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The following names are the men of 201, 280, 422 and 423 Squadrons who have taken their "Final Flight"

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
                     And danced the skies of laughter-silvered wings

Fellows, F.G "Jerry"
RCAF-Sunderland Pilot, 422/423 Squadrons
January 1, 2009
FELLOWS, Lt./Col. F. Gerald - Jerry was born at his Palmerston Street home in Sarnia on January 23, 1920 to Frank and Mary Ann Fellows. He was followed by two younger brothers, Joe (Dora) and Fred (June).
He graduated from St. Joseph's, SCITS and Sarnia Business College before moving to Toronto to work as a bookkeeper at the Windsor Arms hotel.
In August 1940 he started his 29-year career with the Air Force when he enrolled in the RCAF and completed basic training at the Exhibition grounds in Toronto. After flight school he made his first solo flight in January 1941 and completed his first overseas operations that December.
After surviving an encounter with a German submarine, Jerry and his crew were celebrating at a dance in Belfast, Ireland. Although the crew was bandaged and bruised, Jerry didn't have a scratch on him. He spotted Aileen Grant and asked her for a dance, which led to their whirlwind courtship before Jerry's return to England. Jerry came back to Ireland at Christmas with a ring in his pocket for Aileen and the two were married on April 14, 1945.
Following the war, Jerry returned to Canada in July and was joined by his bride a few months later. He continued his Air Force career as a liaison officer at the Canadian Embassy in Washington and he was assigned to the Pentagon with the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a test pilot and Commanding Officer of the RCAF Squadron at the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment in Suffield, Alberta and Commander of the BOMARC surface-to-air missile base in North Bay. He was honourably released from the Air Force in June of 1969.
On his return to Sarnia in 1968 he worked as the Emergency Measures Co-ordinator for the City and the County and as a warehouse manager at Sears.
Jerry was the proud father of three daughters, Geraldine (Wayne) Picken, Norma Fellows and Maureen (Don) Waters. In 2006, the three girls lovingly revisited the area outside City Hall in Belfast where Jerry proposed to Aileen, the Holy Cross Church where they were married and the Gresham Hotel in Dublin where they honeymooned.
Jerry was the best Poppa in the world to John, Chris, Little Moe, Aileen, Matthew, Meghan and Daniel as well as nine great-grandchildren.
He was an active volunteer for many years with St. John's Ambulance and Senior VIP.
On January 1, 2009, surrounded by family, Jerry took a final look at the love of his life and wife of 63 years and flew to eternal peace on the wings of his Guardian Angel. We will miss him forever.
Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Monday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 celebrated by Fr. Tom Lever. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Air Force Association, the Royal Canadian Legion or Bluewater Health, Palliative Care would be appreciated.

RCAF 422 Squadron
Feb. 26, 1999
(My grandfather, F.G. Fellows was 2nd pilot to Mr. Patton during his time with 422 at Oban)

Bruce Witney
RCAF-Sunderland Pilot, 423 Squadron
December 2006
Mr. Witney was 2nd pilot to my grandfather on a number of occasions. Bruce was "Handed The Can" by my grandfather, after his tour was finished. There is a photo of this event found on the page " Castle Archdale Successes "

