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This page holds names of deceased fellow Lions and it is continually updated. Presently, Lions who lost their lives during WW II, for the most part, are not included on this page. WW II deceased Lions are documented in a searchable PDF file available on this site, as well as on the photos of the operations routes (not searchable) found in the monthly wartime operations log. If you have further information about a deceased former Lion please forward to  Webmanager  so it can be included here. The late Vern White and Roy Inkster were instrumental in keeping this list updated. Their sources are no longer available. Please forward any further information you have for anyone listed here or if you know of a Lion who has not been remembered, a short obituary would be appreciated.




Ronald (Army) Armstrong

Pilot,1957-62, F-86 d:February 11, 2005


Army Armstrong

Born in Sudbury and raised in Toronto, Ontario where he attended Ryerson Collegiate. Ron joined the RCAF in January 1958. After receiving his pilot wings in 1959, he trained as a F-86 "Sabre" fighter pilot at the O.T.U. in Chatam, N.B. He transferred to Europe in 1960, and flew with "Lion" Squadron at Zweibrücken, Germany, and later with 439 "Tiger" Squadron at Marville,France. Ron's feisty spirit stood him in good stead with his comrades in the air, and on the ice, where he excelled as right wing on the Squadron hockey team. Army left the RCAF in 1964 and attended University. However in 1966 he accepted a position with Canadian Pacific Airlines. He retired as a DC-10 Captain in 1995. Ron will be forever remembered for his humor and wit.

Part of an obituary by Dick Dunn






Mr. W.H. (Arthur) Athey

WW II, d:May 25, 2007






Mr. L. (Lloyd) Ayres

Pilot, WW II d:no dates






George Robert "Bob" Ayres

Pilot, F-86,F104 d:May 16,2011.


George Robert " Bob " Ayres born on December 9th, 1924 in Norfolk, Virginia died peacefully on May 16th at the Hospice House, at the age of 86. Bob's love of 62 years, Mary, passed away in May of 2007 and he is survived by his son Robert Ayres of Coldstream B.C.

Bob started his flying career with his private pilots license, soloing at age 16 in 1940. He joined the RCAF in 1943 instructing on various aircraft until the end of the war. After 3 years of bush flying he rejoined the RCAF in 1949 and obtained his A-1 Instructor ticket. In 1952 he went to Chatham and started flying the Sabre and in 1953 served three years at 3(F)Wing, Zweibrücken, Germany as a Fighter Pilot with 427 Squadron. ln 1956 he completed the Empire Test Pilots School at Farnborough, England and returned to Canada as a test pilot. For three years he was involved with cold weather testing of various aircraft and in 1961 was posted to Edwards Air Force base in California where he worked with a joint test force on the F-104. In 1962 he was posted back to 3 (F) Wing, Zweibrücken, Germany flying the CF-104 until 1968 where Bob was the Wing Test Pilot and Flight Safety Officer. Upon returning to Canada Bob retired from the Air Force in 1972 and resumed an 18 year civilian flying career until 1990 where he and Mary retired again in Blind Bay, BC. Bob could not stay away from flying and spent another 10 years flying float planes and testing.

Bob Ayres flew as a professional pilot for over 60 years and accumulated over 34000 flying hours and loved what he did and never flew a plane he didn't like. He will be missed by those who knew him as a friend and a comrade and for his humor , compassion, and joy of life.

The complete obituary and photos from his son, Robert Ayers is available - Here-


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Flight Lieutenant R. (Rupert) Baley

Pilot, F-86 d:December 31, 2005.






G.Murray Bain

Air Frame Mechanic - 1943-45, d:Jan 10, 2007






Bud Balance

F-86, d:no date






Flight Lieutenant J. (Jim) Bangs

Pilot, F-86 d: June 18, 2005


Jim was an F-86 pilot and after his military service had a distinguished career with Air Canada.






Warrant Officer "Tiny" Barnett

Armourer, d:September 19, 2014

See Tiny's history here in connection with a story he gave us regarding a friend F/O "Bud" Foxton. His wife, Jeanne, emailed that Tiny passed away "one week and a day" before the laying of the Ad Astra stone in memory of Bud Foxton. Jeanne went ahead and attended the laying of the stone which 8 Wing facilitated for her.






Flight Sergeant Ronald C. Bechtold

Tail Gunner, d:June 15, 2013






Paul Walter Benson

WAG 1943-44, d: November 24, 2008


Service as a Wireless Air Gunner with 427 Squadron. Shot down in early 1944 and was a POW for the remainder of the war.






Flight Lieutenant George Theodore Berg

Bomb Aimer - 1943 d:October 3, 1943

An excellent tribute and memorial to F/L Berg by his nephew, John G. Berg.   Read More




J. Bodnar

Bomb Aimer, d:November 3, 2006








Flt./Sgt.Phillip A. Bradbury

d: May2, 2009






S/L (R) William Bruce Brittain ,DFC

d:Sept. 26, 2007


Bruce retired from the Service as a Squadron Leader and joined the Public Service. He rose to become Deputy Minister in the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1975 to 1985. He passed away in Ottawa.

A Message from S/L Brittain's son.
My Dad is W. B. Brittain. Died September 26, 2007. Squadron Leader. DFC. Shot down 22:30 February 14, 1945. Mine laying mission. Crash landed near Knaplund, Denmark. Attacked by JU 88. DM of Veterans Affairs Canada through his retirement.
Two died in plane: Ford and Peak. Five taken prisoner: Dellin, de Metz, Driscoll, McKay, Brittain.
Finally, if any of the families, Ford, Peak, de Metz, Driscoll and McKay would like to talk. I would greatly appreciate your sending me their contact details.
Warmest regards,
Bruce Brittain.

Ed. note: The Association has no contact information for the remainder of S/L Brittain's crew.








F/L William Britton, DFC

d: May 15, 2009

WW II Bomber Pilot with 427 Squadron








Mary Gertrude "Mollie" Broadfoot

d: June 26, 2013

Intelligence Officer - 427 Squadron








Donald Harold "Buck" Buchanan

Air Frame Technician - 1953-56 d: September 20, 2005


Buck Buchanan

Don Buchanan a resident of West Kelowna BC, passed away peacefully in Kelowna after a lengthy battle with kidney disease at the age of 85 years. Don is survived by his loving wife Lucy. Daughters Donna (Garth) Fennuik, Linda (Edwin) Harms, Carol (Ken) Hubbard. Grandchildren Michelle (Lee), Jason, Mike (Jasmine), Jennyfer (Dustin), Miranda (Steve), Mathew, Scott, Stephen, Kelly & Lee. Great Grandchildren Sierra, Jesse, Niki, Grayson, Samantha, Sydney, Logan, Levi, Connor. Sister Joyce Hucul from Lady Smith BC. Don was predeceased by parents Harold & Ella, brother Bev, sister Jean McClelland & granddaughter Jacquline.
Don met the love of his life Lucy on a blind date in Montreal and married shortly thereafter. Together they raised their 3 girls. ‘His family was his life.
Don was a proud Canadian & loved his country. He served in the RCAF for 24 years and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. After Don retired from the Air force he worked for the Saskatchewan government then upon this retirement he and wife Lucy moved to West Bank BC.






Donald Keith Buckler

d:July 25, 2012

In 1942 he enlisted in the RCAF and in 1943 joined 427 Squadron in Leeming as a mid-upper gunner. During the evening of March 15,1944 while engaged with night fighters his aircraft was shot down over Stuttgart. He spent 13 months as a POW in Germany and Poland. He escaped twice and was recaptured the first time. During his second escape he finally made contact with a Regiment of the 15th Scottish Division who assisted him to return to England.








Group Captain Dudley Burnside, DFC and Bar

d: September 20, 2005
427 Squadron's First Commanding Officer


A younger Dudley Burnside Group Captain Dudley Burnside in Honourary RCAF uniform

Group Captain Dudley Burnside, who has died aged 93, flew bomber and transport operations over the North-West Frontier in the late 1930s and was decorated for gallantry; he went on to complete two tours of operations in Bomber Command, and later flew Sunderland flying boats during the Korean conflict.

Dudley Henderson Burnside was born on January 26 1912 at Woodford, Essex. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds. Aged 17, he enlisted in the Territorial Army and served as a private soldier with the 14th London Regiment for six years before joining the RAF in October 1935 to train as a pilot. After flying with No 58 Bomber Squadron for a year, he was posted to India.

Burnside arrived in India in 1937 and joined the Bomber-Transport Flight at Lahore, flying the antiquated biplane Valentia transport aircraft. He was soon in action against the dissident tribesmen of the troublesome region. This included night bombing against the villages and caves of the Fakir of Ipi, after leaflets had been dropped earlier during the day to warn the inhabitants to evacuate the area. He also carried out many bombing raids against the cave complexes on the Afghanistan border.

He transferred to No 31 Squadron in April 1939 and was appointed as a flight commander. Throughout the remainder of the year he was continually engaged in operations against the Fakir's forces, and on one bombing operation he destroyed the enemy's headquarters. In 1940 he was awarded the DFC.

In September 1940 the Army garrison at Chitral was relieved by air for the first time. Burnside and his pilots flew continually to effect a relief, taking a few days rather than the weeks involved in the previous overland operations. After taking off fully laden with troops and stores, the old Valentias had to circle for more than an hour before they had sufficient height to clear the 10,400-foot Lawarai Pass.

Burnside and his fellow pilots flew reinforcements to Singapore in February 1941, but they saw their first action at the end of March. A pro-German politician, Rashid Ali, seized power in Iraq, and Burnside led a flight of No 31's Valentias from Karachi to Shaibah, near Basra, with Army reinforcements. He carried out many similar flights during April and May, and on one occasion was en route to Habbaniya when a fierce dust storm forced him to land, short of fuel, at a small airstrip. Within minutes he realised he was behind enemy lines as ground forces opened fire, wounding his gunner and damaging the aircraft. Despite the poor weather conditions, lack of fuel and his damaged aircraft, he immediately took off downwind and was able to escape, arriving at Habbaniya with virtually no fuel left.

Flying requisitioned Indian Airline Douglas DC2 transport aircraft, No 31 moved to Burma in February 1942. Burnside was made a liaison officer with the American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) before assuming command of the airfield at Akyab. Three weeks later he just managed to escape as the Japanese overran it. After almost five years of operations in India, Afghanistan and Burma, Burnside returned to England, where he converted to the Wellington and joined Bomber Command.

In November 1942, Burnside was promoted to Wing Commander and appointed to form and command a new Canadian Wellington squadron, No 427, based in north Yorkshire. With others from his Squadron he attacked many industrial targets during the so-called Battle of the Ruhr.

On the night of March 5 he was sent to bomb Essen, and his aircraft was hit by flak before reaching the target. The navigator, who was standing beside Burnside, was killed; the wireless operator had a foot blown off. The aircraft controls were damaged and fumes quickly filled the cockpit. Burnside decided to press on, and he successfully bombed the target despite being illuminated by searchlights. On the return flight, night fighters attacked the Wellington, but Burnside's evasive action and the fire by his gunner shook them off. With limited control, he flew the badly-damaged bomber back to base, where he made an emergency landing at an airfield in Suffolk. For his outstanding airmanship and courage, he was awarded a Bar to his DFC. Two of his crew also received DFCs, and the wireless operator was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

Shortly after his squadron converted to the Halifax bomber, Burnside was attacked five times by different aircraft during a raid on München-Gladbach.

On May 24 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adopted No 427 and allowed the names of stars such as Lana Turner, Greer Garson and Joan Crawford to be displayed on the aircraft. In recognition of this association, No 427 adopted the name "Lion Squadron", a title which persists to this day.

In September 1943 Burnside took command of RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, one of three airfields on the east coast designed to allow crippled bombers to crash-land immediately after crossing the coast on the airfield's extra-long and very wide runway. In one month alone, Burnside and his staff had to deal with 72 heavy bombers that had crash-landed. He was mentioned in dispatches.

In October 1944 Burnside volunteered to return to operations, and assumed command of No 195 Squadron, flying Lancaster bombers. He led it on many night and daylight bombing raids over Germany in the lead up to VE Day. Returning from Gelsenkirchen, his Lancaster was badly damaged and set on fire, and he was forced to make an emergency landing on three engines at Brussels airport. He was awarded the DSO.

Burnside was granted a permanent commission in the RAF and served on the staff of No 38 Group before leaving for the Far East. After converting to the Sunderland flying boat, he took command in early 1949 of the RAF base at Koggala in Ceylon, where his squadrons flew air-sea rescue and reconnaissance sorties over the Indian Ocean. On the closure of the base a year later, he took command of the Far East Flying Boat Wing at Seletar, in Singapore. The Wing's Sunderlands flew anti-terrorist patrols around Malaya before providing detachments at Iwakuni in Japan during the Korean War. Burnside commanded the units, which flew anti-shipping and coastal patrols off Korean waters. For his services with the Wing during the conflict, Burnside was appointed OBE.

After completing a familiarisation course on jet aircraft, Burnside assumed command of RAF Hemswell in Lincolnshire, the home of two Canberra bomber squadrons. The filming of The Dam Busters took place during his time there. After two years he took up an appointment at the Headquarters of the Allied Air Forces Central Europe (AAFCE) at Fontainebleau. In 1959 he was the Deputy Director of Organisation at the Air Ministry, retiring from the RAF in 1962 with the rank of group captain.

Burnside was an excellent artist. He was a very early member of the Guild of Aviation Artists and exhibited for many years at its annual show. He specialised in oils, using a limited palette based on white and browns. Many of his subjects were drawn from his own flying career. In addition, he was particularly keen on painting First World War aviation scenes. He was elected a vice-president of the guild.

He made numerous visits to Canada as a guest of his old squadron. Officiating at a change of command ceremony in 1995, he was made an honorary colonel of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Burnside was a keen sportsman, and represented the RAF at squash in India; he also played hockey for his county. A quiet, unassuming man of great integrity and courtesy, he was deeply affected by the losses amongst his young bomber crews.

Dudley Burnside died on September 20. He married first, in 1942, Denise Dixon; the marriage was dissolved in May 1985, and the following year he married Joyce Waldren, who died in 2003. He is survived by a son and a daughter from his first marriage and by a stepson and stepdaughter.

More pictures are available  here

Report on the Essen raid


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Sergeant William Henry Cardy (R70142)


Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying). Born 1920 in Cooksville, Ontario; home in Port Credit, enlisted at Galt, August 28, 1940. Cited with Flight Lieutenant George Laird(RCAF). Their incident occurred on the night of October 3, 1943 participating in a raid on Kassel. 75 aircraft from 6th Bomber Group took part and 5 were listed as missing on the raid.

