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Jean Cressey from Norwich, UK wrote on 26/08/2023 at 5:30 am
I am appealing to any veterans on this site that may be able to help me to find a relative. My cousin, Miss Theresa H Cornish (Tessie), DOB May 1936, moved to Canada from Norwich, Norfolk, UK sometime in the 1950s/early 1960s to join the Canadian Air force, unfortunately I am do not know what position she was recruited for, this could be classified information which is why I am having great difficulty finding her. She might have married and may also have passed away as she would be 87 now if alive. I have had no contact with her since she moved to Canada, but would love to find her or her family to know of her life. I do know her mother moved to Canada to live with her in her later life (her mother that is). Her Mothers name was Theresa M Cornish. Her parents: Father James A Cornish, Mother Theresa Cornish nee Baldwin. She was an only child. I am not sure if she married and had children or remained single. I am hopeful that somebody may have known her or her mother or possibly other family member. Thank you for taking the time to read this request.
Anne Cooke from Alnwick, Northumberland wrote on 14/08/2023 at 10:59 am
Whilst clearing my Mother house we found a draft copy of a book written by George Smeaton DFC entitled Starboard Go! It is an account of his war time service with Porcupine Squadron 433 whilst stationed Skipton on Swale Yorkshire. George was my Mother’s cousin and had kept the book for the family. I wondered if you had a copy of this account of the war in your records. Once our family has read the account we would be happy to pass it on for your association to place in its archive. Anne Cooke Daughter of Gladys bastion née Smeaton
Chris McPhee from Trenton wrote on 09/08/2023 at 1:35 pm
Hi - You should probably know that the Union flag outside the Association at 230 North Murray St< Trenton, ON, is upside down! I did drop into the building to let them know, about a month ago, but it's still flying the wrong way up. Can someone please get it fixed? Remember how angry Canada felt when the USA flew our flag upside down at the World Series? Well, this is just as rude, especially when it's already been brought to their attention. I look forward to driving past the correct flag, not a distress signal! Thanks
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Thank you Chris. I have forwarded your comments (without attribution) to our Group President (Ontario) who is a member of the Wing, there. Dean Black.
Lisa Taylor from Manchester Uk wrote on 04/08/2023 at 5:40 am
Hello everyone from the uk. Hope you can help . My grandmother had a boarding house in Bury Manchester toward the end of the war. She took in lots of Canadian Pilots stationed at Heaton Park air base in Manchester Uk. I have an autograph book with illustrations signed by the young pilots. It’s been a family treasure for years, but is there anyway I can trace RAF pilots numbers? Hope this forum may help . Thank you in advance 🙏 Lisa
Jamie Hennessy from Langley B.C. wrote on 03/08/2023 at 11:38 am
My father served with the 437 squadron overseas from Oct 44-June 46. He took lots of pictures. If you're interested let me know I can email some to you. His name was Gerald Hennessy and he was a aircraft mechanic. Thanks
Rod Stobie from Port Coquitlam BC wrote on 02/08/2023 at 10:15 am
As part of the centennial, can the RCAFA not press for the return of the original open hand salute (to honour our past but to also honour both out French and British forebearers) and the return to RCAF Station from CFB? Restore the Honour!
Jim Harrison from Bristol wrote on 11/07/2023 at 11:12 am
RE: Your entry for BRITTAIN, Douglas Graham DFC Pilot Officer, No.431 Squadron, J87845 Douglas Graham BRITTAIN DFC enlisted in the RAF with service number 4015009 (in sequence allocated from May 1947, Ex-Dominion aircrew to regular aircrew - Canada). After crewing up at No.230 OCU Lindholme, he joined No.617 Squadron RAF on 7th Nov 1947 (according to No.617 Operational Records Book at National Archives) as a Gunner II (Sergeant-equivalent). He was attached to No.9 Squadron RAF for Exercise Sunray at Shallufa, Egypt from 2nd April 1948. On the return flight, his aircraft, RF474 WS-C of 9 Sqdn crashed at Verquières, South of France on 30th April 1948. All 11 crew and passengers were killed. The No.617 & No.9 ORBs record: "A message was received at approximately 22:00 hours that Lincoln aircraft No. RF474 had crashed at Verquières, Southern France, with F/O Lukins and Crew of No.617 Squadron attached to No.9 squadron for Operation Sunray, with a total loss of life of the following: F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins (No.617 Squadron) NII Dennis Godfrey Turner (No.617 Squadron) NII Joseph Alfred Wise (No.617 Squadron) EI Ernest James Gillman (Headquarters Flying Wing) GII Raymond Sleigh (No.617 Squadron); GII Douglas Graham Brittain DFC (No.617 Squadron), F/Sgt Frederick William Townsend (No.9 Squadron) Sgt Harry Sword (No.9 Squadron), Aircraftman Alfred Thomas Gilby (No.9 Squadron), Aircraftman John Hepplewhite (No.9 Squadron). Squadron Stand Down with the exception of a Burial Party under the command of Squadron Leader P.G. Brodie who proceeded by Dakota aircraft to Istres, Southern France for a Military Funeral on 2nd May 1948". He is buried alongside the other casualties of the crash at Mazargue CWGC Cemetery, Marseille, France, in 3D48 ie Division III, Grave D48.
Robert Moore from Guelph wrote on 09/07/2023 at 11:57 am
Would there be any way online of finding out which WW2 squadron(s) included Flying Officer David Fredrick Shaw R-201329 Serial No. 184459? At one time he was posted to India, so I am thinking Squadron 435 or Squadron 436 but a lot of RCAF pilots were loaned to the RAF in the Far East. Thanks for any help!
Colin Price from Coleford wrote on 17/06/2023 at 3:36 pm
In your listing of lost airmen, you appear to have the Canadian & American members of MZ-514 but no listing for Ronald Blair Corkill (my wife’s uncle). He was the Flight Engineer, on his maiden flight, on MZ-514 & sadly lost his life along with the rest of the crew. Although he was RAF enlisted he was flying with RCAF, so it would be fitting to get him some recognition.
Sheena MacKay from Colchester wrote on 16/06/2023 at 6:32 pm
A very belated reply to Tammy Harris: I believe Michael Bachinski flew a few Ops as Flight Engineer on my dad’s cousin’s crew in 1943. I have a little bit of info such as squadron and a few of the ops he was on. I’d be interested to see a photo if one exists.
Delroy Leavitt from Walnut Creek wrote on 10/06/2023 at 7:31 pm
i would like locate a friend from the RCAF 109 flight in Grostonquin during the 1960s. Name Lorn Bermel and wife Reta.
