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carol carr from deep river ont wrote on 01/05/2015 at 9:41 am:
looking for my husband's service number from WW2. His name was Joseph William Carr and he was a FO in the RCAF. Served overseas as a bomb aimer and navigator. Birth date October 10 1924. Died 2006.
Della Baldwin from England wrote on 22/11/2014 at 1:02 am:
I wish I'd found this site before. My husband was in the RAF, seconded to the RCAF 428 squadron (Ghost) which twinned to 419 at Middletn-St-George, England. I have details of raids and personnel taking part in them for four months of 1943. I have also written a book which is on Amazon called Whichever Way the Wind Blows. It centers on a Canadian crew at the station, although it's also a love story. It describes raids, including Peenamunde, and you will see what those boys had to contend with.
D.M.Wynn from England wrote on 22/11/2014 at 12:38 am:
I have written a book which centers on a Canadian crew based in N/E England during WW2. Although it's partly a love story, it is also a tribute to those gallant young men from overseas to came to fight for Britain during her hour of need. The book is on Amazon (and Kindle) and is called Whichever Way the Wind Blows by D.M.Wynn. Read it and understand just what they had to go through. I woud be grateful for your feedback. Many thanks.
Sheila Kettley from drakes broughton wrote on 12/11/2014 at 6:16 pm:
My mother was with the royal Canadian air force station Linton on ouse. York. Her name was Helen ross 2118101. I have Christmas menu for 1943 and 1944. With photos of king George queen Elizabeth and princess Elizabeth. Can you help. Sheila kettley
Margaret Aitchison Palmer-Brown from Argyll Scotland wrote on 12/11/2014 at 10:10 am:
I am desperately trying to find more information about pilot Officer Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison RCAF attached to 75 Squad RAF who died on 15 September 1941 and is buried at Hamburg Cemetery. That is all I have been able to find through search engines. I heard he had been awarded a medal of some kind but find no trace of same.I was told many years ago that he was in a lockheed Hudson when he was shot down but I do not know if this is accurate. I am an old lady now and need to find out all I can about Hugh so tnat his memory can be kept alive by my children and grandchildren. Can Anyone help.
Kathleen Snider from St.Catharines, ON wrote on 06/11/2014 at 1:54 pm:
I am looking for information on John "Jack" Douglas Snider. He was in the 78th squadron from June to November 1941 for his first tour. His second was with the 419 from Feb to May 1943. He was an instructor in the UK for 6 months before returning to Ottawa.
Stuart Tait from Ottawa, Ontario wrote on 18/10/2014 at 3:10 pm:
Looking fore information on Ted Argue of 403 Squadron. He was my supervisor when I was working for Customs and Excise in 1969. I need his aircraft serial number and aircraft codes so that I may make a spitfire model of his aircraft.
Michael MacNamara from Fonthill Ontario wrote on 27/09/2014 at 3:42 pm:
1962 - 1968 104 KU and 414 (EW) Squadron.... Then to 424 Trenton and finally CFB Bagotville. 1972
David Barrett from Chilliwack, British Columbia wrote on 14/09/2014 at 12:09 am:
1944 #7 O.T.U. Debert Nova Scotia. On January 6th --1944 ---I was flying a Mosquito Aircraft - I hit another Mosquito aircraft on take-off, the aircraft I hit was on the wrong runway --a command investigation I was not at fault -- both aircraft were destroyed --Does anyone remember the accident --I left for England soon after ---would like to know if anyone remembers.
David Barrett wrote on 14/09/2014 at 12:08 am:
1944 #7 O.T.U. Debert Nova Scotia. On January 6th --1944 ---I was flying a Mosquito Aircraft - I hit another Mosquito aircraft on take-off, the aircraft I hit was on the wrong runway --a command investigation I was not at fault -- both aircraft were destroyed --Does anyone remember the accident --I left for England soon after ---would like to know if anyone remembers.
HCol Ronald M. Begg, ret'd - CFSACO -RCAF from Cornwall, Ontario wrote on 11/09/2014 at 7:56 pm:
To all of our veterans you made us proud during the campaigns and continue to this day....my the eagles fly high....and God Bless
Christopher White from 59 Bramblegrove Cres., Ottawa ON K1T 3G2 wrote on 10/09/2014 at 12:34 am:
My mother, Ruth White (Section Officer WAAF) passed away today. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers Ruth as a long-time member of the RCAFA Toronto.
John H. Bisscheroux from Chomedey, QC wrote on 31/08/2014 at 9:20 pm:
Enjoy reading the stories presented here. I served in the RNAF from 1951 to 1957 and came to Canada where I joined the 306 Maple Leaf RCAFA mess on Sherbrooke Str Montreal and had a jolly good time with the fellow members at the time. I now see more and more old timers going on permanent soaring duty in the great blue yonder......pitty !
