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frank rooney from montreal wrote on 19/10/2020 at 2:47 pm:
As a student at St. Leo's Academy in Westmount , Quebec I must have walked passed the H.Q of the 401 squadron over a1000 times. All school students in the Westmount schools raised enough funds to pay a new Spitfire or Hurricane and it was trucked in ,put together and placed in the center of Westmount Park. All school students had the privilege to line up and be lifted on to the wing and allowed to sit in the opened cockpit one at a time. We couldn't believe how the fighter plane landed on the football field in the center of the park. Often the 401 Pipes and Drums band paraded along Sherbrooke Street to the Westmount Cenotaph for Remembrance Day services led by Officer Dan Donnelly. He was later the father of the Donnelly family who now run 3 auto dealerships in Ottawa. Frank Rooney. Town of Mount Royal Qc.
Bernice Giroux from Calgary wrote on 05/10/2020 at 6:46 pm:
Hello - My father, Sgt. Ronald Leonard Jones, served in the Air Force during WWII. He enlisted on 26 June 1942 until 9 May 1946. After the war he reenlisted 11 May 1948 to 7 July 1966. I would love to find out any information on my dad during the War Years, where he was posted and served and it what capacity. All I know is he met my mother, Olive Green, in Wigan England and they married and he brought her back to Canada. Dad died on May 21, 1972 and Mom died 1 1/2 years ago at 93. If you can assist me on where to search for this information I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.. Bernice Giroux
Leonard Conway from Chigwell England wrote on 05/10/2020 at 6:29 am:
My father Maurice Cohen served in Bomber Command from Feb1943 to his discharge in July 1947 . He joined 420 RCAF in September 1943 and stayed with them until September 1944 flying 35 sorties. On the night of 6/7th June 1944 he flew with F/LT Trickett in a Mark 3 Halifax Q Queenie (PTQ ). He would like to contact any members of that crew to tell he has just recieved the Legion De Honour from the French Government and that they are also entitled to receive the same honour. He flew 2 more missions with F/LT Trickett as his under gunner before returning to his own crew. He would like to hear from anyone who served with 420 RCAF during that time.
LOUIS RICHARD from CALGARY wrote on 04/10/2020 at 7:05 pm:
L's are still not available on the list of RCAF Casualties – Second World War.
Chris Norrington from Peasenhall, UK. wrote on 02/10/2020 at 10:55 am:
I am researching a particular person on our war memorial in Peasenhall, Suffolk, UK. Richard William Stiff was a Flight Sergeant in 423 Sqdn Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve who died on 13 November 1943. I am aware that the squadron flew Short Sunderlands from Northern Ireland patrolling the Atlantic primarily searching out German U Boats. Although I have a basic history of the squadron I am trying to establish more detail around the death of Richard. He has no grave and is remembered on the Runnymede memorial which likely means that he was lost in flight. I am not sure if he was seconded to the Canadian contingent or whether the RAF were also part of the squadron. It is rare but I do have a photograph of Richard as a gunner but uncertain if this was in a Sunderland or another aircraft. Anything you may have on Richard or on the 13 November 1943 would be very useful.
LOUIS RICHARD from CALGARY AB wrote on 23/09/2020 at 6:47 pm:
FURTHER TO MY ENTRY OF 22 SEPT, THERE ARE ALSO NO LISTS OF SERVICEMEN AFTER WHEELER IN THE W SECTION.
LOUIS RICHARD from CALGARY AB wrote on 22/09/2020 at 11:20 am:
I am reviewing over 10000 names those servicemen who were Canadian or were RCAF who died in Bomber Command. This is to update the existing memorial wall for the Bomber Command museum in Nanton AB as some names are missing. I have found your web site very useful. I note that there are no names listed for E and L. Also when I click on the list of Canadians in the RAF (there are 4 groupings of names) I get a message "unable to connect. Can you help in this matter? TX.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Thank you. The "Ls" should now be available. We will be uploading the "Es" very soon. Please also note the addendum/corrigendum pages.