The citation reads:

"Flight Lieutenant Laird and Sargent Cardy were Pilot and Flight Engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Kassel one night in October , 1943. During the operation the bomber was hit by a hail of bullets from an enemy fighter. Nevertheless, Flt. Lt. Laird coolly and skillfully outmanoeuvered the enemy aircraft and set course for this country. Two of his crew had been killed, however, and Sgt. Cardy was wounded in the arm and the eye. In spite of intense suffering, this gallant airman refused to leave his post and executed his normal duties until he fainted through loss of blood. Later, when he recovered consciousness, he attempted to do as much as he could to assist his Captain in the homeward flight. By a superb effort, Flt. Lt. Laird succeeded in reaching Base where he effected a safe landing in difficult circumstances. This officer displayed outstanding skill, courage and tenacity, while Sgt Cardy's exemplary conduct and great fortitude were beyond praise."






LCol Ray (Tappy) Carruthers

Pilot: CF-104 - d:July 19, 1999


Ray was the CO when Canada "de-nuclearized" the force and moved 427 to Baden-Baden, 4 (f) Wing when Zweibrücken closed. Ray was posted next to 4 ATAF at Ramstein, then RAF Manby then back to HQ in Ottawa. Before he retired he also was CFA in Prague CSSR, 1976-1978. He retired in 1989.

Information supplied by his daughter Alicia






Mr. Fred Chappell

d: May 28, 2007






Gwendolyn Jean Chisholm, R.N.

Nurse, spouse and mother - d:January, 2016

Gwen passed away as a reult of a sudden tragic accident. She was the wife of our Patron, Major-General (Ret)Robert Chisholm, CMM, CD. She and Bob successfully partnered a 35 year military career with postings to Bagotville, Wasttisham, England, North Bay, Toronto, Petawawa, Ottawa, Gagetown and Comox.


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Mr.Herbert Deavy

d:July 7, 2007






Delmar Dickin

Pilot F-86, d:April, 2006






Brigadier General William Robert Dobson, CD2, OMM

Pilot - 28th Commanding Officer 427 Squadron, d:January 27,2011


BGen William Robert Dobson

Brigadier General William Robert (Bob),(Dobber) Dobson, CD2, O.M.M. (ret'd) From Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, slipped the surly bounds of earth and kissed the face of God on January 27, 2011 with family by his side. He was CO of 427 Squadron from 1976 to 1978.

His creativity and sense of humour charmed many, calmed crises, was a welcome distraction at many events and resulted in lasting friendships across the world. In addition to a joke or story, Bob was capable of knocking off a poem or a limerick on many occasions. Growing up, Bob was a resourceful youth, always having a job or two to put money in his pocket. His eclectic work experiences created a very unique man with a vision for his future.

Bob joined the R.C.A.F in 1956 and completed his pilot training in Moose Jaw Sask. in 1957. He was a pilot, keen to fly, with a natural talent to lead, inspire, mentor and teach. He instructed on Harvards and Expeditors at the R.C.A.F Station, Moose Jaw until 1963; spending 1961 flying with the Golden Hawks and the next two years flying with the Harvard Aerobatic Team. Bob’s skills and leadership talents were recognized early as he was posted to Ottawa as the Tutor Project Officer working on the construction of the CT114 Jet Trainer (Snow Bird airplane). In 1966, Bob was promoted to Sqn Leader and attended Cdn Forces Staff School in Toronto as a member of the first integrated (army air force and navy) College Course. Bob was posted to Cold Lake in 1968 to complete 104 pilot training before being posted to Baden, Germany to fly the jets full time with 422 and 441 Sqns. When Bob was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he and his family were posted back to Cold Lake Alberta for a three year term as Base Operations Officer, before being posted to Petawawa as Commander 427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. Bob had a tour in Borden and 10 TAG (St Hubert, PQ) and a wonderful three year term as Base Commander CFB Comox, BC before heading to NDHQ in Ottawa to fly a “mahogany bomber” full time until retirement as Director General of Force Development (1984-1991). During this final posting, Bob had the privilege of representing Canada and the Canadian Forces on several significant international committees, within Canada and abroad, for example the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.

As busy as Bob was with school or work, he always found time for fun, family and friends throughout his life. He had a knack for theatre, including time with the Regina Little Theatre, before he joined the military. Bob rarely turned down an opportunity to participate in skits or plays. Hobbies? Where to start; hunting, fishing, golfing, cooking, crossword puzzles, reading, taking the stage to tell a joke or three whenever he could, and sports with his children, for starters. His children were proud to brag on his behalf about his time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders! In addition to sports, he was very supportive of his family getting engaged in the community and the church where they lived. After retiring from the military, Bob’s consulting company B.I.S.I facilitated his continued connections with military projects (e.g., Project 2010) as well as work within the academic community, with robotics experts, future-focused projects, Club of Rome and the transportation industry. Even in this role he continued to lead, inspire, mentor, entertain with his contagious sense of humour and encourage his friends, colleagues and family to work towards the perfect work-life balance. We have lost an inspiring man, a dedicated mentor, a loving father and husband, a loyal friend and a creative soul.

From the The Air Force Association of Canada data base.


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F/L John Spongle Dodge

Navigator, d:March 25, 2009


John Spongle Dodge

John joined the RCAF at the age of 21 and spent four years overseas in bomber command as a navigator, completing a full tour of duty before he was shot down during his second tour over Germany on January 7, 1945. He became a prisoner of war until being liberated in May of that year. Post war he attended Dalhousie University where he graduated in 1948 with a commerce degree. In the following years he completed his C.A. and eventually took over a Ford dealership in Dartmouth which he operated for thirty years.

John had three cherished interests aside from his family. He played the clarinet with the Dixi Tech Seven; he enjoyed the outdoors fishing with friend and family and being known as a "crafty" left-handed golfer who thrived under pressure.

John and his wife Helen were happily married for sixty years.






MR. Alderic (Al) d'Eon,DFC,WW II

Founder of the 427 Squadron Association and longtime Editor of ROAR


Al d'Eon completed two operational tourin WW II on 427 Squadron and was awarded the DFC for his skill, fortitude and devotion to duty. On his second tour he served as Squadron Signals Officer and a trusted member of the Commanding Officer's crew - an outstanding record for sure.

Upon discharge from His Majesty's Service, Al proceeded to further his education, get a job, marry, and raise a family. On all counts he was eminently successful. Al and his beloved wife Helen raised three lovely daughters and his diversified work in the broadcasting field matched his talents and training perfectly.

In 1980 an invitation was extended to 427 Squadron by the Allied Air Forces Reunion Committee to be one of the Honoured Squadrons at the annual reunion at the Royal York in Toronto. Al volunteered to serve on the AAFR Committee and he1ped to organize the 1980 event. G/C Dudley Burnside was the keynote speaker and the Petawawa Lions assembled a fine display of squadron memorabilia.The reunion was resounding success and from that time forward, Al began to assume a leadership role as a 427 Squadron representative. He had capable associates but twis enthusiasm, ability, and persuasive charm spread to those round him and a remarkable chain of events evolved. For the next twenty-four years there have been one or more annual Gatherings of the Lions in some form. There has been tremendous support from all ranks at Petawawa and Lions elsewhere -- but more and more it was Al d'Eon who made good things happen.

During this period Al was busy in other ways too. In 1993 he, along with 200 Canadian Air Force veterans, attended the dedication of a memorial cairn in the Village of Leeming in memory of those who lost their lives serving on 427 and other Canadian squadrons based at Leeming in WW II. Al chaired the Canadian committee and for more than a year worked diligently on the project with his British and Canadian counterparts to make the memorial a reality.

At the AAFR Reunion in 1995 it was suggested by some Lion attendees that an Association be formed. Al immediately took the bull by the horns and the 427 Lion Squadron Association was soon up and running with membership from the bomber, fighter and helicopter eras. He was our first and only Association Chairman and worked tirelessly to make the new organization a success. No task was too large or too small and he had his finger on all the buttons. Among his achievements he inaurated our newsletter ROAR in December 1996, and since 2001 handled all the planning, production and mailing and much of the editorial work. We have always been fortunate in having a skilled graphics expert but it was Al who made ROAR roar.

In November 1999, Al d'Eon succeeded MGen Bob Chisholm(ret)as Honourary Colonel. This was a popular appointment and recognition of Al's outstanding contribution to the squadron and the association. He always had a quip and noted that he advanced from Flight Lieutenant to Group Captain in one day. Al carried out his duties and responsibilities with distinction and was asked to continue in office for one more year. In early 2003 Al journeyed to Bosnia to visit the Lions on deployment. While he found the experience rewarding, and wouldn't have I missed it for the world, he wasn't at all well at the time. The fact that he made the trip is yet another example of his grit and determination. In October 2003 Al turned over the reins of office to Bob Middlemiss after four great years as Honourary Colonel.

I spent several hours with Al a few days before his fatal attack. He was working on ROAR 17 and had plans for the issue well underway. Despite having been very ill he was determined to see the next issue "on the street". You will note from his Chairman's Report that ROAR 17 was to be his swan song. How prophetic indeed.

There is so much to say about Al d' Eon. He was a good and loyal friend and will be sadly missed by his loving family and a host of friends near and far. The tributes to Al are many and perhaps the greatest was the magnificent assembly of the serving members of 427 Squadron in full dress uniform participating, or in attendance, at his funeral. For six decades Al had a special place in his heart for 427 Squadron and would have admired that sea of Air Force blue.

Rest in Peace old comrade.
Vern White -friend and associate






Captain Mark Fairley, CF-104

CF-104 then CF-104 Testing at Scottish Aviation in Prestwick

Mark, or "Marcus" as he was affectionately known by those of us who knew and loved him, passed away in April, 2006 after a long and courageous battle with a serious infection for which there was no apparent cure. He was laid to rest in a cemetery near his retirement home in Chilliwack, British Columbia, with a great many of his Air Force comrades in attendance. He was sent on his way by a bagpiper , splendid in his regalia, and a missing man formation performed by the Fraser Valley Blues, a local airshow performance team led by George Miller, himself a former CF-104 pilot. After the ceremony, his comrades retired to the local Royal Canadian Legion, where a few glasses were raised in his memory.

Thanks to Doug Fenton

I flew with Mark on 427 , in fact , he was my checkout pilot when I joined the Sqn in '69 . I visited Mark many times when he was doing maint testing at Scottish and played golf with him many times at Old Prestwick along with Johnny Hutt , Ed McGillivray and some other 104 gangsters . Mark died unfortunately in 2006 and we saw him off in style with George Miller's airshow Navairs doing a show and flypast at the gravesite . Mark is buried in Chilliwack , BC in Vedder View Gardens Cemetery at 44675 Watson Rd . If Bill Bicket wishes , he can contact Mark's widow , Joyce at 6565 Greenmount St , Chilliwack , BC , V2R 1T3 or jfairley1@shaw.ca .

Thanks to Jack Orr






John Faull

d: December 31, 2014



The first headteacher of Tewkesbury School died, aged 88, on December 31. A private funeral and cremation was held earlier this month, but family members have also arranged a thanksgiving service in Tewkesbury Abbey, at 11.30am on February 28 and a reception afterwards at The Bell Hotel. Some of those who knew Mr Faull have spoken about their fond memories of him. He was an officer in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, before becoming a teacher. Staff at Tewkesbury School, where he was the first headteacher when it opened in 1972, remember him well. Current headteacher Gary Watson said: "The whole school community was saddened to hear of the death of Mr Faull. He touched the lives of so many young adults during his years as the headteacher. Chairman of the civic society, Alan Purkiss, said Mr Faull had been a member of the organisation for many years and was still president when he died.

Mr Purkiss said he was saddened by the death of his colleague, who he said had been hit hard by the loss of his wife Joy in 2008.

Condensed from the Glouscestershire Echo in Tewkesbury, UK






Alexander " Lou, Choppy" Fellner

WW II pilot - d: January 11, 2014



Alexander Fellner

Alex was born in Saskatchewan near Weyburn. He was conscripted at age 21 and trained as a pilot. He was posted to Leeming, Yorkshire eventually and flew the Wellington and Halifax with 427 Squadron. He had completed 17 ops before he was shot down on June 12/13, 1943. The plane crashed on the island of Texel, Holland. He was taken prisoner and was a POW until being repatriated through Sweden in January 1945. He had been badly injured and he attributed his survival to the heroic efforts of fellow prisioners. Returned to Canada he underwent many surgeries before rehabilitation. He met his wife Helen in Weyburn and they married in Toronto in 1948

See also Weyburn Boys

An Email note from his daughter

Recently a gentleman by the name of Rob van Ginkel made contact with my family. He lives some 500 yards from the site where the Halifax that my father piloted crashed. It so happens that he recently published a book about the commemoration of WWII in the Netherlands and that the local Texel newspaper featured a story about it. See Wartime Crash.    This initiated a discussion between a couple of neighbours, including himself, who then decided to commemorate the crash and the four crewmembers who died on the 13th of June 1943. I have attached some photos that he said were from the Texel Air and War Museum's collection, along with the article translated in English. The gentleman in the red jacket in one of the photos was 13 years old when he saw the scene of the crash the morning after.
Patty Howard, daughter
on behalf of Alex Fellner

Thanks also to Bill Hind and Ted Hessel for their contributions.

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Colonel Ian H. (Sam) Firth

Pilot, F86/FIS/F104, d:June 3, 2011

Sam Firth

Sam was a very private person and even his illness and death came as a shock and surprise to many of his friends. Sam had a long and distinguished career in the RCAF and CAF. He completed tours on the F-86 as well as the CF-104. During his military career he was also Commanding Officer of 439 Squadron as well as 417 Squadron at Cold Lake.






Micheal Fitzsimmons

d:December 12, 2013

Mike was a former Lion and technician who started out with 427 squadron working on jets. He was a very quiet and private man and was extremly proud of his affiliation with the Squadron.

These words taken from an email by a friend Camil (Ted) Poirie, Life Cycle Materials Specialist(LCMS)








Mr. J. (Jean) Fontaine

Wireless Air Gunner - 1943-44, d:November, 2011






L/Col Donald.F. (Don) Foster

Pilot d:September 15, 2006

L/Col Foster was Commanding Officer 427 from June, 1983 to July, 1985.






Flying Officer G.D. "Bud" Foxton

Pilot d:June 18, 1953

F/O Foxton's crash was among the first at the new 3 (F) Wing, Zweiübrucken

His story is here


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G/C (Ret) John L. "Jack" Frazer OMM, MSC

d:December 17, 2012

Jack's career from 1951 to 1987 was in the Canadian Forces where he attained the rank of Colonel (Group Captain) and was awarded the Order of Military Merit and the Meritorious Service Cross. Having joined the RCAF in February 1951 he attended the Officer Candidate School at RCAF Crumlin, London Ontario before being assigned to #1 Flying Training School at Centralia, Ontario. After earning his wings he was posted to RCAF Station MacDonald, Manitoba where he completed Advanced Flying School and Pilot Gunnery School before being posted to #1 (Fighter) Operational Training Unit (OTU) at RCAF Chatham, New Brunswick. At Chatham he was on the first course to fly the F86 Sabre (previous courses had flown the Dehaviland Vampire) and, following graduation, was posted to 427 (Fighter) Squadron at RCAF St. Hubert, Quebec. In March 1953, the pilots of 427 Squadron joined with 413 and 434 Squadrons on Operation Leapfrog 3 to fly their Sabres across the North Atlantic to join 3 (Fighter) Wing at Zweibrucken, Germany.

