In Remembrance


Thanks to the veterans, war is not something I will likely know or have to experience in my life.  I will not have to send my son off at the tender age of 18, I will not have to deal with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that comes with the service and sacrifice that these brave men often face.
Nonetheless, I am grateful.  Today I will remember especially a man I never knew: my great Uncle Mike.  He was my mom's uncle.
Lest we forget
 My information comes for the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

In memory of
Flight Sergeant
Michael Patrick Kimber
who died on 25 Jun 1943

Service details
Conflict WWII
Service RCAF
Unit No. 428 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Rank Flight Sergeant
Service number R98960
Date of death 19430625
Cause of death killed in action
Narrative history
R98960 Flight Sergeant (No. 428 Ghost Squadron RCAF Halifax air gunner) Michael Patrick Kimber (b.1916) of Blaine Lake was KIA 19430625 in a night bombing run over Wupperthal and is buried at Groesbeek Canadian war cemetery near Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands. He was the son of William Charles, a Boer War veteran, and Exirienne (Turcotte) Kimber. William came from Kent, England, to homestead NW30-35-10-W3 just south of Kinley, later moving to a farm north of Blaine Lake. Michael was farming when he enlisted in 1941, and left a wife Florence (Diehl) and children Doreen, Phyllis and Wayne.

Memorial information
Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 434 - Blaine Lake
Grave or memorial location Groesbeek Canadian war cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands    
Honour roll location(s) Blaine Lake
Geo-memorial Kimber Lakes       
Geo-memorial location 60.0167°N / 108.3667°W
Geo-memorial NTS map reference 75C1
Personal information
Date of birth 19160723
Place of birth Kinley    
Enlisted on 19410512
Place of enlistment Saskatchewan    
Residence on enlistment Blaine Lake    
Occupation farmer


  1. That is really moving, Deena. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Michael Patrick Kimber was my grandfather. He died long before I was born, when my mother (his daughter) was in Grade 6. I am doing an ancestry search and your site came up - wow, guess we're related!

  4. Crazy. This is, by far, the best comment that has happened in blogland! I'm emailing you...


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