On this VE Day, I’d be very grateful for any information on my mother’s brother, Keith Mancini from Grenada who I was told joined the Canadian Air Force and served in The 2nd WW. He returned with what was then called ‘shell shock’ and suffered the rest of his life. Any information would be very grateful. Diana WRIGHT Keith’s niece.
I’m trying to locate any information on an RCAF flight sergeant by the name of A. Moran. He was held in Lamsdorf pow camp in Poland during WW2. My father in law Geoff Bryden was held in the same camp after being captured with the 51st Highland Division at St Valery en Caux. In his notes which I am attempting to record , he mentions that he swapped identities with Moran in order that he could escape. Pilots being the priority for the escape committees . Apparently they were caught cycling up a one way street and returned to the camp but despite searching I can find no more detail on his capture or whereabouts thereafter. It’s likely that he was involved in the long march west in 1945. Be grateful if anyone has any info . Thanks Bob
Hello. My father was in the same SARO England 2 flying boat shot down 40 miles off Casablanca in the Atlantic on 14 September 1940 piloted by F/Lt Bruce MacCallum (37723) and Edwin Charles Minchinton (40555). Both RCAF pilots died but my father and one, maybe two, other crew members survived. My dad was a POW until 1942, and after recovery in hospital was shipped to Canada to learn to fly. His first act on arriving in Canada was to seek out the families of the two pilots and give them the awful news of their sons. I'm trying to trace the Minchinton and MacCallum families to share my story. I'm presently writing up my father's war memoirs (he died in 2005) and would welcome any information they may have to add to mine.
My uncle, Kenneth Thomas, was with the 29th Radar group in Goose Bay from December 1943 to February 1945. I have recently discovered many photographs he took during that time. They include some personnel and many of the local Indian people. I have a partial list of personnel in the photos. If anyone had a relative serving there at that time please contact me. Also, would any organization like copies of the photos?
My brother just told me that he donated our father's log books to an association that was putting together a travelling exhibit about 8 years ago. I had no idea he had done that and I would now like to consult them. Can you tell me if this was an initiative of the RCAFA? My father's name was John D. Fuller and he flew from 43-45 but only made it to an HCU before the war ended.
For completeness, be it recorded that F/S Wintermute RCAF is also buried at Blacon cemetery, Chester, England. He's placed next to my uncle, F/S Lesley Southwood, RAAF, also killed in action.
Wellington Memorial Foundation, is there some similar group in the Maastricht area. Looking for information on a Halifax JN954 of 419 Squadron lost in that area.
I was wondering if 971 Wing in Colorado Springs was still active. One of the 419 Moose Squadron veterans was part of the Wing. And was looking to contact him. My father served with 419, as ground crew on VR-E which was the Halifax Mr. Sweanor was Bomb Aimer on when it was brought down,
My Grandfather Geert Kramer did resistance work in the Netherlands and also helping Canadian pilots and helping Canadian ground troops with their advance from East-Netherlands to the North of the Netherlands. At November 1944 at the place Rekken, my grandfather has contact with F/O W.A. Rupert (J.27691), R.C.A.F., 617 Sqn Bomber Command, R.A.F. Mister Rupert was born 3 Feb 1924, and passed away in 2012. Can somebody help me to come in contact with the family of Mr. Rupert? We are very curious if this story and especially the contact with my grandfather is known or will be remembered. I'm Cornelis Reijntjes, grandson of Geert Kramer and I'm investigating my grandfather's war past.
I recently found an obituary for F/O John Patrick Mahoney, J35766 who is on the list of RCAF Prisoners of War. His death on 30 January 1983 in Winnipeg, MN is in the Legion Magazine Last Post and the obituary was published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 1 and 2 1983. On January 30, 1983 at the Grace Hospital, Mr. John Mahoney, aged 59 years, late of 865 Sinclair St. Mr. Mahoney was a member of the General Monash Legion. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February at 11:00 am at Kerr’s Funeral Chapel, 120 Adelaide St. Rev W. N. Higham will officiate with interment to follow in the Military Section of Brookside Cemetery.
Hope we're keep in touch.
J C Hadley R/97845 gunner in the RCAF in WWII was shot down over Germany and died on 25th June 1942. Trying to find which battle this was and where he might ever have been based in England during this war. Assistance would be much appreciated.
