Paulson, Manitoba… Alive and well

Read the last comments…

First comment…

My mother Eileen D. Stewart was there.

She married Sgt. C. Armstrong an army paymaster.

If you had contact with either please let me know.

Second comment…

Post her name. If anything comes up let me know. I have pics of my mother in uniform. I also have pics of her in civies and my father in uniform with other army n.c.o.s. She packed shutes and operated Teletype.

Thanks.

Lest we forget

Last Post from Paulson, Manitoba

Well sort of…

In the Paulson Post, November 1943 we can read that P/O Gagnon is sent over to England.

Eugène Gagnon 1921-1947

I think everything has been said about this unknown French-Canadian Mosquito pilot with No. 23 Squadron.

I will now concentrate my effort with my new blog about RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

Please visit my blog for exclusive pictures of the men who flew with this Spitfire squadron.

Of course if you know something more about Paulson, Manitoba, you can always write a comment below and I will be more than happy to answer you.

Flight Lieutenant F. Buchanan

I found this about Flight Lieutenant F. Buchanan. He was in the picture taken by Norm Pringle in the 1940s.

Flight Lieutenant Buchanan is on the right

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT F. BUCHANAN

Our O.C. Gunnery is a native Manitoban born at Griswold.

Served for the Bank of Montreal from 1919 to 1925. The travel itch then siezed him and he landed up in California serving as an Accountant with an Accounting Firm.

In 1927, he “took to the Air” under the instruction of “Speed”‘ Johnson the famous barnstormcr.

In 1928 he joined the Curtiss Wright Flyinq Service as an Accountant and in 1932 served as Assistant Manager of the Curtiss Wright Grand Central Air Terminal at Los Angeles. then under the noted Major Moseley.

Joined the R.C.A.F. in December. 1940, was at Picton and at “Mosspuss”. Is now O.C. Gunnery and enjoys taking pot-shots at previous records. F/L Buchanan even took time off last summer to manage the formidable Officers’ Softball Team and piloted them through to their many (?) victories. Is also a popular and frequent member of the “circle” in the Mess –

Good flying, Sir.

Source: Paulson Post February 1943

Fairey Battle anecdote

My friend Thibaut in Belgium wrote me…

Hi Pierre, full of Battles on Paulson airfield !!!

That made me remember that a Canadian Veteran is now in Brussels.

In May 1940, the Belgian Air Force used the Fairey Battle but that aircraft was already obsolescent and the fact the Battles operated in a sky controlled by the German Lutwaffe leaded to disastrous raids by Belgian and British Battles on the bridges of Veldwezelt and Vroenhoven. The results was six aircraft shotdown on a total of nine sent to attack the bridges.

The Army Museum in Brussels intended to acquire aircrafts used by the Belgian Air Force in 1940.

The presence of a Fairey Battle in Brussels is so a small miracle…

and the Battle was…

Canadian.

The Fairey Battle R3950 was build in 1939 by Austin Motors in Longbridge (UK).

The aircraft was delivered to Canada on April, 7th 1941 (RCAF 1899) and used until February 16th, 1945 to be sold to Mr MacDonald in Alberta. In 1970, the aircraft was acquired by Tony Vollwho planned to restore the aircraft to airworthy condition. Sold in 1972 to the Strathallan Collection and later to Charles Chrurch in 1987. Loaned to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford and painted as HA-L in 1988, later sold to Historic Aircraft Collection and exchanged with the Army Museum in Brussels.

The Battle was delivered by a Belgian Air Force C130 H Hercules on May 3rd, 1990.

From http://www.bamfbamrs.be/Battle/FaireyBattleR3950.htm

Thibaut

The photo is mine, you use it as and if you want.