Richard from Östergötland Sweden wrote on 19/09/2020 at 3:10 am:
Greetings Canada! Some WW2 history for you: After a lot of research, I have found interesting facts about a Mosquito raid with 163 sqn RAF March 13th 1945 on Berlin. One of the aircraft KB476 taking part of the raid barely made it back on the proverbial wing and a prayer. Australian Pilot RAAF and CANADIAN Navigator RCAF What they also did and probably never knew was giving Joseph Goebbels a bloody nose that night. I have made a video about this story and published it on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qFaoqik9Lc&t=4s
Richard Gibbard from AYLESBURY wrote on 11/09/2020 at 11:57 am:
While clearing my parent's house I came across an old copper kettle belonging to my grandparents and inside were two newspaper cuttings of P O John Higham and his crew in the Maple Leaf Gardens Toronto to tell their stories of a successful bombing raid on Saarbrucken Photo includes Flight Sergeant, Don Morrison. Flight Sergent KarlSvenson Flight Sergent S C Lee Pilot Officer John HighamWing Commander Walsh and ground crew Flight Sergent Art Loach John Higham's father Caleb was my grandfather's brother who emigrated to Canada from Banbury Oxfordshire , as a child of 7/8 I remember John Higham's mother coming to stay with us travelling on the Queen Mary liner
Don McMurtry from Corte Madera wrote on 07/09/2020 at 6:46 pm:
I am trying like many others keeping the memory alive, of an uncle I never met McMurtry Allan Fairbairn R250838 who perished on December 12, 1944, # 1664 HCU in a Halifax bomber. For all RCAF members who fought for Canada and democracy, may their collective memories live on.
Cory Thompson from calgary wrote on 05/09/2020 at 6:11 pm:
Hello, hope all is well, recently my mom gave me a ring that she thought was her fathers that used to be in the rnwmp and the rcmp. After some research i realized that it belonged to her brother that used to be in the rcaf and was killed post war in a flight accident. I was wondering if anyone knew where i could get any information on him. His name was ross rayment and im sorry but i dont have his bitlrthday. Any information would be great. Thks.
Leigh Edward Glaholt from Delta, BC wrote on 05/09/2020 at 2:23 am:
My father Gordon Glaholt from Calgary and trained in England, was a Lancaster Pilot during World War 2. My family would like to thank the RCAFAssocation for creating this website.
John Jones from Hayes UK wrote on 02/09/2020 at 4:51 pm:
426 Sqn Halifax MZ598 OW-J Claim by Lt Georg Greiner 11/NJG1 - 24km NNE of Courtrai: 500m at 03:57.
Doreen Skelly from Etobicoke wrote on 29/08/2020 at 12:12 pm:
Greetings. I served in the RCAF from 1961 to 1964, and have worked on Warriors' Day at the CNE in Toronto for about ten years. I left as a Leading Air Woman, but my heart has never left the RCAF. I would give anything to be back in uniform and serve in some capacity.
Charlie Schwartz from Burlington, Ontario wrote on 28/08/2020 at 2:15 pm:
I am a former RCAF Airman. Searching for a fellow member John Gemmell whom I served with at RCAF STN DOWNSVIEW in Toronto during the early 1960's.
Lillian Buhl from Cobourg wrote on 25/08/2020 at 5:48 pm:
Was in 400 Fighter Sqdn. (Aux.) in the 1950s. Worked in the Control Tower at Downsview airport every second weekend as an ACA. Are Aux. people allowed to have membership in the RCAF Assoc.?