As deputy Flight Commander, he flew with the Squadron but also instructed at the Instrument Rating Flight and in 1954 was a member of the "Fireballs" Air Division aerobatic team performing air shows in Germany, France, Holland and Belgium. Returning to Canada in April 1955, Frazer became a Fighter Weapons Instructor and later an Advanced Flying Instructor again at RCAF MacDonald, Manitoba.

In 1956, he married the former Millicent June Black.

In 1958 he completed the Fighter Controller course at Tyndal Air force Base, Florida and served at Radar Stations, Mont Apica, Quebec and Edgar, Ontario before being selected to join the RCAF Golden Hawks aerobatic team at RCAF Chatham in 1961.

Flying with the Golden Hawks in 1961 and 1962, he flew in air shows across Canada and the United States before being selected to fly the CF104 Starfighter. After completing the Starfighter course at Cold Lake, Alberta, he was posted to RCAF Marville, France where he formed and commanded 439 Reconnaissance Squadron on the CF104 at RCAF #1 Wing Marville, France from 1964 to 1967. #1 Reconnaissance Wing Marville achieved a first when they earned a #1 rating on their first NATO Tactical Evaluation, a performance nover achieved before or repeated since.

When Charles DeGaulle ordered NATO out of France and #1 Wing was to take over Frwnch Air Force Station Lahr, Germany, he was named Commander of the Advance Party at Lahr and later returned to Marville as Commander of the Rear Party, closing the Station there. Having completed the closure of Marville, he then returned to his duties as Deputy Operations Officer at RCAF Lahr which, despite the move again earned a #1 rating on the subsequent NATO Tactical Evaluation.

In 1968 then Major Frazer moved to Canadian Forces Headquarters in Ottawa as Secretary to the Director General Force Objectives. The following year he was posted to Toronto to attend the RCAF Staff College. In 1970, he was posted to NATO Headquarters Allied Forces Northern Europe (HQ AFNORTH) at Kolsas, Norway as the Staff Officer Reconnaissance. in 1973 he returned to CFB Chilliwack, B.C. as a Company Commander in the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School and in 1974 was promoted Lieutenant Colonel to command the school.

In 1976, he was assigned as Base Operations Officer at CFB Cold Lake Alberta where he oversaw flying operations there and was responsible for instituting the first Operation Maple Flag the multi-national exercise simulating an air war environment, which continues today. Posted to 25 NORAD Region Headquarters at Mchord Air Force Base, Tacoma Washington in 1979, Frazer assumed his duties as Assistant Deputy for Operations. A year later he was promoted Colonel and assigned as Base Commander and Deputy Commander #1 Canadian Air Group at CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany. In 1983 Jack was posted to Harare, Zimbabwe where, as Military Advisor/Attache, he was accredited to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Botswana.

In 1985 while on a routine visit to Uganda a Coup d'État occurred deposing Milton Obote as President and creating chaos with extensive killing and looting. After remaining in his hotel for four days, he effected liaison with the British High Commission in Kampala and assisted in organizing the evacuation of the citizens of ten western nations from Uganda to Kenya. For his actions in this organization dealing with a number of potentially dangerous situations during the evacuation, Colonel Frazer was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross.

In 1986 Frazer and his wife returned to Canada where he built his home and retired on Salt Spring Island BC. Joining the Reform Party of Canada in 1988, Frazer was elected Saanich-Gulf Islands Reform Party of Canada Candidate for Parliament in 1993 and was elected Member Of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands in the October election that year. He served as Defence and Veterans Affairs Critic and Deputy Whip and sat on seven Parliamentary Committees during the 35th Parliament. His Private Members Bill establishing the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) was passed into law on 5 April 1997. After serving in the 35th Canadian Parliament, Frazer did not seek a second term in Parliament.

After the 1997 election when he left politics, Frazer was appointed to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, operated by the federal government's Veterans Affairs Canada.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the above.

Photos & Videos by Dick Dunn of the Celebration of Life for Jack Frazer, January 24, 2013

An obit from Amy Smart of the Times Colonist

Jack Frazer Obituary






F/L R.J. (Bob) Garvin

d:June 9, 2008

Bob hailed from Saskatchewan. He instructed at a Service Flying School in Canada before being posted overseas with 427 Squadron - Vern White








Capt.Gerry Gagne

d:September 11, 2008

Gerry was with 427 on CF-104s. He then had a tour as an SAR helicopter pilot. After his CAF retirement, he joined Transport Canada as a Flight Safety Inspector.








F/O Wilfred E. Gillette

WAG - d: January 25, 2008

Service as a Wireless Air Gunner with 425 (Alouette) Squadron, post-war he served with 427 Squadron.






S.B. (Samuel) Good

Bomb Aimer - d:February 20, 2012

GOOD, Samuel (Veteran RCAF 427 Squadron - WWII) - Passed away peacefully at the age of 90+, February 20, 2012. A proud veteran, Bomb Aimer in the RCAF, Sam worked as a printer right up to his final illness. An intelligent political thinker and an educated baseball fan, Sam (S.B.) will be missed by many. Funeral service were held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 11:00. a.m. at Steeles memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill. Interment followed at Mount Sinai Cemetery, Jewish War Veterans section. After the service friends and family were invited to 170 Marguerette St., Toronto. Shiva was observed Tuesday(21st) and Wednesday(22nd) at 170 Marguerette St., Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to Baycrest Foundation (416-785-2875) (www.baycrest.org/donations).

Thanks to Weldon Moffatt








S/L James (Gord) Gordon

Pilot: F-86, CF-104 - d: July 8, 2011






Hubert J. ( Dodd) Gray

d: December 7, 2011

Dodd completed two tours, over seventy operations as a Wireless Air Gunner (WAG). His first tour was in Egypt and the second in the European theatre. His wife indicates that he flew in Wellingtons and Halifaxs with the Hali being his favourite. He is buried at the Field of Honour, Last Post in Pointe Claire, Quebec.






LAC Yves(John) Gravelle

Aircraft Engine Mechanic d: October 29, 2009

Yves Gravelle

Dad passed away aged 88 on October 29, 2009 after a brief illness. He served as a mechanic with the 427 Lion Squadron in Leeming, Yorkshire working on Halifax and Lancaster bombers.
After the war, Dad worked as a saw-filer in British Columbia until he retired. He married Winnifred Cutler and has three daughters and six grand-children.
It’s interesting that his aviation mechanic knowledge always stayed with him. Our family story goes that on vacation in Australia one time, about to board an airplane to fly back to Canada, Dad said to Mom,
“There’s something wrong with that engine and this airplane should not fly.”
He didn’t share his concern with the flight staff however so he and Mom enjoyed an unscheduled stopover in Fiji where the engine was indeed repaired.
The picture above is our favourite photo of Dad standing on a Halifax Mark 3 Bomber, March 1944.

Thanks to Sharon Gravelle for sharing this information.





P/O Emery Joseph Gruniger, DFC

Bomb Aimer (J19386) d: September 7, 2010

Passed away peacefully at age 92. He completed 29 sorties of which 23 were on major targets for a total of 189 hours and thirty minutes.







F/O Norman Guido Guizzo

F86 Pilot  — d: August 21, 2009


Norm Guizzo picture

Norm was a Pilot with 427 Squadron from 1956 to 1959 during the Cold War. He served at 3 (F) Wing Zweibrücken. In an aircraft he was a serious competent leader; away from the aircraft he was cheerful, voluble and irrepressibly optimistic. He took the "sprogs" under his wing and introduced them not only to the social part of Squadron life in Germany but also used his considerable teaching and leadership skills in the air. Norm married Myrna in 1959 and although his solo mentoring of the "sprogs"was curtailed, Myrna wholeheartedly supported him and they both became the host and hostess during the remainder of Norm´s tour on 427. Fifty years later memories of Norm still vividly live on with his many Squadron comrades.


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F/Sgt James Douglas "Doug" Hamilton

Pilot  — d: June 23, 1943


Four 427 Squadron aircraft were shot down on the night of 22/23 June, 1943 during an operation to bomb Mulheim. F/Sgt J. D. Hamilton was pilot, the other crew members were Navigator - WOII J.J.Reansbury, Observor - Sgt G.D.Sharp, Reargunner - F/Sgt P.J.A.Dennis and Mid-uppergunner - F/Sgt G.L.Tyrone, Observor - Sgt N.G.Whiting, and Flight Engineer - Sgt J.A.Spencer. Sgt.s Sharp and Whiting were RAF the remainder of the crew was RCAF. Sgt. James A. Spencer was the only survivor and ended the war as a POW.

Our thanks to Adrian van Zantvoort, a keen historian who organized a memorial to this crew after a fragment of the aircraft was unearthed. The memorial is to be unveiled in Kaathoven, Netherlands on June 22, 2013.

Sgt. Hamilton was from Kenaston, Saskatchewan and there is an excellent web site which memorializes the Saskatchewan military personnel who served and died through all Canada's wars. There is also a page which details the 427 Squadron casualties from Saskatchewan, all RCAF and WW II. It is necessary to scroll down to UNIT and enter 427 to access the page. The webmaster is Bill Barry and the website is  http://www.svwm.ca






Flight Lieutenant R. J. Hayhurst DFC, RAF —128419

Bomb Aimer    d: December 26, 1984


F/L Hayhurst joined 427 Squadron with Wing Commander Burnside, 0C 427 Squadron on 8 November 1942 at Croft. Apparently he had been part of Burnside's crew in a previous posting. He was awarded the DFC as part of his actions in W/C Burnside crew on 12 March 1943 — a raid on Essen.

Report on the action during the raid on Essen



On 24 March 1944 he was shot down on the Berlin raid, taken prisoner and sent to Stalag Luft 1.

In the early wartime photo of W/C Burnside's crew below he is mistakely identified as the Flight Engineer, in fact he was the Bombadier/Bomb Aimer and Nose Gunner.

Sgt Keen and crew- ~1942

Another mystery surrounding F/L Hayhurst is that although he was a 427 Squadron member and he is confirmed as a POW in Stalag Luft 1 there is no record of him being part of a 427 crew (or 429 Squadron which was also based at Leeming during that period) that was shot down on the night of 24/25 March 1944. His wife's diary, recently discovered, mentions that she thought he was in West Hartlepool that evening on a task for the CO. Mr. Tony Hayhurst began this investigation when he noticed his father was not included in the missing crew names for that evening.






Captain F. Clare Haynes

August 24, 2011


A veteran of 427 Squadron, 92-96, Pettawawa and Haiti - Helicopter era.






Douglas James Head

April 7, 2010


A veteran of 427 Squadron, RCAF - WWII, 34 year Employee Bell Canada. Peacefully in his sleep at Brampton Meadows on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Doug Head in his 90th year. Dearly beloved husband of Aileen.




Flying Officer James Thomas Head, DFC - J14508

d:December 26, 1978


Head Head

F/O Head was born at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1915. He enlisted at Halifax, 3 November 1941 and trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942). He was commissioned in 1942. F/O Head's Distinguished Flying Cross award was effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. The citation in AFRO reads "...completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".

DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has the recommendation forwarded from the squadron approximately 20 July 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (204 hours), 15 September 1943 to 17 June 1944. It stated "This navigator has completed thirty operational sorties against the enemy of which twenty-one have been on major targets. His work generally has been of the highest calibre and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty has gained him the confidence of the squadron and inspired his crew."

Thanks to Jeanne Shepard, a grand-daughter of F/O Head for the information in this citation..
My grandfather died December 26th 1978 from a brain tumor (cancer). He married in 1940, prior to his war service to a Glace Bay native, Pearl Eulalia Head. She just passed away at the age of 98 in February of 2015. They had 9 children, 29 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren and 6 greatgreatgrandchildren
My grandfather held a government position at Unemployment Canada as it was called at the time, renamed Service Canada today. He was one of the founders for bringing the little league baseball to Glace Bay.






Mr. Donald E. Hepburn (DFC)

Pilot, d:January 8, 2008

Don Hepburn was a good friend of Al d'Eon. I got to know Don at some of 427 Squadron do's post-war. Don Hepburn and my cousin Lorne White had just arrived in Bournemouth about the time I went missing in June 1943. (They got their wings together)Lorne decided to go up to Leeming to see if he could help with my kit and personal belongings and Don went along. They stayed a few days since there was nothing doing at Bournemouth. Don liked the atmosphere so much that later when he finished OTU he jumped at the opportunity when a Leeming posting was offered. Don completed a tour on 427.

Vern White


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Wing Commander Patrick John Stuart (Pat) Higgs

Pilot  — 22 March 1929 - 8 September 2013


squadron handover to W/C Higgs

It is with great sadness we announce the recent passing of Patrick John Stuart Higgs in Victoria, BC. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Pat graduated from Royal Roads Military College in the late 1940's with the first class of Air Cadets. Patrick touched the lives of many through his leadership and benevolence over the course of his military career. His progression as a RCAF fighter pilot took him and his family to many parts of the globe - most notably Germany in the 1960's. Retiring as a Wing Commander (Lieutenant-Colonel) in the 1970's, Pat's fondest memories of his military service were as Squadron Leader of 422 Squadron (F-86 Sabre) of 4 Fighter Wing, Baden Sollingen, Germany and Wing Commander of 427 Squadron (F-104 Starfighter), 3 Fighter Wing, Zweibrucken, Germany. Pat's public service to Canada continued with Transport Canada until the mid 1980's when he and Connie retired to Victoria, BC. Patrick's passions ranged from family, community (Kiwanis Club of Canada), golf, televised sports and engaging in discussions on national and international affairs. He will long be remembered and revered by his family and friends as a compassionate and reflective individual.

As you may be aware, other highlights of his career included:

  • In the 50’s, Pat flew extensively in the Canadian North and Arctic.
  • Following his squadron days (60’s), Pat served on the staff of NATO’s 4th Allied Tactical Air Force in Ramstein, Germany as assistant chief of staff, offensive operations, and in Canada on the staff of NDHQ as the chief of combat air requirements. Finally, he was chief of NATO air plans and special studies in the Air Operations Branch of NDHQ.
  • Pat concluded his career in the public service in 1987 as a senior program evaluation officer with Transport Canada after authoring notable evaluations including Canadian Coast Guard ice-breaking and helicopter activities, air traffic controller training, aviation and marine search and rescue prevention activities to name a few.
  • Patrick’s last publication was in the 2011 edition (Vol 35, No. 2) of Airforce Magazine as the Guest Editorial – Canadian Arctic Airspace Sovereignty.

Pat sent the article below for the March 2010 ROAR issue.



