Part of Alfred “Freddie” Arsenault’s collection

More to come…

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Freddie’s hand drawn insignia

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Freddie in his flight suit. Note the aircraft in the air behind him.
His daughter still has the gloves he was wearing in this photo.

image1What was left of the back end of Freddie’s plane after the mid-air collision while flying in tight formation

Paying homage to the men of No. 403 Squadron – Redux

Posted in September 2011 when I knew very little about RCAF 403 Squadron.

Since then relatives of pilots and ground crew have found this blog, and shared information, pictures, and stories.

I have more than 600 posts on this blog which started when I met Greg Bell whose grandfather was a Spitfire pilot. I told Greg he had to share what he had…

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ORIGINAL POST

This is will be a blog mostly of pictures of the men who served with that RCAF Squadron.

Most pictures belong to the grandson of one Canadian Spitfire pilot.

Walter Neil Dove
(Walter Neil Dove collection)

Some pictures have never been published before.

Greg is willing to share them with everyone.

So please visit this blog.

You won’t believe what collection of photos he has of his grandfather.

He also has his logbook…

END OF THE ORIGINAL POST

The Captions – The Sequel

This morning I found a message in my inbox. It was about my other blog on RCAF 443 Squadron…

I have some photos of J.A. Arsenault, my late father, including one taken shortly after the mid-air formation collision of September 1945. I also have a photo of Dad in his flight suit. Additionally, I have a photo of the page in my father’s log with the signature of H.R. Finley, certifying medals earned. I would be happy to share.

In December 2011 I had written this.

ORIGINAL POST

This is the two group pictures I posted some time ago.

These pictures where taken in March 1945.

I am trying to put some of the names with the right faces. What I like about Greg’s grandfather is his sense of humour.

He uses a lot of nicknames and he calls himself Moiself

With a little French accent…

Moiself

Moiself is with Buzz Burdis who got killed the day after he wrote his father…

Buzz is on the right. I wrote about him so his story would be told and he would forever be remembered.

Gil Gillis from Pense, Saskatchewan, is wearing the German helmet.

Bob Young is behind Moiself who is picking his nose…

These last pictures were taken in Germany the first time 403 Squadron set up their tents…

I wonder who is this Freddie Arsenault. This sounds like French-Canadian…

I can’t find him anywhere on the Internet except on my blog about 403 Squadron.

END OF THE ORIGINAL POST

To be continued…