PORTEOUS, Donald Frederick
RCAF 422 Sqn.
August 6, 1918 August 24, 2010
Don passed away quietly at Oak Bay Lodge in Victoria. He will be lovingly remembered by Fern, his wife of 62 years, his children Lee, Neil, Laraine (Shedden), Janice (& Jack) and by his good friend and son-in-law Frank Shedden. He is survived by his brothers Bob and Stewart and his grandchildren Bonnie, Lindsay and Lee (& Fiona), as well as his great grandchildren Raine and Cleo. He is predeceased by brothers Duncan and Malcolm. Don was born in Pangman, Saskatchewan and grew up in Halbrite, playing hockey and baseball, and doing chores such as picking potato bugs for a nickel a bucket and hunting gophers. He followed his father into banking and remembered well the dust storms, locusts and bank closures during the days before WWII. He continued to play hockey (traveling with his teammates in horse drawn sleighs to games in neighbouring towns), baseball and softball in the various towns where he was stationed, and, with a friend, even built a tennis court so they could try that game. He was transferred to the Nelson, BC branch of the Imperial Bank where he worked until war broke out. He enlisted as soon as he could and became a pilot of amphibious planes deployed in England, Ireland and Nova Scotia to search for enemy submarines and protect convoys crossing the Atlantic, with the 422nd Squadron. When the war ended he returned to Nelson where he married and his children were born. In Nelson, he served on the Recreation Commission, the School Board and as an alderman for two terms. He worked with the elections office during a number of elections, eventually serving as Chief Returning Officer for the West Kootenays for two of them. His interests were varied and after he left the bank to create his own accounting business, he tried prospecting, mining, a paving company, a mobile home park, and a soft ice cream outlet, amongst other ventures. He loved television and had one of the first sold in Nelson. He bought one of the first colour TV sets when they became available, so that he could see "the blood on the saddle " during "Bonanza " episodes. He read three newspapers a day until a stroke in 2007 made that difficult but he still followed politics and sports and was willing to discuss either whenever an opportunity presented itself. He was an avid curler for many years and his crew was successful in each bonspiel until they would meet up with their nemesis, the "Stone Rink ". He was also an umpire for Little League and a member of the Nelson Tennis Club, eventually being made a Life Member. Although he would golf with Fern, tennis was his sport of choice and after moving to Victoria in 2000 he regularly played with "the gang " at Beacon Hill Park courts and with the "Racketeers " at Carnarvon Park. When he could no longer play, his tennis friends arranged special celebrations for his 90th, 91st and 92nd birthdays at "their " coffee shop, which he enjoyed immensely. He was a generous man with a good sense of humour and will be missed at the gatherings of friends and family that he enjoyed so much. The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Bay Lodge for the care and friendship they gave Don during his stay there and especially during his final illness.

RCAF 423 Squadron
March 9, 2008
NYKOLA MARKOWSKY (NICK) Nykola (Nick) Markowsky passed away peacefully at home, on March 9, 2008 at the age of 84 years, with his wife Lola (Lolly) by his side. He was predeceased by his daughter, Judy; father, John; sister, Anne; mother, Wasylena; brothers, John, William John and Bohdan. He leaves to celebrate his life: his wife and lifelong partner of 57 years, Lola (Lolly), daughter Lynda (John) Fulton, only grand daughter Laryssa, and brother Fred (Ruth) Markowsky of Wakaw, SK. Many nieces, nephews and friends will also cherish his memory. Born December 11, 1923 Nick grew up in Rosthern, SK. At the age of 17, Nick proudly enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force 423 Squadron. After the Air Force Nick settled in Prince Albert where he met Lolly at the City Market. Thus began their lifelong partnership of marriage and commitment to the grocery business and each other. Nick was at the cutting edge of wholesale grocery stores when he and his business partner started the LOCOMART Retail Food Warehose in Yorkton, SK. Lolly and he worked side by side to make their life's ventures a success. The stores expanded to Saskatoon, Brandon, Selkirk and Winnipeg. Nick retired from groceries in the mid seventies, which allowed him and Lolly to travel extensively including a once in a lifetime trip to Japan with the Winnipeg Jets, Scotland, England and many of the resort islands. In the seventies Nick and his brother Bill also returned to the Ukraine to visit their homeland. A celebration of Nick's life will be held Friday, March 14, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the kindness, care and support provided by Dr. A. N. Schroeder, Dr. Pat Harris, Dr. George Hutfluss and Dr. N. MacEarhern to Nick over the past several years. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Grace Hospital would be appreciated. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel Lawn. The Body is Mortal, but the person dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable.

