Who remembers George Boudreau? Redux

Post 653

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

***

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.

Hi

How does one post a picture to this forum?

No. 403 Wolf Squadron (Stalk & Strike) – R.C.A.F. Casualties 1941-1945 – Redux post

Written in 2012 when I did not know John Le May had served his country during WWII.

My new car

One more reason to pay homage to all who served.

The original is below…

***

From Dean Black.

The list.

I added the links.

Lest we forget

F/L        Edward Grant Aitchison                 Age 26                  31 March 1945

P/O        Douglas Spencer Aitken                 Age 21                  08 March 1942

F/O        James Hamilton Ballantyne           Age 26                  08 March 1944

P/O        Harry Vern Boyle                            Age 21                  17 August 1944

P/O        George Rawson Brown                   Age 19                  31 May 1943

F/O        Wallace Victor John Burdis           Age 22                  17 April 1945

F/O        Harold Chauncey Byrd                  Age 22                  19 March 1945

P/O        John Nicholson Cawsey                 Age 21                  12 February 1942

F/O        Stuart McIntyre Connacher         Age 25                  16 February 1943

F/O        Charles Gordon Cumming            Age 21                  13 March 1943

F/O        Richard Wright Denison               Age 25                  18 March 1944

Sgt          Leo Joseph Deschamps                Age 23                  04 April 1943

WO2      Ronald Dunbar                               Age 19                  13 March 1943

F/L          Henry Percy Duval, MiD            Age 30                  27 April 1942

F/O        John Walter Benson Earle           Age 22                  05 August 1944

F/O        Dudley Jack Edwards                   Age 20                 25 February 1943

F/O        John Charles Elliott                      Age 21                  20 June 1943

S/L         Norman Ralph Fowlow, DFC     Age 22                   19 May 1944

P/O        John Edwin Gardiner                  Age 23                   19 August 1942

Sgt          Lesa German                                Age 21                   30 July 1941

S/L         Frank Edward Grant                   Age 28                  04 September 1943

FS           Frederick Alexander Higgins     Age 23                  08 November 1941

P/O        Gordon Francis Jospeh Hoben   Age 21                  11 July 1942

F/L        John Hodgson                              Age 22                   02 June 1944

F/O        William Thompson Lane             Age 21                  15 May 1943

F/O        James Leon Lanfranchi               Age 26                  28 June 1944

F/L          Lyn Bertram Madden               Age 22                   15 May 1943

F/L          Stanley Wilbur Matthews          Age 24                  16 November 1943

F/L          Donald Joseph McKenna           Age 30                  08 September 1941

P/O        Frank Cooper McWilliams         Age 21                   20 June 1943

P/O        Norman Monchier                        Age 19                  19 August 1942

FS           Arthur Joseph Monserez            Age 19                   17 January 1942

P/O        William Forsythe Munn             Age 27                   25 April 1942

FS           John Norman                               Age 26                  22 September 1942

F/L        Miall Bourchier O’Kelly              Age 21                   16 July 1944

F/L        Patrick Terrance O’Leary          Age 22                  27 February 1943

F/L        Clifford George Pennock            Age 22                  25 March 1944

WO1      William Charles Powers             Age 23                  20 July 1944

F/O        MacKenzie Reeves                     Age 25                  28 March 1945

FS           Kenneth Ellwood Root              Age 24                  24 September 1942

P/O        Lewis Cameron Rowe                Age 21                  13 November 1943

F/O        Donald John Shapter                 Age 24                  14 July 1944

P/O        Graham Milton Shouldice         Age 21                  17 August 1943

F/O        Robert Harry Smith                  Age 21                  19 May 1944

F/O        Stanley William Smith              Age 27                  29 May 1944

WO1      Milton Eldon Soules                   Age 22                  28 August 1944

F/L          Herbert John Southwood       Age 25                  24 October 1943

FS           William George Uttley             Age 21                  13 May 1943

P/O        Leclare Allerthorn Walker, MiD (3) Age 24        19 August 1942

P/O        Claude Weaver, DFC, DFM & Bar Age 21            28 January 1944

F/O        Harold Andrew Westhaver       Age 21                 15 December 1943

P/O        William Zoochkan                       Age 22                 25 April 1942

Post No. 403

Update

A comment  amending this  list….

