They shall not grow old, as
We that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor years condemn.
At the going down of the
sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Andrew Mynarski VC
Most aircrew will be familiar with the manner in which Andrew
Mynarski won his Victoria Cross. But they may not have heard about the
8 ft 6 inch bronze statue of him, which was unveiled at the Durham Tees
Valley International Airport 5 June 2005
This airport which serves the industrialized area of Yorkshire near
large centres such as Darlington, Middlesborough and Stockton, sits on
the old 6 (RCAF) Group airbase named Middleton St. George. 419 Squadron
RCAF Bomber Command flew from this station and Mynarski,s Lancaster left
on its fateful flight from one of its runways.
Some time back the local newspaper, Northern Echo decided that Mynarski’s
heroic deed, was not well enough known. So it decided to launch a campaign
to raise enough money for a statue to be created and placed in a prominent
location in the airport, where it could be seen by passengers as they passed
It was an expensive project and they made an appeal to many quarters,
including the Winnipeg Free Press, the Canadian Air Force and the Wartime
Pilots and Observers. A large crowd attended the unveiling in spite of
rainy weather. Two surviving widows of Mynarski’s crew members were there
to see Pat Brophy’s daughter Colleen Bacon unveil the statue which was
draped in a Canadian Flag.
16 Members of 573 Squadron Air Cadets were flown over from Winnipeg
for the ceremony. A local school choir led the singing and they will become
the beneficiaries of the excess funds. Full military honours were extended.
As the final notes of the trumpeter’s rendition of the Last Post faded
away a Lancaster from the RAF Memorial Flight, Coningsby, appeared overhead
and thrilled all present. Even Prime Minister Tony Blair became involved
because his constituency included Middleton St. George.
From Wartime Pilots and Observers Association.
Thanks to Weldy Moffatt, Editor of AEROGRAM, 600
RCAF Veterans Association (Regina) for sending the above material.
Many of our younger readers might not know the circumstances surrounding
so the details are as follows:
June 12, 1944, 419 (Moose) Squadron, Midleton St. Georg, UK. Mynarski
was Mid Upper Gunner on Lancaster KB 726, ‘A-Apple’, briefed to bomb the
marshalling yards at Cambria, France. It was a low level raid to bomb at
2000 feet. The run to the target was made through a veritable hail of flak,
then before reaching the objective the Lancaster was jumped by a JU88 night
fighter, which bore in from the port beam raking the aircraft with cannon
fire, and followed up with an equally devastating attack from below and
Both engines failed and a roaring fire erupted in the rear of the Lancaster,
just to the rear of Mynarski’s turret and spread to the port wing, threatening
to explode the petrol tank.
In the rear turret, F/O George (Pat) Brophy had taken the brunt of the
Junker’s attack having his hydraulic lines shattered, leaving him with
only his manual winding handle with which to rotate his turret. His Skipper,
Art de Breyne ordered his crew to bale out. Brophy wound his turret towards
the beam – then his winding handle sheared: he was trapped helpless without
Mynarski, obeying his Skipper’s last order, climbed down from his turret
and was about to go forward to the escape hatch, when he glanced to the
rear of the fuselage and realized Brophy was still in his turret. Despite
the raging fire, Mynarski scrambled through the flames and began beating
upon the jammed turret doors in attempt to get them moving.. His flying
clothing, already saturated with hydraulic oil, burst into flames, but
he continued to try to free the turret doors. Brophy could see Mynarski’s
clothing burning and yelled at him to get out of the bomber before it was
Reluctantly Mynarski left his friend and made his way along the fuselage
to the escape hatch. Before diving through the open escape hatchway, Mynarski
straightened up, facing the rear turret, saluted Brophy, as a sincere gesture
of farewell: then with his clothing and parachute a mass of flames,
Andrew Mynarski jumped. At such a low altitude, and in his physical state,
he stood no chance of survival, and plunged to he earth, where his body
was discovered by a local Frenchman.
