Mystery photo

Dear Mr. Lagace,

I have found some more photos of the 5 MFPS in Germany.  Part of Germany is on the Baltic Sea,   Eckernförde and Kappeln. I don’t  know what the Canadiens  where looking for up there north. 

Best regards


Will send some more soon.

This photo was taken in the northern  part of Germany, on the Baltic Sea.  Eckernförde  in background is the former German Navy  Torpedo Research facility.

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Heinz Johannsen collection

Germany, 1945

From this comment made just a few days ago…

I’m Heinz Johannsen,

I have two photos of a vehicle park somewhere in Germany 1945.
All trucks are from 5 MFPS RCAF.
I would love to share if interested.

Best regards  

Heinz Johannsen


To this…

RCAF trucks 1

Heinz Johannsen collection

RCAF trucks 2

Heinz Johannsen collection

All the pictures of other trucks on this blog except those two are on this post.

Click here.

403 Erks Captured German Truck Redux

Mark White will love these comments left on one of his posts he wrote.

Mark’s dad was an erk with 403 Squadron. Mark has written several posts about his father and other ground crew personel with 403 Squadron.

Hello all,
It’s a real great model, but the wrong type. The capured 4,5 tons truck on the images is a “absolut” rate Saurer SGS 4500. It’s a combination design of Klöckner Humbold Deutz, Henschel and Saurer factory.

Please look here.


Saurer SGS 4500

Best regards

Second time 😉
I think it must be Soltau not Soldau. I live in “Lower Saxony” to in Stade. Here is a map link from Reinshelen with the airfield.

Best regards

Reinshelen airfield Reinshelen airfield

403 Erks Captured German Truck

Towards the end of the war, 403 Squadron operated out of 127 Airfield near Soldau Germany. 

This was known as Base 154 or B154. They remained there from April 26 until July 7, 1945.

B 154 was an abandoned German airbase known as Reinsehlen. It was about 45 km from Hamburg. It was quite near the Concentration Camp at Bergen Belsen and the swimming pool at Lüneburg Germany.

The Erks from 403 visited the concentration camp and the swimming pool. I’m posting some never before published pictures from my dad’s collection.
You can identify some of the Erks in these pictures in the 403 Group picture.


I showed a friend of mine, who is a serious military model maker, some of my dad’s photos. Steve had never seen a Maple Leaf painted inside a Roundel. He built a model depicting this truck complete with three 403 Erks. The Erk with the cigarette wearing the leather Jerkin is my dad. Steve won a gold medal at a recent model show in Calgary for his work depicting 403 squadron’s captured German truck at B154 in July of 1945.

The medium 4.5T cargo truck Mercedes-Benz L4500S was originally developed for civilian use. It was used in wide service with all German military units during World War II on both Western and Eastern fronts. A total of 9,500 trucks were manufactured from 1939-1944, most of them for the Wehrmacht. The L4500 had a 7.2 litre diesel engine with 112 HP and existed in 2 basic versions: 2-wheel drive “S” and 4-wheel drive “A”.

Steve’s Model Depicting 403 Erks with a Captured Mercedes 4.5 Ton Truck