I should point out that Flt/Sgt Bradley Edward ARGUE was lost with 403 Squadron on April 25,1942, over France. This is the second time I have brought this to your attention so that I could amend your list.

Sorry to be such a bother but I thoroughly enjoy your entries even though my father was connected to 408 Squadron after the war and I am doing wartime research on that squadron.

Thank you

Stu Tait

Post 403

RCAF 403 Squadron list of casualties
sent by Dean Black.

 

Flt/Sgt Bradley Edward ARGUE was lost with 403 Squadron on April 25,1942 – POW  

F/L        Edward Grant Aitchison       Age 26    31 March 1945

P/O        Douglas Spencer Aitken      Age 21     08 March 1942

F/O        James Hamilton Ballantine  Age 26    08 March 1944

P/O        Harry Vern Boyle                Age 21     17 August 1944

P/O        George Rawson Brown       Age 19      31 May 1943

F/O        Wallace Victor John Burdis Age 22      17 April 1945

F/O        Harold Chauncey Byrd         Age 22      19 March 1945

P/O        John Nicholson Cawsey        Age 21       12 February 1942

F/O        Stuart McIntyre Connacher Age 25      16 February 1943

F/O        Charles Gordon Cumming    Age 21      13 March 1943

F/O        Richard Wright Denison       Age 25     18 March 1944

Sgt          Joseph Leo Deschamps       Age 23      04 April 1943

WO2      Ronald Dunbar                     Age 19      13 March 1943

F/L          Henry Percy Duval, MiD     Age 30      27 April 1942

F/O        John Walter Benson Earle   Age 22      05 August 1944

F/O        Dudley Jack Edwards           Age 20       25 February 1943

F/O        John Charles Elliott             Age 21       20 June 1943

S/L          Norman Ralph Fowlow,  DFC Age 22    19 May 1944

P/O        John Edwin Gardiner             Age 23       19 August 1942

Sgt          Lesa German                        Age 21       30 July 1941

S/L          Frank Edward Grant            Age 28       04 September 1943

FS           Frederick Alexander Higgins Age 23     08 November 1941

P/O        Gordon Francis Joseph Hoben  Age 21       11 July 1942

F/L          John Hodgson                         Age 22       02 June 1944

F/O        William Thompson Lane           Age 21       15 May 1943

F/O        James Leon Lanfranchi             Age 26       28 June 1944

F/L          Lynn Bertram Madden            Age 22        15 May 1943

F/L          Stanley Wilbur Matthews        Age 24    16 November 1943

F/L          Donald Joseph McKenna         Age 30   08 September 1941

P/O        Frank Hooper McWilliams       Age 21       20 June 1943

P/O        Norman Monchier                    Age 19       19 August 1942

FS           Arthur Joseph Monserez        Age 19       17 January 1942

P/O        William Forsythe Munn           Age 27       25 April 1942

FS           John Norman                         Age 26     22 September 1942

F/L          Miall Bourchier O’Kelly         Age 21      16 July 1944

F/L          Patrick Terrance O’Leary      Age 22      27 February 1943

F/L          Clifford George Pennock      Age 22      25 March 1944

WO1      William Charles Powers         Age 23      20 July 1944

F/O        MacKenzie Reeves                 Age 25      28 March 1945

FS           Kenneth Ellwood Root          Age 24      24 September 1942

P/O        Lewis Cameron Rowe            Age 21     13 November 1943

F/O        Donald John Shapter             Age 24    14 July 1944

P/O        Graham Milton Shouldice     Age 21    17 August 1943

F/O        Robert Harry Smith              Age 21     19 May 1944

F/O        Stanley William Smith           Age 27     29 May 1944

WO1      Milton Eldon Soules              Age 22      28 August 1944

F/L          Herbert John Southwood    Age 25      24 October 1943

FS           William George Uttley         Age 21      13 May 1943

P/O        Leclare Allerthon Walker, MiD(3) Age 24    19 August 1942

P/O        Claude Weaver, DFC, DFM & Bar  Age 19    28 January 1944

F/O        Harold Andrew Westhaver      Age 21      15 December 1943

P/O        William Zoochkan                   Age 22      25 April 1942

This could be a most fitting time for a final post on this blog that I started back in September 2010 when I met Greg Bell.

I did not know back then there was a 403 Squadron and even less someone whose name was Walter Neil Dove.

In a sense, this blog was written by him, this young recruit who became a Spitfire pilot and then came back with his war memories his grandson has been sharing with all of us.

