Edward Gerald Quigley

By: Connor Woods


Lest we forget
Sergeant (Wireless Air Gunner), NO 2 Manning Depot R.C.A.F
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Image credit: http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/airgunners1.html
This is the badge that Quigley would have worn.

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Service Personnel Information

  • Name: Edward Gerald Quigley
  • Service Regimental Number: R191291
  • Rank: Sergeant (Wireless Air Gunner)
  • Height/weight: 5 foot 9 and 3/4 inches. Weight is 145 pounds
  • Colour of eyes: Blue
  • Marital status: Single
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Address: 1020 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): Emma Rose Quigley (Mother). Changed later to Patrick Quigley (Father)
  • Date of enlistment: September 21st, 1942
  • City and province of enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba


Sergeant Edward Gerald Quigley
Wireless Air Gunner in the R.C.A.F
Edward Gerald Quigley was born on October 14th, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. From 1931 to 1937 he attended St. Ignatius School for grades one to eight, and he then attended St Paul’s College from 1937 to 1939 for grades nine to eleven. Edward lived on 1020 Burrows Avenue with five brothers, and three sisters, this shows how busy his parents Emma Quigley, and Patrick Quigley would have been. Edward had many jobs before he enlisted into the military, he was a vault manager at “Quinton’s” from 1941 to 1942, he also worked as a “filing and gun trader”, and as an “entertainer” where he would tap dance and play piano (Royal Canadian Air Force (Attestation Paper) p.2).
Edward joined the military on September 21st, 1942 when he completed his attestation paper at the #6 Recruiting Center, Wpg, Man. Edward was signing up for the R.C.A.F at the age of 20. When Edward filled out this paper he was a five foot nine and three quarters, 145 pound, blue eyed, Roman Catholic, single, twenty year old, who enjoyed golfing and shooting (Royal Canadian Air Force (Attestation Paper) p.4). When Edward signed up for the military, the place where he lived, 1020 Burrows Avenue, had many different cultures, such as Ukrainian, Irish, etc… Edward Quigley was exposed to these cultures during his time of enlistment, and most likely before his time of enlistment, and this would allow him to be used to being around theses types of people. In the military, because Edward Quigley was used to different cultures, would have fit right in with others around him. Edward is definitely an example of the times, he was a hard worker, and a shortly after school he joined the army. After Edward joined the army, he was assigned to the Number 2 Manning Depot in Brandon, Manitoba, for his training.
“Recruits began their air force career with a four week posting to a Manning Depot where they learned the basics of military life. From there they proceeded to an Initial Training School where mathematics, navigation, aerodynamics, and other subjects were studied. Their results here determined their next posting, some being considered suitable for flying training and others for navigation or wireless schools” (The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, bombercommandmuseum.ca). So Edward did as the bomber command museum says, he started his life in the air force at a Manning Depot, the Number 2 Manning Depot in Brandon, Manitoba. As the quote above says, Edward would have then moved to an “Initial Training School where mathematics, navigation, aerodynamics” (The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, bombercommandmuseum.ca) were taught to him. Here is where Edward became a Wireless Air Gunner.
To understand Edward’s training to become a Wireless Air Gunner, one can use the experiences of others to do so. According to “Mr. Pitt” on veterans.gc.ca, “Morse Code and signals and procedures” were learned in training, and that often he and his fellow Wireless Air Gunners often practiced their Morse code while walking down the street and translating various signs they saw. “"Wireless-Airgunners" played a dual role, being responsible for radio operations as well as the operation of the gun turret” (Air Gunners, bombercommandmuseum.ca), Edward had to be able to do multiple tasks at once. This shows that Edward would have had to be good at multi tasking, and that his crewmates relied on him for safety and communication. It also shows how smart Edward would have been, with all the Morse code and radio signals he was memorizing. So to sum it up, Wireless Air Gunners had to learn various communication methods, and they also had to have lots of gunnery training. In this “Initial Training School” were Edward learned “mathematics, navigation, aerodynamics” (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, bombercommandmuseum.ca), it is in the navigation part of training were Edward Gerald Quigley’s time in the R.C.A.F came to an end, with his death.
According to Edward Quigley’s certificate of death, he died at Patricia Bay, British Columbia. His cause of death was “previously reported missing, after air operations, for official purposes, now presumed dead”. Quigley’s death was listed as “accidental”. It is most likely that Quigley was training at a base near Patricia Bay, B.C. According to the British Columbia Aviation Museum, near Patricia bay there was a “West Camp, housing the Royal Canadian Air Force No 3 Operational Training Unit, and fighter, and bomber squadrons”. Edward Quigley was probably part of the “Air Force No 3 Operational Training Unit”. The “Proceedings of Court of Inquiry or Investigation (Flying Accidents)” government document explains Edwards death.
The “Proceedings of Court of Inquiry or Investigation (Flying Accidents)” document is a thorough investigation on a plane crash that occurred in Patricia Bay, a plane containing Edward Gerald Quigley. According to the investigation document, there were nine witnesses to the plane crash, and aboard the plane with Edward Gerald Quigley were: SGT R.F Watson, the captain, and P/O W.R Dishman, the navigator. The document also specifies the type of plane they crashed in, a Hampden P.1200. According to “Crashes of Pat Bay planes” (Pat Bay is the short way of saying Patricia Bay) on canada.com, on January 28th, 1944, the date of Edward’s death, “Another Hampden, P1200 thought to have crashed with its three crewmen". So it all adds up, the government document and "Crashes of Pat Bay planes" article both agree with one another, both state the same model of plane, the same number of crewmembers on board, and most importantly, the same date of crash. In the “Proceedings of Court of Inquiry or Investigation (Flying Accidents)” it sates that “Aircraft missing after navigation exercise and is presumed to have crashed in the sea. No trace of aircraft of missing personnel was found “. As stated earlier, and proved here, the navigation part of the initial training school is were Edward Gerald Quigley’s time in the R.C.A.F ended. Sergeant Edward Gerald Quigley was awarded the C.V.S.M (Canadian Volunteer Service Medal), and the General Service Medal. Edward has no known grave, however, his name on the Ottawa War Memorial, in Ottawa, Canada, on panel three, column five.
Lest we forget, Sergeant Edward Gerald Quigley, Wireless Air Gunner in the R.C.A.F, one of the many who risked it all, and paid the ultimate sacrifice. He was a Brother, Son, and a St. Paul’s graduate. He is a person who shall not be forgotten.