Pinder, A. Roy April 2007
RCAF-Sunderland Pilot, 423 Squadron
Pinder, A. Roy  
(Veteran, RCAF-Sunderland Pilot, 423 Squadron, Retired-Inspector, Air Regulations, Dept. of Transportation) Peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in his 90th year. Beloved husband for 65 years of Elva. Devoted father of Rick (Nadine), Myrna Cruise (John), Ron (Amy) and Rob (Tina). Dearly loved Grandpa of Ryan, Stephanie, Bryan, Kim, Shannon, Georgie and Oliver. Survived by brothers Bob and Don, and sisters Mary and Jean. Predeceased by older brother John. Son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Pinder of Guelph, ON. In accordance with Roy’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation will take place with private interment of his cremated remains in Ripley, ON, at a later date. For those wishing a donation, in Roy’s memory, to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the doctors, nurses and support workers for their care and kindness.

John Thomas (“Jack”) Warden
RAF 280 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant
January 13th, 2008
WARDEN - Peacefully in London at Parkwood Hospital on January 13th, 2008 John Thomas (“Jack”) Warden of Ingersoll in his 88th year. Beloved husband of the late Bernadette Warden, loving brother of the late Dr. James Warden (Jane) of Newport Beach, California, the late Reverend Robert Warden of Windsor, the late William Warden (Diane) of Toronto, and of Allan Warden (Frances) of Goderich. Cherished father of Allan and his wife Madeleine of Ottawa, John and his wife Carol of Waterdown, David and his wife Lois of St. Thomas, Tom and his wife Paula of Oakville, Margaret Anne and her husband Michael of London, and Mary and her husband David of Barrie. Dearest grandfather of Kathleen, Ashley, Patti, Tammy, Stewart, Shelby, Sarah, Jason and Shannon, uncle, great uncle, and great grandfather. Friends will be received at MCBEATH-DYNES FUNERAL HOME, 246 Thames St. South, Ingersoll on Wednesday January 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with parish prayers at 2:00pm and Royal Canadian Legion service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Ingersoll on Thursday January 17 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund and/or Cadet Core Program or The Alzheimer's Society (Woodstock) would be appreciated by the family. Our family would like to extend sincere thanks to the many people in Ingersoll who performed many acts of kindness for our father over the last few years. Thanks also to his new friends and staff at Longworth Retirement Residence and the caring staff at Parkwood Hospital. Our family would also like to give heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Betty Sebok who was a true friend and companion to Dad over the last few years. Together they shared many happy times and we like to think that Betty helped keep Dad in touch with his “fun side”. Special thanks also to Betty's son, Deacon George Sebok, who brought Dad Holy Communion and tended to his spiritual health. “And so, dad's chapter in the Book of Life has come to an end. His was a life well lived, full of accomplishments of which he and his children can be truly proud. He was officially discharged as a Flight Lieutenant of the No. 280 Squadron Royal Air Force. For 25 years he was involved with municipal politics, former Mayor of Ingersoll, and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No.119. He devoted years of service to separate and public school boards, hospital boards, and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree MSGR. Fuerth Council, No. 2069. His wisdom, counsel, and balance will be missed. As is the case with children and their fathers, it is impossible to remember a time when he was not there and that will make his absence even more pronounced. Each of his children carries within them a scrapbook - a chronicle of tales that defined our individual relationships with him and, in a larger sense, our collective identity as a family. He watched over us all and shared our failures and our triumphs. He advised us, supported us, provided for us, and yes, on occasion corrected us. His commitment to his family was total, unreserved, and it never wavered. He was an airman, a businessman, a politician, and most importantly, a loving husband and father. He leaves behind an enduring legacy of service to his family, his community, and his God. So long Dad - we know you are together again with Mom and, if God has been paying attention, there will be great meals, good cowboy movies, new cars, and old dogs”.
Donald Frederick Porteous
RCAF 422 Squadron
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Victoria, BC

