SEPTEMBER 2005
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Bomber Command Memorial Wall, Nanton Lancaster Society, Nanton, Alberta. 
The wall contains 10,000 names of Canadians who lost their lives in Bomber Command.


Ted Hackett

On Saturday, August 20, 2005, The Nanton Lancaster Society dedicated their memorial to the 10,000+ Canadians who died while serving with the RAF Bomber Command. The ceremony was held at the Lancaster Museum in Nanton, Alberta, a short drive south of Calgary. 

The dedication was well attended and included many old Vets. Among the dignitaries  present was the Minister of National Defence the Honourable Bill Graham. An Honour Guard from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Legion Colour Party were led in by the Calgary Police Pipe Band. 

It was a beautiful sunny Alberta day. There were a great number of young people present and they showed a lot of interest in the Memorial and the Lancaster. It was interesting to watch visitors walk along and finally stop and read a name, a Grandfather or an uncle perhaps and, in the case of an ex-airman, an old comrade from Squadron days. A number of Vets were kept busy answering questions about the aircraft and the rear turret. The highlight of the day for many was the start up and running of the starboard inner engine. This engine has been overhauled, at great cost, and the sound of the Rolls Royce Merlin was music to the ear. There were probably many old aircrew who had not heard that sound for 60 years. The afternoon ended with a fly-past of some vintage aircraft including a Stearman and a Tiger Moth
 

It was a wonderful day and the Memorial is a great tribute to those volunteers who died in the service of their country while flying with Bomber Command. The members of the Nanton Lancaster Society deserve our heart felt thanks, not just for the ex-Bomber Command types, but for all ex-airmen, for this Memorial I would highly recommend that anyone travelling out to this part of the country to take time out to Visit Nanton and view the Museum and the Memorial.


Robert Henderson

OLIPHANT, ONTARIO, ROCK GARDEN 
COMMEMORATES THE VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II

With May 8th. being the 60th. Anniversary of World War Two “Victory in Europe”, Janet and Jean Henderson, from Oliphant Beach, Ontario, decided on a unique and colourful method of remembering the Veterans of World War 2.


Arrow indicates Oliphant Beach, Lake Huron.

Janet and Jean Henderson
The twins were only 11 year old when Victory in Europe was declared, but Janet remembers, “I got off school that day.”

About 18 year ago, the sisters, with a cottage at Oliphant, started turning an earth stone break wall (originally landfill dumped along the edge of a municipal road to prevent water erosion by Lake Huron), into a rock garden. Between them, they moved and piled the rocks into a wall, filling the spaces with rich soil, and planted a variety of flowers on an annual basis as an ongoing development across the front of their shore line property.

In recent years, their neighbour Marj. Mills, took up the project cross the front of her property, so that now the combined flower garden stretches 134 feet in length, a far cry from the earlier eye sore of the dumped stone and dirt embankment.

To commemorate the veterans of WW 2, Janet and Jean decided this year to place 60 crosses among the flowers, each cross decorated with a poppy. This pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Merchant Marine who served and sacrificed themselves to free the countries in Europe from tyranny. Each cross, cut out and decorated by hand, represents a year since V.E. Day was declared.

“We try to plant a variety of flowers to interest people while they walk or drive along the road side with Lake Huron in the background. Rain water is collected and distributed by hand to water the extensive area” states Janet. The flowers looming amongst sixty white crosses, with a poppy on each cross, made the garden a real traffic stopper, and has become a tourist attraction in the area. Visitors have identified themselves a coming from Australia, Great Britain, Germany, the United States, and from across Canada., who, travelling in the area or visiting relatives, have heard of the garden and dropped by to see for themselves.. They often question the HENDERSON twins about the variety and volume of plants being grown.

Volunteers to help out with the Memorial project were, Shirley HANNIGAN, Max and Mary Ann WILHELM, Dawnais WILHELM, Nicole McDOUGALL and Josh McCULLOUGH.

As the year progressed, the crosses were removed, to be replaced with additional flowers to attract more bees and tourists!


The photographs were taken by Janet Henderson.
 

