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Lothair Vanoverbeke from Wevelgem 8560, Belgium wrote on 30/04/2024 at 5:16 am
In the early morning of Thursday May 9, 2024, it will 80 years since four-engine Canadian Halifax MKIII bomber LW583 QO-L crashed in Wevelgem, Belgium. In the crash that Tuesday morning in 1944, three crew members were killed while two others were taken POW and two escaped. The No. 432 Squadron RCAF Halifax bomber was badly hit over Wevelgem by the Messerschmitt BF110 night fighter of Hauptmann Adolf Breves, Stab IV/NJG 1. Flight Engineer Sgt. Philip Mellor (RAF) was killed in the aircraft by the Schräge Musik guns of the German Bf110. Pilot Flight Officer Tommy Martin attempted to keep his aircraft flying to allow his crew to jump and parachute to their rescue. Flight Officer Panzer, Bomb Aimer D'Andrea and Sergeants McCarntney, Cantlon and Cannings were able to jump. Four of them landed safely, Mc Cartney and Cantlon were taken POW , Panzer and D’Andrea were able to escape via the Leie (Lys) river. Cannings' parachute failed and fell to his death on the roof of a shed of a nearby farm. Pilot Martin was unable to leave the aircraft and died in the crash. Martin, Cannings and Mellor, are buried in the Commenwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC) plot at the Wevelgem municipal cemetery. On November 10, 2002, a memorial for the fallen crew was inaugurated at the Paul Bekaert farm, Menenstraat 475, Wevelgem (Belgium). This happened in the presence of the widow and children of crew member Philip Mellor. The historical society Wibilinga and Flanders Aviation Society (FAS), do not want to let this 80th anniversary pass by! On Saturdaymorning 10.30Hrs., May 4th, we will hold a commemoration at the monument to remember the sacrifice of this No. 432 RCAF squadron crew. The ceremony will be attended by the British relatives, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Philip Mellor.
John Vincent from Clanfield, Hampshire, UK wrote on 28/04/2024 at 9:40 am
I am enquiring whether you have any photographs of 400 Squadron when they were based at RAF Odiham during WW2 and have forwarded you a photo of PL961 taken at the Base at that time. The reason I am asking is that I am researching No 4 (PR) Squadron which was also based RAF Odiham at the time and I wondered if any joint photos were taken. Many thanks. John Vincent.
Linda Morden-Fader from Innerkip, ON wrote on 27/04/2024 at 4:13 pm
We are looking for Leroy Morden's service number who was a pilot in WWII. He served for the RCAF in the far east. His DOB: Oct 6,1921. We don't have any other information on him but the Legion would like this info for their records. Hope you can help us on this. Linda Morden-Fader
Claude Brunette from Gatineau QC wrote on 27/04/2024 at 10:12 am
Looking for old photos of RCAF 125 squadron 1942-1943 prior to move to England. In particular any photos of Hurricane 5447 (or 71 on the fuselage) . This aircraft was recently restored and is now flying.
MARC SIMBROW from 78 HOLLY STREET APT.#205 wrote on 11/04/2024 at 8:38 pm
marc simbrow from TORONTO wrote on 10/04/2024 at 11:53 pm
David Beatty from Lynden wrote on 07/04/2024 at 8:11 pm
My great-grandfather, Norman William Helwig was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in WW1. Unfortunately the medal was sold many years ago. I would like to try to track it down and purchase back, however have no idea how or where to start this process, or if it is even possible. Any advice anyone could give would be greatly appreciated.
William Wattier from Ste. Anne MB. wrote on 01/04/2024 at 1:22 pm
Greetings I still have my fathers (Harry Stanley Wattier ) Navigator maps and log books with photos from the bomb bays, Would this be something the Museum would be interested in.
Bob Aggerholm from London wrote on 31/03/2024 at 4:09 pm
Congratulations, RCAF for 100 Years on April 1! In memory of my father, LAC Paul Aggerholm, posted Overseas with Coastal Command 1942-1945. Born April 1, 1918
Jeff Flowers from JOSHUA, TX USA wrote on 12/03/2024 at 2:35 pm
I am researching Texas A&M students and graduates who fought in WWII. and I found a Flight SGT Patrick Cluney Noel a Texan and former student who joined the RCAF in 1941. In his obituary this was written: Noel, together with 24 other Texas A&M students, enlisted in the RCAF in February 1941. All but two members of the group later were reported killed in action. Is it possible to find the names of the other 24 A&M men who joined the RCAF in 1941?
