Who remembers George Boudreau? Redux

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403 Squadron group picture March 1945

A group of pilots of the RCAF Wolf Squadron, who posed for snapshots on a summery March day before their nissen dispersal hut at the new RCAF airfield in Belgium. 

REAR left to right: 

F/L E.G. Aitchison, Elora, Ont.;

F/O George R. Nadon, Temiskaming, PQ.;

+P/O Steve Butte, DFC., Michel, B.C.;

F/O Andy Birchnall, Stamford Centre, Ont.(adjutant); 

F/O A.J. McLaren, Kenogami, PQ. (21 Price St);

F/O F.S. Gillis, Pense, Sask.;

F/L J.W. Gilmartin, Hamilton, Ont (172 Balmoral Ave);

F/L S.A. Tosh, Almonte, Ont.;

F/L T.S. Todd, Hamilton, Ont (20 Part St. S);

WO1 George V. Boudreau, Lower Wedgeport, Yarmouth City, N.S. (Missing)

Front:  Sgt R.C. Neitz, Framingham USA;

F/O A.V.R. Sainsbury Toronto (106 Lyton Blvd);

F/O David Leslie, Halifax (288 Goddington St);

F/L W.N. Dove, Sarnia, (329 South Mitten St);.

F/O John Robert Baker, North Markham, On;

F/L C.J. Tomlinson, Toronto (10 Tichester Rd);

P/O Harold Byrd, Tulsa, Okla (317 West 11th St.) Missing. 

On motorbike, F/L Reg Morris, Windsor Ont (547 Brock)

Courtesy Dean Black

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ORBs taken from Airforce. ca Website

Friday, February 2, 1945

Two shows today, the first one an armed recce to the Munster Rhine area. The weather was very poor and the show uneventful. The second was an area cover to bombers over the Euskrichen area. F/L E.A. Fleming was posted to the Squadron to fill a Flight Commander vacancy, so used by F/L Dick Reeves before being posted non effective sick. We also welcome a new pilot to the Squadron in the person of WO1 Boudreau.

 

Thursday, March 15, 1945

Weather lovely – clear and warm. Two operational trips flown, both escort. R124758 WO.1 G.V. Boudreau has been reported missing. He was seen to make a safe forced landing behind the line so here’s hoping he makes it back safely one day.

Byrd and Boudreau

Hank Byrd and George Boudreau

collection Walter Neil Dove

Our Casualties for Month:

403 Squadron group picture March 1945 George Boudreau

Can/R124758 WO 1. Boudreau G.V.
Missing 15-3-45

Hank Byrd

Can/J89351 P/O H.C. Byrd
Missing 19-3-45

collection Walter Neil Dove

Mac Reeves

Can/J87156 F/O M. Reeves
Missing (Believed Killed) 28-3-45

collection Walter Neil Dove

Edward Aitchison

Can/J8387 F/L E.G. Aitchison
Missing 31-3-45

Flying Times for Month

Operational Hours : 804:45
Non Operational Hours : 107:25
Auster : Nil
: 912:10

March 1945 casualties

collection Walter Neil Dove

Who remembers George Boudreau?

His son-in-law does.

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More Again from Dean Black

71 years ago yesterday…
Mac Reeves went missing in action.
Who remembers Mac Reeves?

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

403PetitBrogleMarch1945_0002

Photo # 27 – UK – 20288   PL 43241  5/4/45?

A group of pilots of the RCAF Wolf Squadron, who posed for snapshots on a summery March day before their nissen dispersal hut at the new RCAF airfield in Belgium. 

REAR left to right: 

F/L E.G. Aitchison, Elora, Ont.;

F/O George R. Nadon, Temiskaming, PQ.;

+P/O Steve Butte, DFC., Michel, B.C.;

F/O Andy Birchnall, Stamford Centre, Ont.

(adjutant);  F/O A.J. McLaren, Kenogami, PQ. (21 Price St;

F/O F.S. Gillis, Pense, Sask.;

F/L J.W. Gilmartin, Hamilton, Ont (172 Balmoral Ave);

F/L S.A. Tosh, Almonte, Ont.;

F/L T.S. Todd, Hamilton, Ont (20 Part St. S);

WO1 George V. Boudreau, Lower Wedgeport, Yarmouth City, N.S. (Missing)

Front:  Sgt R.C. Neitz, Framingham USA;

F/O A.V.R. Sainsbury Toronto (106 Lyton Blvd);

F/O David Leslie, Halifax (288 Goddington St);

F/L W.N. Dove, Sarnia, (329 South Mitten St);

F/O John Robert Baker, North Markham, On;

F/L C.J…

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Who remembers Hank Byrd?

Who still remember?

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

People in Megchelen do.

Spitfire SM-208-5

Hello Pierre,

Some weeks ago Maarten Koudijs and Ronny Bosmann and some members of the Aircraft Research Group Achterhoek found these relics by a detector. Spitfire SM-208.
These parts are been preserved and keep saved for the community Megchelen as an remember to our liberators specially Hank Byrd who died 3 weeks before the Liberation of that town.

Kindly regards,

Hennie Berendsen
Holland

These photos are parts of the wing of Spitfire flown by Pilot Officer Hank Byrd who crashed on 19 March 1945 in Megchelen (Holland)‏.

Spitfire SM-208-2

Courtesy Hennie Berendsen

Spitfire SM-208-1

Courtesy Hennie Berendsen

Spitfire SM-208

Courtesy Hennie Berendsen

Byrd memorial

Courtesy Hennie Berendsen

Spitfire SM-208-3

Courtesy Hennie Berendsen

Spitfire SM-208-4

Courtesy Hennie Berendsen

Who else remembered Hank Byrd?

Byrd and Boudreau

Collection Walter Neil Dove courtesy Greg Bell, Walter Neil Dove’s grandson

Hank Byrd

Collection Walter Neil Dove courtesy Greg Bell, Walter Neil Dove’s grandson

March 1945 casualties

Collection Walter Neil Dove courtesy Greg Bell, Walter Neil Dove’s grandson

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RMS Queen Mary

From Mark White

RMS Queen Mary

Hello Pierre,

In response to your readers request for anything on the refitted Queen Mary as a troop ship, I have a few pictures from my dad’s collection to share.

I apologize for the quality. They aren’t that great – it may have something to do with the Southampton fog.

Although my father did not sail back to Canada on the Queen Mary, it must have been an impressive sight in the harbour.

My father sailed back to Canada on the New Amsterdam. She was also quite an impressive Dutch ocean liner that was also pressed into service as a troop transport during the war. I’m sure it was every bit as crowded as the Queen Mary during voyages. I’m including a picture of troops packed on the deck at the stern of the ship.

Captions are as on the original photographs.

RMS Queen Mary 1

Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary 1 (5)

Queen Mary at Southhampton

RMS Queen Mary 1 (4)

Aquitania at South Hampton

RMS Queen Mary 1 (3)

Stern of the New Amsterdam (Move over and give me more room).

Cheers
Mark
March 2016