THE VETERAN ON OUR TEN DOLLAR BILL

If you have a Canadian $10 bill, look at the back right side of the bill.

  •  You will see an old veteran standing at attention near the Ottawa war memorial.
  •  His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90. That he managed to live to that age is rather remarkable, given what happened in the Second World War.
  •  Born in England, he one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique - the Blitzkrieg.
  •  He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel. Enroute to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire.
  •  Evacuated from Dunkirk on HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk.
  •  Recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in north Africa and Italy.
  •  Enroute his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck. 
  •   In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel
  •  Sent into the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital.
  •  They were married in the morning by the mayor of the Italian town, and again in the afternoon by a British padre. 
  • After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became the warden (chairman) of the county.
 At the age of 80 he wrote a book about his experiences and on his retirement he and his wife moved to Ottawa. One day out of the blue he received a call from a government official asking him to go downtown for a photo op. He wasn't told what the photo was for or why they chose him.

 "He had no idea he would be on the bill," his daughter said.

And now you know the rest of the story of the old veteran on the $10 bill.


Weldy Moffatt
NEVER VOLUNTEER

 I have read, with great interest, of the 55,000 aircrew of Bomber Command that lost their lives. What is not stated is that they were all volunteers, and I wish to tell two stories of volunteers – one very slight story – and the other of a very brave man whose name I cannot recall, in the hopes that somebody can tell me his name.

 There is of the old adage, “never volunteer” but the stories of World War II volunteers were legendry. Midget Submariners, Paratroopers, Glider Pilots, Aircrews (including the Americans) etc.

Because of my age I only just made it by volunteering for navigator training – did my training in St. John’s PQ and volunteered to go to 5 OTU near Vancouver. It was there that I met the other “volunteer”. He had done three tours over Germany, including Pathfinder, as an observer – he wanted to continue and was refused – so volunteered to retrain as a pilot. He arrived at 5 OTU, I believe a Wing Commander, D.S.O., D.F.C., & Bar. He treated all us younger men with respect and as equals, but was tragically killed while taxing his Liberator by another Liberator which tried to take off down the taxi strip. All of both crews died.


Liberator

We, as a crew volunteered to go to the Far East and flew a brand new Liberator from Montreal 5 August 1945 via Goose Bay, Gander, Lagens Azores, Rabat French Morocco, Castel Benito Tripoli, Lydda Palestine, Shaiba Iraq, Karachi, Alahabad to Salbani Bengal the home of 355 and 356 Squadrons. 25 August 1945 we parked the aircraft and waited in a hut for further orders expecting to go for survival training. We were informed that 355 Squadron had polio in the Officers Mess and if we walked in we would be quarantined and would go straight on ops. We "volunteered" and were taken on strength 29 August 1945. We did a milk run screened by F/O Crawford's experienced crew. The Japanese surrendered and 2 September 1945, again with Crawford’s crew, in our new Liberator, we set off to drop sullies to a POW camp on the Burma railway, Thakeh on the Mekong River. Unfortunately, although we found the town square, a boy scout in full uniform using signal flags to give us a message the hills where the camp was situated were blanketed in low cloud. I still believe we should have dropped our supplies, plus many personally made up packages, on the square – but I suppose we hoped that we could return another day. So we turned round and set off back to Salbani. Unfortunately, our Liberator and its Pratt and Whitney motors had been built by Ford Motors and nobody had thought of doing a fuel consumption check – and we did spend some time circling trying to find the POW camp – although we had extra fuel tanks in the bomb bay, after 13 hours we were nearly out of fuel and had to bail out, landing in Sunderbuns, the Ganges Delta at night. Mangrove swamps and tigers. It took three days to get out, we were reported “missing in action” (our parents got the “dreaded telegram”) we got the Burma Star (the last day it was awarded).