Smitha782 from Smitha782 wrote on 25/08/2014 at 4:37 pm:
When I originally commented I clicked the Notify me when new comments are added checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails using the same comment. Is there any way you may take away me from that service? Thanks! cfbedakedakccdfe
Michael MacNamara from Fonthill Ontario wrote on 26/07/2014 at 10:02 am:
Served at 104 KU and 414 (EW) Sqn. 1962 - 1968 A wonderfull posting.
Tony Rushton from England wrote on 21/07/2014 at 12:09 pm:
I am secretary of the Guildford branch of RAFA, I want ask if there any planned activities to mark VE day that our branch could become involved with as during the war there was a large Canadian presence here in Guildford both Army and Air Force based at Dunsfold Regards Tony
Candice McDonald wrote on 12/07/2014 at 3:10 pm:
I was hoping someone might have information on my grandfather James Edward McDonald. I have a picture of him in uniform. After researching the badge, I have determined it is a WW2 RCAF air gunner badge. He was born in 1925, and was living in Toronto, Ontario during WW2. I can be reached at familyroots41@hotmail.com. Thanks.
Rosemary Edmeads from Culver City California wrote on 05/07/2014 at 5:11 am:
I NEED HELP IN TRACING AN RCAF VETERAN On Sept. 2013 several RCAF WW2 veterans received the Bomber Command Bar from Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino at a ceremony held in Calgary. One of the veteran airmen who was presented with the Bomber Command Bar was Robert Peterson who served as a Bomb Aimer in Halifax JP162 FS stationed in Brindisi Italy. This crew which included my father Sgt John Rae, RAFVR Rear Gunner was delivering supplies to aid the Polish partisans at the beginning of the Warsaw uprising August 4/5th, 1944. The plane was shot down.three of the crew were killed including my father. Sgt Peterson along with 3 other crew baled out and was aided by the partisans and eventually returned to the UK and the home to Canada. I have been trying to find him without success. Can anyone help me locate him I would love to be able to talk with him. I have been researching the crew and the events leading up to that tragic mission when 4 Halifax aircraft did not return and I am about to publish a book. This year marks the 70 Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising and I will be in Poland at Rakowicki Cemetery, Krakow to remember the brave airmen who did not return. I hope that someone can help Rosemary Edmeads
Peter F. Walsh from Bowser BC wrote on 18/06/2014 at 5:59 pm:
My Father, F/O Peter T. Walsh was a pilot in WW2, primarily flying Halifax.He received DFC. I am a documentary film maker presently developing a film on his service and of the men in his squadron RAF/RCAF # 192. He was born in Toronto and served into 1945. I would like to contact any servicemen who might have information re: his service, Squadron 192, fellow Squadron members or ground crew etc, or any archives or contacts I should search. I have a copy of his log (parts were classified) Thank You PW
Colonel (R) Bill Minnis,PPCLI wrote on 09/06/2014 at 12:47 am:
Grateful for the information concerning my Uncle, Richard McKnight Minnis,his flying record as a pilot in Lancasters and the citation for his DFC. Very valuable record for families as well as for the RCAF. Thanks
Jessica Hurford from Vancouver wrote on 30/05/2014 at 6:41 pm:
Found an amazing report of my Grandfather's time with the RCAF - he just turned 99 last week and I can't wait to share this with him!
John Sauvageau from Crofton, Vancouver Island wrote on 28/05/2014 at 12:15 am:
Joined RCAF 1954 as telecom (Air) tech. My first posting was 438 Sqn ( 5 years I remember with fond memories). Was CFR'd in 1969 . Taught for five years at CFSAOE School, Borden and served two years with 406 Sqn Shearwater. Retired (at tender age of 47!) AERE Major as last BAMEO (Voodoo) CFB Bagotville to Vancouver Island where I still reside. Wishing you all the best success for this year's reunion.
Art Cuthbertson from Dieppe NB Canada wrote on 15/05/2014 at 6:54 pm:
I served 25 years in the RCAF and am now involved with the Dieppe Military Veterans' Association. Moncton/Dieppe was the home of many units during WW II and to honour these units and men we have installed monuments at a park in Dieppe which pays tribute to BCATP, No 8 SFTS Lakeburn, No 4 RD Scoudouc, No 5 ED Moncton,Moncton Flying Club, No 10 AOS Chatham, RAF Ferry Command, No 31 RAF Personnel Depot, No 10 Release Centre and all the personnel who were trained in Canada and had to pass through our area coming and going from thge UK.
Avery A Aronovitch from Delray Beach Florida wrote on 15/05/2014 at 5:34 pm:
Would like very much to hear of any Canadian Veterans WW11,or Korea living in the Palm Beach/Broward area,and ex servicemen of those eras whether stationed in Canada,USA,or abroad
Ethel Bollong from Wallace. N.S. wrote on 15/05/2014 at 10:36 am:
Hi, My first visit to your page. Hope to do more visits. My late husband was a M&W Tech. in the RCAF 1955-81 We were married in 1956 so I spent most of those years by his side . I enjoyed being part of the Military Family very much.Even though Fred passed away 2011 I am still part of that Military Family.
