By Wayne Ralph
A party and a tribute to the soldiers of the air who as younger males served their nation with unselfish devotion. listen their phrases. sign up for those younger Canadians in combat.AN EXCERPT FROM THE ACCOUNT OF team CAPTAIN RAYNE SCHULTZ, 410 SQUADRON.
It used to be heading domestic very quickly, a Junkers 188, in skinny cloud, good out over the North Sea. We hit it badly, and it used to be flaming, two-three hundred yards [of] flames streaming behind... my navigator, being a serious-minded person stated, "Let's get in nearer and take an outstanding examine it, because it is a special form of plane and that i can document on it once we get down." So I closed in, which was once the stupidest factor I ever did....
The mid-upper gunner used to be no longer useless; he used to be sitting within the flames. the following factor I observed the gun traversing down towards us. I broke as speedy as i'll, yet he placed 40 to forty-four 13mm cannon shells into us. I had pistons blown out of 1 engine and the consistent velocity unit blown out within the different. We have been going to bail out! We jettisoned the door and the navigator used to be midway out whilst the chap got here again from the floor regulate Intercept (GCI) and acknowledged, "There is a strength nine to ten sea and we'll by no means find a way [to rescue] you."
So we introduced that plane again to Bradwell Bay and that i can let you know it close to flew back. My navigator used to be wounded, bleeding from the face. i'll see the engines operating pink scorching, one was once really working on molten metal... the whole lot gleaming inside of. The air bottles have been shot away and that i had no brakes for touchdown. The Mosquito used to be in ribbons
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303 machine guns, and they were no match against Me262s equipped with 30mm cannons. It was one of these jet ﬁghters that destroyed Bruce Maclennan’s aircraft. 21 A c e s , Wa r r i o r s 2 Pe t e Mc Ma r t i n . ” The Vancouver Sun. Courtesy of DND Directorate of History, Ottawa The news of Bruce’s death came as a stunning blow to Ian after he had survived the war himself, and it made him deeply angry and despairing. He remembered a sweet, nice kid who was unable to tell even a simple joke without cracking up before the punchline.
Because of this, Wally kind of adopted me. He witnessed and conﬁrmed my ﬁrst victory in Malta, so that put me in good standing with him ... ” He liked Canadian pilots. McLeod’s family was also known to the Smiths in Regina. Rod and Jerry’s mother, Blanche, knew Wally’s mother when they were growing up. Born in December 1915, Wally was six years ahead of Rod and Jerry in school. When McLeod, the RCAF’s highest-scoring ace, was killed in September 1944, it was Blanche Smith and daughter Wendy who went to visit the McLeod family to oﬀer condolences.
M. for Mass. When I arrived, 1435 Squadron was forming. Wally McLeod was ﬂight commander of “A” Flight, and later I took over that ﬂight. Wally McLeod’s father was a school inspector in Regina, so my father, who was superintendent of schools, knew him well ... Because of this, Wally kind of adopted me. He witnessed and conﬁrmed my ﬁrst victory in Malta, so that put me in good standing with him ... ” He liked Canadian pilots. McLeod’s family was also known to the Smiths in Regina. Rod and Jerry’s mother, Blanche, knew Wally’s mother when they were growing up.
Aces, Warriors & Wingmen: Firsthand Accounts of Canada's Fighter Pilots in the Second World War by Wayne Ralph