Just another group picture?

Update

Since George Boudreau is on this group picture and he was shot down on March 15, 1945, the group picture is taken before.


Think again.

I love this group picture taken in March 1945 at Petit Brogel in Belgium.

403 Petit Brogel March 1945

Loved it so much I added labels.

403PetitBrogleMarch1945_0002 identification

I wanted to use it as a reference tool.

That was before I met virtually Josette Nadon on the Internet. Her father was a Spitfire pilot who was only remembered by a picture and a one liner.

Georges Nadon 122 Squadron

Girlfriends and beer…

Georges Nadon has now his own blog to be remembered…

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What kind of motorcycle is pictured here? – Redux

Mark White had some answers…

I don’t think they are the same bikes.

The top one with the clipped wing Spitfire in the back ground is an Ariel.
Similar to this bike with the 403 Squadron Erks.

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 Ariel

 

 

Gil Gillis

It also makes a cameo appearance here…

403 Petit Brogel March 1945

Update

Tom says:
November 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm
Triumph. Just a guess.

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Peter Lecoq says:
November 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm
Most probably a Royal Enfield.

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A Gray says:
November 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm
I am guessing maybe a Triumph or BSA?

No son they gave us a pistol

Red Ryder

Pierre:
 
I have attached a pic of the print.  Sorry but it is hard to get a good shot as it is under glass.
 
Another memory of Red:
 
I saw him at one of our retirees parties and joked with him that I still flew spits.  Red knew that I flew models.  He replied that one of his grand kids had asked if he had a parachute in his plane.  He said no son they gave us a pistol.  Got a lot more respect from the grand kids after that.

Red Ryder will never be forgotten.

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Henry Percy Duval – Redux – A Comment

Hi there,
I am Madeleine Campbell’s grandson.
My Father Duncan Campbell being the son of Ken Campbell- Madeleine’s second marriage after the death of Hank.
It is lovely to see people speak of my ‘Nanna’ and Hank and see similar pages with the story of Hank and Kens fateful day.
We celebrated Nanna’s 95th birthday last month- but she is in no state to recount memories of her past. So it’s down to reading my Grandpa’s memoirs (Ken) an my father Duncan filling in any holes.

Thank you

Comment made with this post…

I write so people can find lost loved one.

We had very little information on Henry Percy Duval before the war.

Henry Percy Duval

Dean Black had sent this taken from the year album of McGill University. He had sent a painting done by someone at the former base where he was a commander.

Col Blacks picture

That painting was done by Robin S. McQueen

Henry Percy Duval was a Spitfire pilot with 403 Squadron.

Someone has just left a comment.

We now know much more about Henry Percy Duval.

Henry Percy Duval was my great-uncle. I grew up with his sister(my grandmother) so I was familiar with stories about Uncle Harry who was killed in the war. I knew he was a pilot but not much else. He looks a lot like my grandmother. Thank you for posting this.
Regards,
Darryl Hunter
Los Angeles, CA