Finding Gil Gillis

Where my obsessive search is leading me right now…

RAF 238 Squadron

Finding Gil Gillis in September 2011 became like an obsessive search for a Spitfire pilot whose picture was in a photo album of another Spitfire pilot.

Both flew with RCAF 403 Squadron late in the war.

Gil Gillis

I am trying very hard to control my compulsive obsession about finding the “Few” since 2011. Finding the “Few” like Tommy Todd and many more. Tommy Todd’s grandson shared all he knew about his grandfather who also flew with RCAF 403 Squadron.

Cathy Swanson shared all about her father which resulted in the creation of this blog to pay homage to Gil Gillis.

Frederick Burdette GillisGil Gillis

Everything is posted here with the kind permission of Cathy.

This however is not.

picIt was shared on a forum with a message.

Hi Tom

I have a photo album and log book of Sgt. Later Flight Lt. Clement St John Nichols. He flew with 238 from November 1940…

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Contributing to this blog can become addictive…

To put Mark White’s comment in perspective…

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

I don’t mind it at all.

Mark is contributing once more.

Another German He 177 Bomber Picture From George White’s Collection

 He 177

This is a rare picture of another damaged Heinkel He 177 bomber from my dad’s collection.

It is just captioned “German Bomber”.  There is no indication of a Werk Number or a location where this picture was taken.

He 177 back

This photo however clearly shows the four engine configuration driving the two big four bladed propellers.

Unfortunately there are no 403 Wolf Squadron Erks playing in this aircraft.

Mark White  

 January 2014

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A little known No. 403 Squadron pilot

Written in October 2011.
Time flies isn’t?

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

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Buzz Beurling flew with the 403 as well as Johnnie Johnson.

Few people know that Greg’s grandfather flew some missions with Johnnie Johnson as his wingman.

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Excerpt…

London, June 28, 1944 – (CP) – Wing-Cmdr. J. E. (Johnny) Johnson, an Englishman from Nottingham, with 32 enemy planes shot down in air combat, shared today with Group Capt. A. G. (Sailor) Malan, of South Africa, the status of top-ranking Allied air ace of this war.
Johnson, who commands a Canadian fighter wing operating from a base in Normandy, downed two German ME109’s yesterday in air duels over the bridgehead front to bring his score up to that of Malan. The latter now is on ground duty.
Top-ranking Canadian airman is Flt.-Lt. George (Buzz) Beurling, of the R.C.A.F., now an instructor in Canada. Beurling has downed 31 planes.
One of the highest-scoring Canadians flying from the…

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