Greg's grandfather

127 Wing and Market Garden Redux

You probably skimmed over this document paying little attention.

Andrew Todd 002

Andrew Todd 003 Andrew Todd 004

That’s okay. I would have probably done the same.

And you most probably skimmed over this OCR version also.

I will get your attention by adding a few links and pictures to show you there were a lot more information in that document than met the eye.

Dear Mr. Mills,
In reply of your letter, dated 30th November, we can give you the following information with regard to 127 Wing RCAF.

During operation “Market-Garden” 127 Wing operated from the forward airbase Le Culot near Louvain in Belgium. Studying the operation record books of No. 83 Group only 416, 421 and 443 Squadrons were acting in this operation because 403 Squadron is not mentioned. Probably this squadron was not operational or stood for a course in England (Fairwood Common?).

From 29th September until the end of October 1944, 127 Wing was based at airstrip
KEENT (B-82) near Grave South of Nijmegen. Where on 1st October 403 Squadron
arrived also.

Keent is an extremely swampy foreland of the river Meuse in autumn and moreover it was situated only 12 miles of the frontline and therefore very vulnerable for German air-attacks.

On 2nd October six Messerschmitts 262 (jet-planes) attacked the strip with scrapnel-bombs killing P/O. D. E. Reiber (412 Squadron) and F/L O. Lee whilst 35 men personnel being wounded.

On 6th October a German air-attack again, killing LACs D. M. Wesson and E. Cox
and again an unknown number of wounded.

Six days later an other air-attack now no. 416 Squadron was hit. 5 men killed and
10 wounded. These air-attacks and the very swampy ground caused that the Wing had been displaced to the airbase Melsbroek (B-58) near Brussels, Belgium.

Defending the Nijmegen bridges 127 Wing was involved in very fierce air battles
on 27th and 29th of September ’44. 50+ German fighter-bombers escorted by
fighters tried to destroy both bridges.

During these battles the Wing lost 3 Spitfires but claimed 26 German planes (17 Me-109 and 9 FW-190) operating from airstrip Keent.

Undermentioned you will find the losses of 127 Wing in order of squadron and date as far as we know:

416 Squadron

3rd November 1943

Spitfire, serial BL-430, near the station of Zandvoort, West Amsterdam during bomber escort to airfield Schiphol. Shot down by fighters Pilot F /O  W . H . Jacobs killed. Now buried Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. (Netherlands).

25th September 1944

Spitfire, serial MJ-412 shot down 3 miles North of Arnhem 1 mile East of the road Arnhem-Apeldoorn by fighters. Pilot F/L. E . H .Treleaven, badly wounded transported to a hospital at Amersfoort where he perished the same day. Now buried in Amersfoort.

Treleaven headstone

Treleaven

26th September 1944

Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down. Pilot F/L. Patterson, Fate unknown, not killed so P.O.W. or safe.

29th September 1944

Spitfire, serial unknown, P/O R. E. Chambers still missing.

12th April 1945

(the Wing is now based at Eindhoven(B-78) : Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down in Eastern Holland, Pilot F/O T.P. Dollery killed. Now buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery.

No. 421 Squadron

21st January 1945

Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down just beyond the German border. Pilot P/O C. D. Beck killed. Now buried in the Reichswald War Cemetery near Kleve (Germany).

27th September 1944

Spitfire, serial unknown, Pilot F/O. R.Holness killed, shot down just beyond German border. Now buried in the Reichswald War cemetery, near Kleve, Germany.

No. 443 Squadron

26th September 1944

Spitfire,serial unknown, near Angeren East of Nijmegen, Pilot F/O L. D. Sherwood, slightly wounded, evaded with support of Mr. Fred Huisman.

27th September 1944

Spitfire, serial NH-245, shot down by fighters just beyond the German border, Pilot S/L H. W. McLeod killed and now buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery (Germany).

29th September 1944

Spitfire, serial NH-437, shot down by Nijmegen, Pilot safe.

10th October 1944   

F/O. L. P. E. Piche and F/O. A. J. Horrell en route on leave in an Auster liaison-plane. They came short of the front-line near Overloon and were shot down by friendly gunfire.
Both killed and now buried in Venray War Cemetery.

arthur-james-horrell

5th January  1945

Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down in Germany. Pilot F/O T. C. Gamey killed. Now buried in Reichswald War Cem.

