Sgt. George Bub, December 22, 1943

Sergeant Bub was with the Electrical Section. Well at least that was my assumption.

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He’s also on this picture with Flight Sergeant Leonard Weston, Warrant Officer Norm Cheevers and Flight Sergeant McKenzie.

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F/Sgt. Leonard Weston, W/O Norm Cheevers, F/Sgt. McKenzie, Sgt. George Bub

Sergeant Bub is on the right in the first row.

This might be trivial unless you are related to Sergeant Bub and have no pictures of him or for that matter you are related to Warrant Officer Norm Cheevers and Flight Sergeant McKenzie and have no pictures also.

Now you have.

2 thoughts on “Sgt. George Bub, December 22, 1943

  1. In April 2001 I traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC, to visit Hugh Godefroy. I met with Hugh for a few hours, and I asked him to sign about one hundred 403 Squadron posters, for our 60th anniversary that year. During our conversation I had the honour of interviewing him, and the interview was printed in an issue of Airforce magazine in early 2002, before he died of cancer that year. During the interview I asked him about LMF – or the phenomenon that had been labeled “lacking in moral fibre”. When aircrew demonstrated fear or cowardice, and refused to go flying, or turned back early (boomerang) or did not drop their bombs, they were labeled LMF. Some were sent to prison, others received other punishments. I asked Hugh if he ever encountered an LMF pilot and he said only one – Norm Cheevers. He explained that one day, 403 Squadron was preparing to launch Spitfires for the fourth time, and Norm Cheevers refused to go. Later in the office, Cheevers reported to Hugh (the Commanding Officer) and Hugh asked Norm what was going on. Norm Cheevers confided in Hugh that he couldn’t do it anymore, that it was just too much. To make a long story short, Hugh shared his own experiences with Norm, and explained he, too, was frightened, but he also explained what he went through to prepare for each trip. Norm seemed to understand, and Hugh explained to me that Norm did indeed get back into the airplane, and he did go flying, and after that he became one of the most aggressive and talented leaders 403 Squadron ever saw. The moral of the story is that many aircrew succumbed to LMF, some managed to deal with it, and for those that did manage to deal with it we can thank leaders like Hugh Constant Godefroy.

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