DECEMBER 2005
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PBY Catalina Flying Boat, the type of aircraft referred to in the following article


A Day in the Life of a Wireless Air Gunner
Fred Burnyeat

When going through a book about WW2, I came across an article about the uproar in Halifax on VE day. I was there at the time and it reminded me of why we were there. We had done a stretch of protecting the western shores and were sent to the eastern coast as enemy submarines were getting too many of our ships, in particular convoys taking supplies overseas.

On April 01, 1943 I was stationed with No. 116 Squadron, Shellbourne, N.S. I was then moved to Botwood on June 1st. Flights were made almost daily throughout June and July and on August 2nd we were told to be ready for take-off at 4:00 am the next morning. Dense fog that morning delayed our takeoff until 5:20 am. Ground stations determined what they felt was a submarine on the surface some distance out and we were ordered to locate and destroy it. It turned out to be a fisherman, so we passed him by. As we flew over, he shook his fist at us, as we were scaring off the fish.

At this time, I received a message on my radio, in code, which I deciphered as “return to base”. I passed this on to the navigator and he told our pilot, Al Seward, who promptly changed direction. I acknowledged the message had been received, but again the message “return to base” came back. I again acknowledged that the message had been received, but once again the “return to base” command was sent through to us. Then Yarmouth N.S. sent the message through and I responded to them as well. At this point it became obvious to me that we were caught in a magnetic field that was blotting out my transmissions. This same process was repeated as other stations, Halifax, Moncton, Tor Bay tried to help. I answered them all.

By now darkness had set in and I asked the navigator, “should we not be seeing some landfall?” He said yes and I asked why we had not, but he was not sure. He suggested that possibly when we turned for home, we ran into a strong wind and may be going down the St. Lawrence or over the top of the land. I dug out my little handbook to see what help we might have and realized I had traced the Gander range signal with the ‘A’ and ‘N’ regions and frequency call signs. I tuned into it showing us to be in the ‘A’ quadrant. I got our pilot to turn onto the steady signal between quadrants and head for Gander. We were finally able to head for home. He asked me to send an ETA, which I did, getting an immediate reply. I requested a wind speed and direction, which I received, passed these onto the pilot and he was able to circle the landing lights and bring us in for a perfect landing. We had been flying for 13 hours.

The pilot, co-pilot and navigator walked from the plane, into the hangar and the signal room. I put my flying suit and (wireless) log book in my locker and as was the custom, headed home. My wife Dorothy and I lived in a house off the station. Dorothy was understandably upset as everyone knew that three planes had departed, but we had not returned with the others. My arrival soothed her fears and we expected to sleep in the next morning, exhausted from the previous days duty. 

However, this was not to be the case. At 0700, I was summoned to the signals office “at once, in uniform and bring your log book with you.” Once there, it became apparent that the focus of concern was that no response to the many recalls was received at base and they were concerned that I had neglected to respond. My log book disappeared into another room and I waited for further discussion. After some time, I was released with a comment that my log book would be returned to me.

Some days later, my log book was returned to me and no further comment on the situation was made. I can only assume that my carefully filled out logbook had cleared us and under the circumstances, we had done the right thing to get home safely.


No. 2 Wireless School, Calgary, Alberta, September 1941, 20 A Flight
LAC Fred Burnyeat, Class Senior (right) giving command “Eyes Right”. 
Frederick L. Burnyeat ~ Flight Lieutenant ~ Wireless Air Gunner


5 OTU Reunion Abbotsford and Boundry Bay

I read your mention, in the November “Short Bursts”, of the visit to Abbotsford and Boundary Bay by members of the 5 OTU Reunion Association, from the UK.  I can fill you in a little bit, regarding their visit to Boundary Bay.  On September 6th, the group visited Boundary Bay, where they were met by, among others, Her Worship Mayor Lois Jackson, and Sandra Stoddart-Hansen, who’s the manager of the airport.  Also in attendance were some cadets and officers of several nearby Air Cadet squadrons.  After a very pleasant reception, which took place in the original hangar, I was able to take some of the group for short flights around the circuit, to have an aerial look at how things had changed over the years.

The group of veterans were absolutely delightful folks, and invited my wife and I to join them for dinner at their downtown Vancouver hotel, an invitation we were delighted to accept.  We had a wonderful dinner, and I got to ask what seemed like hundreds of questions about their time at Boundary Bay.  All in all, this was an experience I will treasure forever.