Military Service Record

  • Age (at death): 22
  • Force: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Unit: NO 2 Manning Depot R.C.A.F. Arena Building, Brandon, Manitoba
  • Service Number: R191291
  • Honours and Awards: C.V.S.M, General Service Medal
    • The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (C.V.S.M), on the top, and the General Service Medal, on the bottom:
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
General Service
General Service

Image credit (C.V.S.M): http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/cmdp/mainmenu/group04/cvsm
Image credit (General Service Medal):

  • Photograph: Yes
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): may have changed since he enlisted. Emma Rose Quigley (Mother). Later changed to Partick Quigley (Father)
  • Date of Death: January 28th, 1944
  • Country of Burial: His name is on the Ottawa War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada. He has no known grave.
  • Cemetery: His name is on the Ottawa War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada. He has no known grave.
  • Grave Reference: Panel 3, column 5
  • Location: Ottawa, Canada
  • Book of Remembrance: Yes, Page 422.
    • Refer to the picture below to find Edward Gerald Quigley:
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Image credit:http://www.veterans.gc.ca/images/collections/books/bww2/ww2422.jpg

  • This is a Hampden plane, it is likely the model of plane which Edward flew in, or close to it:
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  • This is a modern day picture of Edward's house from Google Maps:

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  • Google maps is not 100% accurate, it says that the adress is 1000 Burrows Avenue, but when you zoom on the door it says 1020, and the door beside it (its a double house) says 1022.

