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.


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 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.


To be continued…

6 thoughts on “The Captions – The Sequel

  1. I just found this about Freddie Arsenault…

    Joseph “Fred” Alfred Arsenault Obituary

    Date of Birth:
    Monday, June 30th, 1924
    Date of Death:
    Friday, February 11th, 2011

    Joseph Alfred Fred Arsenault, 86, of 137 State Road, Baldwinville died peacefully Friday, February 11, 2011 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester following an illness.

    Fred was born in Gardner on June 30, 1924, the son of the late Henry and Annie (OBrien) Arsenault.

    Fred was a carpenter employed by Sandborn Wood Products in Winchendon for 5 years, retiring in 1986. He was previously employed for several years by Fairway Construction Company in Fitchburg.

    Fred was a Royal Canadian Air Force Veteran and received the 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defense Medal, C.V.S.M. and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45 and the Pilots Flying Badge.

    He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baldwinville.

    Fred enjoyed gardening, watching television, and playing Bingo. He loved to build engines, especially Robert Sterling Engines. Fred also enjoyed going to Foxwoods Casino.

    He leaves his wife of 61 years, Loretta R. (Kirby) Arsenault of Baldwinville; three sons, Ronald H. Arsenault of Baldwinville, Robert A. Arsenault and his wife Sharon of Gardner and Kenneth W. Arsenault and his wife Lee of Winchendon; one daughter, Kathy M. Berger and her husband Robert of Livermore, CA; three brothers, Edgar Arsenault and his wife Vera of Charleston, SC, Emery Arsenault of Orange and Joseph Paul Arsenault and his wife Patricia of E. Templeton; three grandchildren, Allen and Jamie Arsenault and Elizabeth Berger; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, Laurie Arsenault.

  2. I was just about to write “Well, if anybody can find out the truth about Freddie Arsenault, it is you”, and before I had the time, I came to the account above. Do you have any RCMP training?

  3. What I like about my blogs is how people connect with them.

    There are so many amazing stories that evolved from RCAF 403 Squadron. Everything is there for people to read, and then decide to share their part of the history of that squadron.

    From 403 Squadron, RCAF 443 Squadron was created, and after RAF 238 Squadron.

    RCAF 403 Squadron was created after I created RAF 23 Squadron to pay homage to Eugene Gagnon almost unknown in his home town of Bromptonville, Quebec. My visit with Georges Stewart led me to meet Greg Bell.

    Touching lives…

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