Jackie Shedden from Wainfleet wrote on 01/03/2024 at 9:18 am
437 Squadron has listed a. J W Lyon P/O (N) . I think he maybe my father. Is there a way I could find out this information. He was born in Welland 28 May 1913
Jan McClelland from Deloraine wrote on 17/02/2024 at 2:51 pm
I am looking for information on two POW's - Bradley, E. J90044 from London ON and Murphy, WL, J15166 from Wingston, ON - although I think this should be Kingston as I could find nothing related to Wingston as a place name. We are hoping there are records somewhere that show the given names for these men. This is a bit time sensitive as the Dutch group Faces to Graves is hoping to contact living family members re: a commemoration for the crew members of a Halifax bomber that was shot down/crashed in April 1943. All crew, with the exception of these two men, were killed in the crash. Can you help?
Sheila McKinnon from Grande Prairie, Alberta wrote on 06/02/2024 at 3:17 pm
I have two 40th Anniversary 1942-1982 Presentation envelopes for 421 Fighter Squadron, issued October 10, 1982 #408 and #409/500 They are signed but cannot make out what the name is , possibly Langord or Langford? Will be listing online for sale, hopefully someone will like them.
Sheila McKinnon from Grande Prairie, Alberta wrote on 06/02/2024 at 3:10 pm
I have a June 4, 1983 Signed Presentation envelope #442/1000 Would like to know if anyone is interested in this before I place it online for sale. Finally releasing some of my husbands belongings. Thank you
Francis Birch from London wrote on 05/02/2024 at 4:15 pm
Congratulations to The RCAF on their upcoming 100th anniversary and to the RCAF(A) for their support to our Veterans, members and Associstes. Together we all help to build the new RCAF fit the next millennium.
Colin Catley from Cochrane AB wrote on 30/01/2024 at 6:29 pm
Dean; You saved the best to last. Your Vol47No2 @ 47#3 are great and are really " keepers" Your photographs are always amazing but in these two issues they are "outstanding" Your 403 Squadron's Dieppe provided me with a great deal of info I had never seen. As an cold war 403 pilot I was aware that I was privileged to fly a P 51 D with the " Wolf's Head on it .Your issues make me Proud to have been Associated with RCAF groups for over 70 years. I was also finally pleased that you received some credit for the amazing work you have done for us all. I add my "thanks" to you. Colin Catley
Elizabeth Hargrove-Condos from Strathroy wrote on 30/01/2024 at 1:45 pm
Am trying to find information about my father who was a navigator on the De Haviland Mosquito during WWII. Also looking for descendants of his 2 co-pilots, Porky Edwards and Benjamin Plummer.
Paul Hutchinson from Pittsboro wrote on 30/01/2024 at 9:09 am
I am looking into the service records of 2 RCAF staff that served in WW2. I have some transcripts from them on their service and some of their medals / medal ribbons. I would love to fill the gaps I am struggling with, and wonder if any of the members can help me. 1st Eric Arthur Johnson DFC AFC BEM (Service # 1212389) DOB 10/31/22 Joined RAF 11/40 Pilot SGT 02/42 served with: 419 RCAF squadron Summer '42 427 RCAF Squadron Fall '42 -Spring '43 1659 squadron HCU May '43 427 RCAF Squadron Summer '43 DFC awarded September '43 1679 HCU Squadron Fall '43 (Flying officer) / instructor 1669 HCU Squadron summer fall '44 Bommer Command instruction (BCIS) school '45 -'46 1668 HCU Squadron Flight commander '46 BCIS Jan - June '47 Central Bomber establishment June '47 to Feb'49 as flight LT at RAF Maram, Howarden and East Africa Left in Dec '49. 2nd John Minot Carothers RCAF (Service # J-20633) DOB May/02/18 (Louisville KY) Enlisted RCAF 11/25/41 Served Canada and "overseas" I have no details. of these years with the RCAF, looking for help on this detail Honorable discharge 06/28/44. Enlisted in USAAF June '44 Served with 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF KIA /MIA P51C crashed returning from Berlin raid, North sea 8/27/44. Thanks in advance. Paul Hutchinson
Mike Bryant from Cheltenham, UK wrote on 24/01/2024 at 2:31 pm
At approximately 02:20 hours on 26 August 1944, while returning to base Halifax bomber MZ311 of No 78 Sqn crashed into Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (approximately 170 miles south of home base). All seven of the crew, of whom five were RCAF, perished. In December 2022, a small monument to the crash was put in place, and unveiled by Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller – the President of the Cheltenham Branch of the RAFA. On 26 August 2024 – the 80th anniversary of the crash – there will be a formal dedication of the monument . The dedication will be by Air Vice Marshal The Venerable Ron Hesketh – a member of the Cheltenham Branch of the RAFA and a former Chaplain-in-Chief to the RAF. Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller will lead the event. See the following link for more information https://branch.rafa.org.uk/cheltenham/crash-of-halifax-bomber-on-cleeve-hill-in-1944/
Ally Brown from Paris wrote on 22/01/2024 at 4:42 pm
Hello, Signing in memory of my Grandpa George Potts Brown - RCAF Greenwood, Pathfinders.
