Mac?

Is Mac Reeves on this picture which Greg Bell scanned in 2011?

Hard to tell with his cap on.

Cap is Cap Foster.

There was another Cap Foster in the RCAF.

That Cap Foster flew with 443 Squadron. Google this if you are curious or click here.

Leslie Birket Foster didacted his memoirs to his daughter, but you already know this if you are the curious type. I am curious by nature.

In 2011 Greg Bell’s father told me if I would be interested in meeting his son who had his grandfather’s album. His father and I were talking about my visit to George Stewart a Mosquito pilot with RAF 23 Squadron.

How could I resist?

How could I resist looking for who was this Spitfire pilot whose picture was in the album?

7 years later someone is sharing this…

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21 thoughts on “Mac?

  1. “Mac” Reeves died before the end of March, 1945. Note the absence of snow, in this photograph, and note that no one appears to be cold; all this to say, in this photograph the snow and winter are over, meaning “Mac” Reeves has been gone for at least five to seven weeks. Instead, the reference to “Mac” more likely refers to “Mac McLeod”. This 403 Squadron War Diary entry for 26 May probably explains the photograph, Pierre (Note the date is well after the 8 May surrender):

    Saturday, May 26, 1945

    The Squadron and Echelon had a group picture this afternoon, prior to the departure of the pilots leaving here. F/L L. Foster, F/L R. Morris, F/L W. Gilmartin, F/L J.C. McLeod, F/O D. Leslie, F/L P.A. Morrison, F/O R.C. Shannon departed by Dakota for the U.K. and will be repatriated – all of them have been credited with first or second tour completed.

    Dean Black

  2. So « Cap » is for Foster; « Mo » is for Morris; « Gil » is for Gilmartin; « Mac » is for McLeod; etc…the WingCo is James Edgar « Johnnie » Johnson, of course, and « Van » is Van Sainsbury. I believe « Keith » is for Keith Lindsay; and « Stew » is for Stuart Tosh. I have the photograph the war diary entry refers to, and I believe you do as well. It is the one with the fellow on a motorcycle in front of the group, with his back to the camera. In that photograph Stew Tosh is wearing a spotted bandana around his neck, and this aligns well with your photo above, if you believe as I do that « Stew » Tosh is the man with is back to the camera at the extreme left (you can see the spotted bandana around his neck).
    Dean Black

  3. Hi,

    The unknown Spitfire pilot in your recent post may be my Dad, Dick Neitz, also shown in the attached photo with KH showing on his plane.Thanks for sharing the photo. Makes Fathers Day special this year.

    Very best regards, and thanks for all you do.

    On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 7:50 AM, RCAF No. 403 Squadron wrote:

    > Pierre Lagacé posted: “Is Mac Reeves on this picture which Greg Bell > scanned in 2011? Hard to tell with his cap on. Cap is Cap Foster. There was > another Cap Foster in the RCAF. That Cap Foster flew with 443 Squadron. > Google this if you are curious or click here. Leslie” >

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