I’ve attached two photos from their day at Boundary Bay.

I’m rarely called “handsome”, and never “tall”, but I am the only one in the picture wearing a flight suit! The 5 OTU Reunion Association is having what may be their last get-together, next June, in Stratford-on-Avon.  I’m going to try to find a way to get there for the event.
Regards,
Jason White
Captain ~ Regional Cadet Air Operations 


22 OTU WELLESBOURNE MOUNTFORD

I hope some one will read this and be able to help my in my research.

On 20th November 1944 there was plane crash in the mountains above a village where my grandfather lives in Wales  It was a Canadian plane - believed to be a Wellesbourne Mountford which was on a night training exercise. Some information is posted below from a local web site:

DATE OF CRASH 20th NOVEMBER 1944 PARENT UNIT 22 OTU WELLESBOURNE MOUNTFORD THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A NIGHT TRAINING EXERCISE WHEN THE STARBOARD ENGINE DEVELOPED PROBLEMS THE PLANE STARTED TO LOSE HEIGHT OWING TO ICING AND STRUCK CAREG GOCH IN THE BLACK MOUNTAIN GR SN 817168 THERE IS A MEMORIAL AT THE CRASH SITE FOR THE SIX AIRMEN THAT DIED.

  I've tried to find information on the men via the internet, the only one I have found is Jules Villeneuve, where on the family internet site he is listed as dying in a crash in Wales.  I've emailed the site a few times but have not has a reply.  I has hoping to either confirm or rule him out but haven't had any luck.  Details found out so far about the men are as follows:

JOSEPH ARTHUR EDMOND  GROULX
Service Number:    R/111476 
Age:    22 
Force:    Air Force 
Unit:    Royal Canadian Air Force 
Son of Arthur and Alexandrine Groulx, of Hull, Province of Quebec, Canada.

JOSEPH LIONEL UNDERIC  DU SABLON
Service Number:    R/174038 
Age:    20 
Force:    Air Force 
Unit:    Royal Canadian Air Force 
Son of Lionel Olivier and Mary Lea Du Sablon, of De Gaspe, Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

JOSEPH PAUL ERNEST  BURKE
Service Number:    R/206904 
Age:    20 
Force:    Air Force 
Unit:    Royal Canadian Air Force 
Son of William and Dorine Burke, of West Bathurst, Gloucester Co., New Brunswick. Canada.

WILLIAM JOSEPH  ALLISON
Service Number:    J/20861 
Age:    28 
Force:    Air Force 
Unit:    Royal Canadian Air Force 
Son of William Earle Allison and Mary Ruth Allison, of Montreal, Province of Quebec. Canada.

JULES ROBERT RENE  VILLENEUVE
Service Number:    R/199834 
Age:    22 
Force:    Air Force 
Unit:    Royal Canadian Air Force 
Son of Jean B. Villeneuve and Clara Villeneuve, of Verdun, Province of Quebec. Canada.

CHARLES  HAMEL
Service Number:    J/92169 
Age:    21 
Force:    Air Force 
Unit:    Royal Canadian Air Force 
Son of Dr. Paul Hamel, and of Bertha Ellen Hamel, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

My grandfather visited the site a few days after the crash and found a photograph near the site, the photograph is attached to this email.  He didn't know who it belonged to or how to find out where to return it, but thought it may have either come from the wreckage or may have been dropped by someone investigating at the crash scene.  Not wanting to throw the photograph away, he has kept it safe all these years and a while ago mentioned it to me. I have found the names of the crew as above but have not had any luck in identifying who the young man is.  It's possible that the photograph was not one of the crew but maybe a family member.  I have since found another photograph believed to be of the crew but again I am unable to identify who is who.  Last Friday I posted this on the internet and I can't believe the response I've had with people interested in finding out more.  Lots are doing internet research but at present we haven't had any luck.
I'm hoping that someone can help.  If he can be identified and the family would like the picture returned we will be more than happy to do so. 
I hope that you can help or at least point me in another direction.
Kind regards
Caroline
caroline_d@btinternet.com


Photograph found by Caroline’s Grandfather


From: Karl Kjarsgaard 
 Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 7:48 AM
Subject: Halifax NA337 Dedication

Dear Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) Members and Supporters,

Please find enclosed a photo of RAF Halifax NA337 that I took from the audience introducing the rebuild crew at the dedication ceremony at the RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario on Nov 5, 2005.