Matthew Throckmorton from Clinton, Indiana wrote on 17/05/2023 at 8:47 am
KG668, a Dakota Mk. III, flew in 435 Squadron toward the end of WWII. My good friend's family owns and flies it out of Terre Haute, Indiana. 668 presently still has the Canadian post war lightning bolt paint scheme. With a mere 18000 airframe hours, she is still in remarkably fine flying condition. We are quite proud of 668's RCAF and RAF history during WWII, and encourage visitors. Anyone with 435 Squadron history or details is encouraged to find us as N472AF on Facebook.
Gary Derry from Victoria Harbour, Ontario wrote on 12/04/2023 at 8:31 pm
I am looking for information on Alan Cornwall, grandfather of a personal friend. He was a recruit of “1” Flight , course 9s, no6 I.T.S., RCAF, Toronto, Jan 19, 1944. All that is known at this time is that he served as a Navigator. Squadron unknown.
Brandon Mansell from Portage La Prairie wrote on 11/04/2023 at 11:08 pm
Would anyone have any information on Catherine Lynn Wilson. She was at AETE cold lake in 1986.
Brad Connor from Chatham, ON wrote on 09/03/2023 at 7:38 pm
I am hoping to find some information on my grandfather, Kenneth Ross McIntosh, who was a Flight Sergeant with RCAF 420 Squadron based in London, ON. Thank you kindly for any information or suggestions you might be able to provide.
Robin Wilson from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK wrote on 01/03/2023 at 6:50 am
On a summer's morning in 1944 - probably July - my brother and I witnessed the last few minutes of a four-engine bomber. Then, he was five, I was six. He and our mother watched the aircraft circuiting our house, trailing fire from its starboard, outer engine. Descending, then out of their sight, it narrowly missed the bus on which I was travelling to school. Seconds later it crashed, disastrously. The crash site, which we visited that evening, was in the fields of East Farm, Black Callerton, Northumberland, England. The fire had been so fierce that only small sections of the nose, tailplane and outer wings remained. The rest was ash. The plane was probably a Lancaster, on a training flight from a base in Yorkshire.. The RCAF crew of seven were all killed. Extensive searching here has been fruitless. With a view to a memorial, can anyone provide proper details of the crew and aircraft? Sorry to be so vague, but the only information definitely not open to doubt is the location of the crash site Thank you.
John Jones from London wrote on 25/02/2023 at 12:24 pm
103 Squadron Lancaster III ND624 PM-F Aachen Railway Yards Took off from RAF Elsham Wolds at 23:56. Claim by Oblt Josef Kraft 7/NJG6 - Sistig 10km South of Gemund (PN 3): 5,500m at 02:24. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten) Crashed at Sistig 5 km SSE of Schleiden. The crew were initially buried in a mass grave 305-311 in Sistig Cemetery. Reinterred 24 July 1947. Crew Pilot: J/87587 Plt Off Donald Elgin Tate RCAF - Rheinberg War Cemetery Plot 10 Row D Grave 25. Flight Engineer: 1821083 Sgt William McCulloch - Rheinberg War Cemetery Plot 14 Row E Grave 24 Navigator: 1320247 Flt Sgt Joseph Williams - Rheinberg War Cemetery Plot 14 Row E Grave 25. Bomb Aimer: Flt Sgt Edward 1491264 Hilary Calvert - Rheinberg War Cemetery Plot 14 Row E Grave 23. Wireless Operator: 1316138 Sgt David John Jones - Rheinberg War Cemetery Plot 14 Row E Grave 22. Mid Upper Gunner: 1567476 Sgt Robert Holmes - Rheinberg War Cemetery Plot 14 Row E Grave 20 Rear Gunner: 1591092 Sgt William David Kirton - Rheinberg War Cemetery Plot 14 Row E Grave 21.
Robert Sutherland from Sicamous, BC wrote on 14/02/2023 at 3:44 pm
Just wanted to inform the RCAF Family of the passing of CWO (Ret) Jean-Jacques Lahaie (Avionics Technician 1956 to retirement in 1991) at the age of 83. On retirement Jean continued to serve his country and community with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (out of Kamloops BC), the Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue (out of Salmon Arm, BC) and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue - Station 106 Shuswap (out of Sicamous, BC). He was also a Royal Canadian Legion Branch 99 member. He passed on 7 Feb 2023 in Salmon Arm after a long bout of Dementia. A celebration of his life will take place on 25 Feb 2023 at 11am in Salmon Arm at the Bowers Funeral Home.
Matt Bone from Kamloops wrote on 13/02/2023 at 8:00 pm
I just want to thank the pilots that flew the flyover on Remembrance Day this year 2022 in Kamloops. I know this is 3 months later, but I love the jets as they fly over. I always take my grandkids to the end of the runway to feel the experience of the power of the jets. This year was AMAZING. The first pilot took off and gave us a wave, ( which I understood as my dad was a pilot and the tipping of the wings was to say hello) They did not know that he he was saying hello. Which thought was great. But the last pilot buzzed us. The sound, the rush of the air that beat down and the smell of jet fuel was amazing. One of my grandsons said “the only thing better than this Papa would be, is to be in the jets” I hope that you can pass on to the pilots that this is memory that only me and my grandsons share. Please tell them thank you so much for the show. Looking forward to 2023!! Thank you again for your amazing performance!!
P.M Cayen from Sarnia, Ontario wrote on 09/02/2023 at 10:53 am
Visiting your site, my father was a member of the 423 squadron No.3 P.R.C.
Rick Allen from Hamilton wrote on 29/01/2023 at 1:25 am
I am looking to contact any former members of any of the Base-Station Drum&Trumpet or Drum&Bugle Bands in Canada or Europe. Im doing research on these types of Bands in the Canadian Military. Im looking for photos and some information on the Bands themselves. Any assistance is most appreciated.