My “volunteer” story does not finish there. 16 September 1945 our crew F/O Tom Blackburn, skipper, were given the job of flying from Salbani to drop supplies on the aerodrome at Saigon – again for POWs. Off we went, not briefed on a tropical front – 8 hours there and using one line of Loran and MPPs - the last 3 ½ hours in the inter tropical front often climbing at 1000 feet per minute, faster than we could fly level, the clouds cleared and there  were the signal masts of Saigon aerodrome . We dropped supplies on the runways and watched to POWs in trucks pick them up, and turned for home and back into the front. Another 3 ½ hours flying in cloud and darkness, no radio because of the rain, and the prospect of landing on a jungle strip at night in cloud. We let down over the sea, headed for the coast north of Rangoon, turned south and followed the coast to the river mouth leading to Rangoon. We had marked on the map a race course with a landing strip and hoped that if we fired our Very lights they would light up the strip-. They saw our lights but did not light up so we headed back to the coast and decided to land on flat ground near the coast - and with landing lights on Tom set us down on paddy field. The next day a Beaufighter found us and dropped supplies and told us to head for the coast where a Sunderland flying boat, at great risk, landed on the sea and flew us to their base on the river near Rangoon. We saw the Golden Pagoda towering above the city – and we had been circling below its height.

Well, there are the two stories of volunteers. One who did so much until eventually his luck ran out – and our crew who had such a short, exciting and lucky career –and lived to return to civilian life, marriage, and families -- and in my case, at 79 still enjoying life to the full. But I can assure you, I’m ever mindful of the 55,000 volunteers who never had the opportunity.

 Donald H. Lamb, 
Bomber Command Newsletter Spring 2005

Correspondence/ Search Pattern
Hello
I’m hoping you can help me or point me to somewhere that can.  My grandfather transferred from 16 squadron at Melbourne East Yorks to 35 Squadron Pathfinders stationed at Graveney.  His name was Charles Pattison and he was a sergeant Air Gunner with the RAF volunteer reserves.  His service number was 632331 (I found this from the war graves commission site).  He had a good friend and fellow 35 squadron member called Harl Espy who was an American who joined voluntarily with the Eagles.  Harl Espy became my father’s godfather when he was born and my father’s middle name is Harl.  They were killed when they were shot down on their first mission on 27/3/1943.  I now have a son who is also called Harl after the American airman.  I started by trying to trace surviving members of Harl Espy’s family in America so that I could contact them but haven’t had much luck.  I am now looking for the story of what happened on that mission and a photo of them with their crew – which no one in my family has – or anyone surviving who remembers them.

I would be grateful for any help you can give me that will help me find out something about my grandfather and his friend Harl.

Nicola Duffy
np@lgo.org.uk 



ATTENTION 159 Squadron  Members
Maxine Winter 

Dear all
 Whilst searching for information on my fathers unit in the hope of finding some of his war time buddies I came across this article. In the last paragraph Murray asks if any one has a record of a longer flight, well I think my dad does.  He was second pilot in a liberator in 159 Squadron in Digri. His log book records 
Lib EV968 September 12.1944 
First Pilot w/o Quaife (Quaifes Quavers)
Ops as ordered. Victoria point on Fakchan River. mining (4x1000) ack ack from rivercraft and aerodrome. 3 Jap seaplanes at mooring No1.
Flight time 15.15 hrs
He had a Canadian called Peachy Day who was a gunner in his plane and my dad is Robert (Bob) Power. (85 this year)
 He asked if Murray remembers Quaifes Quavers?

I wonder if you would be so good as to pass this on.
Yours gratefully 
Maxine Winter
Eastbourne
England.
maxwinter2@yahoo.co.uk


Another Request from the UK.

I have recently discovered the site for the CATP and the Ex-Air Gunners 'Short Bursts' and was wondering if you could help me.

My late father, Ronald Courtney Stickland, from Catford in South London, was in Canada during the war and we have found the attached photograph (not in very good condition I'm afraid).  His sisters believe it was taken while he was in Canada.   We know nothing about his time there, in fact he never talked about his war experiences at all and we are finding out bits and pieces all the time.  We have a photograph of him taken in 1940 and he was wearing the AG badge but when he married my mother in 1944 it wasn't on his uniform.