Colin Johnson from Bowen Island wrote on 19/01/2024 at 3:00 pm
R/105324 James D Barbour My mother's brother was killed in February 1942. For some reason I cannot find him in this Registry which seems sort of odd to me. He is buried in SCOPWICK CHURCH BURIAL GROUND Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Grave Reference: Row 4. Grave 34. Royal Canadian Air Force Division: 411 Sqdn. I am the son of My mother Eleanor Barbour whose Parents were Norman and Rita Barbour I would like to know more about what happened to James D Barbour have a picture of him flying in his spitfire but My Mother and Father did not really tell how and what happened in his demise. I know he flew on several missions. He also is not recorded at all in this registry. although there are two Barbour's referred too. Can anyone help me with this research.
Shawn Hierlihy from Summerside wrote on 17/01/2024 at 2:19 pm
The crash of CF-133 # 21122 at St Hubert on July 19, 1954 does not mention F/L GJ Helmer killed in the crash. Is there a reason for this?
Gary Borstad from North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada wrote on 02/01/2024 at 9:08 pm
Jean Michel Dozier from Wambrechis - France wrote asking for information on Flying Officer Donald Alexander Lennie RCAF J.24617. Donald was my father's cousin. His story was told in a Newspaper article that is included in an blogpost https://resistancefrancaise.blogspot.com/2018/03/allied-airmen-picked-up-by-la-brigade.html
[The Revd Dr] Graham St.John-Willey from Northampton, England wrote on 30/12/2023 at 3:51 pm
I am trying to locate any living relatives of Flight Sergeant (R98159) Air Gunner Charles William AULD (an American citizen), born 30 April 1919 in Chicago who joined the RCAF on 18 April 1941. He was with 23 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Pershore and was killed during a night flying Wellington bomber accident 14/15 July 1942. He is buried in the churchyard at Chelveston, Northamptonshire, England. I have been involved in the provision of a new headstone from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and also have photographs of the old and new headstone for anyone interested. Any other information about him would be welcomed. .
Stephen Hall from Paignton south Devon England wrote on 02/12/2023 at 6:13 am
Morning some time ago I was demolishing a hotel in southern England where I came across a note with some photos, saying Canadian pilot killed on a raid in the river Loire France I have a photos . It would be nice to put a name to the photo kind regards
Richard James wrote on 26/11/2023 at 2:01 am
As 9 Squadron Historian, I'm conducting research on F/L Coleman Douglas Perkins, DFC, RCAF in the Second World War while assigned to 9 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command.
Andrew CLARKE from GANGES wrote on 19/11/2023 at 9:12 pm
Pilot Officer Robert Grant Harlow is 100 years old today and living with his wife Sally on Mayne Island BC He is my step-father...awarded the DFC, Bob flew 36 missions his favorite plane..the LANCASTER with the old radial engines HAPPY 100 Bob...well done.Nov 19 2023
Tyler Swan from Hamilton, Ontario wrote on 15/11/2023 at 8:06 am
Hello, My great uncle, John William O'Brien R70461, was in the 22 OTU at Wellesbourne in 1942. His plane, a Wellington X9671, crashed in a test flight in September 1942. His high school has a war memorial with photos but the do not have a quality image of him. Does anyone know where I might be able to find a better picture of him? I've searched all over, but to no avail. Any help is appreciated!
