Summer 1942 – No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mont-Joli, Quebec

Preserving the past… No.9 Bombing and Gunner School – 1942

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

Courtesy of Mark Cote whose father, Leonard E. J. Cote was a air gunner during World War Two.

More tomorrow.

On this photo, this is the information David Young added…

Fairey Battle S/N 1794 of the 9 B&GS at Mont Joli……

On the 4th July 1942, the Battle 1794 struck the airfields boundary fence during its take-off and the undercarriage sustained damage. During the subsequent landing the undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft was damaged further. Initially it was thought repairable but this was not confirmed and the aircraft was cannibalised for spares. The three crew members survived uninjured…..
(Clipped Wings Vol 2)

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“MacRoberts Reply” crash 1942 – Gals Klint

“MacRoberts Reply” crash 1942 – Gals Klint

There is a Canadian airman buried there, he is a pilot P/O W.F. Hull.

More information here.

Hampden I AE148 crashed Sanderum 11/12-1941.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 408 Sqn. and was coded EQ-B.
T/O 17:15 Balderton. OP: Gardening Kiel Bay.

At 21:00 hours the aircraft crashed in a field between Dyrup and Sanderum near Odense. Apparently the aircraft exploded before hitting the ground and parts of the aircraft as well as parts of human beings were found spread over quite a large area.
The aircraft seems to have still been carrying the mines when exploding since a crater 6 x 12 meter wide and 3 meters deep was found in the field. The crew of four died.

During the evening the remains of Sgt Lynn Harding and Sgt Samuel Jamieson were found in the field while the remains of Pilot P/O William Francis Hull RCAF and Sgt Duncan Luin Todd RNZAF were found in the wreck the next day.
They were laid to rest in Odense Assistens Cemetery on 15/12-1941 at 09:00. The graveside ceremony was performed by a German Field priest and no Danes except Mayor Werner, Vice Mayor Christensen and Head of Police Seldorf were allowed to enter the cemetery while this was done.



On 11 December 1941 HAM AE148 crashed at Sanderum near Odense in connection with a minelaying operation over the Kiel Bay. All on board were killed.
In Sanderum this monument from 1949 is now here, about 100 m east of the crash site. In 1941 it was in a field. Now there are houses. (Source: Bent Henriksen)
The German attitude to the burial of airmen changed during the war!

“On 15 December 1941 at 10 a.m. the burial of the 4 airmen took place as a German military burial carried out by a German army chaplain.

Mayor I. V. Werner and Chief Constable H. M. V. Seldorf attended the ceremony from the Danish side, while the Garrison Commander-in-Chief, Colonel Mikkelsen and about 30 officers, who, unannounced, had come for the ceremony, were ordered to leave by the Germans about 20 minutes before the start of the burial.

The ceremony started from the chapel of rest where a German guard of honour stood at the 4 coffins. From here the coffins were carried to the plot by German soldiers.
A German company of honour led the procession. At the grave a German army chaplain made a funeral oration and officiated at the graveside. Then the coffins were lowered to drum rolls and horn chorales. Then a salute of honour was fired over the grave.

According to German custom the German officers, the two Danish civil servants and engineer Jørgen Christensen, member of the City Council, also sprinkled earth
on the graves. Inscribed wreaths were laid by the Danish and the German side. The great crowd of people who had attended the burial at a distance were allowed to
enter the cemetery after the ceremony.” (Source: FAF)

5 days later the inspector of cemeteries writes in his diary:
“There is a constant flow of people to our new soldiers’ graves with wreaths and bunches of flowers. The 4 wreaths from the Germans are continually covered, but the Germans bring them out again every day.”

About AE148

With a wrong caption about the crash…


Vi har gennem de seneste år været på Hindsgavl Festival og i Batteriplantagen jævnligt været forbi mindelunden for det engelske Stirling fly “MacRobert Reply”, der styrtede ned i 1942. Interessen for historien om dette fly har fået mig til at “grave” dybere og skrive denne lille beretning.

Kortudsnit Gals Klint

Kortudsnit af Fyn med den gamle Lillebæltsbro: (5) mindelund hvor “MacRoberts Reply” styrtede,  (6) Hindsgavl hvor den overlevende forbrændte flyver Don Jeff blev plejet, senere overført til tysk militærhospital.

Hindsgavls logo. – Mindelunden for det styrtede fly. – Mindesten over de dræbte flyvere.

WWII Today2

World War II today kan man læse om “MacRoberts Reply” sidste mission 18. maj 1942 der endte med fatal crash ved Gals Klint.  Stirling bombeflyet fra RAF’s 15. Squadron, havde været på et mineudlægningstogt til Øresund. Det blev under missionen ramt af antifuftskyts (flak), hvorpå det med en motor i brand satte kursen mod vest. Ved Lillebæltsbroen blev flyet…

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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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