Mehdi Schneyders from Wavre wrote on 31/12/2022 at 3:19 am
Dear Madam, dear Sir, First of all, I wish you a Merry Christmas / Happy Yule. My name is Mehdi Schneyders, I am a coloured Belgian – South African Indian and I live in Wavre ( Belgium ). Working as a cartoonist – illustrator, I am also a true R.A.F. and Commonwealth air forces’ enthusiast and, for this reason, I have been involved in the International Museum of Chièvres Air Base for the last five years, as well as in the Living History Group « Les Ailes de Chièvres », which is linked to the museum. Along with Mister Patrick Masson ( Belgian, « Belga Reconstitution » ), another member and a true enthusiast as well, we are looking for information, documents and photographs on fifty – eight Allied airmen buried in the Chièvres Communal Cemetery. Among them, there is Canadian chap born in Regina, Sgt James Blain Anderson ( Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, R.C.A.F., R/54021 ). I read the entry about him, a couple of months ago, and I have noticed a couple of mistakes, unfortunately. Here is the corrected version : ANDERSON, JAMES BLAIN SGT(W.A.G.) R/54021. From Regina, Saskatchewan. Killed in Action Aug 25/41 age 22. No. 35 Squadron (Uno Anirno Agimus). Halifax aircraft L9572 lost during a "Trip" over enemy - held territory. Six R.A.F./R.A.F.V.R. members of the crew : Sgts W.N. Collins, J. Fuller, A.A.S. Heggie, T.P. MacHale, P/Os J. McGregor- Cheers, and V.M. Markham were also killed. There were two pilots on board for this operation. Sergeant Anderson (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner ) is buried in the Communal Cemetery, Chièvres, Hainaut, Belgium. Last but not the least, here a link that might be of great interest for you : https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/history-research/58-british-allied-airmen-buried-chia-vres-communal-cemetery-belgium-822183/#post2274462 I hope this will be helpful. I wish you a Happy New Year, and all the best for 2023. May all your dreams come true during this brandnew year. Best regards.
Gary Silliker from mahone bay wrote on 16/12/2022 at 1:58 am
with regards to FO Robert English buried in the Florence War Cemetery (I visited his grave a few days ago). It appears he was the last Canadian killed in Italy. Additional info on the cause of death (not found in his pers file) "There may have been inquiries as soon as the war ended, but they are not in Robert’s service record. However, among his papers is the summary of an investigation the Royal Air Force conducted in 1948. When looking through military records there is always the prospect that something unexpected will be uncovered and that is the case with Robert’s service file. The RAF report is heartbreaking. The inquiry concluded that Robert English and a second pilot both survived their aircraft being shot down and were taken prisoner. They were put into a local jail, but the report does not say by whom. Three days later, the two were taken out of the jail and shot “while trying to escape.” There can be little doubt that the last part was a fabrication. Most likely the two men, along with an Italian officer, were simply murdered. The investigation quoted local residents as saying the prisoners were shot by Italian guards, possibly one of the fascist holdout groups, but it is also possible that retreating German troops or the SS were responsible. There is no evidence anyone was ever arrested for the crime and, after all these years, other details remain a mystery and more will probably never be known.".... research done by Larry D Rose. http://espritdecorps.ca/perspectives-1/robert-english-a-fighter-pilots-own-story-and-an-enduring-mystery?fbclid=IwAR21b4osL4qtFrCvYjDuB20LVQDzOzs4bLvyOXehep4Yat56hAkyMztZ9yg
Tammy Calvert Harris from Coleman, Alberta Canada wrote on 14/12/2022 at 4:06 am
I am looking for information on my grand Uncle Michael Walter Bachinski who was the flight navigator on the KB-700. Thank you kindly.
Norris Gillen from belmont wrote on 07/12/2022 at 1:49 pm
This is my second post here. I'd just thought I would share one of my Dad's things. He flew with 429 in WW11, Halifax bomber. Here is his crew from a flight on November 27th 1944. Aircraft, V MZ865. Captain, F/L D.C Henrickson,J.10516.Nav, F/O, N.E.J. Gillen,J.36122.Bomber, F/O L.R. Watson, J.29375. Eng, P/O, E. Beech,187085, W/O, P/O R.G. Wall, 184764. A/G, F/O W.R. Ogilvie, J.39033. R/G, F/S J.J McHugh, R69448. This crew made 32 successful flights together.
Norris Gillen from belmont wrote on 06/12/2022 at 10:21 pm
My Dad, F.O. Norman Gillen, flew with the 429 in WW11, Navigator, Halifax Bomber, 32 missions. I have all his navigational charts for each flight he and crew made. He passed away 10 yrs ago, the last of his crew..They were brave men back then, something todays youth has no idea about..
Mr James Dillett from Prestwick wrote on 24/11/2022 at 11:28 am
Two of your guys were working in Prestwick Airport Scotland and went for lunch where they came across myself and 5 children all young aged 7 to 9 years old. My youngest 7 went over to them (2 of them in McDonalds) and said thank you for your service. Your boys spent the next 5 minutes answering many questions the children had about the military and especially Ukraine as they see it on Tv. Your guys were wonderful and were a credit to Canada and the Airforce and i would just like them to know how much of an influence and inspiration their talk with them had today. They literally cannot stop talking about them. Thank you so much Jim Dillett 18 Mansfield Road Prestwick Scotland jamesdillett999@gmail.com It was at 1.30 pm today thanks
Jim Zalusky from Surrey, BC wrote on 16/11/2022 at 1:57 pm
My uncle, Donal Kevin Joseph Hector was KIA on March 11, 1945 over Essen Germany serving in 431 Squadron. I have many letters he wrote while training in Canada and when serving overseas, based in the UK (near Leeds). He was on the same plane as Commander Davenport. I would like to know how many missions he flew? I do have a full copy of his service records.
Susan. Monaghan from Gravenhurst on wrote on 12/11/2022 at 12:56 pm
I am. Daughter. Of william(jaff). Jaffray. He. Flew in 419 moose. Squadron ww2. he W as in prison camp for 3 yrS. . Could. You. Identify Fr me where the last camp. Was located. And when he was released….. susan(jaffray) monaghan
Aileen Park from Edinburgh wrote on 06/11/2022 at 4:12 am
Hello. I am seeking information about a rather handsome Canadian who served in RAF during WW2. His name is Bruce King and he was with Coastal Command in Fraserburgh towards the end of the war 1945. I have several photos of him (my late mum's photos) in Fraserburgh, Scotland. I would love to find out how he fared after the war and there may be other photos of him which may also have my mum in them. My mum was in the WAAFS and her name was Betty Common. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Maureen Flynn from Ottawa wrote on 15/10/2022 at 11:08 am
My Uncle Grenville Flynn served with the RCAF in England at RAF Tholthorpe. I have some pictures and souvenirs, ie. Christmas menus, that I thought might be of interest to the RCAF. My father, Henry Flynn, served in Benghazi , Libya. He served with Australian Squadrons 454 and 459. He was a radar man. I also of items from his service days with the RCAF. Would you kindly direct me to the appropriate person or department. Kindest Regards, M Flynn
John Webb from Shrewsbury wrote on 10/10/2022 at 9:32 am
I am trying to help my cousin trace information regarding her father-in-law's service with the RCAF in the UK in WW2. His name was Alfred Tasker Tomlinson, C/6892. An Internet article mentions his brief time at Pennfield Ridge, N.B. in the summer of 1942 when, as an F.O. he was Asst. Equipment Officer No.2 OTU. It is assumed that her transferred to England after that i.e. about August 1942. Any help finding service records much appreciated - all that is known is that he became a Flt.Lt. Thank you
David Lilley from Blenheim, Ont. wrote on 19/09/2022 at 12:00 pm
I have historical photos from F.H. Baguley, WW1 observer and pilot family photo album. Photos from squadrons 2 and 16. I think they should be viewed by a larger audience then us. Frederick Hubert Baguley was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. RCAF has a good Review of his service. Any suggestions would Be appreciated.
