F/L Ron Forsyth T.E. 11-4-45

F/L Ron Forsyth T.E. 11-4-45

Flight Lieutenant Ron Forsyth was coming home after his tour expired. in March 1945 he flew with Captain Foster, Mo Morrison, Van Sainsbury. Stew Tosh, Gil Gillis, Johnnie Johnson, Walter Dove, Mac Reeves and Keith Lindsay.

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B90 Petit Brogel

Mac Reeves would not come home.

He was shot down on March 28, 1945. He was 25.

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This is also taken at Petit Brogel. It was sent by Dean Black last month. Flight Lieutenant Forsyth is not in there, but I know he will recognize some of his comrades.

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

Jules Renard

The caption

Greg’s grandfather wrote captions for all the pictures he took.

These were taken in Eindhoven, in Holland, when the 403 was stationed there. Click on each for a larger view.

With the logbook we can date these pictures.

April 1945.

Now about Ron Forsyth’s grandson…

He wrote two more comments.

Wow, thanks.

Those are great pictures. I made some prints from the other ones, but I’ll print these out too. I’ll put together the few pictures he has and send them in. We also have access to the log book. If you are interested, we can scan that too for you to look at? He has the medals from the various campaigns he was on. I can get him to identify what each was for and give you a picture.

One thing he never had was a picture of him and his airplane. It was KH-S and KH-N I believe. Have you seen those letter in any of the pictures?

If you are interested, we can scan that too for you to look at?

Of course we are. This is what’s this blog is all about in the first place…

Sharing so we can pay homage to these men by identifying them in the picture.

About that comment…

One thing he never had was a picture of him and his airplane. It was KH-S and KH-N I believe. Have you seen those letter in any of the pictures?

Sorry no pictures unless Greg has some more.

Bottom of the ninth?

Here are the last pictures sent by Greg.

Stew scoring…

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Stew is Stew Tosh.

Fred the body beautiful is at bat.

Fred Town at bat…

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He comes running home…

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Van taking a cut at the ball.

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Van is taking a cut at the ball.

That’s what Walter Dove wrote.

I think Van swung and missed. But then maybe I am wrong. 

Anyway,  now you know who was on 3rd base.

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About Stew Tosh… We know little about him. Just this.

Uneventful patrols on the 4th were followed by more successes in the air the next day. The Wolves, on their third
patrol, sighted fifteen Me.109s at 14,000 feet in the Arnhem area. S/L Wood destroyed two and shared a third with
P/O R. C. Shannon, Wood’s victories contributing to the award of the D.F.C. which he received in December. Another was destroyed by F/O F. W. Thomson and a fifth by P/O M. Reeves. Finally F/L S. Tosh damaged one. The same squadron, likewise on its third patrol of the day, scored again on the 6th when two bomb-carrying Me.109s were encountered at 16,000 feet over Nijmegen. Wood shot down one of the enemy, the other making its escape. Many Me.262s were seen in the course of operations but they were not engaged.

That’s not much.

Perhaps this on this site… 

S. Tosh, Almonte. This airman got his wings at Dunnville, Ontario on June 19, 1942.


Dunnville, Ont., June 19, 1942 —(CP)—

Eight Ontario sergeants, all civil pilots before the war and former instructors at Canadian training schools, received their wings at No. 6 Service Flying Training school here today.

They were: E. Watson, J. M. D. Holden, R. D. Grogan, Toronto; P. H. Perdue, Oakville; R. H. Bennett, Brantford; H. L. Snider, Baden; V. B. Powers, London; F. S. McCarthy, Windsor.

Wings were presented by Wing-Cmdr V. H. Patriarchs, officer commanding the station.
Other Ontario graduates were: E. H. Edwards, W. T. Klersy, T. R. Martin, W. Smith, A. W. Smith, H. Taylor, J. A. Warren, all of Toronto; D. A. Armstrong, Trenton; G. W. Brown, S. A. Round, Sarnia; J. Clark, D. E. Smith, Woodstock; E. G. Duck, H. C. Spurgeon, Windsor; D. A. Hall, R. A. Neff, Ottawa; D. Hall, Willikens; E. S. Lavery, Listowel; A. V. Nightingale, Mount Forest; M. F. Pettibone, Lakeport; E. R. Proud, Edengrove; J. N. Parrish, Britton; W. Stirling, Niagara Falls; J. Shapter, Bracebridge; S. Tosh, Almonte; R. B. Trull, St. Thomas.

Stew Tosh was a rugby player in 1939.


That would explain the A on his sweatshirt.

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You can read all about it. The game ended in a near riot!

Play ball!

Greg send these along with the picture of the Chief at bat…

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Hank Zary was not the only one at bat.

Fred “Body Beautiful” Town was also at bat and in great shape…

Mo and Ollie Olson were also playing while Tommy was just relaxing at first base…

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With so many names, we have to look at the squadron roster found in Walter Dove’s logbook to know who’s on first.

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If Tommy Todd is taking easy around first base when Mo Morrison is running hard and Ollie Olson is reaching for the ball, then these pictures would have been taken before March 31, 1945 because that’s when Tommy Todd was shot down.

If we have Tommy Tomlinson, then when this picture was taken is everybody’s guess.

Tommy Tomlinson left on April 4, 1945 when his tour expired.