Memories of a CF-104 CO



427 Flypast F86 OTU couse photo Bradshaw Trophy award to 427 Squadron



Thanks to Jack Milner for the following additional information



422 Squadron site


RCN-RCAF Joint Services College


The information below from The Log, HMCS Royal Rhodes, April 1949 - Page 77

PATRICK JOHN HIGGS
Educated: Central HIgh School, Calgary, Alberta.
Home: Calgary, AIberta.
"Have you ever seen the Calgary Stampede?" ... "Well, you ain't lived."
This is Pat (short for Patrick) Higgs' favourite expression. Bringing with him a flashy smile, Pat soon made ardent friends in his Term. Usually you can find him listening to the latest Peggy Lee recording, or engrossed in a game of bridge ... which he plays expertly. Formerly, Pat was a Sergeant in the Air Cadets, because of which he was awarded a combined scholarship to the College.

In sport, Pat has shown a keen interest, and has excelled at golf and softball. Last year, he was the pitcher of the College representative team. This year Pat was a member of the LOG Advertising Staff. lf you ever wish to lose your weekly allowance, just ask Pat if he cares to back up the Calgary Stampeders Hockey Club.

On graduating, Pat intends to go General List in the RCAF where his likeable personality and his good humour will carry him far.






Harry W. Holland

Pilot, d:February 11, 2007






Geoffrey Hood

Flight Engineer d:October 27, 2015






Flying Officer Allan Gerald Horton

d:February 3, 2016


Allan Horton

Allan was borne and raised in Milestone, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the RCAF immediately on graduation from high school and after training was stationed in Leeming, Yorkshire, England with 427 "Lion" Squadron. He flew a full tour of duty (34 missions) in the Halifax and Lancaster bombers.





Gordon A. Huck

d:September 27, 2015






Lieutenant General (Ret) A. Chester Hull CMM, DFC

d:April 9, 2012


Chester Hull


Born April 19th, 1919 in Edinburgh, Scotland, died in Belleville, Ont. April 9th, 2012. Survived by his wife of over 71 years, Jane (Currier), and children.

Chester attended the Royal Military College in Kingston where he rose to become "top" cadet as Battalion Sgt. Major (BSM). He and his classmates graduated early in October 1939 in order to serve in World War II. He elected to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He saw distinguished service overseas as a bomber pilot in 420 and 428 Squadrons and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his skill and valour and became Senior Operations Controller of 6 Group (RCAF) RAF Bomber Command as a Group Captain while still only 25 years old.

When the war ended he chose to stay in the RCAF with appointments in Ottawa, staff college in Toronto, and, in 1947 he became Commanding Officer (CO) of RCAF Clinton. Following further staff assignments in Ottawa, he became Base Commander and founding commander of No. 3 (Fighter) Wing in Zweibrücken, Germany. Returning to Canada in 1956, he had assignments in St. Hubert and Ottawa. In 1962, he was appointed Chief of Staff of Air Defence Command (ADC) in St. Hubert, with the rank of Air Commodore. For a short time, he served as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of ADC before promotion to Air Vice Marshall in 1967 as AOC of Air Transport Command, Trenton. In 1972, following unification of the forces, he was appointed Lieutenant General and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.

Ches retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1974 after 41 years of illustrious service and shortly thereafter was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star for his wartime assistance to the Free French Forces. In civilian life, he served as National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of Canada, president of the Quinte Arts Council and a founding influence in the launching of, initially, the RCAF Memorial Museum. At CFB Trenton, he held the appointment of honorary colonel from 1998 until 2003. He served as chair of the Bomber Harris Trust, established to defend the outstanding heroism and service to country of Canadian members of RAF Bomber Command. Much travelled, a life-time gardener and an avid reader, he continued to contribute to the lives of those around him to his very last breath.


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Mr. Roy Inkster

d:January 11,2014



Roy Air Force photo

Roy joined 427 Squadron in December, 1942 among the first group of squadron members but was later posted to 433 squadron. He was a Radar Technican,( see Lions Among Radarmen) among the elite group of men who serviced GEE and later H2S and IFF which became essential for the navigation of operations to and from targets.
Roy met Joyce in Skipton on Swale and was married four months later. Joyce came to Canada in 1946 and they made their life together with their three children. In 1977 Joyce and Roy became active with the reunions of RCAF personnel and specifically 6 Group Bomber Squadrons. These reunions which honoured different 6 Group Squadrons each year were organized, with many volunteers, by George Sutherland a former adjutant of 407 and 434 squadrons. In 1980 it was 427's turn to be recognized.
Al d'Eon, Vern White, Stan Miller and Roy became a committee that began the task of contacting a possible 200 alumni of 427 squadron. Joyce became involved and was energized and persistent in finding as many as possible. Once she had finished she had identified over 600 alumni of 427 squadron. This now became a project for Joyce and Roy and by the time they had finished they had identified over 12,000 members of 6 Group and were the go-to people for comrades trying to contact a long lost wartime friend.
One day when Norm Shannon was visiting the Editor of Air Force Magazine he asked who "the Inksters" were. After hearing the story and he set up a two day interview with "the Inksters". After hearing the many stories of their success and their many "happy ending" reunions, he featured them in an article in Esprit de Corps called " Tracer of Lost Aircrew".

Roy Inkster's Biography



Roy & Joyce wedding photo






Mr. J.A.(McCartney) Jamieson

d:November 9, 2007






Squadon leader James Gordon Joy

d:July 9, 2011


James Gordon Joy


James Gordon Joy - Commanding Officer 427 Squadron, January to February 1964 during the CF-104 era. Retired Squadron Leader, RCAF and former Reeve of Smith Township. Passed away at the P.R.H.C Pallative Care, Lakefield on Saturday, July , 2011 in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy (Darke). Dear father of Debra Ann Ney (Bruce) of Edmonton, William Richard (Sandra) of Whitby and Christopher James (Linda) of Barrie. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Gregory, Alycia, Andrea, Alexander, Travis, Jesse and Georgia and brother-in-law Ross Darke (Judy). Predeceased by his brother William Joy and his parents Aynsley & Margaret (Berans) Joy.






Mr. Lawrence "Larry" Reid Kaiser

Navigator - 1945-46, d:Febrary 2, 2013






Squadron Leader Geoffrey Frank Keen, CGM, DFM

d:October 2, 1992


F/O Keen - ~1942

Sgt Keen and crew- ~1942


Geoffrey Frank Keen was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, on 26th March 1916, the youngest of five children, with a brother Jack and three sisters Doris, Gwen and Mary, born to Minnie and Percy Keen. He was never to meet his father, he was killed in action near Messines Ridge in Flanders on 4th June 1917. At Dr. Challoners Grammar School, Amersham, he was an enthusiastic sportsman and represented the school at both cricket and football. On leaving school he served an apprenticeship in printing, working for the company which produced the local newspaper.

His enthusiasm for sport continued after he left school and became an important part of his life. He and his brother Jack both played for the Town Club, Chesham United, and Geoffrey had trials for both Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers.

On the outbreak of war the two brothers decided to join the RAF and in October 1940 Geoffrey was posted to Yatesbury for basic training then on to Penrhos for Bombing and Gunnery School and finally to Abingdon OTU for wireless training before the finished article was posted to his first operational base as wireless operator/air gunner Sergeant Keen at Dishforth and 51 Squadron, equipped with Whitleys. His log book entries include:

1941

  • Kiel-could not reach target,- bombed Boulogne Docks instead,
  • Bremen,
  • Mannheim,
  • Hanover,
  • Kiel-'pranged' on drome,
  • Cologne,
  • Dortmund,
  • Duisburg,
  • Wihelmshaven,
  • Brest,
  • Dunkirk,
  • Emden,
  • Frankfurt-baled out East Dereham,
  • Berlin,
  • Stuttgart,
  • Nuremberg,

1942

  • Cologne(1000 bombers),
  • Essen(1000 bombers),
  • Dusseldorf

He completed his first tour (30 ops) in November 1941 and was posted to Abingdon No.10 OTU in December. In January 1942 he was cited in the London Gazette as follows:

Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.) London Gazette 30.1.42. Sergeant, No. 51 Squadron, the recommendation states:
'During the many sorties in which this wireless operator has participated, some of which have been at extreme range, he has displayed high qualities of courage and determination. His technical skill is of a high order and on one occasion, after a raid on Stuttgart, his steadiness in obtaining wireless aid was solely responsible for the return of his aircraft after bearings had been completely lost.'

Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Keen became a founder member of 427 Squadron as the wireless operator to Wing Commander Dudley Burnside when he became the Squadron's Commanding Officer and it was on only their seventh operation together that the crews abilities were tested to the limit including Geoffrey as cited below:

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (C.G.M.) London Gazette 23. 4. 43 Flight Sergeant D.F.M., No.427 (Lion) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force ".On the night of 12th March 1943, this airman was the wireless operator of an aircraft detailed to attack Essen. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire. The navigator was killed instantaneously. Flight Sergeant Keen, who was in the astrodome, had his right foot blown off and received cuts to both legs. Disregarding his wounds, Flight Sergeant Keen regained his seat in the wireless cabin. For over two hours he laboured to repair the damaged apparatus. He could not speak to other members of the crew owing to damage to the inter-communication apparatus. Another airman spoke to him, however, on at least a dozen occasions and found him still conscious and working at his self-imposed task of directing the manipulation of various installations. He also offered assistance in navigating the aircraft and actually managed to drag himself on two occasions to the navigator's compartment to obtain essential information necessary for the aircraft'.s safe return. His courage and fortitude in such circumstances were of the highest order.."

The recommendations states:

'I consider this N.C.O.'s superb display of courage and devotion to duty whilst seriously wounded fully merits the award of the Victoria Cross'
Wing Commander D. H. Burnside, Commanding Officer, RCAF Station, Middleton St. George.

'This case is considered to be an outstanding example of coolness and tenacity of purpose on the part of this N.C.O. when seriously wounded, and demanding courage of the highest order-an award of the Victoria Cross is recommended
Air Officer Commanding 6 Group, Air Vice Marshall G.E. Brookes CB OBE

As was only fitting, the very fine display of courage and determination shown by all members of the crew was subsequently recognised by awards. Wing Commander Dudley Burnside received a Bar to his DFC, Hayhurst and Ross the DFC, and Keen, who already had the DFM, the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.' (RCAF Overseas 1944).

Although also backed by "Bomber" Harris the VC was commuted to the CGM and was the first to be awarded to a member of the RCAF. As a result of his wounds part of his right foot was amputated but after a period of three months convalescence he returned to the squadron where he remained for the duration of the war, finishing as Squadron Leader responsible for training of Group 6 wireless operators.

Upon returning to civilian life he trained as a teacher before marrying José Barnes, the girl he met after a visit to the cinema in Oxford while training at Abingdon. In 1948 they moved to his home town Chesham, where he was to become Assistant Head and eventually Headmaster of the local village school of St Leonards in Buckinghamshire.

Always a keen sportsman and in spite of the lack of half a foot he continued to play football and cricket not only at club level for Chesham United FC and Chesham CC but also at county level winning several winners medals in the process. When his playing days were over he took up umpiring, golf and bowls. Heaven knows how he found the time to look after the garden.

Following a period of about five years afflicted by Altzheimers, and having been cared for at home by his wife José and son Martin, he died peacefully at home on the 2nd October 1992 aged 76.


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F/L Larry Van Kleeck

d:April 16, 2010

Kleeck

On September 25, 1944 F/L Van Kleeck lost one of his four engines on his Halifax while taking off. Too late to abort, he managed to get airborne. The pilot canvassed the rest of the crew and they agreed to continue to the target over enemy territory in Occupied France although they would trail the rest of the bombers from 427 Squadron. "The flak was worse than usual and we were on our own." he told a newspaper reporter years ago. "But we wanted to do the trip. We had made all the preparations, had the bombs loaded. I was confident I could fly on three engines."

They successfully completed the mission.

F/L Van Kleeck was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for ...pressing home his attack with outstanding determination. He completed 34 sorties before the war ended.

After a successful post-war career in Vancouver he and his wife did charitable work in the downtown eastside area during his retirement.

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Francis Graham "Buster" Kincaid

d:July 13, 2010


"Buster" Kincaid was born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, Dec. 2, 1930, and passed away in Henderson, Nevada July 13, 2010. Buster was proud of his military service, which began in 1950 when he joined the Canadian Army and was assigned to the PPCLI (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry), Third Battalion. As an infantry man, he served in Korea. Later he joined and retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force as a fighter pilot and served in Canada, the USA, France, Germany, and Italy. He held joint citizenship in America and Canada. After he retired, he started his second career as a commercial estimator for a Las Vegas company. He is survived by his wife, of 46 years, Donna Dennis Kincaid.

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Maj/Gen Claude LaFrance - Pilot

d:July 6, 2014


Claude LaFrance


Born in Québec City, he attended Laval University, obtaining a Latin-Science Diploma, and, later a BA from Carleton University. In 1947, just before the outbreak of the Korean War, and taking up his father's tradition of military service, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Training as a fighter pilot, he became one of 22 RCAF pilots sent by Canada to serve with the US Air Force in Korea. It was on August 5, 1952, while leading a flight of four F-86 Sabre jets, that Flight Lieutenant LaFrance shot down a Mig-15, becoming one of only a handful of Canadians to have engaged in air to air combat since the Second World War. For this action and on return to Canada after 50 missions, he was awarded the American Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Following Korea, Claude continued his Air Force career, advancing rapidly though a variety of senior appointments, notably establishing Escadron Tactique de Combat 433 as a French speaking unit and becoming its first Commanding Officer. He later became Commander of Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Director General of Plans and Policy at National Defence Headquarters, Commander of 10 Tactical Air Group in St Hubert, Quebec, and Chief of Plans, Policy and Programs at NORAD HQ in Colorado Springs. In 1981, after 34 years of service and having accumulated 5000 flying hours in more than 35 different types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, he retired from the Canadian Forces in the rank of Major General.

He continued to be active in aerospace activities including from 1985 to 1989 as Assistant Deputy Minister Aviation in Transport Canada. Claude then moved on to become a consultant for the International Civil Aviation Organization, overseeing the development of aviation control systems in Albania and Lebanon. In 1994, he became President of Aerospatiale Canada Inc., which later became EADS Canada (now part of Airbus Group) and remained in that position until 2005. Widely regarded for his leadership and planning expertise, he served on a variety of boards and panels including being Senior Vice President of the Canadian Battlefields Foundation, Chairman of the Trustees Committee of Unmanned Systems Canada, and as a member of Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, and the French Académie de l'Air et de l'Espace. For his services to French aerospace he was inducted into the Légion d'Honneur in the rank of Chevalier. Having never fully retired, he found time to become an avid golfer, as well as being active in the Korea Veterans Association. But his main love was his wife and family who will always remain inspired by his zest for life, his integrity and being the epitome of a true gentleman.








W/C D.G. (Don) Laidler - Pilot

d:April 11, 2012

Don Laidler

Don's air force career spanned 28 years piloting 31 different types of aircraft in many roles. He commanded 427 (Fighter) Squadron in Germany flying the F-86 Sabre. His favorite job was Senior Operations Officer at #1 Fighter Wing, Marville, France, in 1956-58 at the height of the Cold War. He was widely respected by friends and colleagues as the consummate gentleman aviator. After leaving the air force, Don spent 17 years with then-Canada Manpower and was instrumental in establishing the first Canada-wide computerized job listing system. An avid jazz musician, Dad pursued this hobby in retirement, and enjoyed many family get togethers, walking, and reading.