Lynne Drew from Clacton on Sea Essex U.K. wrote on 25/08/2020 at 11:37 am:
Hoping someone can help me with information on a young Canadian airman who would have been my 2nd Cousin. His name was Victor Gamble. His Mother was an Alice E Page, his Father was Edward. Both from England but emigrated to Canada, Victoria, BC. All I know is that he was “shot down over Japan” During ww2. Have hunted but to no avail. Anything would be great. I have several pics of him and his family as well as their new house on Bay St. Many thanks Lynne
Bill Eluchok from Welland, Ont. wrote on 24/08/2020 at 4:09 pm:
I’m conducting research on F/L Coleman Douglas Perkins, DFC, who served with the RCAF in the Second World War while assigned to the RAF’s Bomber Command as wireless operator. He remustered later as pilot. I note that there were four photos taken during his “investiture with medal” Oct. 12, 1943 at Buckingham Palace (PL-19710) and two others (PL-19712, PL-19714) taken following investiture Nov. 5, 1943, again at Buckingham Palace. PL-21641 is apparently a portrait. My question: Is it possible to obtain copies of these four items? If so, how and where? I’d be pleased if anyone could help me.
Wayne Redmond from Richmond, Cumberland Co., NS wrote on 17/08/2020 at 10:24 pm:
Hello. I was wondering if anybody had any history on the building of Dog Creek Airport, BC. My uncle Gerald Gordon, from NS, was turned down to join the military during the war because he had a serious hernia problem. He then worked at building the Dog Creek airport, but was killed in an accident at age 18, while training another lad on how to operate some type of heavy equipment they used to build the runways. Is there any information about this anywhere? I'd love to learn of it, and record it in the Gordon family history. He was the only one of his 5 brothers that couldn't serve, but to my Mum and Grandmother, he was a patriot nonetheless. Thanks, Wayne R.
Clifford Scott from Ottawa wrote on 17/08/2020 at 3:27 pm:
Served from 1957-1958 on transfer from 435 in Namao. Went to Naples in late 1956. Anybody out there who wants to reminisce, drop me a line.
Kathryn Blair from Winnipeg wrote on 08/08/2020 at 12:54 pm:
Thank-you so much for making this site available and for providing details about so many who served during WW II with the RAF. I was delighted to find details about my father’s sorties as these were not available in his personnel file obtained through the LAC. Could you please provide source details about the sorties and could you please provide proper citation for your site. Thank-you so much for sharing.
Srdjan Gojak from Makarska, Croatia wrote on 04/08/2020 at 5:48 pm:
For the Fl/Lt John McAndrew Brodie: KIA at 14th of February, 1944., Baska Voda, former Yugoslavia, nowdays Croatia.
Graham Horton from Gomene Brittany wrote on 03/08/2020 at 12:36 pm:
We live near the village of Ereac in Brittany France. In the village cemetery lie buried three young Canadian airmen of 424 squadron. We visit the graves regularly and would be very interested in any information about the mission that so tragically took these youngsters lives.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Dear Graham, please send me the names of the three airmen and I will send you details of the incident/action that led to their losses. E-mail director@airforce.ca
Susan Mills-Zorzes from Thunder Bay wrote on 26/07/2020 at 9:02 pm:
Looking for information on Canadians who served with the British Flying Services in WW1 Your site has a section titled Great War - Canadians in British Flying Services with lists(e,g, View names A to B here) to click on. When I do so, a message not found comes up.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Thank you for your question/comment. Those "lists" have been integrated into an on-line database, records and fields for which can be accessed by using the link "Search Awards" at the bottom of the drop-down menu you can use by hovering your mouse over the "Heritage" tab. Please keep in mind, the term "Awards" refers to "Gallantry Awards" aka medals and noteworthy honours. In other words, the database only addresses those who won gallantry awards, not everyone that participated in the (Great or otherwise) war.
Joanne Clark from St Jerome wrote on 14/07/2020 at 4:48 pm:
My father was a pilot instructor during wwii in sask. and Alberta. Is there a fb page where we can seek information or submit photos? I already asked for his record from veterans affairs. Thank you
BENOIT THIBEAULT from LA MACAZA wrote on 07/07/2020 at 11:29 am:
Good day, I created a commemorative plaque (English & French) about Squadron 447 La Macaza Bomarc Station 1962-1972. The project was funded by Veterans Affairs. The plaques were unveiled in July 2018. Would you be interested to get the versions in PDF ? Thanks
Glen Carruthers from Hamilton wrote on 04/07/2020 at 11:37 am:
My father Orne Ross Carruthers was a Rear Gunner in WWII with the 432 Squadron, I have memorial web sites for the 432 Squadron on Facebook and angelfire.com/ca/gcarruth/Ops.html to keep the memories alive.