Barbara Rogelstad from Brantford wrote on 01/09/2022 at 8:08 pm
I would like to be on a mailing list for wartime members of the 437 Squadron.
Amanda Marks from Dorset UK wrote on 03/08/2022 at 5:00 pm
Seeking additional information for research purposes on a downed aircraft en route to Aachen, Germany in Oct 1942. There were two Canadian Airmen on board: One from Quebec, Sgt. Joseph G. W. Beauregard, Air Gunner, the other Sgt. Mack William Wattersworth, Wireless Operator, (City unknown). Flight BF 322 (Stirling Aircraft with 7 crew) crashed shortly after take off due to severe weather in the area. The crew were with 218 Sqn (Gold Coast). I am hopeful that some relatives of these two gentlemen may be able to assist with my research. This flight was from Downham Market the Squadrons Base. I am currently working with the family of another member of the crew, but information is sparse due to the passing of the years. Any help would be most appreciated. They deserve to be remembered!
Donald Kennedy from Hamilton wrote on 02/08/2022 at 3:54 pm
Can you let us know more about the October 2022 Convention in Hamilton, cost, registration etc?
Jelle Ywema from Netherlands wrote on 07/06/2022 at 12:58 pm
Hello, In awards often there is a reference to photos. For instance PL-10622. Where could I find that photo and what are the terms of use?
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
These photos are available at the Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario. Visit their website and navigate to the genealogy pages and click on the military links there, or search for accessing RCAF photos.
Peter Lower from Toronto wrote on 17/05/2022 at 2:37 pm
Hello: I'm looking for my service records from 1963. I was a bandsman stationed at Ottawa, Naden and Comox. #96134
Ron Toyota from Creston, British Columbia wrote on 09/05/2022 at 12:14 pm
The Town of Creston has a very special project to be completed by July 2022. Our "CB Lang Tutor Jet" monument in the Golden Centennaires colours & livery to honour Squadron leader Clarence Lang who was raised in the Creston Valley. This was a special dream of a local citizen, Johnny Huscroft and he bought a CL-41 in 2010 and it was re-finished in 2021 and is being readied to ship from Campbellford, Ontario to Creston, BC. this month. Any assistance, ideas or comments as well as donations can be sent to me -- CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE at "letstalk.creston.ca" then Golden Centennaires Tutor Jet display! We have also had confirmation that the Canadian Forces SNOWBIRDS will be doing a FLYBY on July 26, 2022!
Dale srewart from Victoria bc wrote on 08/05/2022 at 3:36 am
Response to Douglas McWhirter They Shall Grow Not Old published in Brandon mb Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. They have a great website. airmuseum.ca if memory serves. My name was Dale Plante when I used to visit some years ago, I am sitting with my copy on my lap My uncle Allan Edward Kurtzhals 434 sq NR118 WL-U Halifax May 8 tomorrow Lest We Forget From his ever thankful niece Dale
Paddy Devlin from Swinford, Co.Mayo, Ireland wrote on 04/05/2022 at 10:44 am
During a recent visit to Milltown cemetery in Belfast, Ireland. I noticed two headstones dedicated to two WW2 RCAF pilots. Flight Sergeant R.K.Holmes died 15 May 1943 and Warrant Officer J.B.Hoba died July 1943. I don't know if their relatives are aware that these men are buried in Ireland.
Larry Stephenson from Winnipeg wrote on 29/04/2022 at 11:43 am
My Dad served there and I have several photos of his stay.
rowford bowditch from Birmingham wrote on 22/04/2022 at 6:20 am
my father Samuel James Bowditch served with RCAF242Hurricane Squadron in WW2.as a fitter/armourer He went through the Battle of Britain with 242 I believe before being sent to the Far East to Java/Sumatra where in a few weeks they were overrun and captured by the Japanese(need to know more)
Anne Little from Halifax wrote on 15/04/2022 at 2:40 pm
Hello Dean! What a lovely way to remember my Dad! He truly thought the world of you. Your reference to the talks you had with him and the information he shared truly warm my heart. He was in many ways a man of mystery who rarely spoke about his time in the war. When he moved to Halifax I had been contacted by a local reporter (in relation to another matter), but during our conversation I told him about my Dad and he ran a story in the local newspaper. It resulted in him meeting the airforce group in Halifax which resulted in him making lifetime bonds with many. His time with you as Honorary Colonel was an absolute honour and you managed to unlock his mind and memories. I am also so happy that you got to visit Dad in Australia. He was very happy there. Rona took excellent care of him when he got sick and every day until the he passed. He had the very best of care. Sadly, she passed a few years later, never really recovering from his loss.
Mike Seymour from Nottingham wrote on 13/04/2022 at 5:34 am
I am trying to trace a RCAF Pilot who flew on six operations with my father. I believe his name was Clement William Hall but I need to confirm this by asking was he with 149 Squadron in March 1941 and did he then join, for a short time, 38 Squadron?
Steve Smith from London wrote on 05/04/2022 at 11:49 am
I am writing about 186 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. One of its pilots was Ralph Patrick Madden (Can/J88080). Your details on the excellent site do not match with the squadron operational records book. The ORB shows he completed 30 operation finishing on January 13th 1945. Your entry shows him still operating in April 1945. Can you please check your source.
