Dunkirk Color Photographs, Hugo Jaeger Collection Part III

These are color photographs taken by German photographer Hugo Jaeger.  They are currently held in the Life Magazine archives.  These were likely taken in May – June 1940. Hugo Jaeger color photographs part I here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/invasion-of-poland-1939-color-photographs-hugo-jaeger-collection-part-i/

Dunkirk Color Photographs, Hugo Jaeger Collection Part III

French Armor Color Photographs, Hugo Jaeger Collection Part II pp

These are color photographs taken by German photographer Hugo Jaeger.  They are currently held in the Life Magazine archives.  These were likely taken in May – June 1940. A pair of knocked out AMR 35 reconnaissance tanks. A Renault FT-17.  The design dated to the First World War but many were still in French service […]

French Armor Color Photographs, Hugo Jaeger Collection Part II

Invasion of Poland 1939 Color Photographs, Hugo Jaeger Collection Part I

These are color photographs taken by German photographer Hugo Jaeger.  They are currently held in the Life Magazine archives. A line-up of captured Polish TKS tankettes. The TKS carried a crew of two and were armed with either a machine gun or 20 mm cannon. An abandoned TK-3 tankette. The unit symbol of an arm […]

Invasion of Poland 1939 Color Photographs, Hugo Jaeger Collection Part I

Jim L’Esperance’s Wartime Log

As a follow-up…

This was given to Jim L’Esperance by the Red Cross. There was a letter sent with the Wartime Log. Life was very harsh for POWs in Marlag und Milag Nord. Food was scarce as well as heating. Jim L’Esperance survived the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan. He came close to being rescued by HMCS Haida. taken […]

Jim L’Esperance’s Wartime Log

W.K. Lawrence

Comment on a post written in 2014…

I am proud to say Ken Lawrence was a dear friend of mine albeit I was like a son to him and his wife Marge. While with the partisans he encountered a Germany patrol who tossed a hand grenade at him, falling just feet from his head. The group of partisans that he was with saw the explosion and assumed he was dead. He was therefore reported dead to the British government and his family. Marge received, posthumously, Ken’s medal from the king. But she never really believed he was killed. He was taken to one of the Marlag camps where he did much of the document forgeries, as he was a brilliant artist. Until he turned up in London after the war no one knew he was still alive. During his time in the POW camp he kept a diary containing day to day activities including one of Churchill’s speeches, and many illustrations of camp activities. That diary somehow got lost during his journey home, but returned to him by, I believe, a Wren who had found it and shared it with her fellow wrens, all of whom could not hold back tears while reading it. After the war Ken was asked to give advice to the film makers during the making of the movie « Above us the waves » about British frogmen. In his youth Ken at one time tried to join the Foreign Legion, but I believe it was his father that got him out as he was underage. During WWII he joined the Royal Navy and volunteered for « Special Services » which he had no idea what it would entail. Despite his willingness to face the unknown and danger he was an extremely quiet man. It was at Marge’s insistence that he would relate his experiences to me and I spent many an wonderful hour listening to him. He also painted an underwater charioteer scene on one wall of their home, the likes of which should be in a gallery for all to see. I did keep contact with Ken and Marge for many years after I immigrated abroad. But now in my eighties I know they must have passed, and had no children of their own. I am very honoured to have know Ken as a friend

This is what I found on the Internet about W.K. Lawrence. But the biggest success for the chariots came three weeks after the fall of Rome in June 1944. A single chariot forced its way through dense anti-submarine nets into La Spezia harbour and sank the last Italian heavy cruiser Bolzano, which the Germans had […]

W.K. Lawrence

Photographs of the Eastern Front in World War Two (5)

About a year ago I bought a DVD with more than 12,000  images of World War Two . Most of them were either Russian or German. This first photograph shows a little Russian boy who appeared in one of the previous photographs in the Blog Post “Photographs of the Eastern Front in World War Two […]

Photographs of the Eastern Front in World War Two (5)

Lt. Gerald « Andy » Anderson RCNVR; the Last Canadian

While Gerald Anderson didn’t receive a Victoria Cross, nor is his loss particularly commemorated, ultimately the price he paid was fully equal to Robert Gray’s, and was indeed equal to all of those who died and so deserves an equal measure of commemoration. That is why the model below is Gerald Anderson’s Corsair, not Robert Gray’s.

Lt. Gerald « Andy » Anderson RCNVR; the Last Canadian

December 24, 1942 The Padre of Guadalcanal — Today in History

1st division Marines soon learned that, to “Padre” Gehring, this was no rear echelon ministry. During a particularly intense fire fight, one Marine dove for a foxhole only to find the Padre, already there. On spotting the crucifix around his neck the Marine asked, “Padre, what are you doing here?”. Where else would I be?”, came the reply.

December 24, 1942 The Padre of Guadalcanal — Today in History

Greetings from the Netherlands – Flight Lieutenant  Edward Grant Aitchison

Martin had adopted Grant Aitchison’s grave. He sent me this.

Good evening Pierre,

Some time ago we were in touch when I adopted the grave of Canadian pilot E.G. Aitchison and today was the candles on war graves evening again. First covid free event after 2 years.

I attached a picture of the grave I adopted and I was thinking you may want to see it. We just took it at the cemetery when the ceremony was over.

I wish you a nice Christmas and some good time with your family.

Take care.

Greetings from the Netherlands.


Original post

Hi,

I am named after Grant Aitchison and I sent those pictures of Grant to a government site.

When my Dad George Wissler passed away I found Grant’s picture in his wallet. I think he carried it until the day he died. He wrote that on the back of the picture.

Dad was with 424 Squadron and they flew 34 trips and all got back alive.

I found out Grant was buried in Holland just after I had been on an Oldtimers hockey trip to Holland and our bus had driven right past the cemetery where he was.

I didn’t know how he died. Awful and so near the end of the war too. There was a lady in Elora named Mary Scott, a close family friend, who used to call me « Little » Grant every time she saw me when I was growing up. She never married and I think she pined for Grant Aitchison all her life even though he was married I see.

Regards,

Grant John Wissler

It was about this post…

Putting all of Walter Neil Dove’s pictures and his logbook online is a way to reach out and to share information with relatives of airmen who were part of RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

Flight Lieutenant Tommy Todd was the first airman known by someone who wrote a comment.

His best friend Tony Cannell wrote us last month, and last week, Tommy Todd’s grandson wrote a comment when he saw pictures of his grandfather.

F/L Aitchison is another pilot’s name found in Greg’s grandfather’s logbook.

He was forced landed near Deist on December 31, 1944.

Click the image for a larger view.

Flight Lieutenant Edward Grant Aitchison’s name would appear later in the logbook.

That time F/L Dove will write how Flight Lieutenant Aitchison died.

In memory of

Flight Lieutenant

EDWARD GRANT AITCHISON

who died on March 31, 1945

Military Service:

Service Number: J/8387
Age: 26
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 403 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of John A. and Louise Aitchison. Husband of Bronwen M. Aitchison, of Elora, Ontario.

These pictures were on the site.

This is what was in Walter Neil Dove’s logbook.

March 31, 1945

F/L Aitchison Bailed Out over Rhur…

Was beaten to death by SS…

 

Cessna Ce.172 “Archaeology”

2022 Canav-Booklist 1-canav-booklist-fall_winter-2022Download One of history’s all time great airplanes is the Cessna Ce.172. First flown on June 12, 1955, into 2022 more than 45,000 have been produced. One of the  claims about this very pretty, lovely-to-fly 4-seater is that it is the most successful airplane in world history. Confederation College at the Lakehead recently […]

Cessna Ce.172 “Archaeology”