JPL from England wrote on 03/07/2020 at 2:14 pm:
Eldred Gore BARROW survived the sinking of HMS Courageous on 17 September 1939. He contracted Malaria and died at Daru, Sierra Leone, on 29 September 1940, aged 25. He is buried at Freetown(King Tom) Cemetery: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2625911/barrow,-eldred-gore/
Deb Nowell from Vancouver wrote on 22/06/2020 at 7:29 pm:
I have a photo of F/O G Ward and F/SGT. W.L. Minshull , RCAF, with a group of Approximately 60 men, no other ranks shown. It was printed in Regina, Sask, WW2 vintage, greatcoats on, wedge caps. They are standing in front of a brick armoury, I think. All their names are typed at the bottom of the 11 x14 photo. I bought a box of old photos, on auction. This was included.- happy to find it a home.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Please consider mailing it to RCAF Association, PO Box 2460 Stn D, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5W6 and we will help. Dean Black, LCol (Retired)
Diane Carl from Bashaw Alberta wrote on 18/06/2020 at 11:56 am:
A website that may be of interest for those who had service member in RCAF Squadrons 438,439 and 440 ( Cnd 2nd Tactile Airforce )during WW2 may be found at www.thetyphoonproject.org. This site contains biographies, notes, and photos relating to over 200 members who served in the above Typhoon squadrons. A great research site and of historical significance. Two other sites that may be of interest to anyone interested in Hawker Typhoons are Typhoon Legacy JP843: a British Columbia effort to reconstruct a Hawker Typhoon with a Napier Sabre engine that will be airworthy. A similar project is underway in Great Britain: Typhoon Project RB396 -a restoration to flight of the worlds only combat veteran Hawker Typhoon Mk16 RB396.
Ian Berick from Buckajo Australia wrote on 07/06/2020 at 11:21 pm:
Info required on Warrant Officer (WO/AG) W J M Brady RCAF # R117650 who survived the ditching of a 458 Sqn RAAF Wellington in the Mediterranean on 2 Nov 1943. The Capt & 2nd pilot were killed. The navigator was my high school headmaster. I am writing a brief story about the incident. Thanks. Ian
Jim Boissonnault from Nokomis Fl. wrote on 07/06/2020 at 1:09 am:
My father was a flight navigator with the R.C.A.F. who crash landed in Scotland on April 21 1944. The crew were training on a practice mission flying an Avro anson early in the AM. The plane had mechanical failure resulting in a wheels up landing in a field . Would like to know if anybody could shed more light on this event. I have a little more details. The pilot was named Birks Thanks
Martyn Thomas from CARP wrote on 06/06/2020 at 12:17 pm:
My dad, Jack Thomas" was an RCAF Instrument Technician posted to Gransden Lodge air base in 1944. In relation to the crew of Lancaster ND352, shot down near Auneau on 11.06.1944, I found this entry in my father's diary: "June 11 – Attacked railroad centre in Paris – lost “T” – Stronach and crew. His navigator was from Peterborough was here sitting on my bed Thursday night eating toast with us. He was a good officer."
Jim McLeman from Calgary Canada wrote on 02/06/2020 at 12:58 pm:
I am trying to get any and all info on a F/Sgt A.E. MacPherson who joined the RCAF His number is given as R/205509. I am told that MacPherson did his training in ST Catherine’s in Ontario Thank you for your time. Jim McLeman Jimmcleman@aol.com 403 269-6550
Diana Wright from Ipswich UK wrote on 08/05/2020 at 10:58 am:
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.
Bob Davison from Glasgow Scotland wrote on 05/05/2020 at 7:17 am:
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
Richard Marshall-Hardy from Leamington Spa, United Kingdom wrote on 30/04/2020 at 9:37 am:
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.
