They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Walter Charles (Wally) Sweetman, C.D., M.S.M.


Major, C.A.F.


Born: 18 Jun 1953, Chatham, Northumberland Co., New Brunswick


Died: 28 Apr 1994, (near) Saint John, New Brunswick


Book of Remembrance


SWEETMAN, Walter Charles (Wally), Major, C.A.F., killed 28 Apr 1994, 443 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron / CFB SHEARWATER - Son of Donald Charles and Shirley Irene Sweetman of Peterborough, Ontario.


At the start of a cross-country transit, Sea King 12425 had an engine malfunction near Saint John New Brunswick, followed by an explosion and fire. Engulfed in smoke, the two pilots managed a survivable landing that saved two crew members. But the two pilots, Major Walter ('Wally') Charles SWEETMAN and Major Robert ('Bob') Raymond HENDERSON, died in the accident.


Awards and Decorations: Canadian Forces Decoration, Meritorious Service Medal, Special Service Medal with NATO Bar.


Remembering Wally Sweetman - Submitted by Steve Foldesi, Capt, RCN, CAF, RCNR, Ret'd


Ships served in:

HMCS SKEENA - Served in SKEENA during her 1985 NATO deployment as Air Det Commander

CFB SHEARWATER - 443 Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron




In Service of Canada - RCN Peacetime Casualty Index