The crippled Lancaster exploded on impact with the ground; yet, by some
near miracle, Brophy’s turret was thrown clear of the burning wreckage,
and he survived along with the remaining members of the crew. Only after
the war, when his crew was repatriated to England from Prisoner camps,
was Mynaski’s story put before High Authority. On October 11, 1946, Andrew
Mynarski was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross – in attempting to save
a fellow gunner, he had jeopardised his only hope of personal survival.
Andrew’s crew, which also included Jim Kelly, Bob Brophy, Jack Friday,
and Roy Vigars, together with Mynarski’s sister, Mrs. Stephanie Hollowarty,
who holds his Victoria Cross in trust, met in 1984, at a war aircrew reunion
held in his home town, Winnipeg, where a school also bears his name.
Flying Officer Brophy remembers that Mynarski had found a four-leaf
clover shortly before the crew took off for the Cambia raid from their
base at Middleton St. George, County Dunham in North of England. Mynarski
handed it to him and said, “you take it.”
The Canadian restored Lancaster KB 726 named for the
The following article gives us some
insight to the
work performed by the Imperial War Graves Commission
The following article relates to the loss of Lancaster SW251, and crew,
of 44 (Rhodesian) Squadron RAF. This aircraft was on an operation
to Karlsruhe Germany on the night of February 2/3, 1945. The eyewitnesses
stated that it burst into flames and crashed between two small towns with
the loss of all on board. It was suggested that it was hit by flak
although, I suppose , there is the possibility that it was attacked from
below by a night fighter equipped with upward firing guns.
Whatever the cause, the damage to the aircraft was such that the crew was
unable to escape.
One of the gunners, Don Johnson, was an old schoolmate of mine, we went
through public school and on to high school together. He joined up
just before me and I followed him around for awhile, to No,.5 Manning Depot
at Lachine and No.10 B&G School at Mount Pleasant, PEI. I have
been in contact with his sister, Mrs. Gwen Terentiuk of Ottawa, over the
years and she sent me the following information that was sent to her Father
at the end of the war. I think it shows the time and effort put in
by Graves Registration people and others to locate missing airmen and ,
when found, to see that they are identified and laid to rest in a proper
manner. I would suggest that the Germans, despite what we may have
thought of them at the time, made an honest effort to identify the downed
airmen so that they could inform the International Red Cross who in turn
would notify the proper authority in the UK and in time the next of kin.
Many unsung heroes behind the scenes who worked long and hard on behalf
of the families of these airmen.
The articles referred to are as follows:
April 30, 1947. Original investigation of the Crash.
September 10, 1948 Letter to Mr. W.B. Johnson, father of F/Sgt.
Donald W. Johnson, Air Gunner.
March 5, 1953 Investigation Report signed by E. N. Baskins.
June 22, 1953 Letter to Air Ministry, Stanmore, Middlesex from M.Crabbe.
Original Investigation of the Crash
Position of crash Stafford / Buechenau
Crew unknown. Particulars of burial: Separate graves, one containing
two bodies, no coffins at Buechenau Friedhof. Grave decorated with green
pine leaves and flowers and has a white cross with inscription in black
lettering. Hier ruhen in Gott ein unbekannter Kanadischer Flieger”. Second
grave at scene of crash containing human remains, grave is of crude design,
The two Buergermeisters, Herr Leopold Hasenfuss of Buechenau, and Herr
Mahier of Stafford had identical stories of the crash which resulted in
the following information.
The aircraft, a four engine Lancaster Bomber, Squadron and aircraft
number unknown, was taking paart in an air attack on the town of
Bruchsal on the night of Februaru 2nd. 1945 at approximately 23:20 hrs.
The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and immediately burst into flames
finally crashing in a wheat field between the villages of Buechenau and
Stafford. A rescue party was formed and proceeded to the scene of the crash,
but on arrival they found the aircraft well ablaze and with intense heat
coinciding with the explosions coming from burnt ammunition, all form of
rescue had to be abandoned. The aircraft was allowed to burn itself out.