Would it be possible to see if somebody recognizes anyone in the photograph?
If not, could you point me in the right direction.

As far as we can work out Dad was with the 21 Squadron Coastal Command in 1940, he was only 17 (he fibbed on his enlistment stating he was born in 1921 not 1922 as he was) so it seems awfully young for him to have been an Air Gunner.   He was in Canada with the 35 SFTS and 2 EFTS in 1941.  I believe he was at Thunder Bay at one time as he did mention that.

Dad is the one toward the front with one hand on the gentleman's shoulder.

Enclosing the photo taken in 1940.

Thanks for your assistance

Brenda Golding
bap@golding1624.fsnet.co.uk 


Brenda’s Dad with hand on shoulder of chap in front.





Dear John,

Since our last exchange of e-mails in April, I’ve received another kind and helpful letter from Don Macfie concerning Mark II ASV ‘Stickleback’ radar. He remains convinced that a good operator could use the radar for navigational purposes, not only picking up beacons that flashed a call sign in Morse code, but also identifying features such as headlands, which Don believes would have stuck out on the screen. He suggests that I should put a further request in SHORT BURSTS for an ex-operator trained at the Prestwick Radar School. Don also points out that many Wellington Coastal squadrons were fitted with ‘Stickleback’ radar, so there must still be quite a few operators around!

Would it, therefore, be possible to insert a notice along the following lines in the next issue?


THE CRASH OF SUNDERAND W4026 ON 25 AUGUST 1942 & THE DUKE OF KENT 

In the May 2005 issue of SHORT BURSTS we mentioned that a retired British lawyer was seeking information about the loss in northern Scotland of the Oban-based Sunderland in which the Duke of Kent was killed. At that time RCAF 423 ‘Eagle’ Squadron was based at Oban. 

Flying parallel to the coast in cloud, W4026, which was fitted with ASV Mark II ‘Stickleback’ radar, drifted inland and crashed into a hillside at 650 feet.

Don Macfie has pointed out that a good operator of ‘Stickleback’ radar – such as one trained at the Prestwick Radar School near Glasgow –  could pick up not only beacons that flashed Morse code call signs, but also features such as headlands. 

If any reader has any information concerning the navigational use of ‘Stickleback’ radar or any information concerning the crash of W4026, please contact Glyn M. Gowans at the following address:

S’Hort d’ en Pau,
Cami d’es Clot de’s Pou 6163,
07669 S’Horta, Mallorca, Baleares
Spain.
Tel +971 16 20 49 Fax +971 83 90 05
Email: glyngowans@telefonica.net


Subject: Wideman

J-96289 Kenneth WIDEMAN
He was from my hometown Arcadia, CA in the USA before he went to Canada and joined the RCAF. Mr. Wideman was an Air Gunner during WWII. He enlisted 25 July 1942 and was discharged 25 October 1945. To look at a picture of him and some of his decorations go to 
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
go to the WWII Registry
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=intro
then go to
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=search
and put in Wideman in the last name slot and put K or Kenneth in the slot

http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=search&drawtable=YES
and than click on Kenneth Wideman.
Is or was he a member of the EX-Air Gunner  Association?

Stephanie Perry
stepperry2008@yahoo.com



Greetings Stephanie,
Bill Hillman, our web master, forwarded me, Editor of Short Bursts, your letter re Kenneth Wideman.
I looked up his picture on the net but it gives little information. 
Would you please tell us the Squadron to which he was attached. Did he complete his tour (30 to 35 Ops if he was in Bomber Command, or 800 operational hours in Coastal Command? What is, or was, your relationship to Kenneth? 
Kenneth should have more decorations than those listed. 
Any information you have on Kenneth would be appreciated. No, he was not a member of the Ex-Air Gunner's Association of Canada, but he manned a turret, which makes him one of ours. We were truly A BAND OF BROTHERS. 
Cheers, 
John Moyles
moyles@sasktel.net 

REPLY 
I do not know what Squadron he was attached to and I do not know if he competed his tour. As far as know he is not related to me he was just from my hometown. From the picture could you tell what the decorations he had were (being that it is black and white)? Tip, if go back his picture, highlight it and push enter, it should enlarge the picture. Unfortunately what I already gave you is all I have.

