So what about just another Harvard…


This Harvard was flown by an unknown pilot over Bagotville.

This is how I got it.


Collection Walter Neil Dove via Greg Bell

Greg Bell is Wally Dove’s grandson who shared everything he had of his grandfather’s war memorabilia.

Walter Neil Dove was stationed at No. 1 O.T.U. in Bagotville, Quebec,  on June 29, 1943.

1943 June 29-July 9

There is a lot of information on these log book pages.

1943 August 3-August 24

1943 August 25

He flew FE628 only once… July 15, 1943.

1943 July 10-July 21

1943 July 21-July 31

Wally Dove was not the pilot flying FE628, but I am sure he was the one who took that picture.


Je suis à la recherche d’informations

This is post No. 649 on this blog.

This is how most of my research starts on this blog, in fact in all my blogs about World War II. A comment…

Je suis à la recherche d’informations sur le P/O Leclare Allerthon Walker.

J’habite Dieppe, en France, et je suis marraine de la tombe de ce soldat tombé en 1942. Il est enterré au cimetière des Canadiens situé à Saint-Aubin-sur-Scie.
Je voudrais le connaître un peu mieux et je ne sais pas où m’adresser…

Pouvez-vous m’aider?



649e billet sur ce blogue.

Voici comment débute mes recherches sur ce blogue, en fait tous mes blogues sur la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Un commentaire…

I’m looking for information on P/O Leclare Allerthon Walker.

I live in Dieppe, France and I am the godmother of his grave’s soldier who died in combat in 1942. He is buried in the Canadian cemetery in Saint-Aubin-sur-Scie. I would like to know him a little more and I don’t know to whom I can turn to for help…

Can you help me?

Thank you.


A simple request…

I never turn anyone down. Not even the first Air Force veteran I met in 2010 who, without  knowing it, led me to write this blog about a totally different  squadron, a Spitfire squadron I never knew had ever existed.

RCAF 403 Squadron!
RCAF 403 Squadron


Une simple requête…

Je ne refuse jamais mon aide. Pas même au premier vétéran aviateur que j’ai rencontré en 2010 qui, sans le savoir, m’a guidé vers l’écriture de ce blogue à propos d’une toute autre escadrille que la sienne, une escadrille de Spitfires dont je n’avais jamais entendu parler.

L’escadrille 403 de l’Aviation royale canadienne!

RCAF 403 Squadron

This veteran had made up a lot of stories just to get some recognition he never got when he came back after the war. Making up stories led him to get some recognition.

You must have heard similar stories don’t  you?

Sometimes it’s better to check out the stories some veterans will tell you. But then again their stories might lead you to uncharted waters like the story of Pilot Officer Walker who died on a raid over Dieppe, August 19th, 1942.



Missing  in action


Ce vétéran avait réinventé ses souvenirs de guerre pour mériter un peu de reconnaissance quand il est revenu au Canada. C’est en inventant des souvenirs de guerre qu’il a finalement obtenu cette reconnaissance.

Vous avez sans doute déjà entendu de semblables anecdotes n’est-ce pas?

Parfois il vaut mieux vérifier ce que les vétérans vous racontent. Toutefois ces histoires peuvent vous amener sur des sentiers inexplorés comme cette histoire du Pilot Officer Walker mort dans un raid au-dessus de Dieppe, le 19 août 1942.


As written by hand

Maybe you have missed that part of yesterday’s post.

Here’s the story (As Written by Hand):

August 5

Working late again. Don came back again and brought me a good 8 mm German Mauser rifle. This looks like a good one to try and get back home. Our Spitfires are a big attraction for the Army. We got another visit from the Legion Canteen – afternoon tea this time.

Mark has copied what his father wrote in his journal. Not only this time, but everything he has shared with us since 2012. One more reason to repost what Mark wrote so John can easily find Mark’s articles about his father and the real story of erks with 403 Squadron.

I will be signing off for today. Be sure to drop in on Sunday morning for Wings Abroad and on next Tuesday for another of Mark’s article…

Unless something comes up that I have to scramble and share immediately.