Grave Reference

  • Name of Cemetery: His name is on the Ottawa War Memorial
  • Grave Reference: Panel 3, column 5
  • This is the Ottawa War Memorial:
Image credit: http://www.planetware.com/picture/ottawa-national-war-memorial-cdn-cdn1208.htm
Please note that the Ottawa War Memorial: "commemorates those of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United Sates of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A., and who have no known graves." ("In memory of sergeant Edward Gerald Quigley")
  • Here is a Newspaper article about Edward Quigley's death:
Image credit: http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/WPT/1944/10/14/articles/34.xml/iarchives?query=edward%2BAND%2Bgerald%2BAND%2Bquigley%2BAND%2Bdoctype%3Anewspapers

Remembrance Day Video

  • This is a Remembrance Day video featuring WWII footage, obtained from youtube:

Obtained from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGDcnL-bjXo&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active

Citations and Links

“Air Gunners.” BomberCommandMuseum.ca. Nanton Lancaster Society, 2012. Web. 1 May 2012. http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/airgunners1.html

"A Brief History of the Pat Bay Airport." British Columbia Aviation Museum. The
Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association , 2008. Web. 8 May 2012.

Book of Remembrance. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 422. veterans.gc.ca. Web. 12 May 2012. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/images/collections/books/bww2/ww2422.jpg.

“The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.” www.bombercommandmuseum.ca. Nanton Lancaster Society, 2012. Web. 1 May 2012. http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/bcatp.html

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force. Royal Canadian Air Force (Attestation Paper). Winnipeg, 1942. PDF file.

"Crashes of Pat Bay planes." www.canada.com. CanWest MediaWorks Publications
Inc, 2010-2012. Web. 8 May 2012. http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=2814e474-1aeb-48ca-9926-e3df05812748

"Canadian Volunteer Service Medal." Veterans Affairs. N.p., 4 Oct. 2011. Web. 15
May 2012. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/cmdp/mainmenu/group04/cvsm

"Canadian General Service Medal." Veterans Affairs. N.p., 4 Oct. 2011. Web. 15
May 2012. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/cmdp/mainmenu/group08/gs

Province of Manitoba. Official Registration of Death. Winnipeg, 1944. PDF file.

Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force. Proceedings of Court of Inquiry or Investigation Flying Incidents. 1944. PDF file.

“In memory of Sergeant Edward Gerald Quigley.” Veterans Affairs Canada. N.p., 12 Oct. 2011. Web. 1 May 2012. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/virtualmem/Detail/2622982

"Handley Page H.P.52 Hampden." Aeronautical World. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2012. http://www.aer.ita.br/~bmattos/mundo/ww2/british/pages/HANDLEY%20PAGE%20HP52%20HAMPDEN.htm

“Picture of National War Memorial, Ottawa.” Planet Ware. Planet Ware Inc., 1995-2012. Web. 7 May 2012. http://www.planetware.com/picture/ottawa-national-war-memorial-cdn-cdn1208.htm

Pitt, Robert Anthony John Peter, narr. “Wireless Air Gunner Training.” Veterans Affairs Canada. N.p., 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 1 May 2012. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/hrp/hrp_detail/1353#tran

The Manitoban 28 Jan. 1944: Front Page. Manitobia.com. Web. 17 May 2012. http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/Manitoban/1944/01/1944-01-28.pdf#search=%22january281944%22

“The Winnipeg Evening Tribune -- October 14, 1944.” Manitobia. Manitoba Library Consortium, n.d. Web. 1 May 2012. http://manitobia.ca/content/en/newspapers/WPT/1944/10/14/articles/34.xml/iarchives?query=edward%2BAND%2Bgerald%2BAND%2Bquigley%2BAND%2Bdoctype%3Anewspapers