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Name: Reginald John Ward Hall
Birth Date: 10 December 1916
Birth Place: London, England
Residence Place: New Toronto, Ontario
Death Date: 21 March 1945
Service Number: C14919
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force
Rank: Flying Officer
Next of Kin: Hazel Lenora Hall
Son of John T. and Olive M. Hall of Long Branch, Ontario, Canada.
Flying Officer Hall was the navigator in the lead Mosquito #SZ 977 aircraft flown by RAF Wing Commander Peter Andrew KLEBOE DSO, DFC, AFC, the Commanding Officer of #21 Squadron.
This aircraft struck the flag pole on the Karlesburg Brewery in Copenhagen, blew up and crashed into the garage next to the target which was the headquarters for the Gestapo located in a convent school. Both airmen perished in the crash. The other five Mosquito aircraft with him successfully bombed the target. The second wave arrived a few seconds later and, seeing the smoke caused by Kleboe’s aircraft, bombed the school killing 123 pupils and teachers.
The Gestapo Headquarters was destroyed with heavy casualties including 7 patriots; 18 other patriots escaped. Four of the attacking aircraft were shot down by flak from the German cruiser ‘Nurnberg’ and from shore batteries.
Flying Officer Reginald John Ward Hall is commemorated on Page 521 of Canada’s Second World War Book of Remembrance.