No son they gave us a pistol

Red Ryder

I have attached a pic of the print.  Sorry but it is hard to get a good shot as it is under glass.
Another memory of Red:
I saw him at one of our retirees parties and joked with him that I still flew spits.  Red knew that I flew models.  He replied that one of his grand kids had asked if he had a parachute in his plane.  He said no son they gave us a pistol.  Got a lot more respect from the grand kids after that.

Red Ryder will never be forgotten.

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Red Ryder passed away yesterday morning

Comment from Paul Sorbara…

Red Ryder passed away yesterday morning at North York General Hospital.  He was 92.  He wanted a simple cremation and that is what he will get. However the family will be planning a memorial service through the Legion.

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From his nephew James Pitzel…

Thank you very much for posting these pictures of Red Ryder. He passed the other day. Red was my Uncle and his service to Canada and the world means a great deal to me. Having served in the Canadian Forces myself, these pictures are priceless for me! I have fond memories talking with Uncle Red about the times he flew. The group picture that he is inferred to, sure looks like him…..I am sure it is him.


Red Ryder

After I got this personal message, I went looking for him…

My good friend’s father is Lloyd G. Ryder.  He was a Spitfire pilot with 403 squadron station in the UK during WW II.  He now lives in Toronto Canada.  He has cancer and has been given weeks to live.

Does anyone know him?



From the collection of Walter Neil Dove.

Red Ryder at Uetersen, Germany

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