Wings Abroad Volume 1 No 19 – 15 September, 1941

Wings Abroad Volume 1 No 18 is missing from John’s collection.


Wings Abroad Volume 1 No 19

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B2 (Base 2) Crepon France

Written by Mark White in 2013

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

Written  by Mark White

B2 (Base 2) Crepon France 

June to August 27 1944

The D-Day was June 6, 1944.

The Erks from 403 Squadron had expectations of landing in France on June 10 1944. The glider crossing was cancelled. My father’s crew was then scheduled to cross the channel by air with the Dakota group, but was switched at the last minute to cross with the barge group.

They eventually landed on Gold Beach on June 18, 1944 and got their trucks on shore. The Maintenance Officer, a fellow named Disher, ordered the crew to make sure that they got the crane truck to the airfield near the Village of Crepon. The crane truck was a key piece of equipment for lifting crashed aircraft and doing engine changes on the Spitfires.

After a long and difficult day moving the trucks along railway lines and under railroad tunnels, they were…

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Request from a reader

Written last year…

Still searching for Alexander.

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

Dave McAdams who has been contributing to this blog wrote me this message.

Hi Pierre:

Hope you are doing well. Have been seeing your interesting posts on the 403 Squadron site.  Amazing what keeps coming.  Thanks for your efforts.

My search led me to a relative of someone my father served with in 6MFPS and she had three photos with my dad in them.  I have scanned them and they are attached.  I do not know if this was 6MFPS or part of his attachment to 403 Squadron or even if the photos are all from the same year. In New Years RCAF 1 my dad is the corporal on the left holding glass. 

New Years RCAF 1


From his “airman’s Record Sheet” we know he was reclassified  as LAC 1-1-43 and promoted Cpl 22-2-44.  Not sure when the stripes would have appeared on the uniform.  There is also Harold Vandervoort in…

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Mystery photo

Dear Mr. Lagace,

I have found some more photos of the 5 MFPS in Germany.  Part of Germany is on the Baltic Sea,   Eckernförde and Kappeln. I don’t  know what the Canadiens  where looking for up there north. 

Best regards


Will send some more soon.

This photo was taken in the northern  part of Germany, on the Baltic Sea.  Eckernförde  in background is the former German Navy  Torpedo Research facility.

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Heinz Johannsen collection

Why Sticky?

In case you ask John why he got this nickname…

RAF 23 Squadron

Peter says this in his manuscript…

Although it is not known exactly when, but more likely to be while Murphy was with the RAF, he was christened with the name that would stay with him forever “Sticky”.

Sticky got his name because he would never let go of anything; he was a “stickler” for seeing something through. If he got a bee in his bonnet he would pursue it to the last… until whatever had bothered him had reached a conclusion.

Now Peter knows who was Sticky’s navigator.

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