John Charles (Jack) Webster Aug 2007
RCAF 423 Squadron

John Charles (Jack) Webster

It is with great sadness the family announces the peaceful passing of Jack on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at the age of 88. He was a 5 year Veteran of the RCAF-423 Squadron. Much loved husband to Marie for 67 years. Dearest father to Judy & Jim Lilly, Wendy Petersen (Graham) and Patti Webster. Loving grandpa to Jennifer & Neil Haveron, Jim & Chrissy Lilly, David Lilly, and Christopher Petersen (Sandra). Cherished Big grandpa to Kylie, Darby and Ellie Haveron. Jack will be remembered by his many friends at 320 Horner Seniors Centre. Friends will be received at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves., at 14th St., 416-259-3705) on Monday from 2 to 4 pm & 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 2pm. Cremation. Donations may be made to Toronto Community Living, Etobicoke Branch and The Canadian Cancer Society.

RAF 280 Squadron
Air Navigator
June 14, 2008
IAN SUTHERLAND RAMSAY July 13, 1919 June 14, 2008 In loving memory of Ian Ramsay who passed away suddenly at the Poseidon Personal Care Home, Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the age of 88 years. Ian was born in Winnipeg in a house on Lipton Street. His father drowned when Ian was only 14 leaving his mother, a Scottish immigrant, struggling to feed her family. Ian rarely spoke of his early life, except to say that his mother somehow always kept a warm pot of porridge on the stove. In this youth he enjoyed swimming at the Sherbrook pool, because, he said, it was the cheapest entertainment around. Ian became a successful business executive. After leaving high school he took a job with the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1936 as an office boy. He was promoted many times and lived in Calgary, Regina, Vancouver and Toronto before returning to Winnipeg. When he finally retired from the CPR in 1981 he had risen to General Manager, Prairie Region. During the Second World War, Ian served as an air navigator flying patrols over the North Sea in Avro Ansons with 208 Squadron and later in Catalinas based from India with 280 Squadron, RAF. He was an active member of the Wartime Pilots and Observers Association for many years. Ian touched many people in his long life. Ian was predeceased by his beloved first wife Helen, second wife Shirley, brother Alan and sister Jean. He leaves his daughter Carole and sons Donald and David, daughter-in-law Helen and grandson Michael, numerous other relatives and many friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 20, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Interment will following in Waverley Memorial Gardens, 1501 Waverley St. The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff of the Poseidon Personal Care home for the care they gave Ian during his final years. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to the Canadian Save the Children's Fund.

Arthur Holmes August 2007
RCAF 423 Squadron
Holmes, Arthur

Holmes, Arthur Stevens (Steve) - Died on August 13th, 2007 at the Connaught Home in North Hatley, Quebec in his 82nd year after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Dearly loved husband of Betty for 60 years. Loving father of Judith (Maurice Bradley), Hugh (Anne) and Glenn (the late Shelagh). He was predeceased by his son Timothy. Grandfather to Heather, Douglas, Gordon, Michael and Christina. He is survived by his brother Bert (Jean) and sisters-in-law Mary Jean Bean, Barbara Reed and Nancy Elliott (Ken). Steve was born and raised in Montreal. He saw duty during WWII with the R.C.A.F. and served in Coastal Command Squadron #423 in Scotland and Ireland. Upon his return he started an electrical contracting business with his brother Bert. He retired to North Hatley in 1984.Steve was an avid skier and curler. He was a strong supporter of the United Church and a member of the King Edward Masonic Lodge.There will a funeral service at the North Hatley United Church on Saturday August 18th 2007 at 2:00p.m.The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. At Steve's request, cremation has taken place. There will be a private family interment at the Reedsville Cemetery immediately following the service. Sincere thanks are extented to The Connaught Home for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy to a charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