Stephanie Perry
steppery2008@yahoo.com


SNOWBIRDS

Our Volunteer Web Master, Bill Hillman, has put together some wonderful pictures of the Brandon, Manitoba, Westman Air Show June 11/12, 2005, with hundreds of photos of the Snowbirds, displays, and aerial acts.


www.airmuseum.ca/airshow

Great show. Thanks Bill.



Letter from Ron Bramley, Editor of RAF Air Gunner’s Newsletter 
THE TURRET
 John. 
Great to keep hearing from you.  Will be using the Tee Emm in next Turret.......Took me right back.....had to confer with fellow W/op to clue up my Q code!!

Still not got the Standard back from Andy Colvin, despite personal and Branch letters.  London Branch have said, ‘nothing to do with them, write direct to Andy’. Must have it for Air Gunners Day July 7th. as it is a memorial Service for Fred Stead as well, this year. A letter from Canada might help. Address:

Andrew Colvin, 
131 Ambleside Drive,
 Southend on Sea SS1 2UW     UK.

He is not on e mail.  Does not subscribe to the Self financing Turret, but is still Hon. Sec.,of London Branch, who now have a web site, unconnected with our Web Site at Elvington.
http://www.spiraldive.co.uk/airgunners.htm

Have an idea you are on a long vacation?  If you do make contact with Andy...... we are only concerned with the return of the National Standard to members........... not the final laying up.  I seem to remember that you heard of this about a year ago, and offered help, but then it did not appear to be necessary.

Spring Turret is late....... my fault,  had a fall and irreparably damaged left shoulder.... no more Golf (very serious)
Bram.
r.a.f.bram@amserve.net 

(Ed. If you want to ‘eye-ball’ Bram (with two good shoulders,) go to Short Bursts Page August 2003.    http://www.airmuseum.ca/mag/exag0308.html 


Don Macfie writes:

These 7 pictures of nose and nacelle art came to me from a cottager close by. He took these pictures while he was an armourer on 424 and 433 Squadrons at Skipton-on-Swale. If you used them in Short Bursts month to month, someone out there might recognize their own “kite” and send you a story about it.

(Ed. Will do Don, thanks, here is the first one.)


Murray Kalmovich – Armourer, 424 & 433 Squadron 
 6 Ivan Ave. Grimsby, Ont. 

If any reader has a story about this a/c, please send it to the Editor.


Progress Report #7 -  Recovery of Halifax LW170

Some interesting happenings for the Halifax Project the past few weeks which are like "2 steps forward - one step back".

In early May a contact in Houston passed on to me  info that his company Fugro, a deep sea exploration leader in the field, was going to do a deep sea sonar job (in the area of Halifax LW170) for a major oil company. I immediately contacted Fugro Aberdeen , Scotland and in turn, the Oil company to lobby for them to include a sonar survey of the location of LW170 after they finished their scientific work nearby. Both companies were positive in their response to my proposal. The oil company was willing to offer resources and Fugro agreed to use their highest technology, the "HUGIN" underwater sonar submarine, to survey the location of LW170. Fugro's technology is so advanced that they can do in 3 days  (with more accuracy) what would take the other companies 6 days. Fugro are not cheap, twice the daily rate of others, but they decided that this project was historic and have quoted us a 50% reduction in daily rates to do the sonar survey for LW170. So the cost will be the same but with more accuracy.

These are the 2 steps forward. The one step back was that as the oil company job schedule was delayed a week,  and we have lost our Halifax survey window with Fugro NOW. But they have said they will still offer us the lowest rate they can when they are ready to go thru or near LW170's location this summer. Therefore,  with this step-forward of teeing up Fugro's high tech talents for the immediate future ( for a wholesale price) we have made progress. We are now promised 
and are certain of the best tools available for LW170. The funding is the only and last hurdle remaining.

