Remembering Tom Walton

Remembering Tom Walton and 424 Squadron

Preserving the Past

This is a research that was done by Clarence Simonsen. It was originally posted here on my blog Lest We Forget II. Why Lest We Forget II? Because I had a blog called Lest We Forget. Since I did not have anymore space to add more pictures, I had to create another blog.

When Clarence asked me to put his research on Lest We Forget II, I had this great idea…

Create his own blog for him called Preserving the Past.

This is what was originally posted on Lest We Forget II, but there is a little surprise at the end.

Research and story by Clarence Simonsen

The original “Hamilton Tigers” motto [Noli me Tangere] ‘Touch Me Not’ and Tiger Head badge represented the City of Hamilton and the very first squadron [No. 19] formed in this city. The badge never flew in the City of Hamilton.

No. 19…

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A WWII Native American Nurse in the ETO – Intermission Story (15)

Such a touching story

Pacific Paratrooper

Lt. Ryan

The short, soft-spoken former Army nurse was asked how she coped with the harsh realities of working in an Army hospital in war-torn Europe during World War II.

You could hear a pin drop as this 96-year-old veteran nurse stood under the shade of a small tent outside the Fort Meade Museum at Sturgis, South Dakota on 7/17/16.    Without hesitation, Marcella LeBeau responded, “I didn’t have time to worry. I had work to do. There were patients to care for, transfusions to be done, and there were buzz bombs overhead. I just didn’t have time.”

She shared stories of her experiences during World War II, from the D-Day landings at Normandy to the historic “Battle of the Bulge” that helped change the direction of the war.

Marcella Ryan LeBeau’s story began on the Cheyenne River Reservation at Promise, South Dakota, where she was one of…

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Missing since September 3rd 1942


Les souvenirs de guerre de Gérard Pelletier

Missing but never forgotten


About the artist

Hi, I’m Harry and I’ve created this page to showcase my efforts in colouring old black/white photographs. Just for fun!

I’ve long been interested in history, especially that of WW2 aviation, so after coming across the likes of communities like Colourising History and a variety of very talented artists, I decided I’d like to try my hand at this.
I do this for fun: I get a sense of satisfaction when I finally complete an image, but what I really like is how a coloured image can make the history it shows somehow more real… or perhaps more ‘relevant’ would be a better term as I find it makes said history easier to connect with. A colourised photo can remind us that the portrayed person isn’t just some distant, long dead curiosity but was once a living, breathing human being…

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Five Other Pilots who flew Hurricane 5389 and who did not Survive the War

There were five other pilots who flew Hurricane 5389 and who did not survive the war… (The link in green will direct you to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial Website).


P/O R. H. Brown flew Hurricane 5389 on 14 July 1943 



F/L E. H. Treleaven flew Hurricane 5389 on 19 February 1943



F/Sgt. A. J. Ness flew Hurricane 5389 on 6 February 1943 



 Sgt. Gaskin R. A. flew Hurricane 5389 on 22 February 1943



P/O R.R. Law flew Hurricane 5389 on  6 May 1943 


F/Sgt. L. R. Allman flew Hurricane 5389 on 14 May 1943

More about Ronald Alistair Gaskin (source CVWM)