Flight Sergeant (BA) James Edward Dayton

Birth: September 29, 1922 in Viking, Alberta
Death: September 23, 1943 in Mannheim, Germany
Service: WWII
Service Number: R143327

James Edward Dayton was the son of James Edward Dayton and Esther Sophia (Thorensen) Dayton who farmed in the South Arm area of Richmond. The family operated the University Dairy, at 682 No. 5 Road. He attended Richmond High School. On his service record, his occupation was listed as truck driver and milk peddler. His religion was that of the United Church and his sport interests were soccer, Canadian football and lacrosse.

Jimmie enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in December 1941 and underwent basic training in Edmonton. He was posted to #419 Moose Squadron in England, in January 1943, where he became a Flight Sergeant Bomb Aimer. On a night attack against Mannheim, Germany, his Halifax aircraft was lost, killing all on board. This was James Dayton's first mission. He was buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany.

History of the Road Name (Dayton Avenue and Dayton Court):

  • Council Resolution to adopt road name: Council Minutes February 4, 1946, res. 8711, pg.45