On the afternoon of February 3rd. a search among the smouldering wreckage
for the dead began.
The remains of two humans were found and identified as Canadian airmen
by identity discs. The two bodies were removed immediately to the Friedlhof
at Buechenau where a mass burial with no coffin took place on the afternoon
of February 4th. 1945. No ceremony was performed at this burial. When American
occupation of the Bruchsal area took place, an American graves Registration
party visited the wreckage, which even to my visit remains intact, and
on suspecting the aircraft to be of American origin, a search began. This
took place on May 21st. 1946. As a result more human remains were found
and a grave was erected in the cornfield a few hundred yards from the aircraft.
Herr Mahier states the remains to be just bones
On my visit to the crash I notice that the engines were embedded some
four feet into the ground and on looking for aircraft identification, I
also came across human remains which were parts of leg bones. I gave instructions
to Buergermeister Mahier to keep the wreckage intact and, in a few days
time, exhumation for this crew will begin and the wreck will be searched
again for remains.
September 10, 1948 Letter to Mr. W.B. Johnson, father of F/Sgt.
Donald W. Johnson.
It is with regret that I refer to the loss of your son, Flight Sergeant
Donald Wilfred Johnson, who lost his life on air operations against the
enemy February 3, 1945 ………
Although individual identification could not be secured, it has been
determined that the grave at Buchenau was that of your son and Flying Officer
O.W. Armstrong, the Navigator of your son’s crew.
……… Flight Lieutenant T.E. Gallivan, Pilot, and Sargeant A. Ballach
(Rhodesian), Flight Engineer, were found to be buried in the cemetery at
Staffort, and have been moved to the permanent British Military Cemetery,
Bad Tolz (Durnbach) which is located approximately forty-four miles south
of Munich, Germany. They are resting in Collective Graves 22 and 23, Row
D, Plot 1, registered in their names, and your son and Flying Officer
Armstrong have also been moved to that cemetery, and are resting beside
them in Collective Graves 24 and 25, Row D, Plot 1, the graves being registered
in both their names.
Un happily, no trace whatever can be found of the three remaining members
of the crew, and their names will be commemorated on a general memorial
which will be erected to all those who have no ‘known’ graves. The British
Military Cemetery at Bad Tolz will be cared for and maintained in perpetuity
by the Imperial War Graves Commission (of which Canada is a member). The
Commission will also erect headstones at the graves. There are great numbers
of these headstones to be erected, and it will take some time. It will
not be necessary for you to write to the commission, as you will be contacted
by them before the stone is prepared.
June 22, 1953 Letter to Air Ministry, Stanmore, Middlesex from M.Crabbe
The Commission has forwarded a report from its representative in Brussels
to the effect that a French War Graves Registration Team, whilst searching
for the remains of a French casualty in Stafford Cemetery, Karlsrube, Germany,
opened a grave which was marked by a plain white cross with no inscriptions.
Skeletal remains of three airmen were found whom they believed
to be Americans, on the basis of remains of oxygen masks of U.S. manufacture.
The American Graves Service were advised and as a result of their investigation,
pieces of RAF clothing and a badge were recovered, and the Commission’s
Brussels representative was notified.
Subsequent examination established that there was one complete body
and a partial remains of two other airmen. As can be seen from the Investigation
report there are grave locations for four of the seven crew members whilst
Flight Sergeant I.H. Beaumont, F.C. Dufresne, and Sergeant S.J. Bowden
are recorded as missing.
According to the Kries file the remains of the three members of the
crew were buried at the time, in Stafford Cemetery but could not be located
when the case was first investigated. There seems little doubt that these
remains, now recovered, are those of the three missing airmen but as two
of the missing are Canadian airmen this Department wishes to know whether
you agree with the acceptance of these identities before replying to the
A copy of the Exhumation Report ‘B’ is enclosed. It is advised that
this Department is unable to ascertain the identity of the owner of the
A.M. whistle from the particulars given.
