|Lorne Weston sent these exclusives pictures with this message. I asked Lorne if I could share everything in the message.
Here are some more of Dad’s pictures.
Will send more another time.
118 Squadron Curtiss Kittyhawk I, VW-H, serial #AK857,
F/Sgt Leonard Weston
His note on front of picture “Waiting for King to present our Squadron crest Eng.” and on the back,
WAITING TO PIPE THE SQUADRON
BEFORE KING GEORGE VI DEC 6/43
SO DAMN COLD IT FROZE MY
FINGERS SO I WORE MY GLOVES
TO PLAY. WE WERE ALL
DECORATED FOR SHOOTING DOWN
THE 200th GERMAN PLANE BY
OUR SQUADRON (403 THE WOLF
SQUADRON R.A.F. SPITFIRE MARK IX’S)
AFTERWARDS WE HAD A HELL OF
A GOOD DRINKING PARTY. G. BUB
+ I COULD NOT MAKE IT HOME
SO SLEPT ON THE AIRFIELD ALL
NIGHT HAPPY AS TWO PIGS IN A
PILE OF SHIT.
One of 403′s Spit IXs
A Wing and a Prayer
70 years later, a Canadian Spitfire pilot the recalls heartache and heroism of Dieppe
Message sent by Mark White
That's the picture I saw on the wall when I visited Dennis Connolly back in 2012.
That's the reason I wanted to see him again so he could talk more about it. Not to talk about the war, but about his plane.
I did not know he had more pictures until I saw those... on this site.
Dennis is pictured there with Flight Lieutenant Demozay.
There is a story behind that picture.
I will tell you after the funeral.
Dennis passed away at Ste. Anne's (Veterans) Hospital on April 25, three days after his 95th birthday. He is predeceased by his eldest son, Michael.
Memories of Dennis will be cherished by, Lilian, his loving wife of 71 years; his children, David (Christina), Patricia (the late Stephen Shaar), Terry (Lee) and Sharon (Mike Schofield); his grandchildren, Andrea, Brian C.
I got this comment this afternoon.
My name is Patrick Daunais.
I was a good friend of Dennis Connolly. He was in the Ste-Anne Veterans Hospital and sadly passed away April 24th, 2013.
He will be missed by all his family, friends .
He was a great man to know and it was an honnor to have been able to call him my friend.
Dennis William Patrick Connolly deserves all the respect and the admiration for he gave all for his country.
500 hours on a Spitfire… Participated in the Dieppe Raid… Back in Canada as a flight instructor to train pilots at Bagotville with 130 Squadron…
His recollections are here on this site. I found him in a book about 91 Squadron written by Peter Hall.
I paid him a visit in 2012.
I wanted to go back and see him once more. I would have like to show him the movie I made about him on You Tube.
Never had the chance.
Comment I received from his daughter…
Thank you so much for your tribute for Dennis Connolly. I am Dennis’ youngest daughter; he had his 95th birthday on April 22 and he passed away on the morning of April 25. He was an amazing fighter and only succumbed after enduring an operation after a fractured hip approximately a week before. He leaves behind, Lilian, his wife of 71 years, 4 children (and one who passed on before him), 13 grandchildren, and 13 great grand children – a legacy to be sure. We are all proud of our hero and will cherish our memories.
A funeral mass will be held for Dennis in Hudson on Tuesday, April 30 (2:00 p.m.) at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson, Quebec to be followed by a reception for family and friends at the Royal Canadian Legion Hudson Branch.
Dennis William Patrick Connolly a humble man and a true hero.
About the question on the lettering of JE-J…
In response to the question about the JE-J lettering font…..these markings were applied at unit
level and the correct stencils were not always available, so the erks who did the painting used whatever they had on hand. This was a particular problem with aircraft that switched subordination between groups. For example, 404 squadron shifted several times in 1944 and had to have new unit code letters added each time. Sometimes these were in the same size and fout as the aircraft ID letter, sometimes in a different size and/or a different font.
You can pay a visit to Layne Larsen’s Website.
Sometimes I can find a picture in my dad’s collection and match it with an entry from the Journal.
American B24 Liberator Bomber – From My Dad’s Collection
July 12/1944 (As Written by Hand in the ERK Journal)
Quiet last night, what’s going on, American Liberator came in today had troubles, actually made a good landing on our crash strip and got stopped without landing damage. We don’t do any repair work in these situations, an American ground crew will come in and do the necessary.
I rather thought they really wanted to see what was going on, on the ground. I had a good talk with them and took them over to a German fort, a lightly buried Jerry had swollen up and rolled out of the bank, they were going to rebury him and one put a shovel on him and he deflated, the smell was horrible.
Anyway they collected up a bunch of ammunition and some other German junk including dirty underwear, gas masks, to take back with them. I would like to hear the tales they told when they got back to their Sqd. in England.
An old Anson aircraft brought in some supplies. I had to go over to start it as the crew on flight control didn’t have a clue.
April 11, 2013.