F/O Victor (Vic)G. Langley

Navigator - 1941-1945 d:June 9, 2009



Vic Langley Course Photo








F/L John Lauritsen

Pilot - 1952-1989 d:February 25, 2010

Johnny's childhood dream was flying airplanes. His dream came true and his log book shows a total of 11,588 hours flying airplanes. His 37 years in the RCAF/CAF began in the 1950's with Johnny being a very young instructor on Harvards in Claresholm, Alberta. The highlights of his dream were flying the Sabre on 427 Squadron at 3 (F) Wing Zweibrucken, Germany and Oldenburg ,Germany where he was an instructor of German pilots on the Sabre (1958 - 1961.) He also instructed on the CF-104 at Cold Lake, a tour which was followed by his posting to 4 (F) Wing Baden-Baden, Germany on 422 Squadron (1964 - 1966.) He then transferred to the C130 flying and logging a total of 6,518 hours spanning the globe. From 1975 to 1977 he flew the 141 Starlifter on exchange with the USAF out of Charleston, South Carolina.

On June 9, 1956 Johnny and Eileen were married in Calgary. Their 53 year journey through life would take them over the peaks and valleys. Johnny was predeceased by their first son Ronald Cory (1957 - 1974) . Ronnie lost his brave battle with Hodgkin's Disease March 4, 1974. Eileen and son John live in St Albert, Alberta. Daughter Lynn Lauf (Kevin) and their two daughters Marie (8) and Meagan (5) (the joy of their grandparents' lives) live on an acreage near St Albert.

After a three year exhausting struggle with leukemia, Johnny passed away peacefully in his sleep February 25, 2010. Hopefully he was dreaming about flying airplanes.

From his family





H.S. "Flip" Lunan

WM, 1945-1946 d: 2013




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Robert John (Bob) Macaulay

Navigator - 1945_1946 d: January 15, 2013



Passed awat peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of A. Norma Macaulay (nee Shaw), for over 64 years. Loving father of Graham (Freda), Donald (Laura), Catherine (Phil Woodard), Brenda (Neil Gurney) and Malcolm (Sandy). Cherished grandfather of Scott (Gillian), Kyle, Cameron, Dylan, Jay, John, Angus, Frazer, James and Sarah; and great-grandfather of Maximus and Isla. Also survived by his brother Gale (Virginia), sister-in-law Audrey (Bob Guest), many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents Stewart and Dorothy, brother Leslie (Winona) Macaulay. Bob was Past Master of Scotland Masonic Lodge #193 A.F. & A.M., Past D.D.G.M. of Brant Masonic District (1985), was employed at C.P.R. for over 35 years and proudly served as a navigator with the R.A.F. & R.C.A.F. Bomber Command WWII.








Murray Marshall

Pilot, d:Sept. 27, 2009

Group Captain Murray Marshall learned to fly as a teenager in the Second World War and shared his enthusiasm with hundreds of young air force pilots over a 23-year career. A quiet individual, he seldom spoke of his war years and referred to himself as a dull man. Dull or not, he brought his aircrew safely home after every mission through the deadly summer of 1944.

Murray Marshall was born in 1921 in Ancaster, Ont., northwest of Hamilton, the 10th child of a prominent farm family that had lived in the area for almost a century. He earned his Royal Canadian Air Force pilot's wings a year after graduating from high school and, by his 20th birthday, he was teaching teenage recruits to fly over the fields of southwestern Ontario. In 1943, he was assigned to the RCAF's 427 Squadron in England and switched from two-seater, single-engine Harvards to huge four-engine Halifax bombers that carried seven crew and 6,000 kilograms of bombs. The skies above Britain's airbases were crowded with beginner and veteran pilots and conversion unit training mishaps often added to the RCAF's high casualty lists. Bomber crews serving overseas had a 50-per-cent survival rate.

During the Halifax course, 20-year-old Nick Markin joined Mr. Marshall's crew as the mid-upper gunner. He remembers his tall flight lieutenant as a very quiet, very calm pilot. Nothing seemed to phase him. When a tail control snapped during takeoff, the 21-metre-long plane swerved dangerously off the runway into a field, but Mr. Marshall's reaction was typically low key. "I wonder what caused that", he asked casually when the plane came to rest. "We were glad we had him", said Mr. Markin, 87, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., "He brought us home every time". While pilots normally hand picked their entire crew, Mr. Marshall was assigned a British radio operator who had experienced two fiery crashes and was suffering from bad nerves. Worried that the man would be charged with lack of moral fibre for what would today be recognized as post-traumatic stress, Mr. Marshall quietly talked him through the panic attacks of nausea and shaking that accompanied every takeoff and landing.

On April 26, 1944, the night before his 23rd birthday, Mr. Marshall made his first bombing flight with the RCAF 427 Squadron out of Leeming, North Yorkshire. The flights were usually eight hours long, starting and ending over the English Channel, a body of water that held no appeal for Mr. Marshall. Near the end of his tour, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross for the skill he showed in bringing his badly damaged Halifax home rather than ditching it in the sea. He held the plane steady while the crew members decided if they should bail out, his daughter Susan said. In the end, they stayed with the plane, she said. But Dad had no intention of jumping. He hated cold water. Typically, he attributed his survival to the skill of his crew. He told his wife Dorothy that navigator Mac McLeod was the one who always got them home. Even when they were flying on fumes with no oil and all shot up, Mac found their way back. Mrs. Marshall said her husband told her that the crew members always peed on the plane's back wheel for good luck before takeoff. Mr. Markin credits Mr. Marshall's skill with the survival of the crew and its Halifax through 37 missions, mostly over Germany and France. He was very clever. When the search lights came on, he was able to take evasive action like no one else. During one flight, the bomber kept bumping up slightly and settling back down. We didn't even know what was causing it until we got back home. There were 113 holes in the fuselage from ack-ack [anti-aircraft fire]. The summer weather of 1944 made for clear flying and Mr. Marshall's crew flew so regularly that they fulfilled their quota of missions by September. One assignment was to bomb German positions prior to the Normandy invasion, during which 150,000 Allied soldiers landed in France on the first day.

That fall Mr. Marshall returned to flight instructor duties in Canada and, before his next overseas tour started, the war was over. By Christmas 1945, he had returned to civilian life and his father's potato farm. He began courting Dorothy Gleed, a registered nurse at Hamilton's Veterans Hospital, whom he had met in high school. They married in early 1948 and bought a potato farm of their own north of Waterdown, Ont.

Mr.Marshall seldom spoke of his wartime experiences, but he was not finished with the RCAF. He joined Hamilton's 424 auxiliary Tiger squadron and spent the next 18 years flying a range of fighters, including Harvards, Mustangs and the T-133 Silver Star training jet. By 1953 he was the squadron's commanding officer and, in 1960, was promoted to commander of 16 Wing, which administered a number of local reserve squadrons including the 424. Administrative duties took up two nights a week and his reward was a Saturday or Sunday in the sky. Mrs. Marshall said that her husband's reserve duties once got them better phone service after an RCAF emergency call was blocked by a local operator. There were 15 people on our party line and late one night the operator wouldn't put a call through for fear of waking everyone up (if all the telephones rang). The air force had a private line installed in the Marshall home the next day.

Summer was a busy time for a potato farmer, so Mr. Marshall usually missed extended military exercises in the warm months, but he had no excuse to skip a winter survival course in 1962 near Fort St. John in northeastern British Columbia. Dropped off in dangerously cold weather with only a survival kit, the small group of pilots were contemplating a miserable night when they stumbled across an isolated homestead. The family took them in and fed them before they resumed roughing it the following day. George Stewart, a veteran fighter pilot and fellow reservist, remembers his former commander fondly. Everyone liked him. He wasn't a braggadocio kind. Murray was a great,regular guy. A very good pilot. A great competitor. A good leader.

That skill and competitive nature contributed in 1953 to the success of the 424 in the air force's annual gunnery competition. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Stewart were part of the five-man team that won the MacBrien Trophy in their P51 Mustangs, beating out the country's best regular-force fighter pilots. Their green single-prop fighters carried the squadron's distinctive logo of a tiger ready to pounce out of Mount Hope, the 424's hilltop base. Susan Marshall grew up used to seeing her farmer father in uniform as he moved back and forth between his fields and the air base. I remember going to change-of-command ceremonies and taking the salute at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day. He had his air force, but I was more interested in my horse shows. Those special-occasion duties continued long after he retired from the RCAF in 1964 when 424 Squadron was disbanded. The family joke was that when dad had to take the salute, mom had to put him on a diet so that his uniform would fit, Susan said. After his air force retirement, he bought a share in a private plane and continued to fly until age 66.

One of his proudest duties was a four-year appointment as an honorary aide-de-camp to Governor-General Georges Vanier whenever royal duties brought the GG or royal visitors to the Hamilton area. He attended the Queen during her 1959 visit. Despite his senior rank and personal success, Mr. Marshall never forgot the needs of other veterans. For 30 years he worked with the Ontario chapter of the RCAF Benevolent Fund, a volunteer organization that provided financial assistance and counselling to airmen and women who had fallen on hard times. Fifteen of those years were as provincial chair. As quiet a veteran as he was, he liked the camaraderie of other servicemen. He was a regular at the Royal Hamilton Military Institute, a donor to the Warplane Heritage Museum and a keen member of the Halifax Bomber Association that recovered a crashed Halifax bomber in 1995. After 350,000 hours of volunteer time, the Halifax, shot down in Norway in 1945, went on display at Trenton's National Air Force Museum. Suffering from Parkinson's disease, cancer and a broken hip in recent years, Mr. Marshall talked of taking one last look at his beloved Halifax but he never got the opportunity. So he watched the sky instead. To Mrs. Marshall, her husband's affection for flying was clear. He loved the clouds, loved to do aerobatics through them. Even when he was sick, he would look at them and say he wished he was barrelling through them.

Murray Gordon Marshall was born April 27, 1921, in Ancaster, Ont. He died Sept. 27, 2009, at Hamilton's McMaster University Medical Centre. He was 88. He leaves his wife Dorothy, and daughters Susan Marshall and Gwyn Spak. He was predeceased by his son Craig Marshall.

From the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 by Frank B. Edwards - Special to The Globe and Mail


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Neil Martin

Bomb Aimer - 1944 - d:June, 2008






Fredrick Ross Mayberry

F-86 Pilot - d:March 6, 2002

Everyone's friend, Ross Mayberry passed away after a long battle with cancer. Frederick Ross (or Rosco to everyone) Mayberry was born in Toronto, Ontario and flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1957 to 1966. Types flown included the Chipmunk, Harvard, T33, CL41, F86, DC3 and the CL41 Tutor. He flew the F-86 with 427 Squadron at Zweibrücken, Germany from 1959 to 1962. Back home in Canada he instructed on several of those types from 1963 to 1966. Ross came to Australia in 1966 to join Qantas and was one of the few who stayed and made Australia home. Rosco flew the B707 and the B747 Classic variants with Qantas and retired a few years early due to shoulder problems. He and wife Dorothy ran a small farm near the old town of Stroud, about 200 kms north of Sydney and was enjoying retirement until the big C intervened.






Wing Commander Earl Charles Mayo

Pilot - WW II - d:January 23, 2005

Earl served as a bomber pilot with 427 Squadron, RCAF, completing a tour of operations for which he was awarded the DFC. He continued to serve in the RCAF after the war as a pilot and administrative officer. He retired in 1968 from the Canadian Air Force Headquarters. After retiring he worked as Secretary to the Royal Architectural Institute.



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Flight Lieutenant R. (Robert) McCormack

Pilot F-86, d: May 28, 2005






Douglas C. McIntyre

Navigator, 426-427, d:August 6, 2006






John McLean

Aircrew, d:December 29, 2015






Duncan and Merrie McLeish

Pilot - Duncan d:October 9, 1999 -Spouse and Partner - Merrie d:January 29, 2011

Duncan McLeish - 1929 - 1999 - Merrie Priddle McLeish - 1930 - 2011

Duncan was born in Hamilton into a family of flyers. Both his older brothers were pilots with the RCAF and fought in WWII. He married his high school sweetheart, Merrie Priddle, in 1952. She quickly began to enjoy the life of being a pilot's wife as they started their married life in Chatham N.B. Duncan was then posted to Trenton and later to Zweibrüken, Germany where he became a member of 427 Squadron flying F-86 Sabres. These were some of the happiest days of his life. After retiring from the air force in 1972, he completed his BA from Carleton University in Ottawa and began a second career as a computer analyst. But, he always defined himself as a pilot and enjoyed flying little two seater planes out of Uplands Airforce Base in Ottawa. Both Duncan and Merrie kept in touch with many of the 427 group and enjoyed any chance to get together and remember the glory days of flying the Sabres. You would see grown men with their hands flying through the air, jumping out of their seats, imagining that they were back up in the sky, as excited as any little boy would be on his first plane ride. Soon the 427 reunions began and Duncan was always busy with something to do with those arrangments. It seemed each year it was held it was more spectacular than the year before. The reunion for the millennium (2000) was to take place on an Alaska cruise (not quite flying but maybe second best). Duncan and Merrie were quite excited and were busy organizing events with fellow 427er's. Unfortunately, Duncan had an unexpected stroke and passed away in October 1999 so never did get to board the ship.

Merrie's daughter, Margaret, suggested to Merrie that she did not need to give up her wonderful 427 friends and accompanied Merrie on the cruise. It was a pleasure for Margaret to meet the people who had meant so much to her parents. Merrie continued her painting in Barrie, Ontario. She passed away January 2011 from congestive heart failure.

From a note by their daughter Margaret Makaltses with thanks






Flying Officer Alistair Norman Maclennan, DFC, aka "Mac" Maclennan

Pilot - 1940-1946 d:January 10, 1973

Mac's Photo

Mac was born in Montreal, Canada in July 1920 however the family later moved to Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

He was educated at Teaneck High school in New Jersey, USA and enlisted into the RCAF on the September 24, 1940. He graduated from No.2 I.T.S on October 14, 1940. Promoted to LAC, he then went on to No.6 E.F.T.S in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Successful there he was next posted to No.4 S.F.T.S at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He finished there in January 1941 and in March 1941 was promoted to Sergeant.

He embarked overseas in April 1941 and attended No. 21 Operational Training Unit (OTU) at RAF Moreton-in-Marsh and learned to fly the Wellington bomber. Then on to RAF Driffield for a B.A.T (blind approach training) course on Whitley Mk III aircraft and was then posted to 405 squadron RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire. Of note in his log book, is the entry for August 31, 1941 when his Wellington Mk II caught fire and crashed shortly after take off, luckily, he escaped unharmed, but the aircraft was destroyed. During this period he also took part in the first RCAF raid on Berlin.

