The Luftwaffe carried out a bombing raid on May 23, 1943, against the town of Bournemouth in Dorset, England. The air attack destroyed 22 buildings and damaged over 3000 in central Bournemouth. Some 131 people were killed and hundred were injured. RAF Station Bournemouth was the station of No 3 Personnel Reception Centre for Dominion aircrew and No 11 Australian Personnel Dispatch and Receiving Centre. On May 23 Canadian airmen were staying at the Metropole Hotel in Lansdowne Square, Bournemouth. The building was badly damaged and 22 Commonwealth airmen died. Among the Canadian airmen killed on that Sunday morning was one Nova Scotian, Raymond Francis Pelrine of Antigonish Co., NS.
Name:Raymond Francis PelrineRank:SergeantService Number: R/88040Unit: Royal Canadian Air ForceDivision: #3 Personnel Reception CentreDate of birth:July 30, 1922Place of birth:Port Felix, Nova Scotia Date of enlistment:February 3, 1941Place of enlistment:Halifax, NS (RCAF Recruiting Centre)Address at Enlistment:Rockingham, Nova ScotiaAge at Enlistment: 18Height: 5 feet, 6 inchesComplexion: fairEyes: blueHair: brownTrade:Handy ManMarital Status:SingleReligion:Roman CatholicNext of Kin:Charles martin Pelrine (Father) Havre Boucher, Antigonish, NSDate of Death: May 23, 1943Age at Death: 20Cemetery: Bournemouth North Cemetery Grave Reference: Row H4. Grave 99 Raymond Francis Pelrine was the son of Charles Martin Pelrine (1893-1961) and Clara Pelrine of Havre Boucher, Antigonish Co., NS.Sergeant Pelrine was one of 22 Commonwealth airmen, and approximately 110 civilians, killed during a Luftwaffe bombing raid on May 23, 1943, against the Metropole Hotel in Lansdowne Square, Bournemouth, Dorset, England. Sergeant Pelrine had arrived in England in February, 1943 and was stationed at Bournemouth effective February 27, 1943. He was trapped in the Metropole Hotel when it was bombed. He was buried on May 29, 1943 in the Bournemouth North Cemetery.The air attack destroyed 22 buildings and damaged over 3000 in central Bournemouth. The total number of victims is thought to have been 131, though estimates varied between 70 and 200.Commemorated on Page 202 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 24
The Commonwealth Airmen Killed in the Bombing Raid Canadian RCAF Flight Sergeant (AG)William Geoffrey Abbott RCAF Flight Sergeant George Assaf RCAF Flight Sergeant David Rainnie Chalmers RCAF Flight Sergeant Julian Louis SoosRCAF Leading Aircraftman Earle Oscar GilbertRCAF Sergeant (AG) Robert Richard Courtney RCAF Sergeant Alexander Colin Matheson RCAF Sergeant (AG) Francis John Matier RCAF Sergeant (AG) Raymond Francis Pelrine RCAF Sergeant Ross Clifton WoodsRCAF Corporal William Godfrey WoodAustralian RAAF Flight Sergeant Colin Bernard Crabbe RAAF Flight Sergeant Ronald Franklin FentonRAAF Flight Sergeant Allan John Kerrigan RAAF Flight Sergeant John Francis McMagon RAAF Sergeant George Arthur MillsRAAF Flight Sergeant Vivian Lewis PopeRAAF Leading Aircraftman Ronald Crawshaw RAAF Sergeant Neil Morton GrayBritishRAF Leading Aircraftman Jack HowlettRAF Aircraftman 2nd Class Andrew Joseph Philips Lohoar RAF Aircraftman 1st Class James Joseph Morrissey