The Vogan File

George Lindsay Vogan,DFC,MA,MDiv,STM,DD(Clergyman/Professor)
Military Service - 1941 - 1945


Born in Wellesley Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, August 21, 1918 to Charles and Ella (nee Coghlin) Vogan. Attended Public School(Millbank, ON), Elementary (Dorking, ON)from 1923-29 and High School at Elmira, ON from 1929-32. From 1932 to 1935 he attended Stratford Collegiate Vocational Institute.

He began as a clerk with R.B. Hamilton's General Store in Millbank, On from 1935 to 36, then from 1936 to 1941 as a Junior and Teller-Accountant in the Bank of Commerce in Atwood, West Monkton and Ayr, ON. During this period he became an Associate member of the Canadian Bankers Association via the Shaw School Limited, Toronto, ON. He joined the RCAF in 1941 and after training was posted in late 1942 to England where he completed his training on bombers. He became a member of 427 Squadron, popularly known as the "Lion" Squadron because of its adoption by MGM. He completed his military career in 1945 with the rank of Squadron Leader after having been elevated to Bomber Leader of fourteen RCAF Squadrons and been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "... act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty preformed while flying in operations against the enemy."


In 1945 he married Dorothy Isobel Skinner, his war bride; at the time he was attending Queens' University. He graduated in 1950 and was ordained by the United Church of Canada. He was then awarded a Travelling Fellowship to Cambridge University in England. Returning to Canada in 1952, he was appointed Minister Janetville-Pontypool Pastoral Charge at the Bay of Quinte, ON. He became a Professor at St, Stephen's College, University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1953 and taught there until 1971. From 1971 to 1972 he was Visiting Lecturer at the North American Baptist College in Edmonton. In 1972 for the next twenty years he was Lecturer and Tutor in Biblical Languages at the Newman Theological College in Edmonton. After retirement he continued as a Consultant in Biblical Languages. He had four children from his first marriage, Philip, Sandra, Stephen and Andrew. Dorothy died in 1971 and in 1975 he married Jeanine Carol Toews.

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Genealogical Comments:

"There is nothing remarkable about the Vogan family. There is probably Viking and Huguenot blood in the background. We fled to Canada in the middle of the last century from the potato famine in Ireland. I am the only member of my immediate family to have finished high school. My career as a teacher is based on three University degrees at the Master's level - on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Ottawa. I have had my share of "glory days": while growing up meeting Lord Baden-Powell as a King's Scout and successfully playing softball, curling, horseshoes and bowling. Academically always doing well, internationally at the top of the class and then teaching across Canada and on four continents. Bombing leader for, initially ,427 Squadron and then later 6 Group. After the war I held positions as Pastor, Hospital Chaplin, Evangilist and Teacher at all levels of religious education including forty years as a Professor/Biblical Theologian leading in research, seminars, retreats, preaching and theme speaker. The motto of my house has always been "Où Dieu vous à semé, il faut savoir fleurir"//You've got to learn how to flower where God has sown you!"

Course 39, Air Observor School 1942 Course 39, Air Observor School 1942 #2

First Crew with 427 Squadron

indian schmitt crew

There are other references to "Indian" Schmitt, the crew Captain, on this site. It appears he was an excellent pilot but enjoyed himself.

Link to reference to Schmitt on 18.2.44 write up

Link to Vern White's and Frank Dennis's comments

First Anniversary Party of the Lions

Ticket to first anniversary party of the lions

Bombing Raid 4/5 February 1943 - Lorient, France

Map of Lorient target token

Bomber Operational Training Unit Staff

OTU staff photo

Retirement Memories