We thank Mrs. Gwen Terentiuk of Ottawa, for supplying
these documents. Donald Wilfred Johnson was Gwen’s brother.
Wartime One Sided Romance
Short Bursts received a letter from a WAG Member in which he relates
his love affair with a WAAF in the UK. Many of our young men, straight
from the farms, high schools and urban centres of Canada found themselves
with an uncertain future in a strange land. This loneliness led to relationships
with the English ladies.
I’m sure many of our Members will relate to his story.
During 1942 there were no WAAFs on our base and the place was wild and
unruly. Early in 1943 things changed. The WAAFs appeared and their compound
was just off the base. When word got around that the Yanks were bothering
the girls, a high fence was constructed around their billets. Our crew
huts were lined up on the road to the station gate which was the route
the WAAFs took on foot or bicycle coming to and from shifts on the station.
When we were not flying we would sit outside in the evening and watch
the girls go by. I started to notice one girl who strode by tall, erect,
and good looking. But how to meet her in a gentlemanly way? We always seemed
to be flying when there was a function on at the station. This went on
most of the summer, then I saw her walking out on the arm of a man. I had
never met her but I was jealous!
In November I completed my tour and was awaiting a posting. The tannoy
announced a class in ballroom dancing. Being bashful of girls and never
having danced, I thought this might be a good opportunity to solve both
problems. I reported and got ticket #1.
The first night I am nervously waiting in the Gym when a WAAF approaches
me and says, “how about you and me being partners?” It was the girl I had
worshipped from afar! I went weak at the knees, my tongue was stuck to
the roof of my mouth and there was nowhere to run and hide. How am I ever
going to take this girl in my arms and start dancing when I had never danced
before? It was a relief to learn that the steps to the fox-trot and waltz
were marked out on the floor and we learned individually. Eventually we
took our partners in our arms and were soon accomplishing the steps, even
gliding through the tango.
She loved shooting and joined the rifle club I had formed. She also
liked bicycle riding so we would take an afternoon off to ride around the
countryside and have lunch. On New Years Eve the Sgt’s mess threw a party.
We went to the dance together. Around 12 midnight a bunch of Officers crashed
the party and started passing my girl from one to the other and I’m out
in the cold. I didn’t even get to escort her home to her barracks. Then
she was posted to another base. But we did have a final date, bicycled
in the country, had a few ales. Back at the barracks we held hands and
experienced our first and only kiss.
I was posted to #1 Radio School Cranwell and while there received a
letter from my WAAF saying she wished to communicate. After my W.O.M. course
at Cranwell, I was sent home to Canada on leave. When I returned to the
squadron for my second tour correspondence continued between us but we
never met. My WAAF was posted to Cairo, Egypt.
On returning home after the war, I kicked around the country but could
not settle down.
In November 1947 there was a squadron reunion in Toronto. I took my
sister and it was a great affair reuniting with old friends. Suddenly this
girl is standing in front of me and says, “do you not recognize me?” It
was my WAAF! She said, “I would like you to meet my husband, Tommy.”
Wham, I was like a post!
I moved out to the west coast and one day received a letter, forwarded
from home, from my WAAF.
“I didn’t know the girl you had with you was your sister or we would
have had a good talk. Another opportunity lost. It seems to me that every
time opportunity knocks the phone rings too. Instead of answering the door,
I answer the telephone. After three months of marriage I feel I’d give
anything to relive the last twelve months of my life.”
Wow, makes one think! I drifted for another three years, returned home
to marry a young lady who lived almost on our doorstep, and settled on
the old homestead. We raised a family and have stuck together through thick
But that is not the end of the story. In 1980, as I could not forget
her, I decided to find out what happened to my WAAF. After searching contacts
in England and Toronto, I got an address in a town about 50 miles from
home. I wrote and received the following reply.
“Nov. 28, 1980.
My life has been pretty uneventful the past 35 years – two children.
