Everyone who went to war is a hero in my book…
Eddy was one of them, just as his brother Larry who died on December 18, 1944.
This is Eddy on the left on his way to Bermuda.
This is the original picture before I made some minor modifications.
Eddy had written this caption…
Me on way to Bermuda from Elizabeth City, North Carolina in a Catalina flying boat in the bubble at rear
Eddy died on December 24, 2010 and rejoigned his brother Larry.
He shared a lot of pictures he had about his war time service in the Ferry Command.
I never got around to ask him permission to share these pictures with my readers but I know he would have given it.
These pictures are precious mementos. Click on each to zoom in.
Eddy was stationed in Bermuda in 1942 and 1943.
Darrell’s Island Bermuda our base
Eddy had this caption…
Flying over I took a picture of it and the Pan AM, BOAC BASE, from the Coronado flying boat which was piloted by Wing Commander Mo Ware, OBE. DFC. on a test flight. Only 1 PBM at anchor and one on the ramp. We were flying in CORONADO JX 740 (which was a 4 motor flying boat, our first one) (Received on Apr. 4th, 1943). This was a training and test flight. They were new to us. They had to have 40 hours test flight and inspections done in Bermuda and it was used for local training for a while as well. It departed for Halifax (Dartmouth) on April 16th, 1943) and from there to Gander Lake, Iceland and Scotland or Gibraltar. These were used for transport of goods and passenger were unarmed.
Eddy had this to say about this picture…
One of many that was ferried to Prestwick Scotland during 1943.
He also added this…
One like this sank off this island, one airman drowned (failed to inflate life jacket). I rescued him too late.
I will post more of Eddy’s pictures next week since these kind of pictures are very rare.
There are only a few like this one that can be could found on the Internet…
Photograph from Wing Commander Mo Ware, Commanding Officer of RAF forces in Bermuda during the War
To learn more about Bermuda during the war, click here…