In memory of


John Barth Koepke

who died on 13 Jul 1943

Service details
  Conflict WWII
  Service RCAF
  Unit No. 111 Operational Training Unit, Royal Canadian Air Force
  Rank Sergeant
  Service number R163792
  Date of death 19430713
  Cause of death killed in action
Narrative history
  R163792 Sergeant (RCAF wireless air gunner) (John) Barth Koepke (b.1920) of Regina was KIA 19430713 and is commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial for airmen from the North American theatre who died with no known grave. Koepke's Mitchell crashed southwest of Clifton Point, Nassau, Bahamas, on a patrol/training flight from No. 111 Operational Training Unit. His nephew Charles Barth (Chuck) Koepke (1943-2004), well known blind golfer from Regina, was named after him two months after his death.

Koepke's father John came from Hanover, Grey Co., Ontario, and homesteaded at Olds, Alberta, before coming to Regina in 1912 to work as a carpenter and contractor. His mother Johanna Gertrude (Barth) was a native oif Chemnitz, Germany. Barth attended Strathcona, Central and Balfour Tech, and planned a career in meteorology. He was working as a clerk at Regina Industries when he enlisted at Regina in 1942.

B Daschuk and JB McArthur died on the same flight
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Service record
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Memorial information
  Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 159 - Sherwood
  Cemetery or memorial location Ottawa Memorial, Ontario    

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  Honour roll location(s) Regina
  Geo-memorial Koepke Bay, Saskatchewan     
  Geo-memorial location 54.4°N / 107.35°W
  Geo-memorial NTS map reference 73J6
  Geo-memorial details In Sled Lake.
Personal information
  Date of birth 19201014
  Place of birth Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Date of enlistment 19420514
  Place of enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Residence on enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Occupation clerk
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