Canadian European Airlines

Message from Mark White to you John…

John Le May posted this picture from his collection.


Here’s the same vehicle from My Dad’s Collection.

George White and Don Robb

LAC George “Whitey” White (Left)
LAC Don “Robbie” Robb (Right)

John Le May has identified “Robbie” as John Robb.

The vehicle is probably a captured German truck. Notice the roundel painted on the left fender and the 127 Wing identifier painted on the right fender.

I’m hoping John Le May can tell us a story about this vehicle.


Mark White 
February 2015

7 thoughts on “Canadian European Airlines

  1. Good morning Pierre and Mark.

    Can’t wait to see those photos.

    Mark, your dad must have been part of the group that was talking to the General while Monty was alone standing in front of his aircraft.

    As mentioned in my cd those Dakotas were there to transport the American soldiers just released from Stalag 11B camp. Now,that lorry or bus. That is probably the same one shown on my cd. When the war ended on May 5, we were allowed a couple of days off and I decided to drive to Hanover. It is highly probable that your dad and I have met on that day. Really cold here this 6am.

    A la prochaine .

    John Le May or J.B.

  2. Pierre, yes, I knew a few that I had a few conversations with Burling at Kenley in 42 or 43, Arthur Bishop, Godefroy who l met again at a reunion in Ottawa about 35 years ago,a dozen more I’m sure,Johnnie Johnson at least once a week, his trailer was almost next to our office (trailer shown on the cd, remember, he sent me to Brussels to have his car checked. Not too curious about personal matters. At least he paid for breakfast in his hotel room and gave him an original post card signed by A.V.M Conningham.

    A la prochaine …


  3. Hugh Godefroy

    Near the end of 1942 Godefroy asked for and got a posting at No. 403 Squadron RCAF. Shortly thereafter, he made his firstkill: a Fw 190. In June of 1943 he was promoted to Squadron Leader. After some more kills he was promoted to Commander of 127 Wing.
    In April 1944 Godefroy’s second tour of duty ended. He received the DSO and became a staff officer to the Head Quarters of Air Vice Marshall Sir Harry Broadhurst, advising in tactical and personal affairs. He still flew frequently, but not in combat operations. On one of his flights during this period, the engine of his Spitfire stopped and he bailed out over the English Channel. He was rescued, and he spent some time recuperating in a hospital. The resigned and went back to Canada. By the summer of 1944 his war was over. He finished his studies, became physician and lived in Hudson, Quebec.
    Hugh Godefroy, the only Dutch ace with seven confirmed victories, published his memories in 1983, called “Lucky Thirteen”.

    Arthur Bishop

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