Dave is sorry…
He does not have to feel sorry.
He wrote this follow-up comment.
Should have said that the person back row right looks somewhat like
A FEEL GOOD STORY OF AN AMERICAN PILOT FLYING PHOTO RECON MISSIONS IN A SPITFIRE WITH AMERICAN MARKINGS DURING WW II, ALL THE WAY TO BERLIN AND BACK WITH LONG RANGE FUEL TANKS IN THE WINGS.
This post first published on March 20th, 2012 was the one which touched me more than any stories shared with me about 403 Squadron…
Dean Black contributed a lot and he wrote me this e-mail about Mac Reeves…
You may be interested to know that Mac Reeves sent a radio transmission to his fellow pilots moments after he had been attacked by enemy airplanes. He told them that his arm had been completely shot off and that he had no choice but to ride the airplane in. (he could not get out and he could not fly it). He wished them well and he said it was a privilege flying with them.
Mac Reeves does not have a grandson to talk about him or remembering him by like Greg Bell and Colin Forsyth have.
As a footnote, Mac Reeves would die just a few weeks after that picture was taken.
I often wondered who were Mac Reeves’ erks and how saddened they were when they got the news about Mac’s death.
This is what I wrote on December 27th, 2011 on this blog about RCAF 403 Squadron.
Walter Neil Dove did 74 missions. He came back alive.
He started flying on December 8, 1944.
He saw many friends died.
He wrote everything in his logbook and he took a lot of pictures.
His grandson teamed up with me in September.
He scanned his grandfather’s logbook and photo album.
I wrote 74 articles.
All this to share with people who could have known some pilots or ground crew who were with No. 403 Squadron.
Read the comment carefully…
Once again, I get the impression that the “powers that be” hope that we’ll all fade away and the problem will disappear. I’m certainly impressed that you’ve made the effort to write about some of these airmen.
This a sequel of this post…
It’s better to leave a comment.
Any chance any of the five men in the image following the line “More Stories? ” are identified. One looks a bit like my dad but we have very few pictures of him from around that time. He was with 127 and 128 AFHQ before being attached to 6 MFPS in Europe.
Mark White wrote back about this post…
Regarding the airmen in this photo, I have no idea who they are and I have no idea when the picture was taken. I think the fellow in the left side back row may be my father, although I am not entirely sure.
Dave, which fellow do you think is your dad?
I’ll look at some of my dad’s other pictures and see if I can find any more with him in them.
The fellow in the above picture bottom right is the same ERK shown in the bottom right beside the Merlin engine. No idea who the fellows are or when the photo was taken.
I received this drawing from Dr. Mark Celiscak. He is doing research about Bergen-Belsen. A number of airmen from 127 Wing visited the camp after the cessation of hostilities in the spring of 1945 and provided relief for some of the inmates.
Flight Officer Donald K. Anderson, also of the 127 Wing, arrived at Bergen-Belsen at the end of April or early May 1945. He completed numerous sketches of Bergen-Belsen and its inmates. Anderson ultimately completed only one water colour of the camp, which is held by the Canadian War Museum.
This picture depicts members of 127 Wing handing out a truckload of relief supplies at the camp fence.
One picture and one name to pay homage to someone…
This is what you found about him… on the Website
Born in Montreal, 16 November 1910
Began flying with the Montreal Light Aeroplnane Club in 1933
In 1936 was judged the most competent pilot in the club
(Winning the James Lytell Memorial Trophy)
Joined the RCAF (No.115 Squadron) 15 September 1939
Obtained wings at Camp Borden, 11 April 1940
Proceeded overseas with No.1 (C) Squadron
Served in the Battle of Britain (wounded 15 September 1940)
Was the oldest Canadian in that battle
Later commanded No.401 Squadron
To Canada, 18 September 1941
Commanding No.14 Squadron and then
No.111 Squadron (15 December 1941)
Promoted to Wing Commander, 15 June 1942 & Given command of Station Annette Island
To Station Boundary Bay, 10 October 1942
C/O, No.6 SFTS, Dunneville, 30 Dec. 1943 to March 1944
To UK to command No.144 Wing (16 April to 12 July 1944)
Joined No.83 Group HQ as Accidents Investigation Officer
Promoted to Group Captain on 1 January 1945 &
Took over No.143 Wing
Returned to Canada, 16 September 1945
Retired from the RCAF on 27 November 1945
Prominent in investment business and was President of Nesbitt, Thompson & Co. for 25 years (1952-77) (founded by his father, A.J. Nesbitt in 1912)
Handled accounts of Trans-Canada Pipelines, Ltd., &
Wrote a book on the early troubles of that company
Died 22 February 1978 in Montreal after a skiing accident on 4 Feb. left him almost totally paralysed
More pictures from Lorne Weston’s collection with this message…
Hello again Pierre
Here are more Alaska pictures for you, all but one un-dated, with Dad’s notes, where possible.