I am looking for information concerning my grandfather who served in the RCAF during WWII. His name was JOHN Duncan MacMULLIN. I know very little, other than he was from Nova Scotia and in England for some of the war (around 1942/3). I would be most grateful for any information of input. Thank you.
To Whomsoever it May Concern, It is noted in the section listing death in service of post-war RCAF / CAF pilots that the Canadair Tutor is designated the CT-144 on your pages. It is my belief that the official designation should be CT-114. For your consideration. Regards Steve
Hello all, Just wanted to submit a request for information gathering techniques for the LAC site in reference of my dad. Would like to get his full military records for his service with the RCAF 42'-46. Very confusing for me to navigate their site. I have photos of him training and on station at Blakehill Farm U.k w/ 437 Sqn. My dad is deceased, I am his youngest son. Still have his service and pay book would love to have any assistance. Thanks
I have an album which belonged to my late wife's uncle Thomas Whittaker who was a member of RCAF. It contains all kinds of photos from the 1940's as well as a couple of menus from dinners - graduation Dinner course 69 No12 service Flying Training school at Brandon Manitoba.I anyone would like more details please contact me by email
I found a pilots log book headed for the trash at my unit. It is of a RCAF pilot who must have trained there during WWII. R.C.Shanks is the pilots name. before I give this to a friends child as a gift, I was wondering if it would have historical value to your association? The book is a complete chronology of his training and missions. Please let me know- Thank You.
My father William C Hill RCAF No R179632 Borm 1920 Died 1991 Prince Albert Island. I am trying to find his military details which seem to be difficult as he survived WW2.
I am looking for family members of William Darrell Clint Black, DFC, of 625 Squadron stationed in the UK during WWII. I understand he passed away in 1989 but I am hoping to connect with one of his children. Thank you.
I am looking for details of my father who flew in WW2 as a navigator in RCAF William Christopher Hill R179732 I believe born in 1920 and I believe he died in 1991 in Prince Edward Island but I cannot find any of his military details.
I was wondering if some could help me with the loss chart of RCAF Halifax LK959 which crashed on the 22th of October 1943 in Achtmaal (Ostaaijen)? The Halifax of 427 Sqdn RCAF took part on a raid on Kassel.
My father, William Oness was one of ten men killed March 28, 1985 at CFB Edmonton. Today of all days I’m so thankful for him and all others who have served and continue to do so. My young nephew Joseph Fuchs carries on. To my husband, RCMP Supt. James McNamara Retired and all first responders, I honour you.
I am in possession of a letter written, Feb 19, 1944 -"somewhere in Italy" from a pilot by the name of Jess, to his Mother, Dad and all. By the letter he had been shot down and was in the hospital but a POW. I would appreciate any information so the family could have this letter
It would be nice if you added your kitshop to your webpage there are things ( hats/shirts) I would like to buy for my husband and father, both retired RCAF and would buy through your webpage if available instead redcanoe will get my money this Christmas again!
I am searching for Alex Chambers former navigator and then intelligence officer in the RCAF. I would appreciate any help.
Hello. A cousin of mine has recently come across a bundle of letters and pictures from a Peter C. Taylor. One of the pictures is of him wearing a RCAF uniform. We 'd like to get the letters and pictures to his family, so any information available would be appreciated.
Does anyone know anything about William Hamilton who served in either Fingal or Jarvis during WW2 He lived in Toronto and his wife’s name was Mildred. Rank WO2. I’m looking for some information.
