The story of Avro Manchester R5795

A story from a blogger friend

Paol Soren

The following story began, for me, when I picked up an old book on a second-hand bookshop. The story is The most interesting search for G.P.T.

It was cold on the morning of 18 December 1941.  The sun rose at 0913 over in the South-East and the crew of Avro Manchester R5795 were all on board. For the Flight Engineer, Sgt Gwynne Thomas, the excitement was palpable – this was his first flight over enemy territory. Gwynne was in a fold down seat next to the pilot, Neville Stokes, and behind him was the Navigator, Tom Wade. These were the three Aussies.

Sitting next to Tom was John Conn the Wireless operator, and at the nose of the plane was the forward gun operated by Isaac (Ike) Hewitt. Ike was a Canadian. When the plane reached the target it was Ike’s job to leave his gun, lie down with…

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Madoc Born Hero Killed in the Flight for Freedom

Honouring the Fallen

Heroes of Hastings

Reginald Harvey Carleton: J23360 RCAF

                                     By: Brock Kerby

2042650_1 Flying Officer Reginald Harvey Carleton, Killed March 1944. Photo curiosity of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

During the Second World War, many brave men left their families to protect our freedom against evil. Leaving their small rural communities and joining a larger community of bothers in arms. This marked the second major conflict worldwide between countries in the starts of the 20th century – Brock Kerby, 2018

locat Google Earth of the sky view of Kingston and street view of the Carleton residence. Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947 Docuements

David Roy Carleton of Roslin,ON and his wife Murrilla Maude Bassett of  Madoc gave birth to their second son Reginald on October 14, 1921. Reginald lived in Madoc for a duration of 4 year and eventually his family relocated…

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Sergeant Robert Brookes’ Collection – RCAF 439 Squadron

439 Squadron

439 Squadron arrived at Bournemouth, England in December, 1943, as the overseas successor to 123 Army Cooperation Training Squadron. After a short stay at Wellingore, the Squadron moved to Ayr, Scotland in January, 1944 (it was in Ayr that 439 joined 143 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force). Three months later the Tigers moved to Hum, on the south coast of England. Throughout these deployments, 439 carried out operational training in the ground attack role on Hurricane IVs and Typhoons.

The Squadron carried out pre D-Day operations from Hum and Funtington. On 27 June they moved across the Channel to Lantheuill, France. During the Battle of Normandy the Squadron flew 1063 sorties on Typhoons in support of the ground forces. Later on in the war, 439 saw a series of deployments to: St Andre de l’Eure (France), Amiens (France), Melsbroek (Belgium), Eindhoven (Holland), Goch (Germany), Celle Germany) and Flensburg (Germany). The Squadron finally returned to England on 22 August 1

Source of the above information

Sergeant Robert Brookes’ Collection – RCAF 439 Squadron

Here’s CANAV Books Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Booklist … Have a Close Look!

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Good day to all CANAV fans and readers!
You’ll want to take a good look at CANAV’s new booklist. This season has several outstanding new titles from detailed histories of Found Brothers Aviation to Okanagan Helicopters, the Norwegian air training plan in Canada during WWII, and RCAF Station Bagotville through the decades. Besides such top books, we’re also offering Rich Hulina’s magnificent new Vol.2 of Bush Flying Captured. Talk about a magnificent book! Also, check out the CANAV deals, everything from Canada’s Air Force at War and Peace Vols.1-3 at 1/2 price, Air Transport in Canada at $60 off and The Canadair Sabre at $10 off (not to forget about CANAV’s free book” offer on p.4). So … here you go. You won’t go wrong by jumping in to enrich your aviation library today!

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CF-104 Warbird Emerges

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Forgotten no more

The reason I have been writing since 2009.

Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire - No. 62 “Beaver” (Operational) Base)

History has forgotten most of the unsung heroes. Every veteran who came back alive had stories to tell, but most kept them hidden from friends and family fearing they would not believe them or that those stories were too painfull to share.

interrogation after a sortie

Since 2009 I have been writing about such stories.

The first was about a sixteen year-old kid who had lied about his age to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy back in 1944. He was my wife’s uncle who told for the first time in 2009 he was a stoker on HMCS Athabaskan. I was never able to verify his story, but I believe he never made up a story about HMCS Athabaskan who was torpedoed on April 29th, 1944.

This morning someone wrote me and asked me if I was related to Donald Hickson about whom I had dedicated this blog in 2016.

Hi Chris,


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