Paying homage to Stuart McIntyre Connacher





Information from Stephen Nickerson

P/O Leslie Sydney Ford. Ford was C.O. of the 403 when F/O Connacher went missing on the 16th of February 1943. Acting Wing Commander Hobson, however, was leading the 403 on Rodeo 170 at 1635 hours that day and F/O Connacher was flying as Red 4 in Hobson’s section. As Kenley Wing (402 and 403) climbed to 25,000 feet before steering for Dunkirk Connacher’s aircraft dropped out of formation and began a steady descent. F/L O’Leary called to the pilot but there was no reply. It was believed that F/O Connacher suffered a blackout during the wing’s climb due to a malfunction in the oxygen system. This occurred at mid-channel before the wing reached the French coast.

Who remembered Hank Byrd?

Greg's grandfather

This is Greg’s  grandfather.

This blog pays homage to  everyone  who  appears  in  his  photo albums and in his log book.

When  I  met Greg in September  2011, I  told  him we had  to  share  his grandfather’s  legacy. This  is  part  of his  legacy…

Hank Byrd

Hank Byrd died March 19, 1945. If he had not, he would  have  been  posing  for  this group  picture taken  around March  25th, 1945.

403 Squadron group picture 3