REST IN PEACE, AL WILSON…

REST IN PEACE, AL WILSON…

  A wonderful supporter of our website has passed away.  Al Wilson, the cartoonist who, along with his wife, Carol, generously gave us permission to share the collection with all of you has passed away.  We know that they regularly checked out each month’s edition…         “Al served 35 years in the RCAF as Armament Systems Technician and Technician Armament.  He was a cartoonist for the military newspapers and Shelburne Coast Guard for many years.  He was awarded the Order of Military Merit and recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and his 50 year pin from the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 148 Clark’s Harbour.  Al dedicated much time and expertise to the Remembrance Day Services and to visiting schools during Remembrance Day week.  Al volunteered in many organizations in his community including being Justice of the Peace for 5 years.” Online condolences may be sent to huskilson@ns.aliantzinc.ca or you may sign the guest book at www.huskilson.net. We will continue to honour Al’s work each...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ FEBRUARY

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue.        ...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ JANUARY

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue.        ...
RCAF 415 SQUADRON

RCAF 415 SQUADRON

415 Squadron was formed at Thorne Island, England, on August 21,1941. It was initially equipped with the Hamden bomber used in the torpedo attack role.     From 1941-1943 the squadron was involved in attacking anything the enemy sailed from the Bay of Biscay to the North Sea. They attacked everything from the simple coastal freighter to the fuel barges. They also went for fishing boats and the E- boats, even attacking German and Italian destroyers. On the 10th of April,1943, five Hampdens successfully completed a torpedo attack on the Italian blockade runner “Himalaya”. She was escorted in the Bay of Biscay by eight German warships. This attack and many more much like it resulted in the squadron during this 2 year period receiving many medals for heroism and bravery.     1943 saw the squadron being re-equipped with a duo of aircraft. They could not have been more different; Wellington bombers equipped two of the flights.     The other flight received the Fairey Albacore. The squadron was now based at Bircham Newton. This Canadian squadron was chosen because of the fighting reputation that the Canadians in Europe had. The type of missions they would be flying needed a drive and conviction that even today the Canadians are known for. The Fairey Albacore was the last biplane flown by the allies in combat. it was however, ideally suited to these missions. It could carry either a single torpedo or 750 lbs of bombs. 90% of the sorties were against light to medium size shipping and the crews chose bombs delivered by shallow dive bombing.     By D-day,...