403 Erks Captured German Truck

This post is from Mark White’s pen. His dad was an erk with 403 Squadron.

Mark wrote this e-mail…


Here’s my first serious post – many more will likely be coming your way.



403 Erks Captured German Truck

Towards the end of the war, 403 Squadron operated out of 127 Airfield near Soldau Germany. 

This was known as Base 154 or B154. They remained there from April 26 until July 7, 1945.

B 154 was an abandoned German airbase known as Reinsehlen. It was about 45 km from Hamburg. It was quite near the Concentration Camp at Bergen Belsen and the swimming pool at Lüneburg Germany.

The Erks from 403 visited the concentration camp and the swimming pool. I’m posting some never before published pictures from my dad’s collection.
You can identify some of the Erks in these pictures in the 403 Group picture.


I showed a friend of mine, who is a serious military model maker, some of my dad’s photos. Steve had never seen a Maple Leaf painted inside a Roundel. He built a model depicting this truck complete with three 403 Erks. The Erk with the cigarette wearing the leather Jerkin is my dad. Steve won a gold medal at a recent model show in Calgary for his work depicting 403 squadron’s captured German truck at B154 in July of 1945.

The medium 4.5T cargo truck Mercedes-Benz L4500S was originally developed for civilian use. It was used in wide service with all German military units during World War II on both Western and Eastern fronts. A total of 9,500 trucks were manufactured from 1939-1944, most of them for the Wehrmacht. The L4500 had a 7.2 litre diesel engine with 112 HP and existed in 2 basic versions: 2-wheel drive “S” and 4-wheel drive “A”.

Steve’s Model Depicting 403 Erks with a Captured Mercedes 4.5 Ton Truck


Walter Neil Dove’s Attestation Papers: Part Two

Walter Neil Dove was the son of Walter Romine Dove and Grace Edna Blaikie. This info is on the document.

I wonder if Greg knew his great-grandfather Walter Romine Dove had enlisted on January 15, 1916.

Walter Romine Dove was a tall man.

5 foot 11. And he had blue eyes.

These documents were signed at Brigden, Ontario.

Click here to visit Brigden.

I wonder if Greg has visited Brigden or if he is addicted to genealogy like I am.

September 14, 2011

This is post No. 219.

I posted a lot of articles on this blog about RCAF 403 Squadron.

September 14, 2011 is the date where I first posted an article.

Click here to read it.

The post was very short but it said a lot.

This is Walter Neil Dove.

He kept meticulous record of his military career in the RCAF with entries in his logbook and the numerous pictures he took.

His grandson Greg scanned everything… well almost. He scanned so much he can’t tell if he scanned everything.

Now the time is right to start from the beginning and pay homage to Wally Dove and all of his comrades-in-arms once more.

August 1941 at No. 14 S.F.T.S. Alymer

This is the plane that the Duke of Kent used on his trip to visit several training bases in Canada.

Walter Neil Dove took these pictures in August 1941 at No.14 S.F.T.S. Aylmer.

Little did he know that the Duke would be killed in a plane crash in 1942. This event is still shrouded in mystery.

Walter Neil Dove also took these pictures.

This is Harry Dean.

Harry is posing in front of the Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor the RCAF used to fly the Duke of Kent.

Walter Dove also took this snapshot.

This is Dizz.

Dizz is Martin Disbrowe of St-Thomas.

He did not survived the war.

Click here.

In memory of
Leading Aircraftman


who died on October 30, 1941

Military Service:

  • Service Number: R/116603
  • Age: 20
  • Force: Air Force
  • Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information:

Son of George E. Disbrowe and Edith P. Disbrowe, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

More on No. 14 SFTS Alymer.