We lived in Toronto from 1947 to 1959 and then bought the store, Ladies
Finery. Been back to England more times than I can remember. All in all
we have been very fortunate, three good meals a day, a host of friends,
and a good warm house. Have had two holes-in-one at the golf course and
a perfect hand at cribbage, also the daily double at the track a few times
Vacationed in the Canary Islands and the Caribbean many times.”
One day in mid November 1989 I got a phone call from her daughter advising
of her mother’s death. I determined to go to the funeral but the roads
were closed due to a raging snowstorm. A final chapter to what I call a
one sided romance.
But one must ponder, - was it? I will never know.
Report from B.C. Branch
Greetings from the B.C. branch: In the September issue you alerted us
about the UK visitors coming to Boundary Bay. On the 18th September the
801 Vancouver Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada held a Battle
of Britain commemorative parade to honour the heroism and sacrifices made
by air and ground crews of Allied Forces over 65 years ago in the late
summer of 1940. The event was held in brilliant sunshine and some 650 air
cadets and their bands from Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and the Fraser
Valley took part. The reviewing officer was 91-year–old Group Captain Alex
Jardine, AFC, RCAF (retired), of Victoria, B.C. The BC branch was represented
by our leader Chairman Stan Sullivan, J.W. “Doc” Cumbers, who has long
been associated with the Air Cadets and still is and myself. At the reception
following the event we went looking for the UK visitors only to be told
that they were now back in the UK having left on the previous Thursday.
Whilst in BC for approximately a week they were well received in Abbotsford
and at Boundary Bay and well looked after according to one of the organizers
of their visit. This was memorable day for everyone present.
“Doc” Cumbers (L) and Chairman Stan Sullivan
Group Captain Alex Jardine accepting a gift from
Victor Nordquist, President of the 801 (Vancouver)
wing of the Air Force Ass. Of Canada.
Report from Southern Alberta Branch
Jack Denmee, our past Supplies Officer, advised that Larry Robinson
is now the President of their Branch. Larry can be reached at:
Okotoks, AB. TOL 1T0
Doug Penny, Past President, is bothering the nurses in hospital again.
We spoke with Doug and he sounded up beat as ever. Get well soon Doug.
Subject: Dougal MacGillivray
I have just recently heard the story of Dougal's flying home the damaged
plane. I wondered if you could tell me where I could learn more about him
and when and where he was awarded the DSO.
571 north St #17
Sault Ste Marie, ON P6B 6K7
I am assuming that you have come across the account given in a back
issue of our Ex-Air Gunners Webzine:
Short Bursts -- back issue, January 2003
I don't have any other information at this time but have forwarded your
request to John Moyles, the editor of Short Bursts and to Stephen Hayter,
the director of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum of Brandon.
Hopefully we can track down some more info for you.
Editor – Can anyone help Florence?
Haaltert-BELGIUM 16 October 2005
To: John and Doreene MOYLES
Dear Mr. and Mrs. MOYLES,
The veterans ass. of HAALTERT-BELGIUM would like to inaugurate
next year on 29 August 2006 at MOERBEKE-WAAS Belgium an special commemorate
plaque about the crash of Wellington bomber reg. DF 673 base Mildenhall
(Eng.) a tribute to the crew who died at the crash and buried at the Canadian
cemetery of ADEGEM-BELGIUM.
Crewembers: H.D. BAITTLE (Royal Canadian) air observer and Jewish, DAVIS
S.B.T R.A.F pilot, HILTZ L.D airgunner Royal Canadian, MCKAY D.A. Royal
Canadian air gunner, C.H. VICKERS R.A.F pilot.
The crash at MOERBEKE-WAAS date 29 August 1942.