Gamey

6th April   1945

Spitfire, serial unknown, Pilot F/O S. E. Messum killed. Now buried Reichswald War Cemetery (Ger.)

No.403 Squadron

19th March 1945

Spitfire, serial SM-208, shot down near the village of Megchelen in the Netherlands, Pilot F/O. H . C. Byrd killed. Now buried at Gendringen (Netherlands).

28th March 1945

Spitfire, serial SM-302, shot down near Haltern (Germany) by flak Pilot F/O M. Reeves killed. Originally buried in the American War Cemetery Margraten. In 1946 reburied in the Nederweert War Cemetery at Nederweert (Netherlands).

31st March 1945

Spitfire, serial TB-737, shot down near Oberhausen (Germany). Pilot F/L. E. G. Aitchison killed. Originally buried in the American War Cemetery Margraten (Netherlands). In 1946 reburied in the the Nederweert War Cemetery at Nederweert (Netherlands).

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In March 1945 No. 403 Sqdn. was based at Eindhoven Airfield (B-78) in Holland.

As you see it was a very hectic time for the Wing in the last half year of W.W.II. I believe there have been more losses over Germany, France and Belgium.

Our museum however has collected only the facts in which our country was involved.
Nevertheless we hope we have given you sufficient information and we hope it will be of good support to your research in reference to 127 Wing RCAF.

Your order for a copy of “Two Wings and the Weavers” describing the story of 126 Wing in the Netherlands we have handed over to the keeper of our bookshop.

We enclose a leaflet of our museum for further information and remain with friendly greetings,

One last thing about Tommy Todd…

His grandson sent me this picture of his grandfather’s uniform.

Tommy Todd uniform

127 Wing and Market Garden

This is an OCR version of the document Andrew Todd sent me along with the necktie.

By doing so I will make available the information to search engines like Google and reach out for relatives of people mentioned in the document.

This is a letter sent to Raymond Mills.

Dean Black added a comment yesterday about Mr. Mills.

The letter from Mr. Raymond Mills, is very nice. I met Ray Mills in England, when I went to visit the Widow Campbell. Ray had been president of the 127 Canadian Wing association in England for many years, and on his letter he indicates he is a member of the RCAF Association and the Canadian Fighter Pilots Association. I believe he is gone, now, but he was instrumental, along with a dozen close friends, of keeping the spirit of 403 and 127 Wing alive.

Andrew Todd 002

Andrew Todd 003 Andrew Todd 004

Dear Mr. Mills,
In reply of your letter, dated 30th November, we can give you the following information with regard to 127 Wing RCAF.

During operation “Market-Garden” 127 Wing operated from the forward airbase Le Culot near Louvain in Belgium. Studying the operation record books of No. 83 Group only 416, 421 and 443 Squadrons were acting in this operation because 403 Squadron is not mentioned. Probably this squadron was not operational or stood for a course in England (Fairwood Common?).

From 29th September until the end of October 1944, 127 Wing was based at airstrip
KEENT (B-82) near Grave South of Nijmegen. Where on 1st October 403 Squadron
arrived also.

Keent is an extremely swampy foreland of the river Meuse in autumn and moreover it was situated only 12 miles of the frontline and therefore very vulnerable for German air-attacks.

On 2nd October six Messerschmitts 262 (jet-planes) attacked the strip with scrapnel-bombs killing P/O. D. E. Reiber (412 Squadron) and F/L O. Lee whilst 35 men personnel being wounded.

On 6th October a German air-attack again, killing LACs D. M. Wesson and E. Cox
and again an unknown number of wounded.

Six days later an other air-attack now no. 416 Squadron was hit. 5 men killed and
10 wounded. These air-attacks and the very swampy ground caused that the Wing had been displaced to the airbase Melsbroek (B-58) near Brussels, Belgium.

Defending the Nijmegen bridges 127 Wing was involved in very fierce air battles
on 27th and 29th of September ’44. 50+ German fighter-bombers escorted by
fighters tried to destroy both bridges.

During these battles the Wing lost 3 Spitfires but claimed 26 German planes (17 Me-109 and 9 FW-190) operating from airstrip Keent.

Undermentioned you will find the losses of 127 Wing in order of squadron and date as far as we know:

416 Squadron

3rd November 1943

Spitfire, serial BL-430, near the station of Zandvoort, West Amsterdam during bomber escort to airfield Schiphol. Shot down by fighters Pilot F /O . W . H . Jacobs killed. Now buried Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. (Netherlands).