Keren from Kitchener, ON wrote on 14/11/2023 at 11:58 am
Hello, I don't see my grandfather's name on the list for squadron 437, yet I know he was part of it from photos he took during the war and the framed copy of the squadron crest we have. His name was William Henry Blackmore. I believe he was an officer.
Steve Edgar from Oakville wrote on 12/11/2023 at 7:15 pm
Former RCAFA member (408/437 Wing) Wondering how I can purchase the RCAF Early Cold War Years book.
Kathryn Vicat from St. Louis, Missouri wrote on 01/11/2023 at 10:55 pm
I found your website in doing research on the Netherlands American Cemetery. As a WWII researcher, it was great to have your organization as a resource. Specializing in custom WWII excursions, it is important to have access to as much information as possible. While the National Archival Records Administration is a great resource, being able to utilize the RCAF Association will allow the opportunity reach out the families of more veterans. Thank you!
Joe Kileel from Riverview NB wrote on 01/11/2023 at 1:52 pm
Hi there, I’m hoping that someone could direct me to where I can find out about my dad’s service during WW2. He was with the RCAF from 1942 until his discharge in 1946 and served in the 435 Squadron in Burma, India. His name was George Kileel. If anyone can help out I’d be really grateful.
Jorge PICABEA from La Ferté-Macé (61) wrote on 19/10/2023 at 7:41 am
Hello, I'm a disabled Vet from SAC living in Normandy a few kilometers from the crash site of Robert Dunlop Davison in Lingou. He was a 401sq Canadian pilot, fallen 28/06/44, I'm looking to reproduce his Spitfire in a model, anybody has a photo? Anybody knows the aircraft markings? I can be reached at jpicabea@gmail.com. Cheers and thanks!
John Jones from Hayes wrote on 16/10/2023 at 6:44 am
626 Squadron Lancaster III NE163 UM-T2 The crew were initially buried in Walsum-Aldenrade Cemetery. Reinterred 3 June 1947. Reference:- CWGC
Joseph Paquette from Amherstburg wrote on 03/10/2023 at 6:43 pm
My mom, Barbara Evelyn Taylor, was in the RCAF during WWI stationed in Britain and worked as a plotter during the Battle of Britain. I am hoping I can be directed to some division that might have more information about her service.
Rod Carter from Edinburgh wrote on 26/09/2023 at 7:48 am
Hello I have always wanted to find out more about my Dad’s service with 404. He was in the RAF and on completion of his training he went to 404 in 1941. He served as a navigator but his wings showed the O for observer. He was with 404 until 1944 when he completed his first tour of duty. He went from Sergeant to being an officer in the squadron. I just wondered if there was any information you can give me. All I have is his log book but the entries are rather concise. I have been trying to piece together from his entries with what actually happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Mr Nicholas Hall from Lincoln UK wrote on 25/09/2023 at 3:43 pm
I wish to inform the RCAFA that the Battle of Britain Historical Society (BoBHS) is still in existence and I'm currently the Historian for the BOBHS having been in post since 2015 following my retirement from the Military our current person in charge is Mr John Pulfer and are Vice President is Wing Commander John Chappell 601 RAuxAF based at RAF Northolt. The BoBHS is overseeing the Battle of Britain Monument in London and ensuring that is maintained and lit up at night ensuring the honour of The Few is assured . our website is currently battleofbritain1940.net and will be updated shortly. we are proactively seeking new members and would welcome such from Canada . We produce a magazine twice yearly. The BobHS was the fundamental driving force behind the London Monument to which 117 were Canadian and 242 Squadron were synonymous .
John Lee from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec wrote on 22/09/2023 at 10:36 am
I am looking for any information on Hubert Tinhof of Montreal who was a Canadian aviator shot down in WWII and interned in a prison camp in one of the Nordic countries. He survived the War and died in Montreal in 1995. Any information would be appreciated.
Dwight Gibson from Kanata wrote on 17/09/2023 at 10:53 am
For Rick Allen though not of the specific types of bands that you are looking for,, I have a number of pictures of the Baden Rube band if you want them.
Sue-Ann Facchini from Calgary Alberta wrote on 04/09/2023 at 7:10 pm
I am hoping to find ANY info on my Dad's service in the RCAF in WW2. I know he was a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber but that is pretty much all I know, his name was Gerry Noel.
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