Joyce Dunn (nee Salmon) from Nepean, Ontario wrote on 30/04/2014 at 4:12 pm:
I was stationed at St. Hubert from April 1943 to the time it moved to North Battleford, Sask in 1944. I was a WOG and for several months the only girl in the Wireless Section. I tought trainee pilots wireless and had classes of Brits, Aussies, New Zealanders and Canadins. The Sergeant in charge of this section was Sgt. Bond. The officer in charge of the wireless Section was Sqdn. Leader Perrault. From North B. i moved to Rivers, Manitoba until March of 1945 when I was discharged.
Bernard Leblanc (Bernie) from Gatineau wrote on 07/04/2014 at 3:00 pm:
From 430 Sqn Valcartier ,407 Sqn Comox , Bameo Ottawa and finaly 450 Ottawa I always keep it in my memory these wonderfull souvenirs
Larry Shewchuk from Richmond, BC wrote on 31/03/2014 at 1:43 am:
I was stationed in St. Hubert in 1959 and 1960 as an Armament Systems Technician working in the Hangar.
Michael MacNamara from Fonthill Ontario wrote on 08/03/2014 at 7:46 pm:
Hello all. I was with 104 KU from 1963 to 1965 and then 414 (EW) Sqn until Sep 1968...... Lots of fond memoreis of the RCAF and of course... Montreal.
Nadine Marcus Murphy from Windsor, Ontario, Canada wrote on 24/01/2014 at 4:21 pm:
A reunion is a great idea and I'm seriously thinking of attending although I won't remember anyone I'm sure. I was Stn'd ADC/HQ/OR 1956 to 58 when I married Cpl Brian Murphy, Pay acct's. At that time I was LAW S. Nadine Marcus. Thank you for your service. LEST WE FORGET. snm
FLT F.C. Davies DFC 405 SQDN. PFF from Toronto wrote on 29/11/2013 at 8:41 pm:
By the way Heather, if you wish to follow up on your reading and do not have all the details of your Dad, send along an E mail and maybe can help. By the way when I was at Juno, a large very medal, made up from metals from many German different materials from their various armaments used during the Juno Beach affair; was presented to me by the local Director for PFF actions. Meant to add this to earlier reply.
David J. Gillies from Lakeshore, Ontario wrote on 18/10/2013 at 9:36 pm:
4001 Tech Training unit 1955; 401 Reserve Squadron late 1955 thru 1958. Weekends at St. Hubert, Summers in Chatham, N.B. Evenings in Westmount.
Larry Shewchuk from Richmond, BC wrote on 12/10/2013 at 9:12 pm:
I was stationed at St. Hubert in 1959 to 1960 as an Armament Systems Tech.
Victor G Snowden from Kitchener, ON. wrote on 25/09/2013 at 11:59 pm:
just about to read the Constitution & By-Laws etc
Noel and Isabel Gauthier from Edmonton, Alberta wrote on 15/09/2013 at 12:57 am:
I was stationed at RCAF Stn St. Hubert from 1957 - 1962 with 401 Squadron - great squadron - great times. Wife, Isabel, worked at Air Defence Command HQ. Wonderful memories of the good ol' days. We lived in St. Bruno. Hope to get to the reunion next year.
Gil Charlebois wrote on 13/08/2013 at 4:45 am:
What a great site to re unite with old pals. Thank You, Gil Charlebois, RCAF ("MWO" Retired) 1957-1987:30 years)+ 13 Years Honeywell).Retired and Lovin" it in Florida for 4 Canadian Winter Months..in fun city,Zephyrhills, Hillcrest RV Resorts, Gil
Gil Charlebois wrote on 13/08/2013 at 4:43 am:
What a great site to re unite with old pals. Thank You, Gil Charlebois, RCAF ("MWO" Retired) 1957-1987:30 years)+ 13 Years Honeywell).Retired and Lovin" it in Florida for 4 Canadian Winter Months..in fun city,Zephyrhills, Hillcrest RV Resorts, Gil
F/Lt F.C. Davies DFC from Toronto On. wrote on 07/04/2013 at 6:04 pm:
Hi Heather Logan I was on the Squadron with your Dad. Yes he had a rough time, shot down twice. I only went down once.
Heather S. Logan from Kingston, Ontario wrote on 01/04/2013 at 8:09 pm:
Have found quite an informative listing for my father S/L Lloyd E. Logan with 405 Pathfinders. Quite in detail of him being shotdown. I'm still reading .... but fantastic website.
Michael de Silva from Cambridge, England wrote on 20/03/2013 at 11:44 am:
A reminder for WWII RCAF Veterans that the BOMBER COMMAND Clasp is now available free from UK MoD for those eligible. Visit www.veterans-uk.info for an application form. A small, very late recognition for heroic service given. Next-of-kin can also apply.