I recall the first days of the RCAF at Lahr, Germany, having been part of the first contingents. In 1966, after Canada received notice from the French government to vacate Marville, we, groundcrew, loaded all our effects on a Herc. Next, we launched launched the all the 104s, on a planned mission; I was (and retired) a Photo Tech). About 30 minutes later, we landed at Lahr and prepared to recover the 104s on the flight line “marguerite,” which had the only “American-style”washrooms’ the other ones were in the mess hall (previously used by US troops, the base was then nuclear); several trades having arrived with us on the Herc, including cooks. Our photo section was then located downtown in a rented factory and we had 2 hours for lunch. With full permission; we had to consume moderately, I may now tell, how I appreciated that wonderful “ Lahrer Weiss” with a leisurely meal; , their wine is not exported. The choice of course, was to be transported by bus to a Canadian mess hall.meal and back. About a week after arrival, one of the 104s had a belly landing, but there was still only one fire truck; which was, as I recall, a dry chem “Ansul” truck, for “general purpose” fires and, fortunately, there was no fire or life lost. The aircraft was very quickly by a surrounded by the French military guard, still on site (at 8 per room in their barracks, we had taken theirs over) and this is when I saw the difference between the regular French troops and the conscripts; the Regulars were superbly efficient (and were there as courtesy, Canadian investigators had full access) Day-b-day, more Canadian personnel arrived (along with their family) and operations resumed as they had, back in France. Within a month or so of arrival, we, photo techs worked out of a couple of vans on the flight line; one made into a lab, the other used by photo interpreters. We had several competitions, with the Birits and the Americans, both flying and photographic recce, and the Canadians usually won the prize. Canadians were also tasked by NATO for some sensitive reconnaissance (photo recce) missions, because we had a solid reputation. The comradeship continued between our pilots and the Americans, who also had to leave their bases in France and they continued flying together, mostly socially. At some point, our pilots were invited to fly alongside the West German airforce at Leck in Northern Germany (since closed) and we, selected ground-crew, got transported there by German Dornier light aircraft. It was mostly a social affair, which lasted the weekend, as their guests and they received us royally. Repat day for me, came during 1967, just in time to attend Expo 67 in Montreal. I retired in 1983, after 30 years of service, sorry to see that the Canadian Army had now taken the base over, from the RCAF.
Hamilton, William WO2 RCAF. Lived Haileybury Drive Toronto in the 1960s. Wife's name Mildred. Does anyone know of him? I am looking for background information. Hope you can help.
Actually I am posting the death of my Father. Master Warrant Officer Daniel Frederick Boutilier ( Boots) joined the airforce in 1943 and retired in 1977 at the age of 50. After serving for35years. his favorite base was 4wing Baden Soellingen between 1960 and 1964 born may9 1925 died july31 2019 at the age of 94 Stand down If this could be sent into the last posting I would appreciate that I would like to join or enlist as my father did in Winnipeg. I was only in the air cadets Gary
Looking for information on my father Sgt Cecil Guerard. Served approx. 1947-1967 and stationed in Gimli (x2), Bagotville, Baden-Sollingen and Trenton. Radar tech. I was born in Baden and am planning a trip back there to find where I was born but don't have much information. Dad passed away in 1977.
Good afternoon, Is the Commerative watch shown on this site still available, I would to inquire on whether I can purchase one for a retired Canadian Air Force who is turning 60, it would be a birthday gift thank you for your time
I am researching a crew member who flew to war in 1943 with my father. He was a Canadian F/O CD Gordon. he was part of a crew that also included P/O Art Dunphy RCAF and three other RAF Sergeants, one of which is my father, Andrew C Barron. F/O Gordon flew in Halifax bombers for 148 Squadron (special duties) based in mostly Brindisi, Italy and providing support to the partisans in the Balkans, Poland and Italy in 1944. I would appreciate any help regarding trying to find out more about CD Gordon for a project I am doing about this particular part of the war.Thank you.
Hello. I was wondering if anyone would have any info on a crash I heard about a few times over the years but have never been able to confirm or ascertain when or where it exactly happened. My recollections are this: -I think the time frame was somewhere between 1953-56 (but I am not certain about this. It could've been considerably later); -that it was a T-33 that crashed with the pilot being the lone occupant & fatality; -that the crash happened @ Poplar Point, MB - which is about 15 miles NE of Portage la Prairie; -that the pilot was stationed @ CFB Southport & was a former member of the RCMP. I've looked online several places for info re: this crash; the problem is I heard the story secondhand & I'm not sure how accurate the details I was given are. Any help or info you could give me would be much appreciated. Thank-you. Sheldon Garrioch
In search of James Raymond Burke from NF. Last known posting from France to Comox 1965
Sorry but this seems to be the only area I can send an email to & is directed to RCAFA Membership. I have tried through 110 Wing to get my mailing address changed but can't seem to get it done. Can you please change my mailing address to the following? If not, don't bother sending the magazine because it only gets redirect about once a year. Andrew Richard Muir P.O. Box 696 Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0 ID # 240980
I'm 72. Was at RCAF Chatam NB kindergarten to grade 2. My grade 2 teacher married one of the Golden Hawk pilots. At the age of six or seven, I witnessed the crash of an F-86 Sabre perpendicular to the runway. It had engine failure and wheels-up, dropped right over our PMQ. I was out in the yard and saw it pancake into the runway. The nose impacted the wind sock. The pilot survived and at the chain-link perimeter fence, my friends and I witnessed the canopy getting blown by ground crew and the pilot lifted out. I would like to find some information about this spectacular event and the pilot,. Had he ejected, his aircraft would likely have crashed into the PMQ's. I am totally blind, but the event still resides in my visual memory.