Although I was not allowed to speak at the ceremony many good people came up and offered congratulations for the recovery and final restoration of NA337. They offered emotional support and financial support for our pending and great project to locate and recover RCAF Halifax LW170. 

Canada has our first Halifax completed, now let us move on to our big prize, the last and most famous of all,
LW170 of RCAF 424 Squadron QB - "I for Item" !!

"We will remember them." 

Best regards,
Karl Kjarsgaard
Project Manager
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
email:  57rescuecanada@rogers.com
phone 613 835 1748


Forwarded from Weldy Moffatt

This email is a plain out-and-out request for your assistance with two very important AF Heritage projects I wish to hold next year (2006). Both involve the naming of buildings here at 15 Wing: McEwen Airfield (Moose Jaw).

The first AF Heritage project will be the Flight Sergeant Peter Dmytruk Building. It is my intent to honour the many Ukrainian-Canadians from Saskatchewan who selflessly left the comfort and love of their homes and served as members of the AF during the Second World War by naming the former Ground Training School, and current home of the Military Aviation Museum, in honour of  Flight Sergeant Peter Dmytruk (RCAF) Croix de Guerre with Silver Star.

Flt Sgt Dmytruk perhaps is better know to you as 'Pierre le Canadien'. The named he was dubbed by the citizens of Les Martres de Veyre, France who honour his sacrifice and exploits as a member of the resistance. I have located the next-of-kin for Flt Sgt Dmytruk and should have the paperwork on this finalised by month's end.

The second AF Heritage project will be the Flying Officer (Nursing Sister) M. M. Westgate Facility. It is my intent to honour the many women from Saskatchewan who have served, and continue to serve, in the AF by naming the former Construction Engineering building, current home of the Wing Hospital, Dental Clinic and Military Supply Section, among others, in honour of F/O (Nursing Sister) Marion Mercedes Westgate of Regina, the only Nursing Sister from Saskatchewan to die in the Second World War.

I have been fortunate to have had Wil Chabun of the CAHS/Leader Post assistance me with this search. Wil succeeded in tracking down a cousin of Nursing Sister Westgate living in Toronto but I am wondering if there are any relatives living in the area whom I can contact concerning this planned event. For your information, F/O (Nursing Sister) Marion Mercedes  Westgate was the daughter of Robert James and Christie Mercedes Westgate of Regina. F/O Westgate was stationed at Regina and was aged 26 when she died on 27 October 1943 while on a familiarisation flight. She is buried in the Regina
Cemetery; block C, plot 1, grave 32.

I request that you disseminate this as widely as possible and beat the bushes without mercy. Thanks for letting me impose on both your time and connections. If I can get these off the ground within the next several weeks, then 2006 will be a banner year for AF heritage in Saskatchewan. 

Cheers,
Jeff
J.R. (Jeff) Noel
Officer Cadet
Heritage Officer/Associate Air Force Historian
15 Wing Moose Jaw: AVM McEwen Airfield
 


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A German-Canadian's search for the truth about the murder of a Canadian airman near his hometown, and his quest for truth, justice and reconciliation in Canada and in Germany.

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E-mail:  p.hessel@sympatico.ca

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L to R  Al Colquboren,  Phil Owen,  Don Macfie

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Moyles,

I am writing about an internet copy of your newsletter I found of last Dec. 2004.  In it there was this picture and a short story about a reunion held in North Bay, Ontario.  I am very interested in some information concerning a gentleman in the photo, Mr. Phil Owen, as he may be the soul survivor of a Lancaster which crashed in Feb. 1945 over Dortmund.  My great Uncle was the pilot, F/O L. Blaney, 419 Squadron, RCAF (KIA), and I would love to make contact with Mr. Owen if it is possible.  Thank you for posting your “Short Bursts” on-line as it is such a great resource…
Thank you again…

Sincerely,
 Scott D. Hoyt
shoyt@nb.sja.ca

(Ed. We were able to locate Phil Owen in North Bay, Ont. And put him in touch with Scott.)


In the October 2005 Short Bursts Page we published an article on ex-air gunner Mike Cassidy, founder of Press Review magazine. Mike’s widow, Jana, is carrying on the tradition. 

