Pilots

This is the list of the pilots of 403 Squadron found in the logbook.

One thing that might not get noticed with the names highlighted is that Hank Zary survived the war contrary to Hank Byrd, Mac Reeves and Grant Aitcheson.

Hank Zary was a squadron leader and Walter Neil Dove called him the Chief…

The Chief died in 1946.

Hank Zary died of pleurisy on 11 February 1946 at the Royal Edward Laurentian Hospital (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts division) where they specialized in treating tuberculosis & other chest problems.

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Walter Neil Dove thus added this information after the war. Like so many war veterans Greg’s grandfather kept in touch with his comrades.

I wonder how the other pilots used to call affectionately Walter Neil Dove. 

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D. B. Riddell, Manitoulin Is.

The last pilot in Greg’s grandfather’s photo album.

Not much on the Internet about him…

The Luftwaffe put in an appearance again on the four succeeding days but regretted it. Hagenow aerodrome was the hunting area on April 19th, mechanical transport being he objective. Ten vehicles were destroyed and 43 damaged and in addition five locomotives and 33 trucks were damaged. This score was further augmented by seven enemy aircraft destroyed and three damaged. The Falcons began it all when they engaged six FW.190s and destroyed four of them. F/L Pieri got one and shared a second with F/L Stewart. F/L D. J. Dewan and F/O G. M. Horter each knocked down another. The Winnipeg Bears then came along to add to the toll by destroying one-and damaging three. F/O H. C. Dutton destroyed an FW.190 and damaged another while damaged FWs were claimed by F/Os D. B. Riddell and H. R. Robertson. Later F/O C. B. MacConnell destroyed a Ju.88. Unfortunately the squadron lost F/L Henry Cowan who was thought to have crashed at Parchim aerodrome while pursuing an enemy aircraft.

 At least now we have his picture…