Op 26 maart 1942 crashte Wellington bommenwerper Z2121 van het 142th Squadron RAF in mijn woonplaats Vlaardingen, Nederland. Bij deze crash kwamen 2 jonge Canadese bemanningsleden om het leven. Ter nagedachtenis van hun en en hun 4 Britse mede-bemanningsleden is er nabij de plaats van de crash een monument opgericht. Ieder jaar rond 26 maart worden deze jongens herdacht. Graag zouden wij daarbij de originele Canadese vlag uit WO II willen hijsen. Is deze mogelijk nog ergens verkrijgbaar. Mogelijk een donatie?
Searching for any information about Major Lawrence Wilson and/or any of the Canadian troops who were billetted at the Mermaid Inn in East Sussex, England during WW2. I believe they were the 2nd Division. In 1945 at the cessation of hostilities, Major L.Wilson purchased The Mermaid, and operated it as a hotel, until 1959. That’s all I’ve got but if you have any more information, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks.
My father in law served in Royal Canadian Air Force during World War Two.I know he was from sas.and was a gunner on a bomber.Is there a way to find out what medals he qualified for.he has past on,family would be happy.Billard Gerald thanks
Searching information about William Melvin Pipher * 07-06-1917 Newmarket, Ontario + 26-03-1942 Vlaardingen, Netherlands and Andrew Lennox * 16-05-1918 Innisfail, alb, + 26-03-1942 Vlaardingen, Netherlands
I’m trying to locate the family or where snouts of F/Sgt AE MacPherson #R205509 RCAF Who passed training in England during WW2 along with my late uncle F/Sgt Daniel McLeman who was lost in Burma. I’m wondering did MacPherson survive and his where abouts Any help much appreciated. Jim
I would love to find someone that may have know my father. His name was Louis Richard Lampkin but may have gone by Louis, Ricky or Pete. Trained in Clinton and was on the DEWLine in the late 50s early 60s.
Just came across your record of Garden of Memories at 17 Wing, Winnipeg including crew of WL-U NR118, Allan Kurtzhals. And Tony Plante. Great Job! Thank you so much. All this effort is greatly appreciated.
