Leroy Frances Joseph Murphy, RCAF
Leroy Frances Joseph Murphy was born in Stratford and lived with his parents, Hugh and Nellie, at 19 Home St. Leroy married Hilda Murphy of Waterloo.
When the Second World War broke out, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. On April 18, 1945, he was killed in action while flying with the 420 Snowy Owl Squadron (Pugnamus Finitum). He was 30 years old.
That day, he took off at 10:03 from England's Tholthorpe airfield to attack a naval base. His Halifax aircraft NP 946 crashed in the North Sea off Norfolk, England, during the attack against Heligoland, Germany, a small archipelago in the North Sea.
A rescue aircraft landed near the scene about four hours later and found two airborne lifeboats, two dinghies, two crew members in Mae West life jackets, and one crewman in either the lifeboat or a dinghy. Artificial respiration was started immediately but was too late; there were no survivors. W. J. Dunnigan, G. F. Montgomery, R. A. McDonald, D. W. Newman, D. M. Neilson and D. F. Ross were also killed.
Leroy Murphy, a Sergeant Flight Engineer, has no known grave, but his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, England. Source: RCAF Association