Hello John, 
 I thought I would let you know of our recently re-launched website www.pressreview.ca
 Hope things are well. Jana 

Jana J. Cassidy/Publisher
Press Review Ltd./1 Yonge Street, Ste. 1801
Toronto ON  M5E 1W7
Tel. 416-368-0512
Dir.Tel./Fax 416-366-0104
www.pressreview.ca


RAF on STRIKE 1945

To: John Moyles ~ moyles@sasktel.net

I am looking for information regarding the RAF ground personnel strike in the Middle East and Far East, summer of 1945. Yes, strike, the chaps lay down their tools to protest the lack of repatriation plans for troops in their areas.

The war in Europe was over and RAF personnel in UK and Europe were being demobbed and released. As a result they had their pick of the post war job market. In the Middle and Far East it was another picture. The Japanese war was not officially over, the Jewish immigrants released from European concentration and work camps were flooding South to Palestine, and the Arabs were determined to keep them out. It was a full-blown Arab uprising. The British army in the area was being increased to keep peace between the two factions.

After completing a tour on Coastal Command I was posted to 426 Squadron, crewed up on Liberators for troop transport between UK and Karachi, India (later Pakistan). 


Liberator  B-24  Range 2,850 miles - Max speed 303 mph.
18,188 developed in USA – 1,694 ordered by RAF

On one trip we picked up troops from the British 2nd. Airborne in Brussels and proceeded to Palestine. Our first staging post was Castle Benito in North Africa where the troops lined up in the shade of the wing to get their yellow fever shots. As we prepared to take off for Cairo, we saw a notice written in chalk on one of our propeller blades, “We go on strike  (date – time). Do you support us? Castle Benito Personnel.”

We laughed as we were sure the chalk would blow off by the time we landed at our next staging post. Not so. The message was still clear. The ground personnel at Cairo signed the propeller and we took off for Llyda Palestine. (On landing at Llyda to unload our troops, we found the airport surrounded by Arab rebels and a Hurricane fighter strafing the desert to discourage hostile activity against incoming and outgoing aircraft). At all stops on our way to Karachi the prop signing process was repeated. Word must have filtered up to the brass as a crew, under the command of a senior officer, welcomed us at Karachi and the props were cleaned.

Later we heard that two airmen had been sentenced to death but the sentences were commuted to jail time. In retrospect, could our crew have been charged with complicity? After all, we did spread the word.

On that return trip to the UK we had 60 British troops from Burma. Proceeding up the Persian Gulf at night, we ran into adverse weather and heavy down drafts. In the vicinity of mountain ranges the situation became precarious. When attempting to get a position fix with the radio loop, there were no Ground signals. I sent out my first and only SOS. No response. Dead air. The RAF were on strike. Using commercial radio stations for a radio loop position fix, we were able to locate Basra and landed safely. 

On Transport Command most of our passengers were British troops from the Burma Theatre and they were jolly, fun loving groups, on their way home. However, there were two passenger loads that I will never forget. One was 25 Indian soldiers going to England to be decorated by the King.

It was my job to advise passengers not to move around during take off or landing due to the high temperatures in the area however, they could move about after we reached cruising altitude. There were no seats only two planks bolted down each side of the fuselage. The passengers sat facing each other and, due to the curvature of the fuselage they were slightly hunched forward. Extremely uncomfortable.

I asked the British Captain to instruct the passengers regarding movement in the aircraft. He barked a command and the men, rifles between their knees, sat rigid staring straight ahead. I requested the Captain to explain that they could walk around to stretch their legs after take off, but he just shrugged and ignored my request. I resented the way he treated these men who were to receive awards for valour and bravery. 

The Indian troops didn’t move but the vibration of the aircraft had a startling effect on their carefully manicured beards and turbans. Slowly their beards began to unroll and their turbans unwind. As these items were part of their spiritual life, they were extremely embarrassed. At each staging post they formed up in the shade of the wing, took out mirrors and combs to rectified the damage. In the air again, they didn’t move a muscle.

The other memorable trip we had a group of Ex POWs from a Japanese POW camp. They were the walking dead. Eyes sunken into their heads, skin stretched tight over bone. Bits of clothing hung from their shoulders. Each clutched a small bundle of personal possessions that they guarded at all times. They seldom spoke to each other, and if they did it was by whisper. I was told that when in camp, if a guard caught them speaking to another prisoner, they were beaten.

On the aircraft I went through the instructions regarding landing and take off. One passenger, a tall fellow, refused to sit down. He paced up and down the centre of the aircraft. This man literally walked from Karachi to the UK. Images one never forgets.