I am hopeful that the American will be of help as so many of their boys were in the RCAF, as I have told them. We have a core group of supporters in Richmond, Virginia who are influential and powerful. These people are determined to help us find the funding to locate and recover the Halifax. I will be meeting with them soon in Rcihmond. Also, thru the Canadian Embassy in Washington I have made an official request to the U.S. Navy to access their databases and underwater technology resources to help us find LW170 in our sonar survey area. Hopefully our American brothers and sisters will be able to help us in our quest as their sons helped us some 60 years ago in the RCAF in winning Victory and Freedom.

We still have not been able to find a corporate, government, or philanthropic sponsor for the $150,000 cost of the Halifax sonar survey ( I still have some hair left - sorry Bob - after many refusals and rejections  and I will continue to find a good sponsor!). The legal costs for Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) to become a Registered Charity have now been paid in full with the donations from our membership fees and donations to the Halifax Project. Funding is still required if we are keep up our efforts to promote the Halifax Project and find a good sponsor.

I have been very busy with 2 months of training with Air Canada and have not had the time to apply myself to other activities beyond what I have reported today.

I apologize for the slow progress of the Project but it is progress. In 1944, did our fathers and grandfathers know that Victory was only a year away in 1945? The only guarantee they gave was they would do their best and never give up. It is wise to emulate them.

Press on Regardless...

Best wishes to you all,
Karl Kjarsgaard
Project Manager
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) 
57rescuecanada@rogers.com 

P.S. Have included a photo of NA337 from March/05. The Official dedication ceremony of Canada's first (but not last)  Halifax will be November 5, 2005.


Halifax  NA337





Only the Stars Know

Just thought I would let you know that I have a copy of the second printing of "Only the Stars Know." I was given it by my father "W.G. Harrison" on May 31 1945. He was a flight officer in the RCAF. His brother, Jim Harrison, was killed in a bomber landing in England shortly before.

J.L.Harrison
Lylo@telus.net 


Dear Mr. Moyles,

On 7 May of this year, 828 "Hurricane" Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, with the assistance of 819, 861 and 907 Squadrons, unveiled and consecrated a new cenotaph at Boundary Bay Airport, the former RCAF Station Boundary
Bay.

Lt. Col Michel Brisebois, the current Commanding Officer of 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, attended as Guest of Honour, to assist in the unveiling. As you're likely aware, #14 (Fighter) Squadron, which was based at Boundary
Bay in late 1943, was renumbered 442 Squadron on departing for the European Theatre.

I was able to speak with several veterans who flew from Boundary Bay during the war, two with #18 EFTS, and one who flew P-40's with the Fighter Affiliation Flight at #5 OTU.

I thought that you might be interested in a few photos of the cenotaph and event.

Regards,

J.M. (Jason) White
Captain
Special Projects Officer
828 "Hurricane" Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron


 If anyone can name these handsome chaps, please send
information to the Editor and we will rerun the photo in October. 

5 OTU Reunion Association will be visiting Boundry Bay and Abbotsford. A group of 5 OTU vet's from the UK, will be visiting Boundary Bay on Sept 6, and Abbotsford on Sept 8. If you live in the area make a point of welcoming them.


OBITUARIES
TRAQUAIR, Robert John, #0440, EDMONTON, AB: 

Bob passed away in Edmonton on July 01, 2005 at age 80.  Joined the RCAF Nov. 10/42 in Winnipeg, MB as R205150.  #2 Manning Depot at Brandon, where he was selected for Gunery Training.  He graduated as an Air Gunner from #3 B&G MacDonald, MB.  Attended #12 OTU, Edgehill and #1652 HCU at Feltwell in the United Kingdom, where he completed a tour of operations with #90 RAF Squadron at Tuddenham, a unit in 3 Group.