After completing 14 ops, he was promoted to Flight Sergeant and sent to No. 3 Flight Instructor School, Hullavington and Babdown to train to become a flying instructor. Once qualified, he was posted to No. 15 OTU at RAF Harwell as a Flight Instructor. In November 1943 he received his commission with the rank of Pilot Officer and in May 1944 he was promoted to Flying Officer.

He then went onto 1664 Heavy Conversion Unit (H.C.U) and learnt to fly the Handley Page Halifax bomber and was posted to 427 Squadron at RAF Leeming in June 1944. He flew 25 ops with 427 and on the night of 12/13 Aug his aircraft a Halifax Mk III, MZ755 ZL-R was attacked by a German JU88 night fighter near Brunswick. The aircraft received damage to the starboard inner prop but was able to return safely. The aircraft was repaired that day and flew again that night. His wife Wendy, told me, that he told her, one way he would avoid trouble over enemy territory, was to break from formation, which would get him into trouble with his superiors back at base.

He left 427 in mid September 1944 and was posted back to Canada to join 168 Heavy Transport Squadron (H.T.S) flying B-24 Liberators on mail runs etc. He did this until October 1945. After this it was instructor duties again, this time at No. 6 (RCAF) OTU Comox and Greenwood, flying Beech Expeditors.

He retired from the RCAF January 31, 1946 and joined BOAC in the UK flying Lockheed Constellations and other types. He settled in Chichester, West Sussex, UK and continued to fly until his un-timely death on 10th Jan 1973. He was awarded the DFC for his efforts, skill and courage in October 1944, although he did not actually receive the medal for 10 years, until 1954.

More on Mac MacLennan


Graham Carrington, a post war ex RAF airman with a very great interest in Bomber Command has a friend who's late husand was a Halifax pilot with 427 in 1944. She hoped he could be included on the Remember page. Graham made it happen and provided the write up and photos.






Lieutenant Colonel Earl Lindsay McCurdy

Pilot d:June 30, 2017



Earl, of Lantz, Nova Scotia passed away on June 30, 2017 aged 78 at the family cottage, Isaac's Lake, Westchester Mountain. Born in Middle Musquodoboit, he was the son of Everett and Pearl (Hamilton) McCurdy. Earl attended Acadia University from 60 to 67 while completing RCAF ROTP program. He started his career as a pilot in the RCAF in Zweibrücken, W Germany.He was the last pilot posted to 427 Squadron at Zweibrücken during the Sabre era. Postings followed in Bagotville, Kingston, Petawawa, Greenwood, Halifax and Chatham. The pinnacle of his career as a military pilot was commanding 405 Squadron in Greenwood, N.S. After retiring from the Air Force, Earl spent 7 enjoyable years flying fishery patrols with Provincial Airlines. He loved fishing, hunting, golf and curling. But his happiest days were spent at the cottage with family and his dogs. He is survived by his wife, the former Linda McCully; sons Dan (Judy Butt), Bonnyville, AB; Barry (Chérie), Cochrane, AB; Chris (Janice), St John, NB;






L/Col (Ret)Alan (Al) Gordon McMullan

Pilot - d:July 21, 2014


Al McMullan


Al was a member of 427 from 1958 to 1960. He then took a tour as an Intelligence officer at Metz, France, the then Air Division Headquarters Europe. He is survived by his wife of more than fifty five years, Ruth.






Wing Commander (Ret) R.G. (Bob) Middlemiss

Military Career 1939 - 1969

Spitfire, F-86, F104 pilot - d:July 31, 2013


A full biography of Bob is available HERE.




Major(R) Stan Miller

d:September 29, 2007

Stan was born in Melfort, SK and devoted his entire life to the calling of aviation. After the war, he operated an aviation charter company in Melfort. In 1950 he rejoined the RCAF, serving as an Instructor. Stan retired as a Major after having served a total of 29 years.

In his next career, he spent 17 years with Seneca College from which he retired as Chairman, Aviation and Flight Technology. Throughout his life he was very active in the Air Cadet movement and was recognized by being awarded an Honourary Life Member of the Air Cadet League of Canada. Following his retirement from Seneca, Stan remained active as an Instructor, as a pilot of vintage aircraft at Airshows, and as a Transport Canada Flight Test Examiner. He was also a keen supporter of the 427 Squadron Association, retiring as the Membership and Financial Director in 2002. Pictures are available in Page 4, ROAR October 2007

Stan's active flying career spanned 64 years and 19,000 flying hours.






Mr. Albert E. (Muff) Mills

Air Frame Technician - 1943-45 - d: March 7, 2007






Hector M.B. Millward

Air Gunner - 1944-45, d:December 1, 2006






Squadron Leader Donald Joseph Misselbrook

Pilot - CF-104, d:October 5, 1967


Donald Joseph Misselbrook


S/L Misselbrook was killed when his CF-104 crashed during a low level exercise which encountered deteriorating weather. He was 37. The crash site is in Territoire de Belfort, Franche-Comte, France. He is buried in the Choloy War Cemetery, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. The grave reference is Section 8 Row J Grave 9. This information is located on page 133 in the service of Canada Book of Remembrance.






Flying Officer Jim Moffat

Air Gunner, d:June 2, 2017


Jim Moffat


Jim Moffat was born August 6, 1921 in Timmins, Ontario. He enlisted in North Bay on March 29, 1942. After training he joined 427 Squadron in Leeming, Yorkshire. In March 1944 he was the sole survivor of a collision between the Halifax bomber he was in, piloted by Flying Officer W.N. McPhee and a Lancaster. Jim spent six months behind enemy lines under the assumed name of Charles Lebrun with the cooperation and assistance of the Belgian and French resistance as well as ordinary citizens. He and his daughter have authored a book "Behind Enemy Lines" which chronicle his adventures and exploits with the resistance. In 2012 he traveled to London to witness Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron to the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, unveil the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park. Jim was grateful for the recognition that had finally been bestowed upon those who waged the strategic bombing campaign, those who returned and those who had not.

Thanks to the RCAF Association for this information






Ray Morinville

Pilot F-86, d:November 26, 2006






F/O Claude Alexander Moss

Pilot "S" for Sugar, age 21 d:July 5, 1944

KIA during an operation on Villeneuve St. George. The Flight Engineer F/Sgt W. Steel also was killed. All other crew members parachuted to safety, two evaded and three were captured and ended up as POWs. F/O Moss and F/Sgt Steel are interred in Allainville Community Cemetary,Allainville-aux-Bois, Yvelines, France






F/O Peter Moyer

Pilot, d:September 12, 2015


Peter Moyer

Peter passed away after a long fight with Pancreatic Cancer in Gilbert Arizona. Pete was a proud member of 427 Squadron Association and fondly remembered some of the pilots and friends many that had sadly passed away. Peter also had a number of movies that he took while flying the Chipmonk,Harvard and the F-86 Sabre that he was very fond of. He left the RCAF to fly for United Airlines and would always introduce himself as ‘One of the Friendly Guys’. During his time there he flew the 737, DC-10 (Captain), 747-200 (Captain) and 747-400. He always hated to see old planes put to pasture.
Peter was born in Beamsville Ontario September 24, 1933 and passed away in his home September 12, 2015. He remained loyal to his Canadian roots to the end.


From an email by son Lars Moyer.








Major (Ret.)Nickolaus Mulikow, CD

Pilot, d:December 17,2011



Nick Mulikow

Nickolaus passed away peacefully in Kingston, Ontario. He had a distinguised Air Force career from 1949 to 1978. He transitioned from fixed wing to rotary wing during his military career which initially took him from training at Centralia to Zweibrucken, Germany flying F-86s on Squadron. He later served at CFBs Bagotville, Winnipeg, Petawawa, Shilo, Gagetown and Lahr. His last posting was in Petawawa as Deputy Commander 427 Squadron. He went on in his civilian career to fly helicopters commercially until his 70s.

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Walter Norman Nash, DVM, DFC

Navigator, d:August 15, 2010

Norm passed away peacefully, in his sleep, at his treasured Sunset Beach cottage, on August 15, 2010 at the age of 87. His loving wife of 60 years and his children were by his side. Norman was the devoted husband of Paula Nash and the beloved father of Bill (Karen), Robert (Cynthia, David (Eva), Lorie and Fred (Anna).

He was the fond grandfather of Aime, Peter, Reston (Katrina), Tory, Barrett, Taylor, Halle, Nathaniel and Graham. Norm will also be lovingly remembered by his brother Keith (Julie), his sister Gwen and many friends here and abroad. He was predeceased by his daughter Denora, his brother Fred, his parents Walter and Muriel and his brother-in-law Reg.

Born November 9, 1922, in Reston, MB, Norm lived a rich and fulfilling life. He attended Prairie Rose School and graduated from Reston High School. In 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force 427 Squadron as a navigator bombardier. He survived two tours of duty and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by King George V1. The friendships he made during the war continue to this day. He graduated from the Ontario School of Veterinary Medicine in 1950, taking up practice with the federal government. In retirement Norm entertained family and friends for hours with stories of his youth.









Roy Reginald Fredrick Newnham

Air Gunner - 1944-45,#R211930- d:September 26, 2015

427 Squadron Association Life Member








Douglas (Doug) J. Nicholson

Pilot, CF -104 d:March 23, 2009

Doug was the U.S. Regional Director for the Association and an entusiastic supporter of 427 Squadron.






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Gordon Wilson Ockwell

Wireless Operator (WAG), d: January 22, 2012



Gordon Ockwell


Life member and supporter of the 427 Squadron Association.

Gordon Ockwell Obituary - click here

From an email by grandson Erik - Ive attached a photo of myself with him and his brother (Gordon is on the left)from my wedding day in 2011 which was four months before he passed away. I believe his brother Albert also served in WW II but I'm not sure in what capacity. If any member wishes to contact me please forward my address to them.






R174828 - Fraser M. O'Donnell, Life Member of the Association

Wireless Air Gunner - 1945-46 d: November 11, 2012






Wing Commander K. (Ken) Olsen

Pilot F-86, d: April 26, 2006


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Robert (Bob)C. Penrose

Pilot, DFC,422-427-437, d:August 20,2005






Hartley Perkins

Firefighter, 426,432,427, d:October 8, 2006






Eugene Marian "Jim" Pieprzak

d:January 9, 2010

Intelligence Officer - 427 Squadron 1944-1946. 427 Squadron Association Life Member






Len Pratt

Flight Engineer, 427, d.July 3, 2011


Ed. note: The following information was thoughtfully sent in two email by Len's stepson, Howard Groves.

My step father Len Pratt, (England) who was in 427 Squadron in WW II has passed away aged 87. He passed away on July 3rd this year, I know he was a very proud member of the RAF serving with the RCAF and I believe he took part in over 34 missions over enemy territory in Halifax Bombers, belly landing twice, and by the grace of god lived to tell the tale.

Len flew on 34 missions with 427 Squadron, and the people he flew with were Pilot Clibbery DSM, Jimmy Jardine, Wireless Operator, Richard {Dick} Quale, Shortie Martin, Dick Morrison {only surviving member} and Norman Nash.

Len I think defined his life by his service in the 2nd world war, and talked of little else, he was I know also greatly troubled in later life, with the consequences of destruction caused to civilians, and the havoc that war imposes on many peoples lives, friends and foes.

Len became lifelong friends with Norman Nash, and was a regular visitor to Norman's home in Canada, and Norman and his wife Paula, also were a regular visitors to Len's home in England.

Len told a few stories about the war, but was reticent about his own deeds. I did find out that on one mission the Halifax they were in was involved in a night fighter attack, and the aircraft was on fire, and Len used his parachute, his only means of escape to put the fire out, years after the war ended, Len was awarded a citation from the Canadian government for Gallantry.

I have been looking at Lens flight book, and in it the are listings of missions or ops to Frankfurt, Berlin, Essen, Nurnberg, Villeneuve, Lens, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Aulnoye, Schweinfurt, Somail(sic), St. Ghislain, Ghent, LeClipit(sic), Bourg-Leopold, Mayenne, Versailles-Matelot, Olsemont, Gorenflos, Rennes, Metz, Siracourt, Ardouval, Acquet.

There is mention of a mission to Magdeburg, where they were shot up by a fighter and had to land at RAF Coltishall. The aircraft was destroyed on landing but the pilot F/S Clibbery and gunner Sgt. Quale, who shot down the fighter, were awarded the DFM for their actions during their airborne fight. (ed. note: This probably was the incident that Len used his parachute to put out the fire.) A mission to Augsburg that encountered 2 fighter attacks. I also remember Len telling me of two belly landings. He told me many times that he attributed his survival, to pilot Clibbery, who he told me was a trained pilot before war broke out, and that his skills in flying and sixth sense, always seamed to bring the crew back to safety.

Len finished, operations on the 3rd August 1944, flying for a total of 278.23 hours, and finally took part in a sightseeing tour in a Lancaster, piloted by S/L Murphy, flying over the ruins of Vimy Ridge, Arnhem, Essen, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam and Hamburg. I forgot to mention Len's role was that of Flight Engineer.

After the war Len stayed in the RAF for a while before becoming a very successful businessman in civilian life. Len had three children,Leonard,Laurence, and Lynda with his first wife, and is survived by, Peggy and 3 step children Stuart Michael & Howard.

Len had a hunger for knowledge and attended night classes until he was in to his early 40s.

Kind Regards
Howard Groves {stepson}

Ed. note: Len was also a founding member of the Association and was our Director U.K. and Europe.






James(Jim) Russell Pugh

Pilot,d.June 8, 2014



Jim Pugh



The following obituary was published in ther Winnipeg Free Press on June 14, 2014.

CAVU is an acronym used by aviators. It means Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited, ideal flying conditions. James Russell Pugh was an aviator. He flew the hottest fighters at the beginning of the Cold War; the trickiest helicopters; lumbering transports and docile and unforgiving trainers. 138 aircraft types in all during a 35 year military career and later as a civilian instructor. He investigated aircraft accidents in hopes of preventing the same events from happening to other pilots. He flew chilled organs across Canada in a jet for a life-saving transplant. He trained American helicopter pilots in "Nap of the Earth" flying techniques for survival in Vietnam.

Out of the cockpit Jim Pugh loved his family, camping, travelling (83 trips), socializing, building and flying model aircraft and was extraordinarily well read and informed. Squadron Leader (Ret.) Pugh's final flight occurred on June 8, 2014, after a recurrence of debilitating cancer and almost two months in hospital. He died peacefully at 82 in his new Winnipeg home attended by Helen his wife of 58 years.



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Richard Edward Qualle, DFM

d: September 9, 2012

Richard grew up in Beverly, Saskatchewan where he attended school. He loved all sports but baseball was his passion. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1942. After training in Eastern Canada, he was sent overseas in 1943 as a mid-upper gunnery Sergeant. He was assigned to 427 Squadron. On August 11, 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal from King George VI for his skill and bravery on his first operational flight.