Norman (Wimpy) Noel, Pilot (left)
and John Moyles, Wireless operator 
R&R in Cairo, now El Qahira, Egypt


Searching for an airman of 408 Squadron

The unknown L.A.C. 408 Squadron.Short Bursts assisted Sylvia in locating her birth father, albeit to late, as he had passed away in Montreal. Sylvia is now requesting help for a friend.

Hello again John, it seems ages since I last wrote. I hope you and Doreene are well.

 I believe I told you about finding my father whose name was Don Weir not Jim ( that must have cost me about 5 years of search!) anyway, although the outcome was not what I expected I have got some closure so I can move on with my life.

The main reason for my email is that I wish to 'pick your brains' again, if I may, about another project that I have concerning a friend in England who has the same circumstances as myself. This is a pure longshot as she does not know his name which, on the face of it, sounds to be an almost impossible task, BUT she has a photo of him which was taken in York in 1944, I'll attach it for your 'perusal' . What we know is this, he was in the RCAF, an L.A.C. on 408 squadron
stationed in Linton on Ouse, Yorkshire, and possibly an American in RCAF. 

I would really value any thoughts that you could give me. I know that there is a reunion next June for the 408, but, of course, I have no contacts in bomber command only coastal command. Once again John, many thanks for all your kind help in the past. 

Warm regards from a cold Cumbria Sylvia
Sylvia Lister jumoff@gmail.com 
 


Lloyd George Hanton Air Gunner – Goose Squadron

I was looking at your website today because of a curiosity about my uncle who served with Goose Squadron during the war. What I know about him is very limited, and I was wondering if you would be able to help me shed some light.  I realize it is probably a long shot, but I thought I would give it a try anyway.

My uncle's name was Lloyd George Hanton from Kenora, Ontario and was an airgunner.  He and his crew went missing during an operation over Berlin. I don't know how to find out any more about him.  Maybe you could help me?

Thank you for your time, I really appreciate it.
Sean Hanton ~ seanhanton@hotmail.com


The Great Escape Memorial Project Committee and Mr. George Milne, Colonel Gerry Morrison (Ret’d), Dr.Vince Murphy 

Cordially invites you to join them for live 40’s war time tunes, cocktails, a savoury dinner and a keynote presentation by Honorary Colonel Arthur R. Smith, O.C.,A.O.E.,D.F.C., Hon.LL.D.

Reacquaint with friends and meet some of the survivors of Stalag Luft 111 and the famous Great Escape.
Proceeds to benefit the Great Escape Memorial Project.

Thursday, January 19, 2006
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce Ballroom
Cocktails at 6pm (no host bar)
Dinner at 7pm (wine included with dinner)
Dress, black tie, mess kit, uniform or business attire. (Decorations to be worn)
Tickets: $125. A charitable receipt will be issued 
for the difference between the final cost of the dinner and the ticket price.

Contact person: Shannyn Scarff
(403) 245-6693 ~ Email media.works@telusplanet.net

Ed – readers can go to January 2003 Short Bursts Page at http://www.airmuseum.ca/mag/exag0301.html   to see the article on the Great Escape Memorial and pictures of the project.


 One of the pictures. Sectional model view of memorial at tunnel exit.


Editor’s Report

This has been a busy month for Short Bursts staff. 

There have been a number of requests from readers who, having seen relatives named in previous Short Burst’s articles, one going back to 2001, asking for help to contact crew members who had known their relatives.

Bob Marshall’s article in January 2003 Issue prompted two enquiries. In another case a Toronto man, who was 2 years of age, when his father was killed in 1943, has just received his father’s log book. He requested contact with someone who could help him interpret initials and abbreviation. And there are more requesting assistance in this December /05 Issue.

It is important that we get as many articles as possible, especially when crew members are named. Every man has an extended family and it is important to those family members to learn more about their relatives who served.

Give this some thought and send us wartime experiences. Who knows, you may kindle in someone a desire to research a lost family member.

Doreene and I wish all a very Merry Christmas with family and friends.

Cheers,
Doreene and John Moyles 
 

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Please drop us some copy and pictures for the January 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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Bill Milne,  Secretary,
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Northern Saskatchewan
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Larry Robinson, President 
Box 179
Okotoks, AB   T0L 1T0
(403) 938-4105
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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41 Kensington Crescent
Brandon, MB  R7A 6M4
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