BIGGS, David G. #0484, CALGARY, AB: 
Dave passed away on Monday, June 27th 2005 at the age of 87 years.  He attended #3 Manning Depot at Brandon, MB where he was selected for Wireless Air Gunner training, taking Wireless at #2 W/S in Calgary and his Gunnery training at #4 B&G in Fingal, ON where, upon graduation, he was presented with his WAG Brevet.  Following Operational Training at Debert, NS he arrived in the United Kingdom January 7, 1942 where he completed further training at Invergordon, Scotland from where he was posted to Africa November 30/42.  On December 11th he arrived at Freetown, Sierra Leone and #270 Squadron in Coastal Command, flying Catalina Flying Boats.  From July 23/42 Dave and his crew were stationed at Lagos, Nigeria from where, on September 4th, 1943, they completed their 'tour of Ops' of over 800 hours.  On Sept. 10/43, they were assigend to an Air Communication Flight, or, as Dave described it, 'a Taxi Service for Big Shots'.  They were assigned to General Bruce and his ADC and Mr. Granthom, the Governor General of Nigeria.  In December '43, they left to return to the UK where, in January '44 he became an Instructor at 131 OTU at Killareas (sic) N. Ireland and in October of the same year was posted to #12, FIS, in St. Angelo, N. Ireland in the same capacity.

On December 30th, 1944 he was assigned, 'HOME' -------

FOSTER, Robert, Member #0049, Markam, ON: 
Bob passed away October 29th, 2004.  He was a longtime member of the Southern Ontario Chapter of our Air Gunner's Association.  Upon completion of High School, Bob enlisted in the RCAF in 1942 - R199287, graduating from #9 B/G, Mont Joli, PQ with his Air Gunner Brevet.  Overseas he attended OTU at Leighton Buzzard, in Bucshire.  Served on operations with Nos. 75, 142, and 37 (RAF) in India, North Africa and Italy.  Crashed on Base, Sansevero, Italy after enemy action.  Bob was the only survivor.  Invalided home, arriving VE Day Europe in Toronto.  Discharged June 8th, 1945.  In civvie street, Bob became President of Foster Motors in Agincourt, Ontario and, as a hobby (if I am not mistaken), sang in choirs.
 

GALLAGHER, James, Patrick, Member #0362, Willowdale, ON: 
'Pat' enlisted as R270013 and was posted to Lachine, PQ for Manning Depot where is was selected for Gunnery Training.  He received his Half-Wing at #9 Bombing & Gunnery School at Mont Joli, PQ on April 7th, 1944  Overseas he served with RAF Group 231 on Nos. 159 and 356 Squadrons in Digri and Salboi, India as a Nose Gunner on B24 Liberators.  He was discharged as a Warrant Officer, 2nd Class and eventually became a member of the Burma Star and RCAF Associations.

As a Post Script, may we add, that we are very pleased to hear from the Southern Ontario Chapter of our National Association.  There has been a disconnect with many former members since the Association disbanded as a National Organization at our final 'Reunion' in 2000.  We would be very pleased to receive communications from individuals who are, or have been, keeping in contact through our Internet Webpage.  Since there is no way of telling who are looking into the site and printing off copies of the very interesting 'Newsletter' being put together by John Moyles on a continuing basis, it would be heartening to hear from former members who are doing so.

In addition to former members, we do know that there is much interest in the site by many folks seeking information about the relatives who served in various capacities in the RCAF during the war, or are otherwise just interested in wartime memories.  Not surprisingly, there were many veterans who chose not to discuss with their familes this portion of their lives, and now those family members are older and very much interested in knowing where and in what capacity their relatives served.

There is 'No Charge' for accessing the Web Page, and the address is: 
www.airmuseum.ca/mag

Regular Mail, or contact by phone, can be made to JOHN MOYES (address and phone number below)
or CHARLIE YULE: yulec@mts.net


EDITORS REPORT

Thanks to all who supplied material for this Newsletter.

We hope you are enjoying the Summer months.  I have been busy carving walking sticks, trying to keep up with family orders. Doreene keeps busy looking after the both of us. I was cleaning a paintbrush on the lawn and, losing my balance, spilled some paint thinner. The chap who looks after the grounds wanted to know why there was a patch of dead grass by our patio. I told him that it must be that damn Saskatchewan Gopher with the bladder problem. He didn’t dispute the fact. 