I am a former CF-100 pilot -410 and 423 Sqns. I am looking for an RCAF flag decal. I saw one on a vehicle today
I served in the Airforce for 5 years starting in 1962. After completing basic training I was transferred to Camp Bordon for training as Aero engine Tech. There were 14 young men including myself. For some time now I have been considering if I contact the fellow course members that a reunion could be arranged. I have only been able to locate one (Peter Brice) and this was only by luck. I am hoping posting in your Guestbook that contact could be made. I have attached a picture of the course members, who were part of this course, (number 6205) and a list of men in this picture is listed below: Back Row. Jean Simard, George Onberwater?, Lorne Haggard, Barrie Beauchamp, Rory Corneille, Marc Aubin, Peter Brice. Front Row. Luke Michell, Bill Tobin, Clem Loyer, Kurt Wengel, Barney MacLeod, Ed Belsey, Bob Murray. Regards Rory Rory Corneille – Retired 604 817 2664
Great web site. I served 1962 (St.Jean, then to Camp Bordon), to 1967 (Comox) as an Aero engine tech in the engine bay for 409 squadron. This entailed overhaul, test cell running and in-frame run ups. I am looking for members who took the aero tech basic course at Camp Bordon in 1962, Course #6205. These were; Jean Emard, George Onderwater (sp?), Lorne Haggard, Barrie Beauchamp, Marc Aubin, Peter Brice ( I know were Pete is), Luke Michell (sp?), Bill Tobin, Clem Loyer, Kurt Wengel (sp?), Barney MacLeod, Ed Belsey and Bob Murray. If any of you are out there and are still standing, get back to me. Peter and I would like to organize a small reunion of sorts. Contacts are: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Regards Rory
Hi All I am researching Monkschester in Limpsfield, Surrey. My Gran was evacuated there during 1942 from Wandsworth, London. I believe she was also a cinema cashier whilst she was there. Colonel Lawrence and his wife lived there. I’m having difficulty finding out about the house at that time. Indeed, I cannot find much information at all! It must have been a big house as it had a ballroom. A number of boy evacuees were sent there too from a college of Askeans. Does anyone have any memories of the area in 1942? Particularly November 1942 of dies anyone remember a young woman there called Violet? Thank you, Elizabeth
Dear Sirs: my father Chesley W.Patten Passed away Feb. 17 2019 He was a Flight SGT. during World War 2 and was a Navigator on flights that flew coastal patrols on the east coast of Canada I have photographs of my father from that time that I would like to share with the association. Could you please contact me regarding my father! Thank you . Gary patten
My father was Ft. lt. Edward (Ted) Mcdonald Bishop from Ottawa, On. He was in no. 65 squadron among others. He was spitire Pilot, north africa, north atlantic, France.,,, Born Cornwall, On 1916 died ottawa Aug 1970. I would like to know if there might be someone who may have known him, i would be so thankful to hear from you.
I am looking for information on my parents George Raymond Lightbourn (went by Ray) and Barbara Lightbourn (nee Dean). Both served in the RCAF around 1951-54? He was a photographer and they met and got married while in the RCAF I think. They were in Ottawa and then travelled in Europe where my dad was a photographer for the RCAF. They had 2 sons at that time, one born in Ottawa and one in France. Looking specifically for where they got married and what year. Thank you!
Hello everyone, sending greetings and well wishes from Executive and Members of RCAFA 201 (Confederation) Wing in Charlottetown, PEI. Always looking for new members, if you are interested please contact President Debbie Reid, CD at 902-367-0450 or email@example.com
Looking for information on Douglas Cross who was a pilot in RCAF in late 1950s through '60s. Hailed from Montreal went on to fly for Air Atlanta in Iceland also flew for Canadian outfit. He passed 2oth December 2018. I was business colleague. Survived by his daughter Priscilla. We want to call one of our aircraft after him and want to use his RCAF rank as well. Please get in touch. Best regards Dave Hunter EastWest Aviation Derby UK
My late Father, Norman E. "Kee" Hahn went up to Canada in 1940, joined the RCAF and became a bomber pilot. He was posted to England, Malta & Africa. I have put together his and his mates story here: http://nmcb62alumni.org/NormanKeeHahn/index.html I would like to return the letters written from Canadian Mothers to his Mother back to the authors families. There are also many photos that I would like to return to the families. I have a list of the letters to be returned. Email me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m looking for information on Flight Lieutenant Michael Manley RCAF, I’m curious to know where he served.
I served 5 years with RCAF 1958 to 1963 as a Radar Tech (Air). Trained at Clinton. Would like to find some of my old class mates. Only worked at Portage La Prairie and Greenwood.
My father LAC Wilbur F Miller was a radar mechanic in 10 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron, 10(BR) stationed at Gander, Nfld. (1941-1944). The squadron was known as the North Atlantic Squadron and Dumbo, the elephant, was their unofficial logo.
My mother was in FCO (Fighter Control Organization?) in 1952 and was stationed in Quebec at a radar base. Her name is Lorna Christine Johannson. Is there any way to find any of her fellow air women? I am her son. She passed away on September 10, 2018.
Trying to contact relatives of Sgt E. L. Levert 141353 RCAF. Wellington LN379ntook off from 3 OADU ( RAF Hurn ) bound for Morocco in the early hours of 7/9/1943 but developed engine problems. All credit to the pilot he managed to crash land the aircraft and both he and Sgt Levert survived. My uncle died in the crash. Sgt Levert visited my grandparents some time after the crash. Any family history of the incident. Thank you.
