Alex Holmes R188237

1922 (Approximate) - Unknown

438 Squadron

Alex Holmes was the son of Alexander Brown Holmes (a WWI veteran) and Deborah Elizabeth Holmes. John had an identical twin brother, John Sinclair, and they both served with 438 Squadron. They also had two sisters, Capt. Dorothy Holmes in Bermuda, and Deborah at home. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, they attended Bedford Park and John Wanless Public Schools and Northern Vocational School in Toronto. He enlisted in August 1942. Both brothers trained at Galt and St. Thomas as ground crew, and in April 1943, were posted to Alaska. They were sent overseas in October 1943, stationed in Scotland. The brothers arrived in France June 26, 1944 and served with 438 Squadron. A fully loaded Typhoon piloted by CJ McConvey from 440 Squadron lost control, left the runway and exploded near Sinclair and another ground crew member, LAC RH Wilman. All three were killed.