Tom Loomis from Dartmouth Nova Scotia wrote on 19/03/2013 at 8:14 pm:
Looking for information and the service record of my father S/L James Gordon Mann Loomis who served at base 62 from 42-45. Pictures and the names of the personel that he served with would be nice. Thank you for any help that you can give me. Tom Loomis,Dartmouth, NS
Ron Howland from London UK. wrote on 03/03/2013 at 3:25 pm:
Re the Eagle/Albatross dispute. I have one of the eagle brooches from Paris mentioned here. The company name was FIX (pronounced feese) which is stamped on the reverse. It was also worn by many french flyers prior to an official insignia, who some have claimed, were copying british insignia. The Paris story related here makes much more sense because FIX were a popular Paris jewellery maker of the time. From this info it is more then that we, the Brits, were copying the french. Thanks for clarifying that important historical detail.A great site.
Oluf Eriksen from Denamrk wrote on 20/02/2013 at 9:50 pm:
Great to see the RCAF come back to original name. Enjoyed your aircrew members over many years with gratitude following wings presentation at No. 3 FTS Claresholm, Canada Course 38, DEC 1952. Still enjoy many happy moments of flying given by our fine WW II RCAF Spitfire pilot, Flying Officer Cliff King.
Richard Nickerson from Miramichi New Brunswick wrote on 20/02/2013 at 3:14 am:
looking for info on sabre crash from sabre transition unit RCAF Chatham near Heath Steele Mines Newcastle NB 1965 or 66,my father witnessed this crash,and had a piece of wreck,he and others rushed to crash site,unfortunately this was a fatal crash.Can you tell me anything about this ie pilots name etc.
avery aronovitch from delray beach,florida, 33483 wrote on 17/02/2013 at 11:46 pm:
Hi,I served from 1952-1955 and was stationed at a number of bases,but one in particular was being part of the advanced party in the opening of #210 AC&W Sqn.,Moisie,Que.,and I have been looking for an old friend by the name of Lionel Chartrand if anyone knows of his wereabouts I would sure like to get in touch with him I never did get to thank him..Avery
Ellen Kerr from Dundee, Scotland, U.K. wrote on 10/02/2013 at 3:54 pm:
Trying to locate info on a cousin of mine- George Roy Bullion- served as a Pilot Officer - latterly attached to Sqd.273 R.A.F. WW2 -unfortunately killed over Singapore 11/12/1944 - Have family info but would dearly love to have his War record - can anyone out there assist me! Roy as he was known, was my childhood hero! Parents were Edward and Maargaret Bullion of Baldur, Manitoba.
Max Robbins from Waimate, New Zealand wrote on 05/02/2013 at 9:21 pm:
12 Squadron Bomber Command Lancaster ND342 PH-U. This bomber was shot down on a bombing run to Essen on 12th Dec 1944. My partner's uncle was the pilot and there were 2 Canadians in the crew. F/Sgt J.R.Patterson, Rear Gunner was killed and F/L Bert E.W Hall, Navigator was also killed. I am compiling all the information I can and have photo's of the crew, raid sheets etc. Would love to find the descendents of these 2 aviators and share all this info with them
Leslie Sadler from Canada wrote on 03/02/2013 at 3:36 am:
My father who passed away 2years ago came to Canada as a RAF mechanic in 1941, serving at North Battleford BACTP base. I am writing a novel on Canadian pilots who joined the BCATP, I need some information on certain aircraft, would help if not I surely enjoyed your site. Thanks so very much. Les 1-780-989-0645 Edmonton AB.
Jayne Edwards from Plymouth, UK wrote on 31/01/2013 at 11:24 pm:
SEARCHING FOR BETTY HAYES who left to be with FRANK, Royal Canadian Air Force in 1960. She left her children and has never been heard of since. Her duaghter has searched for 30 years and desperately seeks some closure. Does anyone know what Squadrons served at RAF Uxbridge in 1959/60 so that we might contact them. Grateful for any assistance.
