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Robert Dubeau


Date and Place of Birth: May 29, 1922 Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada
Date and Place of Death:    January 14, 1945 Sutton Bank, Yorkshire England
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Flying Officer
Military Unit: 425 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Robert J. Dubeau was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario on May 29, 1922. He was very active in baseball and hockey in his hometown.

He entered military service with the RCAF in 1943 and graduated as a navigator bomb-aimer at Winnipeg in December of that year. By early 1944, Flying Officer Dubeau was in England with 425 Squadron based at Tholthorpe in Yorkshire.

Dubeau was flying nighttime bombing missions against Nazi targets in a Handley Page Halifax bomber. On January 14, 1945, at 18.51 hours, Flying Officer Walsh, with a crew of six including Robert Dubeau, took off from Tholthorpe for a nighttime cross-country navigation exercise. As the plane returned to base following the exercise it descended into cloud and the pilot became disorientated. At some time after 21.00 hours the Halifax struck the high ground near White Mare Crag. It catapulted onto the snow covered fields with the tail section breaking off and much of the plane disintegrating. Six of the crew, including Flying Officer Robert Dubeau, were killed instantly. Only Flight Sergeant Octave Custeau survived but with serious injuries and multiple fractures.

Robert Dubeau is buried at Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery in North Yorkshire, England.

Thanks to John Dubeau at www.dubeaufamily.com for help with this biography. Information relating to the crash was obtained from Richard Allenby's website North Yorkshire Moors Aircraft Crashes.

Date Added February 6, 2013 Updated July 10, 2013

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