His commendation reads in part: This airman was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Magdeburg one night in January 21,1944. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. Sergeant Qualle sustained many cuts by flying splinters when the glass surround of his turret was shattered by bullets which also put one of his guns out of action. Although dazzled by searchlights, Sergeant Qualle coolly brought his remaining guns to bear on the attacker which was seen to burst into flames. Despite intense cold and the lack of oxygen he refused to leave his turret throughout the homeward flight. This airman displayed determination, fortitude and devotion to duty of a high order.






Reverend Russell Melville Quantz

d: July 15,2015



Russell Melville Quantz passed away and went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 15, 2015 at the age of 96. Russell Quantz was born on Saturday, November 2, 1918 on the family homestead located near Tincherbray, Alberta. He was the second oldest in a family of eight boys and two girls. Russell was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He enlisted in 1942 and was subsequently posted to Leeming RAF base in England. He served his country attached to the 427 Lion Squadron for the duration of the war. While in England he met and married the love of his life, Elsie Tranter. Russell returned to Canada, finished his High School education and in 1949 graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Nazarene College in Red Deer. Reverend Quantz pastored churches in Eckville, Rocky Mountain House, Lougheed, Sheffield England, Caroline, Westlock (Dapp and Jarvie), Claresholm and Picture Butte. In retirement Russell and Elsie returned to Claresholm where he lived until his passing.






Flight Sergeant Ted Radford

Pilot - d: 2005


Ted Radford


Ted completed 25 missions with 427 Squadron during 1944 and 1945.






Colonel Maurice Chilson "Chet" Randall

Pilot - d:October 18, 2014


Chet Randall


It is with great sadness that the family of Maurice Chilson "Chet" Randall announce his passing on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at his home in Oromocto, NB.

Chet served 32 proud years as a fighter pilot in the RCAF and held many positions including Base Commander at CFB Chatham before retiring to his childhood homestead in Lakeville Corner, NB where he enjoyed the past 25 years. He was well known for his community service particularly with the Knights of Columbus.
Born in Fredericton on February 6, 1939, he was the devoted son of the late Maurice and Effie (Burns) Randall and the loving husband of Jacqueline (MacDonald).

Chet is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jacqueline; sons John (Darla) of Lakeville Corner and Jim (Meg) of Ottawa; his brother Alden (Margie) of Lakeville Corner; his sister Linda Morris (Greg) of Miramichi; his grandchildren Scott, Paul, Marie, Krissy , Kathy, Michael, Rob and Jenn as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Chet was predeceased by his infant son Joseph Anthony and his sister Caryl Blackmore.






Mr. Eugene M. Redington

d:June 10,2006








L/Col. E.J. (Rob) Robichaud

Pilot - d:July 17, 2014


Rob Robichaud

Rob joined the RCN in 1967, surviving the HMCS Kootenay explosion in 1969, the worst Canadian peactime naval disaster. He received his pilot wings in 1976, attended ther Command and Staff College, commanded 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron at CFB Gagetown and served with NORAD. He retired in 1997 but continued serving as New Brunswick Liaison Officer in Canada's Reserve Force until 2001.

In 1998 he became President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport. He also served on several board and councils throughout Atlantic Canada.

He was a devoted family man and so loved his grandkids, spending as much time as he could with them, being involved in their lives as much as possible, along with reading history and riding his motorcycle.

Thanks to Alex Home for the above notification.








Mr. J.G. (James) Robinson

Bomb Aimer - 1943-44  d:July 31, 2010






Major E.E. Ross

Pilot -  d:December, 1980






John Victor "Jack" Ross

Bomb Aimer -  d:January 9, 2016


Jack Ross

Jack served on 427 in the latter days of the war on Lancaster bombers.






Colonel Ron Russell

d: November 2, 2009


Ron Russell's picture

Ron was the son of a member of the RAF and he was born in Alexandria, Egypt on June 2, 1930 while his father was on a foreign posting. At the age of 18 he enlisted with the RAF and served from 1948 to 1950. In 1951 the young pilot became a member of the RCAF and his first tour was as an Instructor on Harvards fom 1953 to 1956.

In 1957 he transitioned to F-86s and was posted to 422 Fighter Squadron at 4 Wing based at Baden Sollingen. His next posting took him to Air Division HQ in Metz, France where he remained until 1961. From Metz he went to Cold Lake, Alberta and by 1965 had become the Chief Flying Instructor. In 1965 Ron headed back to Germany as Deputy Squadron Commander of 427 Squadron on CF-104s. He continued on 104s flying in Zweibrucken and Decimmannu, Sardina. Ron was Chief Operations Officer of the Tri_National(Canada, Germany,Italy) Air Weapons Unit for which he was honoured by being made an honourary pilot in the Italian Air Force.

After Staff College in Toronto he became a staff officer in the Directorate of Air Equipment Requirements in Ottawa. He left there in 1972 to attend a one year French Immersion course in Quebec City and after completion was posted to helicopters. His facility in his second language allowed him to become CO of 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, a designated French language unit and at that time one of the few anglophones to be given command of a French speaking unit. In 1975 he was appointed as Canadian Forces Attaché in Rome, Italy with cross accredidations to Madrid, Spain. He impressed his NATO allies by his learning of Italian to communicate in the language of the host country.

In August 1978 he was given the job of Base Commander at CFB Trenton. CFB Trenton had always been a major base in the Forces strategic plans and has been the launch pad for a a number of tactical exercises and operations. Colonel Russell thrived in the challenges of a busy and complex operation. One of his last postings was to SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Casteau, Belgium.

Colonel Russell was an enthusiastic supporter of the military family and actively participated in the F-86 and CF-104 reunions.

Ron passed away in Trenton Memorial Hospital after a three year battle with ALS.


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The Reverend Derek Salter

d: April, 2009


Derek's picture

Derek joined the Air Force in 1940 at age eighteen and after completing a training program as an engine and airframe tradesman was posted to Edmonton for basic training and later to Claresholm. Training was completed at an RCAF base in Ontario at the #4 Bombing and Gunnery school.

In April 1944, he was posted to 427 Squadron then stationed at Leeming, North Yorkshire, England to work on the Halifax. However, in September, 1944, he was posted to 435 Squadron operating in India and Burma supporting the Burma campaign of the Anglo-Indian Fourteenth Army. He spent the year there servicing Dakota´s as well as working as a "kicker" during supply drops. As the official Air Force site states, Canadians operating in this theatre were threatened as much by their living and working conditions as from enemy action.

After hostilities ended Derek was able to assist with delivering food to the starving people of Burma and south China.

He married Jill Leir in 1947. In 1955 Derek was ordained as an Anglican priest. He maintained his association with 427 Squadron as an Association Director for British Columbia.






Squadron Leader Nicholas Scromeda

Pilot - d:February 23, 2016



Mick Scromeda


Mick passed away on February 23, 2016 in Annapolis Royal, N.S. He was born March 24, 1937 in St. Andrews, MB. Mick was proud of his service as a pilot with the RCAF, and especially liked to recall flying the F-86 (Sabre) for 427 Squadron. He had many other assignments and roles, inside the armed forces and out, including a position as management consultant for the United Nations in Jordan. But he was also happy swinging a set of golf clubs or stirring a pot of chili. He lived a full life and is fondly remembered.






P/O R.(Bob)A. Shannon J18167

Air Gunner - d:March 30, 1944



Bob Shannon


Bob was a member of 427 Lion Squadron and on his second tour. Roughly two hours after taking off in Halifax LV898 on the evening of March 30, 1944 to attack Nurnburg they were set upon by a night fighter and shot down south of Aachen. All were KIA. Ironically, P/O Shannon had just received notice of his promotion to Flying Officer (F/O). On the same operation Both A and B Flight Commander's aircraft and crews were lost. See March 1944 Operations History  for more information.

The above from a son of a friend who served with Bob in 6 Group, G. Johnston, PO1 ret'd, CD2.
Part of his email is as follows.

Bob grew up in Winnipeg but spent most summers assisting his cousin's family (my father) on their farm, just north of Brandon. Needless to say his mother was devastated to hear of the death of her only son, from what my father recalls, as a single mother she never got over it. During the war my father served overseas with 418 (City of Edmontonb) Squadron and on several occasions met Bob in London when he was on leave from Leeming, Yorkshire. My father stated on several occasions while in conversation with Bob the premonitions Bob expressed regarding his future survival on Ops.



Mr Johnston also included the original casualty notification as well as an acknowledement from the Manitoba government that approval had been given to name a lake in memorium.

casualty notification Manitoba Government approval for lake name

Map of Lake Shannon





F/O John Shute

d:July 21, 2015


John Shute

Captain John Shute passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 77.

Born 10 July 1938 in Shanghai, China, John Shute spent the early years of his life in a Japanese Internment Camp. After liberation in 1945, the family moved briefly to Australia, then to Wales, his father's home country.

The family immigrated to Canada in 1951, residing in Guelph, Ontario. After high school graduation, John joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as a fighter pilot flying the iconic F-86 Sabre with 427 (Lion) Squadron at Zweibrücken, West Germany, and later with 421 (Red Indian) Squadron at Grostenquin, France.

Released from the RCAF, John joined Air Canada in 1966, residing in Hawkesbury, Ontario, while flying out of Montreal. Promoted to Captain in 1976, John lost his flying license resulting from heart problems in 1984. He continued with Air Canada as a simulator instructor until retirement in 1995, moving to Ottawa, Ontario.

As a Director of the 427 Squadron Association, John and his wife Susi were avid supporters of the Association and of the Sabre Pilots Association of Air Division Pilots (SPAADS.) He will be missed by his many Air Force and Air Canada friends.






P/O Ferdinand “Fred” Slever

d:December 7, 2008

P/O Slever had service as an Air Gunner with 427 Squadron.






John Smart

Pilot - d:September 11, 2013

Passed away on Wednesday September 11, 2013 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Freda of 60 years and sons Doug and Grahame. He started his military career with the RAF and subsequently the RCAF, as a pilot. After an early retirement from the military he worked three years with Mohawk Airlines in New York. He returned to Ontario to conclude his career with Transport Canada.






L.F. (Joseph) Smart

Pilot - d:?, 2005






Sergeant Bruce Mervyn (Bruce) Smith (R133435)

Flight Engineer - November 14, 2015



Bruce Smith


It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bruce Mervyn Smith, on Nov. 14, 2015 in Kamloops, B.C. Bruce was born in Portsmouth, England and came to Canada at age 2 to settle with his family in Portage La Prairie. He joined the RCAF in 1943, was stationed in Leeming, Yorkshire, and flew 35 bombing raids as a Flight Engineer with 427 (Lion) Squadron. He flew the operations with pilot Flight Sergeant W.M. Patrick (R63698).

Returning to Vancouver after the war, he met and married Wendy Dyson. With their growing family, they moved to Kamloops in 1953 where he owned and operated City Auto Trim and Upholstery. He later sold the business to pursue his passion of teaching. At age 39, he returned to complete high school and went on to earn his Bachelor of Education from UBC in 1971. Bruce was a respected educator and fondly remembered by former students as their favourite teacher. As a principal, he was highly regarded by staff, students and parents.

After retirement, Bruce's enthusiasm for fishing and for woodworking kept his days filled. Grandfather clocks, decorative boxes, cutting boards, and other pieces were lovingly created and treasured by friends and family.






Edward G. Smith

Radar Technician, 405-420-427 - 1943-44 d:January 12, 2007






Fred D. Smith, an Associagtion Life Member

Navigator - 1943-44 d:2012






Captain Reg Smith

Pilot, d:March 4, 2012

Reg flew Sabre jets with the 427 Squadron (ROAR) in Zweibruken, Germany and ferried 12 Sabres across the Atlantic with the Overseas Ferry Unit (OFU). He was an Air Canada Captain from 1958 to 1991. A few of his many accomplishments were: President of the International Federation of Airline Pilots Assoc.(IFALPA) representing 70 countries; Chief Accident Investigator Canadian Airline Pilots Association (CALPA); Regional Vice President for the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Northern Atlantic Region. His many awards included CALPA Founders Flight Safety Award and the Clarence N. Sayen Award (IFALPA). He was an active member of Retired Airline Pilots of Canada (RAPCAN), Sabre Pilots Association, Air Division Squadrons (SPAADS) and the Club de Ski 100 Years. During his 40 years of flying he flew 37 types of airplanes and logged over 17,000 flying hours.

Reg was also Chairman of the 427 Squadron Association for many years before ill health caused him to resign.






Albert "Al" Smitten

Navigator - d: June 20, 2011


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on June 20, 2011 in Edmonton, AB, at the age of 99 years. Al will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 70 years, Eileen; children, Ronald (Diane), Wendy and Beverly; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and brother, Fred. Al was predeceased by five brothers and one sister. Al served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Navigator during the Second World War.






Captain Colin Sonoski

Pilot, d:July 18,2002



Capt Sonoski and Capt Juli-Ann (Jules) MacKenzie lost their lives and Sgt Mario Michaud and Cpl Dave Pawulski were seriously injured on the 18th July 2002 in the tragic crash of a Griffon helicopter while on a search and rescue mission, north of Goose Bay, Labrador. At the time they were serving on 444 squadron.

Colin joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 and was posted to 427 Squadron in March 1991. During the next nine years Colin flew Kiowa, Huey and Griffon helicopters and both pilots were regarded by their peers and subordinates for their excellent piloting skills and knowledge of Tactical Aviation. Colin was known for his great sense of humour and down to earth nature. He will be long remembered for his leadership role in being personally involved in the organization of several noteworthy Gathering of the Lions. It is said that Colin hoped one day to return to Petawawa and to once again enjoy the fellowship of the Lions in proximity to his beloved Algonquin Park which was the site of the recent scattering of his ashes.

A presentation of the Memorial (Silver) Cross was made at Branch 136 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Milton ON, 1330 hrs, 7 March 2009 to Sharon Singleton, widow of Capt Colin Sonoski, and to Jenna and Liam Sonoski, Colin's children. There also was a presentation of the Memorial Bar and Scroll to Colin's father, Frank Sonoski. A presentation for Captain MacKenzie will take place later this month.

Many of Colin's friends and former squadron associates attended the ceremony, (approx. 85). Among them were Major Mike Day, Captain Mike Csisztu and Mr.Sask Wilford from the Association. Sharon, his widow expressed her appreciation to everyone in a gracious and moving speech.






Sgt. J.A. "James" Spencer

Flight Engineer, d:October 6, 2009



Sergeant Spencer was the only survivor from four 427 Squadron aircraft shot down on the night of 22/23 June, 1943 during an operation to bomb Mulheim. He was a part of pilot F/Sgt J. D. Hamilton's crew. The other crew members were Navigator - WOII J.J.Reansbury, Observor - Sgt G.D.Sharp, Reargunner - F/Sgt P.J.A.Dennis and Mid-uppergunner - F/Sgt G.L.Tyrone, Observor - Sgt N.G.Whiting, and Flight Engineer - Sgt J.A.Spencer. Sgt.s Sharp and Whiting were RAF the remainder of the crew was RCAF.