Lori Riley from Langley, B.C. wrote on 31/01/2013 at 9:18 pm:
I am interested in finding out more information on my uncle - 6 27 Flying Officer Collingwood, George F-86 Sabre II 19291 25 August 1952
Rosemary Edmeads from Culver City, California wrote on 30/01/2013 at 12:08 am:
Reply to Andy Davis Reference RAF Records for your father Sgt A C Davis Try the following site Veterans-UK.info They have all the information and forms you can download to apply for your dads records. Cost is 30 pounds. Good luck with your search Regards Rosemary Edmeads
Rosemary Edmeads from Culver City California wrote on 29/01/2013 at 11:58 pm:
I am interested in finding the whereabouts two RCAF crew members or their families who flew on Halifax JP162FS-S 148 Special Duties Squadron on the night of Aug 4/5th 1944 when it was shot down near Wojnarowa Poland after dropping supplies to the partisan groups They are F/O Phillip James Anderson and Sgt Robert Orlando Peterson who were two of the four crew who evaded capture ( Sgt Jolly and Sgt Underwood) and returned to England in March 1945. I am the daughter of Sgt John Rae who was KIA Also KIA were Ft Lt McCall and Sgt Aspinall. I have been researching the history of this crew this last flight of JP126 and have been helped by a group of Polish aircraft history enthusiasts Excavations have been made and a TV documentary made of the crash site in 2010. Items have been displayed in The Home Army Museum in Krakow.There are plans to honor the crew of JP 162 I would be happy to hear from anyone who could give me further information on these two men. I am traveling to Krakow this summer to meet with these people who have been so helpful. Kind regards Rosemary Edmeads nee Rae
John O'Boyle from Burlington, ON wrote on 28/01/2013 at 1:23 am:
Was trying to look up some old information, and came across this site. Interesting! Hi to all my old friends form the old Air Force, the goods old days. JOB
Case Balk from Mississauga Canada wrote on 22/01/2013 at 7:33 pm:
Just Passing thru. Served 1965-1985
Paul Richardson from UK wrote on 17/01/2013 at 4:05 pm:
Great website! Currently looking for relatives of, Stephen George Cockrane Sherman. He flew with my great uncle on Lancaster JB708 which went down 10/11 may 1944.
andy davis from england wrote on 10/01/2013 at 5:50 pm:
trying to find my fathers raf record flight sergeant A C Davis i think his service number was 522305.please can anybody help.Thank you.
AL BELLIVEAU from GREENWOOD NOVA SCOTIA wrote on 09/01/2013 at 10:07 pm:
Enjoy my first visit to your web site. Looking forward for more interestesting topics
jerold lindsey from leesburg VA wrote on 24/11/2012 at 5:27 pm:
Looking for WW2 photos of Flt. Lt.s Andrew W. Lockhart and Joesph Wood of 692 Squadron -- crew of Mosquito Mark XVI Moncton Express III -- suggestions welcome -- Thanks
Rosemary Edmeads from Culver City California USA wrote on 17/11/2012 at 6:01 am:
I am interested in trying to find a book that was written by a Sgt R O Peterson RCAF called 'Canadian Airmen in Poland' published in 1962'He was a survivor on JP 162 FS-S which was shot down on a mission to deliver supplies in the Warsaw Uprising on Aug 4/5th 1944 If anyone knows where I could obtain a copy I would appreciate hearing from you. Also if you have any information about Sgt Peterson or his family or that of Sgt P J Anderson RCAF also on that same crew. Thanks Rosemary Edmeads daughter of Sgt John Rae RAFVR rear gunner on JP162 Who was KIA
Ronson from Atkins wrote on 12/11/2012 at 6:37 am:
To Kevin P. Massey my father Clifton C. Atkins flew with Squadrons 424,425,428. Very excited to find my father's service record listed on this site. Thank you
Marilyn Hamilton from France wrote on 11/11/2012 at 5:24 pm:
My father, Frederick James Russell, served at RAF Tempsford for part of the war, then transferring to Farnborough. I know nothing of his service record, but would love to find out exactly what he did. He was a quiet, modest man and never spoke of his service. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. He was born in Toronto on May 3rd 1921 and died in 2004.
bernard lecompte from gimli manitoba wrote on 11/11/2012 at 4:53 pm:
i served with 445 439 441 sqds in cold lake north bay bagotville sardinia 1 fighter wing marville france joined in 1953 until 1976 i was in armaments maybe some of my old pals will read this and get in touch thanks
Laurence W. Vipond from Arizona, U.S.A. wrote on 26/10/2012 at 4:26 pm:
As I look back to the rescue of those 19 Greek sailors off the coast of Cape Breton, it is shocking now to realize how poorly we were to equipped to handle difficult rescue missions. Thanks to the skill of the pilots, we pulled it off.
Brian Everett from 28 Selsdon Court, Chester, England CH4 7HT wrote on 14/10/2012 at 2:23 pm:
in WW2 I lived in Parkstone, Dorset. We had a family visit from Les Preece RCAF. He was a flier, presumably shot down, and spent some yrs in Stalag luft V, where I wrote to him as a child. He revisited us on his release and returned to Canada, I assume.I do not know if he was family or friend. I am using ancestry for family tree
Bernd from Netherlands wrote on 07/10/2012 at 6:36 am:
I was looking for something and i found it on your website. Excellent. Keep up the good work!