Martyn Thomas from Carp, Ontario, Canada wrote on 13/04/2020 at 3:01 pm:
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?
David Fuller from Toronto wrote on 06/04/2020 at 3:41 am:
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.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
Thank you for your note. We hold no log books. When they are donated through the RCAF Association we forward them on to the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario. If can share some more information with me ( director at airforce.ca ) about where your father served, (location of HCU) I might be able to help. Dean Black
Dr Stephen MASON from Sydney wrote on 04/04/2020 at 2:58 am:
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.
Dan Logan from Ayton wrote on 22/03/2020 at 3:39 pm:
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.
Dan Logan from Ayton wrote on 21/03/2020 at 4:26 pm:
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,
Cornelis Reijntjes from Leutingewolde (Netherlands) wrote on 13/03/2020 at 12:21 pm:
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.
Richard MacDougall from Bedford wrote on 04/03/2020 at 8:35 pm:
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.
Wellington Memorial Foundation from Vlaardingen, Netherlands wrote on 14/02/2020 at 12:40 pm:
Hope we're keep in touch.
Ann Sidgwick from Milton Keynes England wrote on 14/02/2020 at 8:59 am:
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.
Admin Reply by: Dean Black
The target was Bremen, and the aircraft was lost without a trace. HADLEY, JAMES CALDWELL FS(AG) R97845. From Kenmore, Ohio, U.S.A. Killed in Action Jun 25/42 age 26. #22 Operational Training Unit. Wellington aircraft missing. Please see Torkelson D.L. for casualty list and flight detail. Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Hadley has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, England. TORKELSON, DONALD LEROY WO2(P) R80180. From Bengough, Saskatchewan. Killed in Action Jun 25/42 age 21. #22 Operational Training Unit. Wellington aircraft #X 9980 was armed with 1 x 500 lb. general purpose bomb and 48 x 30 lb. incendiary bombs when it went missing over enemy territory, presumed enemy action. FSs W.H. Gardner, A. Yankowski, J.C. Hadley, and D.A. Millard were also killed. Warrant Officer Class II Pilot Torkelson has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, England.
Geraldine Perry from Ile de France, France wrote on 04/02/2020 at 4:38 pm:
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.
Steve from Bow Valley Alberta wrote on 01/02/2020 at 6:39 pm:
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
John Harrison from White Sulphur Springs wrote on 09/01/2020 at 12:20 pm:
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
Terry Turner from Chorley Uk wrote on 08/12/2019 at 6:52 am:
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
Staff Sergeant Keen from Grand Saline, Texas wrote on 07/12/2019 at 8:37 pm:
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.
Gary Hill from Nottingham wrote on 01/12/2019 at 5:41 am:
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.
Doreen Steidle from Ottawa wrote on 26/11/2019 at 1:06 pm:
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.
Gary Hill from Nottingham England wrote on 24/11/2019 at 5:17 am:
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.
Paul de Rooij from Roosendaal wrote on 15/11/2019 at 9:14 am:
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.
Lorrie McNamara from Coldstream wrote on 11/11/2019 at 8:35 pm:
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.
Shirley Organ from CRANBROOK wrote on 04/11/2019 at 10:53 am:
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
Karen D. from Trenton wrote on 21/10/2019 at 8:24 am:
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!
Brenda Price from Sorrento BC wrote on 28/09/2019 at 7:06 pm:
I am searching for Alex Chambers former navigator and then intelligence officer in the RCAF. I would appreciate any help.
Rebecca Crooker from SOUTH PORTLAND wrote on 26/09/2019 at 8:12 pm:
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.
Evelyn Jackson from Glasgow UK wrote on 08/09/2019 at 5:49 pm:
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.
Roland Reeves from Calgary wrote on 07/09/2019 at 4:03 am:
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.
Evelyn Jackson from Glasgow UK wrote on 18/08/2019 at 2:53 pm:
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.
