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Service Personnel Information

  • Name: Charles Hugh Guest
  • Service Regimental Number:J/16807
  • Rank:Air craftman 2nd class
  • Height/weight: 5'7" 124 pounds
  • Colour of eyes:blue
  • Marital status:single
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Address:Redditt, Ontario
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): John William Guest (Father)
  • Date of enlistment:May 1st 1941
  • City and province of enlistment:Winnipeg, Manitoba


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When World War II first started many manitoban’s went and joined the army to help in the battle against the axis army. Out of these Manitoban’s a young men also joined known by the name of Charles Hugh Guest. Charles Guest was born on December 12, 1919 in West Hartlepool England to John William Guest and Emily Gromely. He then moved to Redditt, Ontario where he when to primary school. He then attended Parkin high school in Saskatchewan, before coming to St Paul’s High school for his grade eleven year. During his school year he took french, physic, chemistry, history and many other. While at St Paul’s Charles wasn’t the best student when it came to his mark, but he was seen a “ man for other”. During his life Charles was a fan a baseball and basketball. Charles had two siblings a brother called John william Guest II and a sister Meagan Guest who died at a very young age.

When Charles Guest was 22, he enlisted into the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg Manitoba. He was put into Squadron 139, aka Jamaica. When he first enlisted his rank was a air craft men 2nd class,but was promoted to a flying officer during his time in WWII. His squadron had been a known squadron in the Royal Air Force. At the starting of the war they were a day bombing squad in europe, but eventually became a night bombing squad in 1940 (Rickard, 2008). The Squadrons motto is “We will destroy at will” which suited the squadron well because of hit job in the war. When Charles Guest had been enlisted in the squadron they were flying De Havilland mosquitos. The De Havilland was a light bomber plane at first, which was able to out run some of the enemies fighter planes (Rickard, 2007). This is because was made out of wood, which was great when metal was in high demand to make bullets and other weapons. the Mosquito was equipped with four .303-caliber machine guns and four 20 millimeter canons. The Mosquito would hold up to 4000 pounds of bombs which was twice as much has it was intended to carry.(Britannica, 2012) Charles Hugh, was stations at many different bases during the time he was enlisted in the war starting with Oulton and ended with Wyton. Squadron Jamaica was mainly fighting in europe during the time that charles was serving.

On November 15, 1943 Charles Hugh Guest had left Wyton base in Britain and what he didn’t know was that this was going to be his last time ever. On that day a what seemed to be mosquito was shot down out of the sky and crashed on the outskirt of Monchy Breton in France. Civilians saw a body being pulled out of the wreckage, but the Germans didn’t let anyone get close to see. The body was was buried on november 17th 1943 in the Monchy Breton communal cemetery. The germans then told the mayor of Monchy Breton that the deceased was Charles Hugh Guest of the R.A.F. Another crew member was seen to have been taken to a P.O.W camp some miles from the crash. Charles Guest was only 23 when he past away, and left a brother and two parents. During his time in the war he received the “ribbon of 39-43 star”, the “pilot flying badge” and the “ribbon of 39-43 star (jamaica)”. In the end Charles Hugh was a normal person, who fought for what he believed in, and even though he might not have seen the end of the war, he left the earth with an impact on it.

Military Service Record

  • Age (at death):23
  • Force:Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Unit: Squadron 139 (Jamaica)
  • Service Number: j/16807
  • Honours and Awards: Ribbon of 39-43 star, pilot flying badge, ribbon of 39-43 star (Jamaica)
  • Photograph:N/A
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): John William Guest (Father)
  • Date of Death: November 15th 1943
  • Country of Burial: France
  • Cemetery:Communal cemetery of Monchy Breton
  • Grave Reference: see diagram
  • Location: Monchy Breton
  • Book of Remembrance: P.166


Grave Reference
  • Name of Cemetery: Communal cemetery of Monchy Breton
  • Grave Reference: see Diagram


Additional information/links

(the path of his last Flight)


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"Mosquito." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition.
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2012. Web. 8 May 2012

By W R CHORLEY, ISBN 0-904597-91-1, Midland Publishing

Rickard, J (15 April 2008), No. 139 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,
Archival Reference
Military service files of Charles Hugh Guest obtained from Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Internet Sites
example from LAC