Read the Correspondence/ Search Pattern letters carefully, you just might be able to help. Remember, there are a thousand stories out there, lets capture them before it is too late.

Note that Bill Milne is the Secretary of the Southern Ontario Group.
Bill’s address is: 392 St. Clements Ave., 
                            Toronto, Ont.
                             M5M 1M1
Bill replaces Bill Cockburn “Piper Bill”.

I spent 15 days of August in hospital recovering from surgery. My 82 year old plumbing system needed repair. Fortunately, the efficient medical staff signed me out for a few more Ops.

We will see you in October.

Cheers,

Doreene & John Moyles
 

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Please drop us some copy and pictures for the October Issue.
Keep well.
John and Doreene Moyles
Ste. 233 - 1060 Dorothy St.,
Regina, Sask.     S4X 3C5  CANADA
Ph. (306) 949-6112
Email  moyles@sasktel.net
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Regional Meetings


Southern Ontario Chapter
Royal Canadian Legion
Wilson Branch 527
948 Sheppard Avenue West
Downsview,Ontario
We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Legion hall 1:00 pm. 
No meetings July, August, September.
Contact persons: 
Ken Hill  ~  President ~  905.789.1912
Bill Cockburn  ~  Secretary ~  416.492.1024
Email:  piperbill@rogers.com

Winnipeg
Location - Royal Canadian Legion Br.#4 St. James Legion.
Date - Third Thursday of each month.
Time - Luncheon meeting (provide your own lunch).
Contact Member - Charlie Yule Ph. (204) 254-6264.

Northern Saskatchewan
Location - Lynx Wing Ave. C North, Saskatoon.
Date - Third Monday of the month.
Time - Luncheon meetings.
Contact Member - C.A. "Smokey" Robson  Ph. (306) 374-0547.

Northern Alberta Branch
Location - Norwood Branch 178, 11150 – 82 Street, Edmonton, AB
Date -  The first Thursday of each month.
Time - 12:00 hours.
Contact Members - E. H. "Ted" Hackett (780)962-2904 
or Sven Jensen (780)465-7344.

Southern Alberta
Location - Royal Canadian Legion  #264 
Kensington, Calgary
Date: Second Monday of each month.
Time - 11:30 hours.
Contact Member: Dave Biggs Ph: (403)236-7895
or Doug Penny Ph: (403)242-7048.
Note: 
October meeting time moved to third Monday. 
Also there are no meetings in July and August, however, a Barbecue is usually held  at Larry Robinson's ranch in Okatoks during that time.

British Columbia Branch 
Meeting time and local: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 
Firefighters Social & Athletic Club, 
6515 Bonsor Avenue, 
Burnaby, B.C. V5H 3E8 
Super eating facilities 
Contact person - Dave Sutherland       Ph. 604-431-0085 
E-mail distilledwater4@shaw.ca

Members across the Country are encouraged to 
send current information regarding 
regular meeting places, dates, and Contact Members, to

John and Doreene Moyles, 
Ste. 233 - 1060 Dorothy St., 
Regina, Sask.     S4X 3C5  CANADA
Ph. (306) 949-6112

Email moyles@sasktel.net


Members are requested to send their experiences, articles, anecdotes, pictures, etc., to John Moyles and I will forward them to our Web Master in Brandon. Articles and Last Post items will be deleted from the page each month after the designated Member in each region has had an opportunity to copy the material for their Members. Notices of deceased Members are to be sent to Charlie Yule who is still our 'Keeper of the Rolls'. 

This is your SHORT BURSTS with no printing or mailing costs, and no deadlines! The Brandon Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum has agreed to host our AG page. However, as it costs the Museum $35.00 per month to maintain the Web Page, it is suggested that each Ex-AG group contribute periodic donations to the Museum to help off-set this expense, and to enhance the work they are doing. 

We thank our Web Master, Bill Hillman, for his volunteer time and expertise.

Donations can be made directly to: 

CATP Museum Inc.
Box 3, Grp. 520, RR5,
Brandon, MB   R7A 5Y5
 Phone: (204) 727-2444
 
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