Sir, Whilst going through my late Mother's things I found a photograph of a young airman . This photograph was anotated as being 'Bud' Moss. I have been able to identify 'Bud' as being F/O C. Moss who was a member of 427 Squadron but died on 4th July 1944. Bud was just 21 y.o.at the time the photograph was taken. I feel that this photograph of , even though it is quite small, belongs where it can be appreciated by more people who understand the sacrifice Bud and many of his peers paid. Can you offer any suggestions where I can send this photograph? Yours respectfully, John.
I am searching for Robert Campbell, was stationed in Summerside PEI 1962-1963 possibly longer. He was born in Edmonston, NB, possibly between 1937-1942.
I was wondering is anyone knew if these servicemen were still around: JP Potvin, Clerk, Service Number 87182 who resided at 325 14 Ave. South Shebrooke, PQ and JG Menard, Magasinier, Service Number 36496 who resided at 22 Foch St. St. Jean, PQ. They served at St. Jean in 1967 and witnessed an RCAF will for my dad. I just need to know if they are still alive for the notary.
Hi, I am leading a project to record all Comm & Elec (C&E) Memorials. see http://www.rcsigs.ca/index.php/CandE_Memorials_Project . I'm looking for a RCAF "communicator" to research the memorials associated with the Pinetree System, CFSRS, Clinton, etc. It is not an onerous job and is done in "retired time". One of the benefits of the project will be to identify those memorials in need of maintenance and pass that info onto the C&E Branch leadership for action. Please contact me at email@example.com if interested. Thanks
I received a brass ID bracelet inscribed J.I. ANDREWS with what looks like D.606688. along with 2 eagle facing left sleeve insignia (one has Canada) Trying to locate information and/or family so these may go "home". Where do I begin?
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Hello, my father Denis St-Pierre passed away last week. He served from 1953 to 1988. His dying wish was to be buried in his uniform. We’ve found everything but the light blue shirt. His jacket size is 7044. He will be exposed on Tuesday October 9th. I have been able to order from any DND related source. Can someone help?
Hi. I’m interested in finding out if my Grandmother was actually at one time in a BBC radio program dubbed “The Mother of The Royal Canadian Airforce” for the number of her sons at one time in active service. Family name Deutscher. This has been something I’ve grown up hearing, from my Uncles but I’ve grown more curious after reading some log book entries of one of my uncles. What can your organization do to direct my investigation? Anything will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Mark
Am looking for any info on my uncle William Ernest Durrell, DOB 12 Aug 1909 Manitoba, DOD 30 Mar 1981 Victoria BC. Was a pilot in the RCAF, would love any info on his WW2 years.
I have several F-86, CF-104 photos that I am willing to share . !969-1970
Hi, I’m trying to locate Robert (Bob) Walsh, When I served in Goose Bay 1994 to 1996 we became good friends. He was a driver in the Royal Canadian Air Force and if memory serves me correctly he was from Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. Any help in finding him would be great. I know he was posted to Cold Lake after Goose but sadly we lost touch after that. He would know me as Woody.
66968 lac Lee BD Looking for RTG Airmen who were stationed in Alsask, Sask. 1962/1965
My Uncle, R87673 Warrant Officer Sidney Stowe flew Wellingtons with 419 Sqn during WW2. He and his crew were shot down over Holland. Your sight proved to have some great background information on the Sqn and Sid's crew to take with me when I head to Holland and France to see his grave sight and the grave of another Uncle KIA during the First World War in Sancourt, France. Thanks for all of your efforts in maintaining the Squadron's history
Trying to locate family named McCormick , father was AirForce, last name McCormick, in 1979 lived in Amherst NS, before that Summerside PEI. Father born 1937, Anyone have any idea if someone knows them,
God bless the Military in their over and above beyond courageous duties. Granddaughter of deceased WW1 Captain and Knight of Italian Military, Federico Lanese, whom also was a Military Pilot. Neice of deceased WW1 Italian Military, Luigi Lanese, Instructor of La Tripoli. Neice of retired Italian Military, Murielle Saccilotto, domiciled in Italy.