* Can any one help us to bring us in contact with the family members,
especially the Canadian crewmembers. Thanks for the help.
veterans ass. HAALTERT-BELGIUM
HALIFAX AIRCRAFT FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
We'd be very grateful for a mention or for you to just let people know
about The Halifax Aircraft Families Association. We're part of the
Halifax Aircraft Association at Trenton. We are a group of second and third
generation Hali descendants who share information on how to find service
records, flight details, links, memoirs and so forth with an emphasis on
families that start out knowing nothing. We have a distinguished group
of vets and historians who make sure we're accurate, but mostly we are
sharing research information that takes hours and loads of blind alleys
Lately, we have been getting requests in from former aircrew who are
looking for one another so our mission is expanding. Since we've
only just started up and our database is limited as yet, we're hoping to
contact the squadrons and related associations. I have for example a gentleman
from the 502 coastal command who is looking for his pilot. He's the only
502 I have in my database and I'd like to be able to give you a heads up
and see if you have someone. In return, of course, I'll share everything
we have and you can feel free to use it. We'd just ask that you give the
Trenton group a nod for supporting us.
We have a newsletter and a sheet on tracking former aircrew and we are
building a website to make this information more easily available. We can
be found at
but we hope you'll keep in mind that its under construction.
(Donald Campbell, 640 Squadron KIA May 1944)
The BCATP 4-hour Documentary:
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
will premiere on History Television
during Remembrance Week
in the coveted 8 pm Eastern time slot:
Episode One - Monday, November 7
Episode Two - Tuesday, November 8
Episode Three - Wednesday, November 9
Episode Four - Thursday, November 10.
Just recently I was given a tattered manual on “6 Group Historical
Review”. It is fascinating reading even for a guy like me from 5 Group.
I got permission from the owner to copy it and a friendly printer did
an outstanding job and bound it at the same time. Our local ACA branch
members are keen to get copies for themselves.
The manual is comprised of 90 pages and covers the period from the formation
of 6 Group in 1943 to the end of the war in '45. The table of contents
has 16 items ranging from a Foreword, a History, Group Tactics, etc and
a list of the operations undertaken by the Group in operations against
Germany. The Operations are the major part of the Review and takes up some
40 pages. It is a must read for anyone who flew in 6 Group.
I will undertake to get the printing done and I can be contacted at:
Suite 2003, 4350 Beresford Street,
Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4K9
Phone at: 604 - 431- 0085.
The price is $10.00 + $2.50 for mailing anywhere in Canada.
Excess monies will go to the local ACA branch general funds and the
Halifax Restoration Project in Trenton.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of 6 Group Historical Review,
put your order in with Dave.
Contact. Nanton Lancaster Museum tests
rebuilt engine on their Lancaster FM 159.
Who is the brave soul under the wing?
Avid readers will remember that in our September
2004 Short Bursts Issue FM 159 was shown minus its starboard inner.
We thank Ted Hackett for these pictures. Ted was present when the engine
was tested and he commented that many in attendance had not heard that
sound for 60 years. Our thanks go out to the many dedicated volunteers
who donated their time and expertise to make this memorable moment possible.
Just a short note.
I thought that you might be interested in the link to our regional Aviation
Museum at Temora in New South Wales.
This excellent museum has restored a flying Hudson Bomber - an aircraft
that many AG and WAG aircrew (including my father) trained in Canada during
world war 2. (All their Aircraft at Temora have been restored to
flying condition and a visit is recommended.)
I have included the link to the museum and the aircraft in particular,
which I saw flying in conjunction with a Typhoon and Spitfire in a combined
flyover last weekend. I thought that it may be of interest to you and for
possible inclusion in Short Bursts.
Regards Chris McQuellin
(Ed: there are some interesting pictures of aircraft on
WAGs who graduated from # 2 Wireless School, Calgary,
Alberta, will recall doing their air exercises in the Tiger Moth.
DH – 82A Tiger Moth
Please send Obituary notices to Charlie Yule: email@example.com
HISCOX, Earl: Mbr. #0224, Winnipeg, MB: Born in 1920, Earl passed
away peacefully on Friday,October 14, 2005 at the Misericordia Health Centre.
Earl is survived by sister M. Huber of Boston, MA., as well as two daughters
and two Grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Florence,
and a brother.