Adrian van Zantvoort from Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrote on 29/09/2012 at 7:44 pm:
Currently I researching 427 Sqdn Halifax DK141 ,ZL-N shotdown 22/23 June 1943 on an Ops to M
Rosemary Edmeads from Culver City, California wrote on 28/09/2012 at 8:49 pm:
SPECIAL DUTIES 148 SQUADRON. I am interested in tracing surviving crew members or their families of Special Duties RAF 148 Squadron serving in Brindisi, Italy 1944 My dad Sgt John F C Rae RAFVR was rear gunner on JP162 FS-S which failed to return Aug 4/5th 1944 was attached to 148 Squadron which served to aid the Polish people in WW2. His crew were: F/O Gavin McCall Pilot RAFVR KIA FL/Eng Sgt R O Anderson RCAF Evader Air/Eng Sgt P J Anderson RCAF Evader W/Op/Air/Gun Sgt Jolley RAFVR Evader Air/Gun Sgt John F C Rae RAFVR KIA Air/Gun Sgt Cliffird Aspinall RAFVR KIA Sgt Underwood, Evader Four crew were able to bale our before plane crashed near Wojnarowa near Krakow. They successfully returned to the UK in March 1945 with the help of the partisans. My dad, F/O McCall and Sgt Aspinall were buried by the villagers and later re interred at Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery Many planes and crews were lost that night The crews are also buried in Krakow. I am interested in finding any members of that flight or their families or anyone else who may have know my dad during his short service with RAFVR (May 1943 to Aug 1944)who would be willing to share their stories.I am trying to keep the memory of my dad and his crew alive by tracing their service and like many folks of my age I did not know my dad. "Whilst their names are spoken among the people they will never be forgotten...." old Celtic saying told to me by Terry Marker of Operationdarkofthemoon. Thanks Kind regards Rosemary Edmeads nee Rae
Robert Lahey from 427 Wing London, Ontario wrote on 26/09/2012 at 1:43 pm:
Enjoy your many sites, been looking for catalogue without any luck.
Yvon Sheridan from Montreal Qc. Canada wrote on 21/09/2012 at 12:11 pm:
Hi, I have just discovered your beautiful site this morning. I served in the R.C.A.F. from May 25, 1953 to May 25, 1958 and retired with the rank of L.A.C. On my retirement, I have served as a Field Engineer for the Company CAE, on all the RCAF sites in Quebec and the Maritimes. The two sites in France and the two sites in Germany. I have also served on the CF104 Flight Simulators in Turkey. Follosing this I served on the "Distant Early Warning" line for four and a half years. My total association with "Aviation" is around 17 years. Best regards to the members and ex-members of the RCAF. After 28 years as a Stock Broker, I am presently working as an Author and Consultant and have self-published a book titled "CONVERTIBLE BONDS DEMYSTIFIED" (EbOOK: isbn: 978-1-4269-4691-2. Have a good day.
steve holmes from spain wrote on 14/09/2012 at 9:14 pm:
hi, Could anyone help me. i am trying to trace relatives or anyone who knows about Dennis Alec 'lofty' Matthews who flew with the RAF in 1944 in 196 Squadron. He is featured in the forthcoming book published in January entitled SHERLOCKS SQUADRON. Many thanks Steve Holmes
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black hat seo from black hat seo wrote on 31/08/2012 at 8:48 am:
whoah this weblog is wonderful i love studying your posts. Keep up the good paintings! You already know, a lot of people are hunting around for this info, you could help them greatly.
Dylan Mallett from London wrote on 22/08/2012 at 8:30 pm:
I am interested in knowing if you have any details about my uncle who flew bombers in the allied forces, he came to the UK from Canada and was born in 1922,Donald McCullock
Tom McLean from 403 Sqn, CFB Gagetown wrote on 22/08/2012 at 3:47 pm:
Just passing through and decided to have a look.
W J Cope from Errington B C wrote on 19/08/2012 at 9:36 pm:
F L Nursey He was the MSE CO at 4 F Wing in 1964.I would like to hear from or about him.The four years I spent there were great. Please use my E Mail.
Mr Kevin P.Massey from Birmingham B35 6DT,ENGLAND.UK.. wrote on 23/07/2012 at 5:25 pm:
Ihave received some printed copies of some of the RCAF 400 Series SpitfireSquadronc that served in the WW2 for the Allies.However I would be grateful for printed information on the history of the following Squadrons.No 405(Vancouver,408(Goose),419(Moose)This is the Sqdn that Po.Off.Andrew Mynarski was awarded the Victoria Cross for Outstanding and Couragious Actiona in attempting to save a fellow Aircrew (Rear Turret Gunner) but gave his own life through bailling out with his Body and Parachute InFlames.320(Snowy Owl),424(Tiger),425(Alouette),426(Thunderbird,427(Lion),428(Ghost),429(Bison),431(Iroquois),432(Leaside),433(Porcupine),434(Bluenose)Sqdn's.I have been to Goose Bay with a RAF Detachment with 214 Sqdn during aexercise in 1964.