This is Tommy Tomlinson in the Nissan hut.

I wonder if he is packing up his things.

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So who’s on 3rd?

Hank Zary is at bat.

They called him The Chief.

This is The Chief again in his Spitfire.

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The Chief died in 1949 of pleurisy.

No one is remembering him that much. He probably had no children to pay homage to their father. This is probably why I write this blog and that I convinced Greg to scan like hell.

Greg is now into the process of rescanning at 600 dpi. That’s great because we can see more details like who’s on 3rd… This picture I believe would have been taken at B90 airdrome in Petit Brogel. 

I think Van is at 3rd base…

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Van is Van Sainsbury.

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Van’s son found our blog and he was delighted at what he saw.

Putting a smile on someone’s face is all the reward we seek.

Tomorrow… Play ball!

F/L Livingstone Foster (J10957)

I wanted to pay homage to this pilot on my Saturday post, but Greg was off for the weekend so I told him I was not going to post anything until Monday so he would not miss anything. Greg met me in September and agreed to post on this blog his grandfather’s photo-album and his logbook.

I told him it was a good thing to share his grandfather’s experience with No. 403 Squadron.  

So with all further ado…

This is the article I wanted to post on Saturday…

This little quiz will help you remember what’s this blog’s all about after Rememberance Day 2011.

Remembering is not a one-day thing.

Not for me anyway…

I was a school teacher for 34 years.

I used to have quizzes in my class to keep my students curious and on their toes.

So this is a little quiz for my readers…

Guess who are in this picture taken in March 1945?

One pilot is easy to identify unless you have not read this blog at all and you stumble on it by pure coincidence and you are wondering what I am  up to.

The pilot in the back I wrote about on this same blog.

He should also be easy to identify.

Click here to read about him…

The other pilot I was able to identify using Johnnie Johnson’s pictures Greg scanned last week.

Johnnie Johnson is of course in the middle of the picture.

The other pilot on the left is Captain Foster.

I didn’t have the faintess idea who he was before I started writing this article.

I did a little Web search and then I found this information on the Internet…

I believe I found him.

FOSTER, F/L Livingstone (J10957)

– Distinguished Flying Cross

– No.403 Squadron

– Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.

Born in Grimsby, Ontario, September 1919.

Home there; educated there.

Enlisted in Hamilton, 13 May 1940.

To No.1 ITS, 27 May 1940; graduated and promoted LAC, 22 June 1940 when posted to No.3 EFTS; graduated 31 August 1940 when posted to No.2 SFTS; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 1 December 1940.

Promoted WO2, 1 December 1941.

Commissioned 30 March 1942.

Instructed at No.6 SFTS, Dunnville, until October 1942.

Promoted Flying Officer, 1 October 1942.

To “Y” Depot, 23 October 1942; arrived overseas 5 November 1942.

Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 31 March 1944.

Further trained at No.58 OTU (January-March 1943).

Flew with Nos.416 and 403 Squadrons on his first tour (March 1943 to March 1944); at No.53 OTU until September 1944.

On second tour flew with Nos.403 and 421 Squadrons.

To UK 26 May 1945, to Canada 5 August 1945; released 17 September 1945.

DFC presented in Hamilton, Ontario, 27 July 1949.

Rejoined RCAF as Administrative Officer, 19 March 1951 (36961).

Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 July 1953.

Queen’s Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while at Station Penhold.

Reclassified as Personnel Administration Officer, 8 May 1956.

Credited with the following aerial victories:

17 August 1943, one Bf.110 destroyed (No.403 Squadron; shared with three others);

28 January 1944, one FW.190 damaged (No.403 Squadron);

29 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.421 Squadron);

8 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.403 Squadron);

28 April 1945, one Do.24 destroyed (No.403 Squadron).

Died in Smith Falls, Ontario, 9 March 2003.

An extensive obituary in the Ottawa Citizen, 11 March 2003, detailed an athletic career that began as rehabilitation following childhood rheumatoid arthritis.

This officer has completed numerous sorties against many heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  Flight Lieutenant Foster has proved himself to be an outstanding fighter pilot, showing keenness, courage and devotion to duty which, coupled with his ability and fine leadership, have made him an outstanding example to the wing.  He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and has damaged or destroyed many transport vehicles.

Everything I wanted to know was there…

Flight Lieutenant Foster can also be seen in this picture…

It’s from acesofww2.com.

Now do you recognise Flight Lieutenant Foster in these pictures… also taken in March 1945?

Smile… because this is what’s this blog’s all about.

Playing homage to the comrades in arms of Flight Lieutenant Walter Neil Dove.

Now if someone can fill me in on Gil Gillis from Pense, Saskatchewan… it would make my day just like this blog did for Tony Cannell on Saturday when he wrote a comment.

Tomorrow, why you should read my readers’ comments…

This should get their attention

Yesterday was the busiest day on this blog with 345 visitors.

It started small in September with only 4 visits.

The first article was posted on September 14

Paying homage to the men of No. 403 Squadron

Click here to read it.

Last week, this is what I said to Greg in an e-mail I sent.

Send me Johnnie Johnson’s pictures…

This should get their attention!

Greg did just that… but that was before I had the time to post this.


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Come back tomorrow.

There are more pictures of J.E. “Johnnie” Johnson in store…