Lesley Jansen from Winnipeg wrote on 24/03/2022 at 5:36 pm
Hello, I have been watching the news and have seen the destruction of Ukrainian cities. This reminded me of the Battle of Britain and the bombing of London. And, I began to think of the use of radar and that of balloons by the United Kingdom. It seems improbable that barrage balloons would work - but they were used during WW 2. Without air power (an Air Force) Ukraine could, in the end, loose the war with Russia - as did Germany when it lost its Air Force (Luftwaffe) in its battle with England (Battle of Britain). I believe Germany’s loss of its Luftwaffe in its battle with Britain was instrumental in its defeat. I would suggest that, in the absence of a No-Fly zone designation (protection from an air attack) that the barrage balloon be used to defend cities under attack by Russia’s air and ground missiles. With all of todays modern technology and the use of computers, I do not see how one could not think of a way to rig a barrage balloon for use in defence of a city. My sincere wish is that the war in Ukraine will stop, and the destruction of Ukraine and its people’s end. Lesley Jansen
J. G. from Belgium wrote on 19/03/2022 at 6:59 pm
Because of a WWII-RCAF-Flight Sergeant* (pilot?) I don’t know Because of the respect my father ** and his grandfather (Ernest Veys) had for the RCAF & RAF Because of love for a country I don’t know: Canada Because of love for my family I don’t know * Joseph Veys (Date of Death: 28 May 1943) Flight Sergeant Royal Canadian Air Force ** His mother (Veys) passed away when my dad was born in 1934. Joseph Veys was her brother I presume. My father (Ernest † 2003) his second name was Joseph. So I think the RCAF-member was probably his godfather. Stay all as healthy as possible Stay all as peaceful as possible Let’s create a world with a bright future for the upcoming generations As the fallen soldiers did for us in 1914-1918 and 1940-1945. Sincere, respectful greatings from J. Goethals
Ray Blakeney from Dartmouth, NS wrote on 19/03/2022 at 5:30 pm
I have written a tribute booklet on Harold Kenty Rose, my cousin and a pilot from BC killed on the Salbris raid of May 8-9, 1944. If anyone is interested I can email it with photos and a story of his life and the crew who died in Lancaster JB612 and are buried in St Viatre, France. He will always be a hero to me. Thank you Ray
Ad van Zantvoort from Eindhoven wrote on 16/03/2022 at 9:34 am
My name is Adrian van Zantvoort and since the early 90's I researching wartime aircraft crashes in the S.E. part of The Netherlands. If some one have a request for help please let me know.
Caitlin Healy from Trail bc wrote on 16/03/2022 at 2:15 am
I have a lovely picture of No 15 Technical Detachment RCAF Winnipeg October 1941 With names. It was given to me many years, but I have no personal connection to the picture. Any ideas as to finding a home for it. Group of both men and women standing and seated in front of a plane, could be a hanger
Susie Wang Moore from Toronto, Canada wrote on 12/02/2022 at 2:05 pm
Feb 12, 2022: Replying to Gary Hill, looking for Canadian Airman R179732. I am his granddaughter. My mother passed and in going through more her things recently, found my grandfather's metals and tags. Today I randomly thought I would do an internet search and your request came up. If it's not too late, please feel free to reach out via email. Kindly, Susie
Stuart Kirkley from Burlington wrote on 12/02/2022 at 9:04 am
Sad news to report that Olive Kirkley, beloved wife of Maj..RIchard (Dick) Kirkley (ret'd, deceased) passed away on Feb. 8, in her 90th year. Obituary, condolences and Funeral Service livestream at HumphreyMiles.com The Family
Michael konopka from Salt Lake City wrote on 11/02/2022 at 8:55 pm
I am trying to find info on my grandpa. Royal Canadian Air Force AG Donald Joseph Duncan
Nathan Mills from The Lizard Village, United Kingdom wrote on 08/02/2022 at 2:00 pm
Dear All, I am looking for any information on Canadian airmen in Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom in March and April 1949. In particular a person called "Al", whose surname may have been either McIntosh, Patton, Waugh, Brown, Noble, Hickey, Fraser or Talbot. His parents would have been from Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Thanks, Nathan
Guy Ellis from Ruscombe wrote on 28/01/2022 at 1:25 am
The three Caribou from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron left Trenton on 2 February, while one Boeing from 437 Transport Squadron and three Hercules from 426 Transport Training and 436 Transport Squadrons delivered personnel and equipment between 8 and 12 February to Rhodesia in Southern Africa in support of the Commonwealth Monitoring Force which was formed to oversee the ceasefire between nationalists and Rhodesian forces and the subsequent elections. I am researching this period in history from an aviation perspective and would like to make contact with vets who were on Op Oxide, please. for some background refer to www.historyjournal.co.uk Thank you
Trevor Slade from Johannesburg. South Africa wrote on 22/01/2022 at 5:38 am
Good day to you all. I serve on the National Executive Committee of the South African Air Force Association with responsibility for the Benevolence Portfolio....that is the care and well being of our SAAF Veterans and Members. I wondered how your Assoc. cared for your Vets that I may improve our care of those in need. Could I please chat with someone on your side. A contact email address would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards.Rev. Trevor Slade SAAFA NEC.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Dear Reverend Slade, please write to LCol (Ret) Dean Black, Executive Director of the RCAF Association and Secretary to the RCAF Association Trust Fund at director@airforce.ca
Shaun Pfund from TUCSON, AZ wrote on 18/01/2022 at 2:15 pm
I have a pillow sham, that my late mother had since World War II it is in very good shape, her fiancé at the time was a pilot who unfortunately died when his plane exploded on the runway during take-off. Would anyone like this item, available to ship.
ROB CHARLES ,/BROWN SPEECHLEY,/ ANDERSON from Wodonga VIC Australia wrote on 15/01/2022 at 5:14 am
Hi beautiful site. Was searching for my Dad Richard Raymond Michael Anderson service number again as letter misplaced by me and Vets Affairs sadly. He was RCAF in UK and born May 25 around Toronto Ontario I'll try Google again but if you have time please help Happy 100th was same recently in Australia. Keep up good work. Flying is in the blood before we become angels like M Theresa St or Jordan Peterson
David Bryant from Worcester, UK wrote on 13/01/2022 at 11:33 am
Message for LAURENT FOURNIER... Hi Larry, regarding your message about Bob Boorman and Bill Bryant (my father) and the Mosquito flying under the Eiffel Tower, please email me at davebryantuk(at symbol)icloud.com so that I can reply with more information. Thanks! David
John Rees from Llanelli Wales wrote on 10/01/2022 at 2:03 pm
Message for John Jones, London. With ref to your post about DT-P of 192 Squadron, see Facebook group 192 Squadron Research Group where a full appears about this incident.
Jean Michel Dozier from Wambrechis - France wrote on 10/01/2022 at 11:29 am
Hello from France. I research family of F/O David Alexander LENNIE (J24617) fallen in France 10/05/1944 - Arrested in a maquis 22/05/1944. After Cahors prison, he was sent to Saint-Michel prison in Toulouse. Perhaps he left his memories on this difficult period of his life? I work during the period June-July-August 1944 in this Toulouse prison which were terrible for many Resistance fighters. With many thanks I also saw a message asking for information on Sqn Ldr Lorne Maxwell CAMERON (Spitfire MJ131) which fell on 3/07/1944 near Falaise in Normandy and which went through SEES. He was taken prisoner on 07/31/1944 near BORDEAUX and it is possible that he was sent to Saint-Michel prison in Toulouse. Very best - Jean Michel
Anna Fachina from Parkhill wrote on 08/01/2022 at 10:27 am
My mother told us very little about a plane that was downed outside of Achtmaal , Nord Brabant in the Netherlands... we are not sure which plane that was or where exactly-- only people with a First Aid diploma were allowed on-site; they were given part of the parachute, which she had made into a beautiful bright yellow silk blouse, but she never wore it... it was opened up when we opened up the box of special memorabilia at spring cleaning. Any info on that area, just north of the Dutch/Belgian border?