Hello. I had a unique experience yesterday when I happened to have a discussion with a gentleman at the parking lot of a shopping centre in Ottawa. Carlingwood shooping centre is visited mainly by seniors such as myself. This gentleman was commenting on my new car as he walked past so we entered upon a lovely but short discussion. I immediately notice his impeccable appearance as were his choice and deportment of his casual golf attire. I notice an RCAF cap pin on his cap and that is what started our conversation. It so happens that this chap was turning 100 years old this month so I asked him about his service. He told me that he was in the RCAF for 57 years and that he was an aeronautical engineer. I took the opportunity to introduce myself as the son af a Dutch pilot by my same name who served in the RAF 139 Wind 2nd Tactical Air Force 320 Squadron and that he was one of the few Dutch evacuees from the area of Dunkirk at the end of May 1940. I was so impressed with this gentleman as he was absolutely straight backed, wearing neither glasses or hearing aids and he was about to hop into his BMW coupe. He waved as he left the parking lot. To my total discredit, I never asked his name. But should I meet him again at that shopping centre I will find out his name and update this small note as I believe that there are not too many 100 year old veterans of the RCAF still remaining. Ironically, as I entered your web site, the front page is adorned by a B25 Mitchell bomber, the aircraft as flown by my father during Market Garden '44.
Chaplain Bob D, in case you see this, I think William Prendergast is my uncle. My father was his younger brother, Don, who wanted to serve in the RCAF like Bill but was too young. He joined the army at 17 1/2 shortly before WW2 ended. In his retirement he restored planes for the Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.
My father-in-law was Sgt. Robert E. Toomey, a flight engineer on Lancaster KB751/NA-Q, which was shot down into the sea off Denmark. He was the only survivor, and became a POW after he swam ashore onto the occupied Danish island Sejero. I have recently finished a website that recounts his ordeal as prisoner on the "long march" after the evacuation of POW camps in January 1945. While at Stalag Luft VII and Stalag III-A he recorded the names, addresses, squadron, rank and duty of many fellow POWs, as well as when and where they were shot down. His diary contains the POW photos of many fellow prisoners. Several prisoners signed "name cards" and airforce insignia drawings that he made while in camp. Maybe you will find your relative among those mentioned in his diary: https://sites.google.com/site/wardiaryofroberttoomey/ Enjoy
My father-in-law, Sgt Robert E. Toomey was a flight engineer on Lancaster KB751 of the RCAF 428 “Ghost” Squadron. He was the only survivor of his crew when they were shot down off the coast of Denmark returning from a raid on the port area of Stettin, Germany on August 16/17, 1944. He became a prisoner at Stalag Luft 7 and endured the long march of more than 250 kilometers to Stalag 3A in January 1945. I have created a website dedicated to Robert Toomey and to RAF Bomber Command that shows pages from his diary and many photos and drawings he made in camp that were signed by his fellow POWs. Over 80 fellow prisoners are mentioned, and there were POW id photos in his diary with the airmen’s home addresses, squadron, position and the location and date they were shot down. Here is the link to Sgt. Robert Toomey’s memorial website, dedicated to all who served in RAF Bomber Command. https://sites.google.com/site/wardiaryofroberttoomey/
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William Prendergast is a 94 year old man who was part of the RCAF in WWII. He said he served his flying time in the USA. I'm trying to put together his military service in the RCAF so I can honor him for his service. There are several pictures of himself and his buddies hanging up in his room. Unfortunately he can't remember names or squadron or type of airplane. He says he was a pilot of a twin engine, two bladed prop airplane. I have copies of his pictures and I'd love to share them, both for history and to get more information about Bill. Who would I send them to? Help please!
I would appreciate any information on Pilot Officer WDC Beck J23346 who served in the RCAF in WW2. I have a set of navigation dividers in a small wooden marked box dated 1942/3 that belonged to Beck and would be happy to pass these to any interested relative.
