The Airmen's Stories - P/O C R Bonseigneur
Camille Robespierre Bonseigneur was born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 27th 1918. He joined the Royal Canadian Signals on September 28th 1937 and was discharged by purchase on June 13th 1939.
He was interviewed in Canada for a short service commission in the RAF and was accepted in October 1939, sent for training and then on completion was posted to 257 Squadron at its reformation at Hendon on May 17th 1940.
He shared in the destruction of a Do 17 shot down into the sea off Brighton on July 19th. Shot down in combat with Me109’s over Essex on September 3rd 1940, Bonseigneur baled out but fell dead at The Grove, Ingatestone. His Hurricane, P3518, crashed at Lodge Farm, Galleywood, Essex.
Bonseigneur was 22. He is buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery, Essex.