25th September 1944

Spitfire, serial MJ-412 shot down 3 miles North of Arnhem 1 mile East of the road Arnhem-Apeldoorn by fighters. Pilot F/L. E . H .Treleaven, badly wounded transported to a hospital at Amersfoort where he perished the same day. Now buried in Amersfoort.

26th September 1944

Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down. Pilot F/L. Patterson, Fate unknown, not killed so P.O.W. or safe.

29th September 1944

Spitfire, serial unknown, P/O. R. E. Chambers still missing.

12th April 1945

(the Wing is now based at Eindhoven(B-78) : Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down in Eastern Holland, Pilot F/O. T.P. Dollery killed. Now buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery.

No. 421 Squadron

21st January 1945

Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down just beyond the German border. Pilot P/O C.D.Beck killed. Now buried in the Reichswald War Cemetery near Kleve (Germany).

27th September 1944

Spitfire, serial unknown, Pilot F/O. R.Holness killed, shot down just beyond German border. Now buried in the Reichswald War cemetery, near Kleve, Germany.

No. 443 Squadron

26th September 1944

Spitfire,serial unknown, near Angeren East of Nijmegen, Pilot F/O. L.D.Sherwood, slightly wounded, evaded with support of Mr. Fred Huisman.

27th September 1944

Spitfire, serial NH-245, shot down by fighters just beyond the German border, Pilot S/L H. W. MacLeod killed and now buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery (Germany).

29th September 1944

Spitfire, serial NH-437, shot down by Nijmegen, Pilot safe.

10th October 1944   

F/O. L. P. E. Piche and F/O. A. J. Horrell en route on leave in an Auster liaison-plane. They came short of the front-line near Overloon and were shot down by friendly gunfire.
Both killed and now buried in Venray War Cemetery.

5th January  1945

Spitfire, serial unknown, shot down in Germany. Pilot F/O. T. C. Gamey killed. Now buried in Reichswald War Cem.

6th April   1945

Spitfire, serial unknown, Pilot F/O S. E. Messum killed. Now buried Reichswald War Cemetery (Ger.)

No.403 Squadron

19th March 1945

Spitfire, serial SM-208, shot down near the village of Megchelen in the Netherlands, Pilot F/O. H . C. Byrd killed. Now buried at Gendringen (Netherlands).

28th March 1945

Spitfire, serial SM-302, shot down near Haltern (Germany) by flak Pilot F/O. M. Reeves killed. Originally buried in the American War Cemetery Margraten. In 1946 reburied in the Nederweert War Cemetery at Nederweert (Netherlands).

31st March 1945

Spitfire, serial TB-737, shot down near Oberhausen (Germany). Pilot F/L. E. G. Aitchison killed. Originally buried in the American War Cemetery Margraten (Netherlands). In 1946 reburied in the the Nederweert War Cemetery at Nederweert (Netherlands).

In March 1945 No. 403 Sqdn. was based at Eindhoven Airfield (B-78) in Holland.

As you see it was a very hectic time for the Wing in the last half year of W.W.II. I believe there have been more losses over Germany, France and Belgium.

Our museum however has collected only the facts in which our country was involved.
Nevertheless we hope we have given you sufficient information and we hope it will be of good support to your research in reference to 127 Wing RCAF.

Your order for a copy of “Two Wings and the Weavers” describing the story of 126 Wing in the Netherlands we have handed over to the keeper of our bookshop.

We enclose a leaflet of our museum for further information and remain with friendly greetings,

Comment on Flight Lieutenant Edward Grant Aitchison

Hi,
I am named after Grant Aitchison and I sent those pictures of Grant to a government site.

When my Dad George Wissler passed away I found Grant’s picture in his wallet. I think he carried it until the day he died. He wrote that on the back of the picture.

Dad was with 424 Squadron and they flew 34 trips and all got back alive.

I found out Grant was buried in Holland just after I had been on an Oldtimers hockey trip to Holland and our bus had driven right past the cemetery where he was.

I didn’t know how he died. Awful and so near the end of the war too. There was a lady in Elora named Mary Scott, a close family friend, who used to call me « Little » Grant every time she saw me when I was growing up. She never married and I think she pined for Grant Aitchison all her life even though he was married I see.

