The first is Lorne Aljoe – one of our last war casualties, he was killed only six weeks before war’s end.
J28525 Flying Officer Lorne Raymond Orser (Pilot) was quite new to the Squadron. During a strike operation on Egersund Norway, on 24 Mar 45, he and his navigator met his fate
From the Squadron history:
Another Buffalo aircraft, NE399 flown by F/O Lorne Raymond Aljoe and F/S Clayton Earl Orser, was also forced down near the coast. The crew, “ditched so skilfully that (the crew) were seen safe in their dinghy and waving as our aircraft left.” Later, Orser’s body was recovered and interred at Sola, Norway. How this crew, who survived the ditch, were killed is not known.
Lorne has no known grave and is memorialised at Runnymede.
If you know anything further about Lorne, his navigator Clayon Earl Orser , or any members of 404 Squadron, please contact me.