Monty Staddon from Valognes, France. wrote on 06/01/2022 at 2:18 pm
A flying logbook has come into my possession and I would like to forward it to the owner if still living or to any descendants. 1462219 LAC (later F/Off) Homer S, RCAF. The log covers initial flying training (1942) and lastly Lancaster pilot UK - last entry Feb 21 1946 Dunkeswell. It is possible he remained in England after the war, maybe the South West.
BGen (Ret'd) James Selbie (Late RCA) from OTTAWA wrote on 04/01/2022 at 9:40 pm
I would like to request that the name of my father, CANR110863 LAC James Still Selbie, of Brandon MB, be added to the list of ground crew of wartime 437 Squadron RCAF found on this site. Thank you for your assistance.
James Tushingham from Guelph wrote on 03/01/2022 at 5:11 pm
Hello I am trying to find a copy of the Air Force Review of June 1943. According to a note that I have, my father PO Mel Tushingham, was on the front cover. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Tammy Harris from Coleman AB wrote on 28/12/2021 at 4:43 am
I am looking for information on my great grand Uncle Michael Walter Bachinski who was the flight engineer on the KB700 bomber.
Janet Kinrade Dethick from Rosignano Marittimo Italy wrote on 25/12/2021 at 5:40 pm
I am looking for a Canadian Pilot who had come down over Italy and who crossed over the Alps into Switzerland on 29 April 1944. His service number is J26704 and his surname could be Parama. Any information would be gratefully received.
Donald W Rushton from PORT ELGIN wrote on 14/12/2021 at 7:39 pm
Researched the 417 Squadron history in preparing photos and docs for Bruce County Museum of my father Dean Rushton, Cpl. R91219 airframe mechanic/pilot who served with the 417 through the "Desert War" then in Sicily and Italy. Of note, he and others who completed pilot training in Palestine, were commissioned as pilots and flew missions never received their "wings" since a "finishing /advanced pilot training course" only given in England was required.
Margaret Eldridge from Saugeen Shores wrote on 01/12/2021 at 2:46 am
I am looking for any information you might have on Beverly Gordon Kitchen, killed in a crash in England in 1944.
laurent fournier from SANNOIS wrote on 17/11/2021 at 4:58 am
Hello, I have a picture of a Mosquito flying under the Eiffel Tower on september 14th 1944. My photo is different from the one taken by the Stars & Stipes photographer. I would like to know if someone could give me the code letters (maybe KP-C?) and the s/n of this Mosquito, suposedly flown by W/O Bob Boorman RCAF (pilot) and by Flt/Sgt Bill Bryant (Nav). Thanking you in advance. Best regards Laurent (Larry) Fournier
Robert Robitaille from Montréal wrote on 16/11/2021 at 9:32 am
Je suis membre AFACA (616000) et vétéran FAC (88026). Âgé de 75 ans, j'envisage un retour aux études en ligne dans le but d'obtenir un baccalauréat en administration des affaires. Un vieux rêve enfoui, un besoin de briser l'isolement, d'acquérir de nouvelles connaissances et faire de nouveaux contacts. Retiré du marché depuis 20 ans pour cause de choc post-traumatique, j'ai besoin de 3 lettres de recommandation de professionnels oeuvrant dans le même domaine pour obtenir reconnaissance des acquis. Un coup de pouce serait grandement apprécié. CV complet disponible sur demande. Saurez-vous m'aider?
Don Joyce from Ottawa wrote on 09/11/2021 at 1:09 pm
My father, A.W.T. Joyce was a navigator on 422 Squadron Sunderlands during WW2. His plane crashed into the Bay of Biscay in 1943 and the crew of 12 spent 3 1/2 days in dinghies before being rescued. I produced this commemorative video in their memory: https://youtu.be/rX3Lfteok9U
Claude Vadeboncoeur from Sutton wrote on 05/11/2021 at 1:59 pm
Very disappointed to see that everything is in english only. Claude Vadeboncoeur CD
Jacqueline Garber Dunn from Woodinville, WA, USA wrote on 03/11/2021 at 5:49 pm
Under 432 CF100 fatalities you have my husband’s surname misspelled. It is Flight Lieutenant Garber, R, regimental number 240293 killed on 27 April 1967. You entered “Gerber” which is incorrect.
Norris Gillen from belmont wrote on 25/10/2021 at 7:43 pm
My Father was a Flying Officer, WW11,Navigator, J36122, Norman Gillen, Leeming, Yorkshire, England, RCAF..Halifax Bomber..He and his crew made 32 flights against the enemy..I have in my possession all his navigational charts and paper work for all those flights...Plus the WW11 Bronze plaque of the Bisson Squadron..If you are interested in seeing these items please contact me. Norris Gillen @norrisgillen@outlook.com
Mike Willoughby from Reading, UK wrote on 22/10/2021 at 1:03 pm
Pilot Officer 42808 Donald Seymour Dadson died in the crash of No 6 SFTS Havard P5784 at Shipton on Cherwell, 3 miles east of Woodstock Oxfordshire UK on 14th March 1940 and is buried in Great Rissington, Churchyard
kevin vinkle from Kirkland Lake wrote on 22/10/2021 at 11:34 am
i cannot find a service picture.we would love to have one to honer his sacrifice with a memorial flag.
kevin vinkle from Kirkland Lake wrote on 22/10/2021 at 11:34 am
i cannot find a service picture.we would love to have one to honer his sacrifice with a memorial flag.