Our thanks to Adrian van Zantvoort, a keen historian who organized a memorial to this crew after a fragment of the aircraft was unearthed. The memorial is to be unveiled in Kaathoven, Netherlands on June 22, 2013.






F/Sgt William Arthur Steel - RAFVR

Flight Engineer "S" for Sugar, age 26 d:July 5, 1944

KIA during an operation on Villeneuve St. George. The pilot F/O Moss also was killed. All other crew members parachuted to safety, two evaded and three were captured and ended up as POWs. F/O Moss and F/Sgt Steel are interred in Allainville Community Cemetary,Allainville-aux-Bois, Yvelines, France









Captain R.(Ron, Pete, Stewie) G. Stewart

Pilot, F-86, d: January 19, 2009


Ron Stewart

Ron had a long satisfying career in aviation, beginning in 1956 with the RCAF. He completed an operational tour on his beloved Canadair F-86 Sabre on 427 Squadron, based at Zweibrücken, Germany. After he left the RCAF in 1965, he gained employment with Air Canada in 1965, retiring as a Boeing 747-400 Captain in 1997. In his retirement, he took up the game of golf but, according to Ron, achieved no great success as a golfer. However, he enjoyed the game immensely, made possible by his close group of "golf buddies".
Ron retired with over 17,000 flying hours

ED Note: Ron was a Squadron Flight Leader of a section of four Sabres. Twice a year in Sardinia where we practiced live gunnery, it was necessary for each pilot to "qualify" by achieving at least 20% hits on the flag. One of Ron's section was having problems achieving that magic 20%. Ron solved the problem. He and two others in his own section had already qualified so with a judicious bribe to the Armourers, he had them load all four aircraft with the same colour bullet load. No one could explain how the pilot having difficulty qualifying had suddenly achieved a 60% score....
I will always be grateful to Ron for that assistance.








Wing Commander, L/Col Peter (Pete) Borden St. Louis, MBE, CD, RCAF/CAF and Frances Iona (nee Garnett) St. Louis, R.N.


Pilot, d:December 9, 2010 - Nurse, Spouse and Mother, d:January 21, 2016


W/C Pete St. Louis

Peter led an adventurous and full life following the example of his father who he admired greatly. He lived in Shanghai as a child, was schooled in England and joined the RCAF in 1941 at the age of 18. In 1951, Peter married Frances and also received the MBE medal following his daring rescue of a British scientific survey party in Antarctica in 1950. He remained with the RCAF thereafter becoming a Squadron Leader in Europe during the Cold War era. He served as 427 Squadron's 15th Commanding Officer from 1960 to 1962 and ended 427's decade of flying the F-86 Sabres when on December 14, 1962 he handed the Squadron diary to W/C Bob Middlemiss, the new CO with CF-104 Starfighters. He retired from the RCAF as a Wing Commander (L/Col) in 1972. With more adventure in his first 50 years than most, he was quite happy to settle into a structured domestic life; working for the federal government, spending time with his family and playing a lot of golf. He was a devoted husband and cared for Frances as long as he possibly could. He was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. Peter’s love of sport began in his youth as a gifted athlete and he followed the athletic achievements of his children and grandchildren with great interest. His outward stoicism often belied his caring nature. Always quick with a joke, Peter’s dry wit served him well until the very end. He left us all with his own fine example of how to live with dignity, humility and courage.

See also the Globe and Mail Obituary, January 15, 2011






Mr. George A. Storey

Wireless Air Gunner - 1944-45, d:February 14, 2008


Post war George was very involved on AAFR (Allied Air Forces Reunion) committees. This was an annual reunion held in the Royal York Hotel, Toronto. - Vern White


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Murray Everette "Moe" Thompson

WAG - d: April 4, 2007

Murray was a veteran of WW II and served in the RCAF as a Flight Sergeant, Wireless Air Gunner on Halifax aircraft from 1943 to 1946.






Colonel J.A.C. (Clem)Tousignant

Pilot - d:1999


Col. Clem Tousignant


Clem has long career in The RCAF/CAF. In 1965/66 he served as Commanding Officer of 427 Squadron when equipped with the CF-104






S/L Eric Tuckey

Pilot - d:September 12, 2008



Eric had a 28 year career in the Canadian Air Force as a pilot. Highlights included a tour of Operations on Halifax and Lancaster aircraft during WW II, a tour flying Canso aircraft supporting the mapping of the Nortwest Territories and Canadian Artic, a tour of duty on the Dewline and two tours flying F-86 Sabres in Europe. The second Sabre tour was with 427 Squadron at 3(F)Wing, , Germany.

Part of the obituary.

Zweibrucken




Mr. Paul Verry

d: April 4, 2007






George Lindsay Vogan

d: October 11, 2009

George Lindsay Vogan B.A., B.D., M.A., M.Div., S.T.M., D.D., D.F.C.   Reverend Doctor Lindsay Vogan at 91 years of age passed away on October 11, 2009 from complications due to Alzheimer disease.

Lindsay was predeceased by his wives, Dorothy (1971) and Carol (2007). He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Phil (Jan) Vogan, Sandra (Ron) Kreis, and Andrew (Barb) Vogan; six grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Lindsay was also predeceased by his son, Stephen, and grandchildren, Timothy and Jarrod.

Lindsay was born August 21, 1918 and raised in Waterloo County, Ontario. As a young man he worked at the Bank of Commerce in Ayr, Ontario until 1941 when he enlisted in the RCAF. He saw active service as a member of bomber command and 427 Squadron during WW2. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his contributions.

After the war, he was ordained as a United Church Minister. He had a flair for ancient Greek and Hebrew languages and Old Testament theology, and as a result was hired by St. Stephen's College, Edmonton, in 1953 where he taught until 1971. He then took a pastoral charge at Westminster until he retired from the United Church in 1983. His love of teaching took him to teach at numerous multi-denominational theological colleges in the Edmonton area. He continued to teach until his retirement in 1992.

Link to photos and more information


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Rolfe Eric Wachsmuth

d:August 9, 2014

A resident of Chatham, Ontario, he was a proud WW II veteran who served in the RCAF in Squadrons 412 and later 427.






G.M. Waddell

d:June 21, 2006






R.G. Wall

Pilot - 1944-46  d:December 24, 2010








Vernon M. White

Navigator, d: December 29, 2008

Spouse, Enid White (nee: Robinson), d: July 26, 2013

Vern and Enid were long time supporters of the Air Crew Association and 427 Squadron Association. He was Editor and co-editor of the ROAR Newsletter for several years and served as the Association's wartime Historian. He served with 427 Squadron until he was shot down during a raid on Wuppertal in the Ruhr valley. It was the night of June 24/25, 1943 and he became a POW until the end of the war. After the war he became a long time employee of Bell Canada.
Vern was a very modest man and it as not until after he died that it was revealed to the Association by his wife, Enid, that he had a book of his wartime experiences. Although it was compiled and published by his niece for his 80th birthday, the story was told by Vern, a natural storyteller. Among the many interesting facts about Vern's wartime career was that he was the owner of two Caterpiller pins.

Ed. Note Excerpts of Vern's book, here will be in future issues of ROAR and the book will eventually be transcribed to the 427 Squadron Association web site.

Vern in early days

Vern in early days

Vern holding part of his aircraft


Holding parts of his aircraft






Kenneth (Ken) R. Williams

Pilot  d:May 5, 2014

Ken Williams


A native of Canada, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness. Ken was born March 30, 1931 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to William Andrew Williams and Lizzy Wainwright Williams.

When Ken was 8, the family moved to Kamloops, British Columbia where he attended school, played lacrosse and enjoyed fishing, hunting and water sports. He graduated from high school in 1949 and followed his father and uncles into employment with the Canadian National Railroad where he worked as a fireman on steam locomotives. In 1954, Ken joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and attended Officers Training School. This led to Pilot Training on jet fighter aircraft T-33 & F-86.

He was posted to the Canadian prairies where he met and married Doris Mary Milne in 1955. He was then selected to serve in Europe with the NATO forces. The young couple went to #3 Fighter Wing RCAF in Zweibrucken, Germany where they spent four years. Upon their return from Europe, Ken and Doris lived in Canada, before immigrating to southern California. He was hired by the Redlands Fire Department in 1960. Ken retired in 1987 as Division Chief and Fire Marshal for the RFD after 27 years of service. During his Fire Department career, Ken initiated the CPR program and was its first certified instructor. He was the first in the department to earn a Bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Administration and Technology. Ken served as president of the SB County Fire Prevention Officers and was a charter member and president of the SB County Fire-Arson Investigators. He is remembered fondly by many as a mentor during his career.

As a 50+ year resident, Ken loved Redlands and took great pleasure in his involvement in the community: First Congregational Church, Redlands Noon Kiwanis, Meals on Wheels and Redlands Historical Society.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife Doris; his children Ruthanne Williams, Michael and Fionnuala Williams, Jan and George Kukula; his grandchildren Geoffrey Kukula, Meghann Williams, Lauren Kukula and Benjamin Williams. He was a wonderful Husband, Dad & Papa.






P/O John Sherwood Williamson

WAG - 1943-1944  d:October 4, 1944

P/O Williamson was a crew member of S/L Mosley-Williams whose aircraft was the only one to not return from a mining operation to Oslo on the above date.

Williamson's Family gravestone






Flight Lieutenant D. (Dave) Wilson

Pilot F-86 and F104, d; February 22, 2006






Flying Officer W.R. "Willis" Wilson

Pilot d.October 2, 2010


He was the Flight Officer of a Halifax III coded ZL-F based at Leeson(ed:probably Leeming) in 1945. He was shot down on February 21, 1945 (Worms raid) on his 29th mission. He was the only survivor of the crew.He told me once that he walked through Germany for three day trying to make it back to France. He was captured and spent the last months of the war as a POW.

He rarely spoke of the war, only in the last years of his life did I get to hear his story. He told me that when the aircraft exploded, he found himself instantly outside of the airplane tumbling through the air.

After his parachute landing, for the first two days, he hid during daylight and walked at night. Due to the cold temperatures, on the third day he began to walk during daylight. On that third day, he told me that he climbed down a steep hill only to realize that he had entered a German army camp. He walked past a long line of German Infantry waiting to go into their mess tent for food. They stared at him, he kept walking, they did nothing. He made it to the edge of the camp where a German sentry captured him. Will remembered the sentry’s words in English with a German accent: “For you the war is over!”. He spent the last months of the war as a POW.

Not sure what POW camp he was in, but he remembered that a fence through the camp separated the Russian prisoners from the other allied prisoners. The Germans treated the Russians very poorly. Will told me that he would give the Russians food through the fence as they had nothing.

After the War, Will did some barnstorming in Nova Scotia but later re-enlisted in the air force and flew Lancasters with the costal patrol off the East coast of Canada.

Later, he flew Hercules cargo aircraft for PWA. Will retired from flying around 1985 from PWA.

ed: This note from a friend, Gil Carleton who emailed the information. Our thanks.









E.J. (Ernest) Wood

Wireless Air Gunner - 1943- 44 d: ? 2013








Flying Officer Murray (Muzz) Joseph Wongkee

Pilot F-86, d: December 3, 2013


Muzz hero shot


Murray retired from the military after his Short Sevice Commission and joined the Prescott Coast Guard as a pilot where he spent over thirty years before retiring. Murray at 3 Wing in Zweibrücken was an excellent pilot and in his spare time an excellent hockey player.




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Howell Young

Flight Engineer 1943-44 d: ?








Flying Officer D. (Dave) Youzwa

Pilot F-86, d: March, 2009








Flying Officer Emil Zuber

Pilot F-86,T-33 d: November 22, 2011

Emil joined the RCAF in 1951 and was posted to 3(F)Wing,at Zweibrücken, Germany in 1953 where he flew the F-86 with 427 Squadron until 1957. His next posting took him to #2 Advanced Flying School (AFS) as an Instructor on T-33s at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. He left the Air Force in 1958 and joined TCA but was laid off in 1961.




This is a list of personnel who also served with 427 Squadron and we have no further information regarding when they passed away or their military service. Please forward any information that you can add or a story linked to the member. It would be appreciated and posted with the veteran's name.

F/L Mike Bernard, CF-104

Mr. Fred Birchall, WW II

Col. Tony Bosman,CF-104

Mr. Clarence Cameron,WW II

MR. Carroll Chapman, WW II

MR. Lloyd Crewson, WW II

MR. Harvey Davidson, WW II

S/L Stu Deacon,Sabre

MR. John DeLalla,WW II

Col Jim Dunlop,CF-104

MR. Rocky Durocher,WW II

Mr. Howard Edmonds, WW II

Capt Myron Filyk, CF-104

L/Col. Fitz Fitzsimmons, CF-104

MR. Ewart Forde,WW II

MR. Frost,WW II

W/C Lyte Gervais, Sabre

MR Al Graham,WW II

MR. Jack Grainge, WW II

A/C John Gray,WW II

MR. Robert Greener,WW II

Mrs. Thomas Hanna,WW II

MR. Jerry Huston, WW II

F/L Don Ingram, Sabre

MR. John Jarvis, WW II

S/L Dennis Jennings, WW II

MR. Kaye,WW II

F/L Dick Kaye,CF-104

F/L Doug Kleisinger,Sabre

W/C Hal Knight, Sabre/CF-104

MR. Robert Lagerquist, WW II

MR. Charles Laing, WW II

MR. Wilfred Larson, WW II

MR. Roy Lawlor, WW II

F/L Lucky Lawson,CF-104

F/L Arnie Leiter, Sabre

S/L Ken Lewis,Sabre

F/O Keld Lysholm, Sabre

Dr. Ron MacKay, WW II

MR. Norman MacMillan, WW II

MR. Kenneth Maltman, WW II

MR. Bill Maslen, WW II

MR. Joseph Massicotte, WW II

F/L Gerald McCully,Sabre

F/L Don McGowan, CF-104

Ms. Grace McRae, WW II

MR. Tiny Merritt, WW II

F/L Ted Millar, CF-104

MR. Ernie Murray, WW II

MR. Alex Nethery, WW II

F/O Ed Noga, Sabre

F/L Bob Prescott, CF-104

MR. Murray Pura, WW II

MR. David Quilley, WW II

MR. Leslie/Lofty Rogers, WW II

MR. Albert (Al) Rowe, WW II

MR.Ed Rowe,Sabre

Maj Ed Rozdeba, Sabre/CF-104

MR. Donald Runciman, WW II

MR. Mike Russnak, WW II

MR. George Schellenberg, WW II

MR. Bill Schmitt, WW II

Capt Slim Schneider, CF-104

F/L Bruce Sheasby, CF-104

Maj. Wally Sloan,CF-104

MR. Geoffrey Slocombe, WW II

MR. James Smith, WW II

MR. Alan Steel, WW II

MR. Suter, WW II

MR. John Tribe, WW II

MR. Stan Turner, WW II

MR. Thomas Van Scoy, WW II

MR. William Williamson, WW II

F/O Bob Wilson-Freeborn, Sabre

Capt Bill Wright, CF-104

MR. Dean Wright, WW II

 

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