I am just lost for words…

This might be the first time I am lost for words on this blog…

This letter is dated November 11, 2013.

I just received it in the mail. It’s from Andrew Todd, Tommy Todd’s grandson.

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Andrew Todd Lost for words

The necktie…

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The information…

Andrew Todd 002 Andrew Todd 003 Andrew Todd 004

Andrew Todd 005 Andrew Todd 006 403 squadron information

To be continued…

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17 thoughts on “I am just lost for words…

  1. the letter from Mr. Raymond Mills, is very nice. I met Ray Mills in England, when I went to visit the Widow Campbell. Ray had been president of the 127 Canadian Wing association in England for many years, and on his letter he indicates he is a member of the RCAF Association and the Canadian Fighter Pilots Association. I believe he is gone, now, but he was instrumental, along with a dozen close friends, of keeping the spirit of 403 and 127 Wing alive.

    • Thanks for this information.
      I will use what is in the letter to continue on with this story.
      As you can see there were a lot of service men killed.

      Lest we forget

  2. I love the fact that Mr. Black knew Mr. Mills! I had no idea who he was or why i had his letter. so many stories untold.

    • Dean has been a great contributor.
      You also in a sense are contributing with this document that will pay homage to the service men who lost their lives.
      I won’t be lost for words…
      Mark my words.

      Still can’t over the necktie.

  3. Dad was Wing Commander Flying 126 RCAF Airfield in ’43- ’44. I hope this is an appropriate posting because he also flew with Red Indian Squadron 421, mentioned above. Dad was presented with a fine engraved silver beer mug to celebrate him shooting down ” the hundreth Hun” for the squadron. The engraving is, under a fine depiction of the “Red Indian” chieftain, as follows:
    To S/Ldr RW “Buck” McNair, DFC & Bar
    Who destroyed the 100th Hun
    For the Canadian Spit IX Wing
    Sept 1943
    “Cheers Actually”
    He was presented later with a silver tray by 126 Wing, engraved by all the members alive at the time ( including my Godfather and Dad’s Best Man at his wedding). I can’t find a utility to attach photos of the tray and mug but will try to do so later.

    “Presented by 126 Wing RCAF Airfield
    To:
    Wing Commander RW McNair
    DSO DFC & Bars
    Wing Commander Flying
    October 1943-April 1944”

    The pilots/ signatories on the tray are:
    CP Wyman, J Hubbard, Gordon Lapp, Ewart Lindsey, RW Hogg, CW Fox, Len
    Harrison, GW Johnson, WR Tew, JS Hamilton, GB Murray, GA Bell, J
    Nixon, RR Bouskill, J Sheppard, Ken Grant, DE Thorpe, JE McAllister,
    JR Cronk, Tex Davenport, Bob Hayward, P Wallace, JA Shaw, JM
    Bell-Irving, J Billing, TR Wheler, SJR Phillips, WT Klersy, WA Bishop,
    DB Wurtele, Russ Or, SA Mills, AB Wheeler, DH Evans, RP Vatcher, T
    Dowbigging, CD Cross, TW Love, W Bliss, WR Gibson, Art Booth, Monty
    Berger, ML Anderson, D Laubman, J Goldberg, RA Hayward, KLB Hodson, M
    Laureys, R Smith, —Marshall, H Garwood, DRC Jamieson, G Panchuk, LM
    Cameron, S Berryman, Art Tooley, P Charron, DJ Dewar, RS Hyndman, WS
    Johnson, NR Fowlow, G Keefer, HW Kramer, J Koch, WJ Ewens, AR
    Hamilton, E Dillsul, B Needham, AF Holcourt (?), WF Guiens, Ross
    Linquist, Bruce Whiteferd, Chuck Steele, HC Trainor, DD Ashleigh, HA
    Heacock, WE Cummings, BH Cull, R. Stayner, Bob Hayward, Tex Davenport,
    R Thitcher, WR McRae, JA Kerr.

  4. Now I know who Ray Mills is.
    He sent my Grandma a reply to a letter she wrote to him about my Grandpa.

    Wish he put a date on it though.

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