Pat McCarthy from Henderson, TN, USA wrote on 20/10/2021 at 9:22 pm
My father was a top gunner on a Lancaster bomber in ww2 I think stationed in England . How can I find out what his squadron was? He passed 15 years ago. Would love to know some of the history of his squadron. Thank you
Jim Clarke from St Helens wrote on 12/10/2021 at 10:43 am
Hi Everyone I'm looking for ANY details anyone can provide on ROSSINI SPRATLEY from the 1940s All we have at the moment is a vague listing from a heritage site..... 10,813 Spratley,R .. .. Rigger .. Rigger (Aero) Ae.Sgt. (pd.) Sergt. Clerk 26/10/15 1/2/18 6 0 O.E. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance. Jim
Hans van Ekelenburg from Vlaardingen, Netherlands wrote on 08/10/2021 at 1:40 pm
Bleiheim Crashet et Maassluis, Netherlands On 28 August 1941 the Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV V6436 of the 21 Squadron Bomber Command RAF took off, in the early evening, from the Watton Base in Norfolk in England with the mission the Waalhaven in Rotterdam in Rotterdam  The crew, with 17 more aircraft, had the order to attack the ships and installations lying there. After completing his mission, the Blenheim flew back to its bases in England. Unfortunately, he never got there. Around Rotterdam was a large ring of anti-aircraft guns. Also on the, in the outer harbor of Maasluis on the 'Kriegsmarine' frigate lying there, the guns started to roar. The plane was pierced with grenades and immediately caught fire. The crew didn't stand a chance. At 20:10 the evening of the 28th of August, the plane drilled with a thunderous blow into the pasture of farmer Chardon directly behind the Govert van Wijnkade. All three crew members were killed. The crew consisted of: Pilot P/O Frank Kerr Orme 25 years old from rockclife, Ontario Canada Observer P/O Stanley Frederik Maude Gunnis, 23, from Aloa, ClackmannanshireUK Radio/gunner P/O Albert Henry Collins 34 from shepperd's bush (London) UK  
Maria Grimm from Washington, D.C. wrote on 07/10/2021 at 9:27 am
Hello - I am keen to find a RCAF 420 Sqn "Snowy Owls" flight patch for my husband's 50th next year. His grandfather, Navigator John Edwin Hamilton-Jones, fought for the RCAF 420 Sqn during WWII. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated - thank you!
Debra Reynolds from Hereford England wrote on 20/09/2021 at 2:17 pm
I am researching a Air crash that happened on 29th April 1945. when a Wellington Bomber crashed into Moccas Park near Dorstone Herefordshire . On board was five British crew and one Australian RAAF, I am researching the Australian crew member he was Pilot Officer Geoffrey George Minchin Smith 426848 he was attached to RCAF in 1942 where he was awarded his wings . I am looking for any information .Thank you for any help, it is very much appreciated
Warren Woodward from Tallahassee wrote on 01/09/2021 at 2:28 pm
My father was an RCAF Flying Officer during the early days of WWII. I am looking to find an honorable home for his personal items. They include several of his “wing” displays and his medals and photos. Anyone knowing of an RCAF museum or civilian air museum please feel free to contact. We were from Simcoe , Ont. so perhaps a Southern Ontario facility would help. Thanks for your time. Woody Woodward
Heather ONeil from Edmonton wrote on 30/08/2021 at 3:55 pm
Searching for RCAF A. HARRIS 207164... My niece found trunk/kit box addressed to Cpl Harris at Lachine, Que, not sure the year. Anybody have info? thx!
Douglas McWhirter from Toronto wrote on 28/08/2021 at 7:05 pm
Some time ago I saw an excellent book compiled and published by the RCAF Winnipeg Assoc. But I don’t recall it’s title. It was something like “Lest We Forget”. It contained individual paragraphs about each Canadian air crew casualty during WW2. Can you assist my memory?
Hubert Desgagnés from Québec wrote on 22/08/2021 at 1:34 pm
Bonjour. In December 1963, the CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert and 404 Squadron were involved in a major SAR operation south of Burgeo, Nfld, not far away from St Pierre et Miquelon islands. The French cargo ship Douala had sunk in a large storm. Two lifeboats were spotted by RCAF SAR aircraft and CCGS SHG was sent to rescue the survivors. 404’s Argus aircrafts were able to localize both lifeboats the day after the sinking in stormy conditions. CCGS Sir Humfrey Gilbert was directed toward the position and she was able to rescue few survivors from the Douala. But some were never recovered. Anyone knows some retired crew members from the Argus aircraft who still have some memories of this SAR operation? Some French family’s members are trying to locate crew members from both the Coast guard vessel and the RCAF aircraft involved for a meeting with the last survivors from the Douala. If you know any RCAF’S members still alive, I can be reached by email hubertd6651@yahoo.fr Hubert Desgagnés, retired Coast Guard SAR Officer, OIC MRSC Québec 418 626 3715 Bonjour. En décembre 1963, le NGCC Sir Humphrey Gilbert et l’escadrille 404 ont été impliqués dans une opération majeure de recherche et sauvetage au large de Burgeo, Terre-Neuve, lors que le cargo français DOUALA s’est retrouvé en détresse dans une tempète. Le navire a coulé et une partie de l’équipage a tenté d’évacuer le navire, non sans grandes difficultés. Un jour après le naufrage, un avion Argus de la RCAF de Greenwood a localisé les embarcations de sauvetage et le NGCC Sir Humphrey Gilbert a été dirigé vers celles-ci. Une partie des survivants ont été rescapés, mais des marins manquaient à l’appel et n’ont jamais été retrouvés. Des membres des familles des marins du DOUALA souhaitent rencontrer si possible, des survivants des équipages de la Garde côtière et des Forces armées canadiennes qui étaient impliqués dans cette opération SAR. Si vous connaissez des retraités des FAC qui sont toujours vivants, s’il vous plait m’en informer pour que je puisse faire suivre leurs coordonnées. Mon adresse couriel est : hubertd6651@yahoo.fr
Robert Bunyar from Swanage, England wrote on 14/08/2021 at 3:20 pm
I've been researching a crash that occurred on 24th November 1944 when a Lancaster X crashed having caught fire in mid - air. The pilot was Richard Gerald Mansfield and according to the details of his death it states he was flying in KB 875. However, I think you will find this is wrong, and it should read KB 785. Such a tragic loss of a crew on a training flight who nearly had completed their tour of duty.
John Thor Dahlburg from TOULOUSE, France wrote on 13/08/2021 at 12:08 am
Bonjour from France. Could anyone kindly direct me to where I could obtain additional information on a Canadian Spitfire pilot shot down July 4, 1944 about 4 miles north of Trun in Normandy, France? French Resistance records give his name, rank and unit as Squadron Leader Lorne Maxwell CAMERON of 401 Squadron, 126 Airfield. I'm very interested in the story of how he made his way over the Pyrenees to safety in Spain, and in contacting any surviving family members (or, of course, Mr. Cameron himself). Thank you and best regards.
John Tranter from New Zealand further to my earlier entry wrote on 12/08/2021 at 9:38 pm
Further to my earlier entry Margaret Jessie Barrie died and is to be buried here in New Zealand her married name was Dicker. Margaret's family would like to have her Air Force service record to have it recorded on her head stone.