Regards,

Grant John Wissler

It was about this post…

Putting all of Walter Neil Dove’s pictures and his logbook online is a way to reach out and to share information with relatives of airmen who were part of RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

Flight Lieutenant Tommy Todd was the first airman known by someone who wrote a comment.

His best friend Tony Cannell wrote us last month, and last week, Tommy Todd’s grandson wrote a comment when he saw pictures of his grandfather.

F/L Aitchison is another pilot’s name found in Greg’s grandfather’s logbook.

He was forced landed near Deist on December 31, 1944.

Click the image for a larger view.

Flight Lieutenant  Edward Grant Aitchison’s name would appear later in the logbook.

That time F/L Dove will write how Flight Lieutenant  Aitchison died.

In memory of
Flight Lieutenant
EDWARD GRANT AITCHISON
who died on March 31, 1945

Military Service:

Service Number: J/8387
Age: 26
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 403 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of John A. and Louise Aitchison. Husband of Bronwen M. Aitchison, of Elora, Ontario.

These pictures were on the site.

This is what was in Walter Neil Dove’s logbook.

March 31, 1945

F/L Aitchison Bailed Out over Rhur…

Was beaten to death by SS…


74th Post and Something to Reflect Upon

Walter Neil Dove did 74 missions. He came back alive.

He started flying on December 8, 1944.

He saw many friends died.

Hank Byrd

Wallace Burdis

Mac Reeves

Edward Aitchison

He wrote everything in his logbook and he took a lot of pictures.

His grandson teamed up with me in September.

He scanned his grandfather’s logbook and photo album.

I wrote 74 articles.

All this to share with people who could have known some pilots or ground crew who were with No. 403 Squadron.

Click here if you wonder that I meant by Something to Reflect Upon…

Flight Lieutenant Edward Grant Aitchison

Updated 29 January 2021

A message to Lynn in the comment section…

Hello Lynn,
Thank you so much for your message and the article. It really gives a glimpse of the world of Grant outside the military and shows he was much more than a fighter pilot in WW2.

The last few weeks I was quarantined at home as I was tested positive on Covid19. This gave me some valuable time to read and see all documents I have been receiving via Pierre.

Really cannot thank you enough for sharing such personal information. Feels like I am working on a huge jigsaw puzzle and that more and more pieces are finding their place.

I visited the grave recently again. It was a pity that the candles ceremony on Christmas eve was cancelled due to covid19 restrictions because this is such an impressive event that gives me goosebumps. Candles are placed on every grave in the cemetery when it is dark, so that is an unbelievable sight.

The cemetery is only a few miles from where I live so I try to visit as much as possible.
If you want I can share some pictures of the grave and the cemetery. I would be happy to share if you like.
And should you have the opportunity to travel overseas to visit his grave, of course I would be glad to help you and show you around.

Martin
 

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Martin commented…

I ‘adopted’ the grave of E.G. Aitchison at the Commonwealth cemetery in Nederweert, Holland and feel honoured I can do this. In Holland adopting WW2 war graves is a very common thing and I believe it is the very least we can do to remember. We must not forget.
Try to gather as much as information as possible about him which I can share with the organization that handles the grave adoption program.

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Putting all of Walter Neil Dove’s pictures and his logbook online is a way to reach out and to share information with relatives of airmen who were part of RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

Flight Lieutenant Tommy Todd was the first airman known by someone who wrote a comment. His best friend Tony Cannell wrote us last month, and last week, Tommy Todd’s grandson wrote a comment when he saw pictures of his grandfather.

F/L Aitchison is another pilot’s name found in Greg’s grandfather’s logbook. He was forced landed near Deist on December 31, 1944.

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Flight Lieutenant  Edward Grant Aitchison’s name would appear later in the logbook. That time F/L Dove will write how Flight Lieutenant  Aitchison died.

In memory of
Flight Lieutenant
EDWARD GRANT AITCHISON
who died on March 31, 1945

Military Service:

Service Number: J/8387

Age: 26

Force: Air Force

Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Division: 403 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of John A. and Louise Aitchison. Husband of Bronwen M. Aitchison, of Elora, Ontario.

These pictures were on the site.

 

This is what was in Walter Neil Dove’s logbook.

March 31, 1945

F/L Aitchison Bailed Out over Rhur…Was beaten to death by SS…