P/O William T. Lane

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Le Spitfire est tombé dans le jardin de la ferme du château du Baron de BAULIEU à Baromesnil, abattu en combat aérien le 15 mai 1943 vers 17 heures, le numéro de série BR986, du squadron 403 (Royal Canadian Air Force). Son pilote le P/O WILLIAM T. Lane.

Une petite anecdote de la part de Mr Laurent VITON, la mascotte photographiée avec William T. Lane s’appelait Susan. Dans une interview du pilote, pour la Presse canadienne, il indiquait qu’elle appréciait le chewing-gum !

Spitfire serial number BR986 flown by P/O William T. Lane of RCAF 403 Squadron crashed in the garden of the farm of Baron de BAULIEU’s castle in Baromesnil after being shot down in a dogfight on May 15th 1943 around 5 p.m.

In an anecdote told by Mr. Laurent VITON, the mascot’s name photographed with William T. Lane was Susan. In an interview made with the Canadian Press, the pilot told that the dog liked chewing-gum!

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5 thoughts on “P/O William T. Lane

  1. Pierre, Thank you for all you do to keep the memories of all these young men alive. So many made the ultimate sacrifice and have been forgotten by most everyone except family. We should never forget their contribution to the war effort.

    • Spitfire serial number BR986 flown by P/O William T. Lane of RCAF 403 Squadron crashed in the garden of the farm of Baron de BAULIEU’s castle in Baromesnil after being shot down in a dogfight on May 15th 1943 around 5 p.m.

      In an anecdote told by Mr. Laurent VITON, the mascot’s name photographed with William T. Lane was Susan. In an interview made with the Canadian Press, the pilot told that the dog liked chewing-gum!

      • La photo ne venait pas de Judy.
        Judy est une lectrice qui suivait mon histoire des frères Smith.

        Pierre

  2. Pierre, I very much enjoy your 403 Squadron information, do you have an email address so that I can provide some information to you. I have searched your website for your contact info/ email and can’t seem to find it. I have a Canadian Spitfire display in a museum here on Vancouver Island complete with some 403 Squadron Spitfires that you might find interesting. Recently I’ve included a Spitfire flown by Doug Lindsay of 403 Squadron to the display. I met Doug at his home in Red Deer Alberta a few ago when I was having him sign some limited edition aviation prints for the Y2-K Spitfire restoration project. Doug provided me with the details for his model Spitfire when I called him a few weeks ago. The display also features a model of George Aitkens Spitfire, George provided me with his details as well.

    Pat Murphy Vancouver Island Military Museum Nanaimo B.C.

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