eric from ---- wrote on 21/07/2012 at 10:32 am:
hi there am kindly looking for aviators out there who can make a kind contribution to my aviation education. the course goes up to USD90000, but you can only pledge any amount and it should be preferably be sent to the air school an not to me. any contribution please, as you know little by little makes a bundle. BLESSING ERIC
Al Doherty from Pickering, Ontario, Canada wrote on 25/06/2012 at 12:41 pm:
Your quote regarding S/L J. E. W. BYTHELL: BYTHELL, S/L John Eric Wilson (J6284) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born February 1918. Home in Campbellford, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 22 October 1940. To No.1 Training Command, 9 November 1940. To No.1 ITS, 4 January 1941; graduated and promoted LAC, 8 February 1941 when posted to No.3 EFTS; graduated 10 April 1941 when posted to No.1 Manning Depot; to No.9 SFTS, 2 May 1941; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 15 July 1941 when posted to Trenton. Commissioned 15 August 1941; to No.4 SFTS, 21 October 1941. To No.2 Flying Instructor School, 31 August 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 September 1943; to No.9 SFTS, 22 September 1943. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 October 1944. To Central Flying School, 7 June 1945. Remained in postwar RCAF until at least 1949. No citation. Certificate and emblem sent to No.1 Air Command, 5 July 1945.
Jeff Eichhorst from Regina wrote on 18/06/2012 at 1:56 am:
BUCHANAN, P/O Douglas John Alexander (J17456) - This article mistakenly states all crew members were killed in a mid-air collision over Belgium. One crew member from KB787 survived and is still alive today, although in poor health. P/O Chis Sutter from Redvers, SK. Canada
Jacqueline Keddie-Holt from Topeka KS 66606 wrote on 05/06/2012 at 1:12 am:
I regret reading only now of the planned event. Having been to Middleton-St.George home of the 419 Moose Squadron I am so glad to know that veterans will be so honored. I encourage the children of these veterans to see Middleton-St. George for themselves. The Officers' Mess is now a hotel and the bar is the original with the squadron photos on all the walls. If you want to toast your parent's memory in the same place they left for their Ops this is the place to do it. Tears will come to your eyes and pride in your parent will engulf you. Refer to F/O William Neil Keddie, DSO an American who was a Yank in the CRAF.
Roger Beebe from Niverville, Mnaitoba wrote on 26/05/2012 at 4:45 pm:
We hold a RCAF Veterans lunch in the Yuma,Arizona, American Legion,annually. Next one is February 8 Th,2013. If your around Arizona then call me at 928-341-0075 or by email at rcaflunchyuma@gmail for tickets. Limited space so be early.Its great fun and a chance to meet RCAF people.
Nigel Marsh from Normally France. presently New Zealand wrote on 23/05/2012 at 5:52 am:
With reference to Final Disbandment of RCAF Squadrons Overseas page
Thomas Fry from Winchester, Connecticut wrote on 13/05/2012 at 1:28 am:
I am looking for F/L Livingston "Cap" Foster He was a Native American, Who served as a Flight instructor, I was told he looped his Harvard under the bridge at Niagara falls. He was part of Flight No. 403, any information please contact me at thomas-fry@hotmail.com thanks.
William R. Heald, ex-USAF from Sanger, California wrote on 02/05/2012 at 6:08 am:
I am seeking info on F/O F.S. "Stu" Oliver, 3 Wing, Zweibrucken AFB,died 2 Sep 1955, during routine flight. Ser # 212808. He was a friend of mine, but I can't remember what Squardon he was in. Anyone remember him. Please !
A. Kenneth Dean DFC (Dixie) 51 Sqd from Sorrento BC Canada wrote on 24/04/2012 at 4:30 am:
I was Bombing Leader of 51 Sqd,for my 2nd tour of operations, 1944/1945 in Halifaxes, based at RAF Snaith, Yorkshire. 4Group Bomber Command.I now live in Canada to be near my family. I found this site very interesting and I will be watching the unveiling of the Memorial from this side of The Pond
Mary Jane Penfold from Vancouver, BC wrote on 19/04/2012 at 6:29 pm:
I was hoping to find an entry in the historical section about my father George E. Penfold, who flew Transport over India/Burma in WWII. He was not listed. He was also the RCAF Association President in the mid 1960s. Are there updates put on to the site at all?
Lance Ritchie from Moncton, NB wrote on 12/04/2012 at 2:55 pm:
My compliments to this form and the content added by visitors to the site. Since posting information about my Father 3 weeks ago I have made contact with the son of my Father's Navigator from the 1940s Dean Henderson. I also received a nice phone call from the wife of a gentleman my Father flew with in the early 80s on the Cessna Citation. Wonderful indeed!!!
Kevin Currie from Toronto wrote on 06/04/2012 at 4:57 pm:
Just found an entry about my grandfather "Leo Lloyd Currie" pilot of a Lancaster Bomber. just wanted to say thanks
Ian Henderson from Toronto wrote on 04/04/2012 at 7:12 pm:
Re., Lance Ritchie's post of March 16, about the passing of his father Bob Ritchie. I believe that my father, Dean Henderson (d. 1987), was Bob Ritchie's navigator in 432 squadron. Lance, if you see this, please contact me at ihender@sympatico.ca Thanks!
