied Norway 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-305911 
    Person ID  I305911  Generations
    Last Modified  24 May 2018 

    Father  Eugene Anthony Berges,   b. Jul 1879, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1949 
    Mother  Edith Schwalm,   b. 7 Nov 1880, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960 
    Family ID  F168013  Group Sheet

    Family  Hilda Delaney,   b. CA 1917 
    Family ID  F54996  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • .....Pilot Rex Myrick , 22, lifted off from northern Scotland on a warm, clear afternoon. Navigator Claude Berges , 27, sat in the seat behind him.

      Their twin-engine, heavy fighter had loaded cannons, rockets under the wings, and a rare target.

      A reconnaissance patrol had spotted a German destroyer in a Norwegian fiord north of Bergen. It was supported by at least nine escort vessels.

      Nazi Germany had little navy left. It was three months from defeat. But it was still a formidable foe, desperate to maintain Norwegian shipping lanes that supplied iron ore for the German war machine.

      The Allies felt they had to attack.

      Rex and Berg, as he liked to be called, belonged to 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force . Its motto was "Ready to Fight."

      Both had trained for years, but had yet to face the enemy. They had crewed together for just two months.

      Pairing them made sense. Both were sons of southern Ontario merchants. Rex's father owned a butter-making creamery in Tillsonburg. Berg's father owned a bakery in downtown Kitchener, at Weber and Frederick streets.

      You could call them bread and butter. Perhaps that's how Rex felt when he picked Berg to be his navigator.

      "I think we'll get along fine together," Rex wrote to his parents.

      Berg had attended Kitchener Collegiate Institute. He pondered becoming a pharmacist. When he enlisted to fight, he joined the army before switching to the air force.

      In 1943, he married in Quebec City while training there. He left his bride Hilda to go overseas. The couple had no children.....

      Outhit, J. (2018). Ring brings back memories of shot-down pilot. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 9 February 2018, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8125592-ring-brings-back-memories-of-shot-down-pilot/

  • Sources 
    1. [S2121] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1921, Woolwich Twp. 1921 Sub Dist. 14 Page 13.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1916 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1921 - St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - shot down and killed over Nazi-occupied Norway - 9 Feb 1945 - Norway Link to Google Earth
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