For those interested... On 1st October my new "World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in the Netherlands & North Sea" website was launched! The purpose of the website is to help researchers, family members and any one interested, to search for detailed information about Allied Aircraft Crashes in The Netherlands and North Sea in the Second World War. Please note that not (yet) all crashes are available in the database, though it is gradually filled with more data... (See "Modifications" button on the website). At present the database lists the information on 1368 crashed aircraft, 6505 crew members (of which 863 RCAF), and 641 cemeteries/memorials... The address to go to is: https://www.airwar4045.nl
Looking for information about RCAF members that joined early 1953 from Cape Breton
My Dad, James Harold Wright was a Leading Air Craftsman in the RCAF (Squadron 403). He enlisted in 1943 and went overseas in 1944. I am interested in learning about where and when this Squadron went to in Europe. Where do I begin my search. My Dad will soon by 94 years old but sadly he has severe dementia.
My father-in-law’s RCAF WW 2 service record shows that he was attached to the No. 8 Aircrew Holding Unit in June 1945. Does anyone know where it was located ?
I am looking for any information regarding WOII Gordon Thomas Hillman who died during WWII, he is buried in Berlin War Cemetery, I have the Plot and photograph etc. but would love to know something of his life during his service in the RCAF. Many thanks in anticipation
Our uncle Maurice Nichols sadly passed away recently. He served in the Royal Canadian Airforce after WW2 and throughout his working life as a load master on Hercules Aircraft. We would like to place his ashes in a suitable memorial place close to Edmonton, Alberta. Any help to arrange this would be appreciated. Thankyou
A few weeks ago my new "World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in the Netherlands & North Sea" website was launched! The address to go to is: https://www.airwar4045.nl Currently the database lists the detailed information on 1359 crashed aircraft, 6435 crew members, and 622 cemeteries/memorials... Any comments/corrections and/or more information is most welcome...
My Father, Ken Horne, died in November, 2010 but curiously I'm thinking of today's cairn re-dedication. Dad's friend Clay Bird flew Hallies in WW2. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Both parents. Were in RCAF in WW2. Mom Flt Sgt. Dad Instructor No 1 WirelessSchool. I need a AT1 RCAF transmitter to go with my AR2 receivler. Any reoairable condition. Nice website
My father, Nelson Levesque was an F86 pilot with 422 Squadron based in Baden-Baden Germany. We had two beer steins with the squadron emblem and pewter lids with the F-86 on top. They were both destroyed and I have been trying to locate another one. Can anyone help? Thanks.
Was honoured to meet some of you today at the memorial service in Newton On Ouse.
Looking for James Ross Mason, Navigator of Halifax MkIII LV-879 QB-A, the only survivor of the crew. LV879 was shot down over Giessen Germany 31 March,1944 on their return trip from Nuremberg, Germany. Our website (www.rcaf424.ca) is dedicated to John Doig's Crew. Lest we Forget
I am son of RCAF Flt. Engineer, Bill 'Scotty' Gracie KIA. 5 Aug '44 Now historian and author of book "Under the Maple Leaf". I can offer guided tour of 6(RCAF) Group airfileds in Yorkshire. Anybody intersted should contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform the RCAF Association that my mother Mary Lillian Blackburn (née Banks) passed away peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 8:55 AM EST at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Mom was 78 years of age. Mom was a Fighter Cop having served in St.Jean QC, Northern Canada on the DEW Line and in Metz France. Rest In Peace Mom.
I am seeking any RCAF Veteran living in my area who would occasionally consider visiting my father, Col. John L Twambley (Retired) who had an extensive military flying career from early 1950's to '80s. He lives in an Assisted Living unit and would love to "talk about the good ole days!"
While looking for my father in the picture of the 408 Squadon based in Linton on Ouse, last year, I found my Mother instead. I retuned this year with my Dad's photo album and have allowed the Museum to take copies and use them in their displays. What a wonderful museum.
Thank you for all that you do with keeping and postings records from WW2. My grandfather was a squadron leader for the RCAF in the Battle of Britain. Any pictures and information other than what is posted would be greatly appreciated. His name was Charles Warren Trevena.
Hi i'm trying to trace my fathers background ( Francis William Haring )of which I know nothing about. Born in Ontario district in 1915, he served from what I can see in his service record he served with the Canadian Aux Air Force from Dec 1935 till Nov 1938 Service Number 807130 he thwn enlisted with the Commandos in Southampton April 1939.. Can anyone tell where to look to find out any records of military service in the Armed Forces Please. Thank You Willam Harding