The Royal Canadian Air Force dedicated a memorial in Richmond, Va., to
16 Virginians who lost their lives flying for Canada in World
War II, reported
the Toronto Star
new monument, unveiled on Oct. 22, features the Virginia state insignia and the
RCAF crest, both cast from the aluminum of a Canadian Halifax bomber shot down
over Europe during the war and recovered in 1997, according to the newspaper.
"We're tremendously proud to finally be remembering these Americans who
put everything on the line, including the risk of renouncing their US
citizenship, to fight with Canada," said Jeb Hockman, Virginia War
Memorial spokesman. Karl Kjarsgaard, a Canadian military researcher, has
already identified more than 840 Americans who died in service with the RCAF
during the war. "Hardly anybody in Canada knows about them, hardly any
Americans know about them. These men just fell through the cracks," he said.
By the time the United States entered the war in December 1941, some 9,000 Americans had joined
the RCAF, according to the newspaper.