Canada in the Second World War

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Richard H. Rohmer

Major-General Richard H. Rohmer was born on January 24, 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario

Richard Rohmer joined the Royal Canadian Air Forces at the age of 18, early in Second World War. He flew P-51 Mustang fighters, was over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and took part in the Battle of Normandy as a fighter reconnaissance pilot. That is when he spotted Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and aided in taking him out of the war on July 17, 1944. Rohmer was not permitted to attack the staff car but reported its location by radio to the Group Control Centre who sent in two Spitfires that carried out the attack. Rohmer took part in the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland. After the war, he continued with the Air Force, attaining, in 1978, the rank of Major-General, Chief of Reserves of the Canadian Armed Forces. Canada’s most decorated citizen, Rohmer left the Armed Forces in 1981.

After the war, Richard Rohmer found his way into the practice of law where he continues to distinguish himself. He is active in a range of legal, corporate and military activities. He is a prolific fiction and non-fiction writer. He was chairman of the 60th Anniversary of D-Day celebrations which took place in the presence of the Queen (whom he escorted) at the Juno Beach Centre on June 6, 2004.

My motivation was to defeat the deadly enemy and liberate Europe. Looking back over 65 years, we veterans of D-Day can now see that we had a strong role in an enormous military assault that was the beginning point of massive changes in the future of Europe, and indeed of the entire world. Our costly D-Day success at Juno Beach laid the unforeseeable foundation for the betterment of mankind.