John Tranter from Palmerton North, New Zealand wrote on 12/08/2021 at 9:15 pm
I am trying to find out the service record of Margaret Jessie BARRIE . Enlisted 24/05/43 she has passed away here in New Zealand and I am attempting to obtain details of her war service as she has passed away and the details of her service is required for her headstone.
Rosemary Deans from Winnipeg wrote on 04/08/2021 at 4:15 pm
Looking for details about the death of my husband’s uncle. Charles Edward ANDERSON was a casualty of WWII. He was a Flying Officer/Pilot with 298 (R.A.F.) Sqdn. Royal Canadian Air Force~Service No:J/13450. We know that he was killed in action just north of Essoyes, France on August 5th, 1944 and that he is buried in Essoyes. Further research of Flying Officer Anderson’s death revealed that there were three other soldiers on his fateful flight who managed to escape with the help of Mdlle Fortier of Essoyes, known as “Tante Louise” to several British airmen. One of these officers had been found wounded in the rear turret of the downed plane and was taken prisoner by the Germans. He managed to escape the German officers when they stepped into Monsieur Trubert’s Cafe in Essoyes for a drink. Any other details about this manoeuvre or the fate of the other soldiers involved would be great to learn.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
On 05 August 1944, No.298 and No.644 Squadrons towed 10 Waco gliders for Operation 'DINGSON 35A' in Brittany, France (each glider carried 3 SAS and an armed jeep). No.298 Squadron towed 5 Waco gliders. One Waco glider was lost (team of Pierre Philippon, a French SAS and a former member of the Resistance Movement, Réseau 'Bordeaux-Loupiac', who was from Quimper, Brittany). The SAS teams stayed in occupied territory with their armed jeeps until the arrival of Allies. Their job should be impressive because Germans sticked posters promising 20 000 francs for the capture of each SAS dead or alive! But these SAS were loved and protected by the French people who welcomed them because they were the only British troops in the region. ANDERSON, CHARLES EDWARD F/O(P) J13450. From Garrick, Saskatchewan. Killed in Action Aug 5/44 age 21. #298 Squadron. Halifax aircraft #VL 334 lost during operations over enemy territory. Six of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed. Flying Officer Pilot Anderson is buried in the Communal Cemetery at Essoyes, Aube, France. From https://www.pegasusarchive.org/arnhem/batt_298.htm we learn the following about the only aircraft from 298 Squadron shot down on the night of 5 August 1944: “A similar mission, "Diplomat 9", took place on the 5th August 1944 and an aircraft was shot down by a German fighter; one man died but the remaining crew successfully bailed out.”
Jane Gordon from Kingston, ON wrote on 04/08/2021 at 11:54 am
My grandfather was Air Commodore R. C. Gordon ("Bus"). He joined the RCAF in its infancy and I have a scrap book of photographs from Camp Borden, where he learned to fly. He flew up north for geographic missions and then commanded a bomber base in the UK during WW2. He was also the air attaché in Washington, D. C. after the war. I love reading about his exploits in the RCAF so if anyone has a story, please contact me.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Fascinating; thank you for sharing Jane. Pleasure to make your acquaintance. If you would like us to publish about your grandfather and you are willing to share your scrapbook (we will return it) we would be pleased to do so, especially with the RCAF centenary coming up fast - 1 April 2024.
Beverly Duda from BURNSVILLE, MN wrote on 20/07/2021 at 7:02 pm
I am researching a great uncle by marriage, George Dawson. I don't have much background on him other than he was a car salesman in Los Angeles before the war. He was born in 1905 in Australia, and became a US Citizen. Once the war started he joined with the Canadian Air Force. He died while in service. I have no records or pictures for him. Everything has been lost. My research is leading me to believe he died on Canadian soil in a training accident. I'm looking for death certificates or newspapers to confirm this information.
Paul Allonby from Chesterfield, UK wrote on 19/07/2021 at 5:54 am
Hi, regarding P/O John Charles Carriere, from Quebec, who served in the Battle of Britain, some post-Battle info on his later career (via AIR27/966 series Operational Record Books for 140 Sqn held at the UK National Archives - and, like all other ORBs - consultable on-line for free): In September 1941, 140 Squadron was formed as a photo reconnaissance unit based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire with six Spitfires and six Blenheims, tasked with photographing German bases and fortifications in Occupied Europe, particularly on the Atlantic coast. "JC" had already joined it on August 1st 1941 at RAF Hendon after taking a specialist training course at RAF Duxford, when the Squadron was still called 1416 Flight. That first month with his new unit saw the tempo being set - 10 missions, albeit over the UK, carrying out mapping and defence areas photography for the Army. His first operational mission was on September 27th 1941 when he took a Spitfire to St Valery, on the French coast north of Dieppe, bringing back ''satisfactory'' photographs. A further seven missions were flown that month. Over the next 15 months while he was with 140 Squadron, he flew an average of two missions per week, including a January 1942 night sortie in a Blenehim - rocked by violent electrical storms - over the Channel Islands using air burst ''flashbomb'' illumination to get pictures of the German-occupied island of Sark. On November 6th 1942, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was then posted as an instructor away from the Sqn. He survived the war, leaving as a Flight-Lieutenant (and a married man) in November 1945.
Caroline Dick from Montreal wrote on 17/07/2021 at 7:55 am
Hello, I have recently learned more about a member of my family. His name was Pilot Officer Francois Adrien Jean Van Droogenbroeck . He died on July 26, 1944 . I am looking for more information on his medals and missions. I am also trying to find out how family members back in Canada were informed of the death of their loved ones. Thank-you.
Neil Scarbro from Linton on Ouse , N Yorkshire England wrote on 14/07/2021 at 1:24 pm
Dear Sir, After reading of history of your time in our village during the 2nd World War. May I say this to all " Thank you for our freedom we enjoy today" and " Thank you for your service" I myself was in HM Forces for 22 years .Yours sincerely Neil Scarbro
Richard Gibbard from oakley wrote on 25/06/2021 at 5:29 am
I added a story on 11-9-2020 about John Brock Higham my mother's cousin and was contacted by his daughter. I seem to have lost contact details ,can you help?
Christopher B Carveth from Orange, Connecticut USA wrote on 20/06/2021 at 11:34 am
On this (US) Father;s Day I am thinking of my Father, P/O Arthur B. Carveth, RCAF 1939-46. Dad was at CATP Trenton as a Sergeant. After his commission his final wartime posting was as Squadron Adjutant of 415 stationed at East Moor. I have some memorabilia and would be happy to share. cbcarveth50@aol.com