A Captured Jerry Car
Although the quality of this picture leaves a lot to be desired, it is one of my favorites from my father George White’s collection.
The captured “Jerry Car” shown in this picture with the ERKs of 403 Squadron, is a pre-war BMW 328 sports car. You will recognize the two ERK’s from some of my dad’s other photos.
This car was likely built from the 1937 – 1939 period.
Note the Roundels, the star on the hood and the blackout headlight(s).
The truck in the background I believe is a 3.0 Bedford QL sporting the Maple Leaf and belonging to 127 Wing.
The number of regular 328’s produced until the start of the War is estimated at 426.
Over 200 cars still exist, a remarkable feat for a country where many cars were confiscated by the Nazi authorities. What apparently has contributed to its survival is that the engines of the 328 required very high quality petrol, which was hardly available, making the car unusable during the war and not attractive to the ruling party. And besides that, by the end of the war, Goering was probably too fat to fit into a BMW a BMW 328 Roadster.
It was however very popular with the pilots and ERKs of 403 Squadron. I recall my dad telling me how impressed the “boys” were at how fast this car was.
No doubt, the Luftwaffe enjoyed this car also. They would have had a good supply of high octane, high quality aviation gas for the Messerschmitt 109s and Focke Wulf 190s to keep the cars’ high performance high compression engine happy.
I often wonder if this particular car survived the war and where it might be now.
It would be worth a small fortune today if it was still around.
December 28 2012.
I found this card in my dad (George White’s) collection.
My dad, “Whitey” sent it to his girlfriend “Rene”.
Rene was my mother. Catherine Elizabeth Forman was from Reston, Manitoba.
Rene and Whitey met at an Air Force dance, at Rivers Manitoba. Whitey was training at No. 1 Air Navigation School at the Rivers Air Base.
“Rene and Whitey”
They married after the war and settled in Calgary.
I still have many of the letters he wrote her while he was overseas.
The letters were heavily censored by the Air Force, but I also have a wonderful journal that fills in many of the blanks created by the censors.
It will make a great read when I have the time to put it all together.
It might even make a great movie.
December 27, 2012.
Peter Lecoq sent me this message…
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I am named after Grant Aitchison and I sent those pictures of Grant to a government site.
When my Dad George Wissler passed away I found Grant’s picture in his wallet. I think he carried it until the day he died. He wrote that on the back of the picture.
Dad was with 424 Squadron and they flew 34 trips and all got back alive.
I found out Grant was buried in Holland just after I had been on an Oldtimers hockey trip to Holland and our bus had driven right past the cemetery where he was.
I didn’t know how he died. Awful and so near the end of the war too. There was a lady in Elora named Mary Scott, a close family friend, who used to call me « Little » Grant every time she saw me when I was growing up. She never married and I think she pined for Grant Aitchison all her life even though he was married I see.
Grant John Wissler
It was about this post…
Putting all of Walter Neil Dove’s pictures and his logbook online is a way to reach out and to share information with relatives of airmen who were part of RCAF No. 403 Squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Tommy Todd was the first airman known by someone who wrote a comment.
His best friend Tony Cannell wrote us last month, and last week, Tommy Todd’s grandson wrote a comment when he saw pictures of his grandfather.
F/L Aitchison is another pilot’s name found in Greg’s grandfather’s logbook.
He was forced landed near Deist on December 31, 1944.
Click the image for a larger view.
Flight Lieutenant Edward Grant Aitchison’s name would appear later in the logbook.
That time F/L Dove will write how Flight Lieutenant Aitchison died.
In memory of
EDWARD GRANT AITCHISON
who died on March 31, 1945
- Service Number: J/8387
- Age: 26
- Force: Air Force
- Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
- Division: 403 Sqdn.
- Son of John A. and Louise Aitchison. Husband of Bronwen M. Aitchison, of Elora, Ontario.
These pictures were on the site.
This is what was in Walter Neil Dove’s logbook.
March 31, 1945
F/L Aitchison Bailed Out over Rhur…
Was beaten to death by SS…
Colin Forsyth sent these two pictures… with this comment.
Here are a couple photos of Erks.
Sorry, we don’t have their names. The planes in both … [end of the comment]
Looking closely we have the same unidentified erk posing with an unidentified Spitfire…