Gary Boutilier from winnipeg wrote on 15/08/2019 at 5:09 pm:
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
Patricia Tilley (nee Guerard) from Orleans, on wrote on 14/08/2019 at 3:51 pm:
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.
kim macdonald from Ottawa wrote on 31/07/2019 at 12:18 pm:
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
DREW BARRON from LONDON wrote on 05/07/2019 at 2:51 am:
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.
Sheldon Garrioch from Portage la Prairie, MB wrote on 23/06/2019 at 8:57 pm:
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
Peg Hutnick from Morinville AB wrote on 21/06/2019 at 10:30 am:
In search of James Raymond Burke from NF. Last known posting from France to Comox 1965
Andrew Richard Muir from Stellarton, NS wrote on 17/06/2019 at 7:11 pm:
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
Brian D. Gage from Duncan, B.C. wrote on 08/06/2019 at 4:48 pm:
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.
Hans van Ekelenburg from Vlaardingen, Netherlands wrote on 07/06/2019 at 11:15 am:
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?
Isabel from Kemptville, ON wrote on 05/06/2019 at 6:02 pm:
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.
Bob Carson from Campbell ca. wrote on 05/06/2019 at 3:59 pm:
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
Hans van Ekelenburg from Vlaardingen, Netherlands wrote on 24/05/2019 at 2:56 pm:
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
Jim McLeman from Calgary Alberta wrote on 18/05/2019 at 8:09 pm:
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
Karen Harper-Toso from London wrote on 17/05/2019 at 3:02 pm:
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.
Dale Stewart from B.C. wrote on 13/05/2019 at 7:03 pm:
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.
Frank Hare from Ottawa wrote on 06/05/2019 at 4:27 pm:
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
Rory Corneille from White Rock wrote on 12/04/2019 at 12:41 pm:
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
Rory Corneille from White Rock BC wrote on 26/03/2019 at 1:05 am:
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: rory_corneille@telus.net or peterae3@shaw.ca Regards Rory
Elizabeth Perrett from Reading, Berkshire wrote on 23/03/2019 at 7:53 am:
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
Gary Patten from Port Rexton Newfoundland wrote on 27/02/2019 at 9:55 am:
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
Peter Bishop from Ottawa wrote on 16/02/2019 at 8:49 pm:
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.
Leigh Termath from Qualicum Beach wrote on 11/02/2019 at 10:52 pm:
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!
Debbie Reid from Charlottetown PEI wrote on 31/01/2019 at 9:23 am:
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 reid.debbie@rocketmail.com
Dave Hunter from Castle Donington wrote on 30/01/2019 at 8:51 pm:
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
Norman E. Hahn Jr. from Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA wrote on 29/01/2019 at 4:00 pm:
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 normhahnjr@yahoo.com
Paul Desormeaux from Ottawa wrote on 27/01/2019 at 4:09 pm:
Nice site.
Tony Whittingham from Mississauga wrote on 11/01/2019 at 10:02 pm:
I’m looking for information on Flight Lieutenant Michael Manley RCAF, I’m curious to know where he served.
Jim Novak from Beaumont AB wrote on 29/12/2018 at 2:07 pm:
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.
Richard W Miller from Mermaid, PE wrote on 19/12/2018 at 8:57 pm:
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.
Lawrence McPhee from Corona, Califorina USA wrote on 28/11/2018 at 12:54 am:
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.
Dj Orton from Montgomery, UK wrote on 24/11/2018 at 5:17 am:
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.
John Fairman from Birmingham Uk wrote on 07/11/2018 at 5:18 am:
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.
LOUISA DUMONT from PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA wrote on 06/11/2018 at 7:24 pm:
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.
Cheryl Johnson wrote on 31/10/2018 at 3:08 pm:
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.
Tony Charters from Sydenham, ON wrote on 11/10/2018 at 12:57 pm:
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 tmcharters@gmail.com if interested. Thanks
John Scott from Sudbury wrote on 09/10/2018 at 4:24 pm:
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?
Richard St-Pierre from Kemptville wrote on 04/10/2018 at 11:39 am:
Please contact me at rstp2@hotmail.com