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…
15 May 1943 – Oblt. Kurt Goltzsch, Staffelkapitan of 5./JG2 shot down a Spitfire Mk IX (BR 986 code KH-Z), killing the pilot, F/O William Thompson Lane of 403 Squadron RCAF.
Location – Baromesnil, France.
Goltzsch was himself shot down on 4 September 1943, and died of his wounds a year later.
Stephen Nickerson commented on William Thompson Lane.
It was interesting to read that the 403 was visited by W/C Ford the day P/O W.T. Lane was missing. On March 13th, 1943, while carrying out an escort assignment to American B-17s, Ford’s Spitfire was suffering engine trouble on the return leg of this mission. He ordered the squadron to return to base immediately because the American bombers’ C/O did not take his fighter escorts limited flying range while flying over France that day. P/O Lane who was acting as (Red 4) stayed with Ford while the rest of the 403 left the area. Lane had consumed more fuel then the rest in the section because he was acting as tail in Charlie. Fortunately, for Ford his engine recovered and Lane warned him of enemy aircraft attacking. Lane received several hits to his fighter in protecting his leader before both escaped. I’m sure W/C Ford was upset to hear that Lane was missing the day he came to visit his old squadron.
William Thompson Lane is in the back row, second from the right. On the extreme right is Fred Turner.
More on this picture later…
Courtesy Doug Banks
Contribution of Ronny Bosmann
Greetings and a Merry Christmas from Ronny Bosmann
Contribution made by Ronny Bosmann
18 November 2017
People will be able to view most of this in the ARGA museum in Hengelo, Gelderland soon.
About Admiral Byrd…
George Boudreau and Harold Chauncy Byrd were friends.
Contribution made by Michael Pothier in 2016
The piece of glass on the right side is armored glass from the Spitfire of: flying officer H.C.Byrd.