The Airmen's Stories - P/O C R Bonseigneur
Camille Robespierre Bonseigneur was born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada on 27th May 1918. He joined the Royal Canadian Signals on 28th September 1937 and was discharged by purchase on 13th June 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 17th May 1940.
He shared in the destruction of a Do17 shot down into the sea off Brighton on 19th July. Shot down in combat with Me109s over Essex on 3rd September 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.