Earl enlisted in the RCAF as R84009 attending #1 Manning Depot, Toronto.
He began his service in the capacity of General Duties for a period of
time. He was made 'Acting Corporal' (unpaid) and put in charge of
a Billet Hut for Aircrew trainees. Finding this duty a bit tedious
- trying to control a group of unruly 'aircrew wannabes' - it wasn't long
before he remustered for Aircrew Training himself, basing his decision
on the old adage, 'If You Can't Beat 'em, join 'em'. He was
selected for Wireless Airgunner Training which began at #4 Wireless School
in Guelph, ON. He received his WAG brevet upon completion of his
Gunnery Training at #1 B&G Jarvis, ON.
Following his arrival at Bournemouth in the UK he attended several 'refresher
courses' which included stops at #4 Signals School at Hereford, #3 RDFS
at Prestwick and the RAF station at Hooton Park. He was then posted
to #4 OTU Invergordon where he was 'crewed up' to commence training in
Catalina Flying Boats. Upon completion of that training he and his
crew were posted to #422 Squadron in Coastal Command at Oban where they
converted to the mighty, four engine powered, Sunderland Flying Boats,
during September 1942.
After service with 422 Squadron, serving at various stations including
Bowmore, Isle of Islay, Castle Archdale, Loch Erne in Northern Ireland
he completed his tour in July '44. Earl was 'screened' and selected
for Gunnery Leader Training at Catfoss, Yorkshire, following which he was
posted back to Invergordon as Station Gunnery Leader, attaining the rank
of Flying Officer.
Among the things of which Earl was particularly proud were: During his
service he had held all eight ranks from A/C2 to Flying Officer, plus having
earned the 'Goldfish Badge' after surviving the crash of their aircraft
and being adrift for 3-1/2 days with his crew in two Life Rafts lashed
together on the Bay of Biscay in September of 1943. Earl had managed
to get off an 'SOS' message just moments before they had to abandon the
doomed machine. They were picked up by an Air Sea Rescue Sunderland
on what was described as being 'the last attempt' to locate them.
He, of course, earned what he called the usual Spam Medals, but his most
favoured service trophy was his WAG WING which held a 'place of pride'
in his heart.
Charley Yule, Earl Hiscox, Bill Hillman, John Moyles
Occasion: Presenting complete set of Short Bursts
to the CATP Museum, Brandon, Manitoba.
In Earl’s obituary Charley Yule mentions Earl’s crew ditching in the
Bay of Biscay and spending three and one half days in life rafts before
being rescued. An interesting comment from LIFE and TIMES of 422 SQUADRON
quotes Earl as follows:
“Someone thought they could hear engines and Ralph Riskin shouted,
“there it is.” Someone ripped the igniting tab from a flare and a red star
shot up. The aircraft did not alter course. Suddenly the Skipper, Jacques
De Le Paulle shouted, “douse that second flare; it has six engines.” The
only aircraft that fitted that description was a Blohm & Voss BV222,
called a Wiking, troop transport. What the enemy aircraft was doing
in the Bay of Biscay we could not imagine……….”
To obtain more information go to http://www.georgian.net/422sqdrn/
and click on link
422 Association Honourary Executive Director Up Up and Away October
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 9:49 AM
Subject: Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) - PROGRESS REPORT #9
Dear Members and Supporters,
Please find attached, hot of the presses, Progress Report #9.
Sorry, but unable to include the photos with the report. They can be
seen on our website version of this report at www.57rescuecanada.com
We will Remember Them
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
Phone 1 - 613 - 835 -1748
Another Remembrance day is approaching. To many of us every day is
Remembrance Day. As years slip by the young faces of those we lost become
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.
We thank the B.C. and Southern Alberta Branches for their reports, also
Ted Hackett for his contributions.
Winter winds are coming and we will soon be hunkering down in the homestead.
There will be time to put pen to paper and send us some articles for future
Issues of Short Bursts.
We will be back in December .
John & Doreene Moyles