Norman Button from UK wrote on 03/04/2012 at 12:52 pm:
I am trying to help a lady (nee Daphne Canning) who served in the WRAF in WW2. She is having her memoirs published and wishes to contact, if alive, the following person, believed Canadian, with whom she served. No. 174574 Fling Officer Steve Haley. Believed to have served from 1939 to 1946. Any information would be gratefully received.
Lance Ritchie from Moncton, NB wrote on 16/03/2012 at 3:44 pm:
F/L Robert (Bob) H Ritchie Dec 1920 - March 2012 A proud pilot. I am the son of Bob Ritchie who has recently passed away. He began as a pilot in the RCAF flying sorties in the Halifax at the end of the war. He then went on with the RCAF to fly many aircraft including the T-33, Sabre, DC-3, Neptune, Search & Rescue helicopters, finally retiring on the Argus from Greenwood in 1964. After this he flew corporate aircraft primarily out of Ontario for many years. I am fortunate to have recovered his log books starting back in the mid 40's on the Tigermoth and will be reviewing them thoroughly. At age 91 my Father had a full life including flying for about 60 of those years. Flying was always his passion. He would beam proudly whenever recognized as a pilot. In his last picture he is proudly wearing his RCAF ball cap with a big happy grin.
Roger E. Beaulieu from Mississauga, Ontario wrote on 10/03/2012 at 3:06 am:
Many thanks for providing me with information on my uncle, Joseph Antoine Brassard, who was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945. I remembered seeing his medal when I was a young boy in 1948 but never knew what it was all about. I searched many sites before ending up on your site and discovering the actions that resulted in him being awarded the medal.
Ann Brickley from Lethbridge, AB wrote on 08/03/2012 at 11:11 pm:
My father Stuart Bruce Keith Brackenbury was a FL, Squadron 406 Bomber Command, shot down over Holland (sole survivor) and POW for 3.5 years in Stalug Luft 3...My father died 2008 but I would like to thank each and every person who fought for our freedom for the greatest sacrifice, their lives, and whether or not they survived to present day the emotional and physical toll was high. To the veterans who are still alive may God Bless each and everyone of you and to those who have passed on - May You Rest In Peace Respectfully submitted and thoughtfully stated
Rob Stevens from Port Alberni, B.C. wrote on 26/02/2012 at 6:15 pm:
. located entry for award to F/O William Joseph Stevens, cousin of my late father Harold Vincent Stevens (RCN). would enjoy hearing from any long lost relatives
Michael E Page from N.E.Lincolnshire,England wrote on 25/02/2012 at 8:16 pm:
Can anyone help me trace my cousins son,his name is Lance Hymer,His father my cousins husband. was Alan Hymer and he was a rear gunner on Lancasters WW11 flying out of Wickenby,North lincs.Unfortunately I have no idea whereabouts Lance lives in Canada but I do know his father Alan was a member of Nanton museum.I would be grateful if anyone knows of Lance and can help.I can be contacted on my e mail address..With Grateful thanks. Michael Page.
Merv Letts from Ottawa, ON wrote on 14/02/2012 at 8:15 pm:
Looking for UNEF veterans who served in the Sinai with 115 ATU or at Rafah with CABUME.Have written a history of the area you may be interested in reading qv www.sinaisurgeon.com
Pierre Lagac from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines wrote on 29/01/2012 at 8:06 pm:
I have a blog on 403 Squadron. More than 100 pictures and stories. A grandson of a Spitfire pilot is scanning his grandfather's logbook and photo album and I write articles. I have written close to 100 articles. So visit the site.
Geoff Ellis from Tauranga,Bay of Plenty, NZ. wrote on 11/01/2012 at 9:56 pm:
Re.Fred Dorken. WO/AG RCAF WWII. He was at Croydon RAF in first Canadian Squadron. 415 at Thorney at formation. Survived the war. Last aircraft Sunderland FB,Atlantic recon. Does anyone remember him & what was this Squadron's number? Sgt.- Master WO. Tained WS2 Calgary 1940. Died 1944 He was my cousin and a great pal.
kyle mackillop from sydney ns wrote on 30/12/2011 at 11:28 am:
for robert(bob)locke i was on st jean course 6313 march 63 to may 63 then to greenwood may 64 to may 65.was also on exercise maple spring when the argus was lost. your name does not jump out to me,but i was misemployed on the comm gnd equipment. our paths must have crossed at one point.my e-mail hkm@eastlink.ca
G Christian Larsen from Pennfield, New Brunswick wrote on 27/12/2011 at 9:43 pm:
Researching the history of the former Pennfield Ridge Air Station (1941-1945). Looking for anyone who may have been at No.2 ANS, No.2 OTU, No.34 OTU and RCAF Station, Pennfield Ridge.