RCAF Pilot Officer 423 Squadron
FIELD, Arthur Edgecombe P.Eng.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing our beloved husband and father on September 7th, 2008 in Southampton, Ontario.
Art was a loving husband to Jean Hamilton for 39 years and the late Mary Stewart for 26 years.
He was a caring father to Barbara (Bill Mann), Virginia, Arthur (Nicole Scott), Ross Hamilton (Adriana de Gouvea), Laura Hamilton (Ray Gormley), Carol Wills, and the late Stewart Field.
Art will be remembered fondly by his grandchildren Jennifer, Jonathan, Kyler, Ella, Sydney, Eva, Sofia, Ashlyn, Catherine, Sam, James, and his great-granddaughter Reese.
Art lived a very full and satisfying life. A graduate of Upper Canada College, he served in the RCAF Squadron 423 as a Pilot Officer in the North Atlantic. He graduated from University of Toronto in 1948 as a civil engineer and had a successful business career in Toronto until his retirement in 1974. Retiring just outside the town of Durham in Grey County, Art established a successful consulting engineering firm, enjoyed farming, was active in the community, and engaged in municipal politics. In 1993 he and his wife Jean relocated to the town of Southampton where Art golfed, curled and was a member of many community organizations.
Art was a passionate reader, a risk- taker, an imaginative thinker and a friend to many. A true gentleman to the end...he will be greatly missed!
A memorial service will be held at the Southampton United church on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital or the Southampton United Church. Arrangements entrusted to the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton

RCAF 423 Squadron
Flying Officer
January 8, 1999

George W. HOOD
RCAF 423 Squadron
June 19, 1994

Sidney G. HASE
RCAF 423 Squadron
June 30, 2003

MALLIN Hyman July 2004
RCAF 423 Squadron

Joe Kilgour
RCAF 423 Squadron

Bill Parker
RCAF 422 Squadron

Colonel Philip Livry-Level
RAF 280 Squadron
December 14 1960
Compagnon de la Liberation, Grand Croix de la Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre 1914-1918, Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, DSO, DFC, United States DFC, French Air Force and RAF
The most decorated French soldier in WW2.
In June 1944, he came back to his home in Normandy to learn that his daughter whom had worked in the secret services, had been arrested and deported.

Jim Wright
RCAF 423 Squadron

RCAF 423 Squadron
Sept 7, 2008

CLARK, Chester Earl Lloyd  April 3, 2009
RCAF 423 Squadron
CLARK, Chester Earl Lloyd - passed away in peace at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Friday, April 3, 2009, at the age of 92 with his family at his side. Chet Clark of Peterborough served his country in WWII in the R.C.A.F. No. 423 Squadron “Quarimus et Petimus” (“We Search and Strike”). Chet enjoyed his sports; he played senior hockey and played with the Peterborough Orpuns Football Team. Beloved husband of Ethel Clark (nee York). Dear father of Dianne Nyznik (Dan), Debbie Veselovsky (Fred), Gregory Clark (Wanda), Brenda Gibbons, Barbara Saunders, Steven Clark (Christine), and Brian Clark (Cheryl). Chester will be sadly missed by his 16 grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents George and Mabel; his sisters Merle and Viola; and his brothers Leslie, Royal, and Shirley, all of whom were enlisted in Canada's Armed Forces, WWII. A funeral service will be held at ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH, 235 Rubidge Street, on Monday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m., with visiting at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment HIGHLAND PARK CEMETERY. Donations to the C.N.I.B. would be appreciated by the family and may be made through NEWCASTLE FUNERAL HOME, 1-877-987-3964, with whom arrangements have been entrusted.

Air Vice-Marshal Brian Pashley Young, CB, CBE.
Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment.(1968-73)

RCAF 422 Squadron
July 26, 1992

RCAF 422 Squadron Pilot
22 SEPT. 2001

RCAF 422 Squadron
April 14, 2008
GILES, Laurence Edgar Passed away peacefully April 14, 2008 at 94 years of age surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, Mai Giles, and his sons Don and Ken Giles. Laurence was born November 6, 1913, near Stalwart, Saskatchewan. In 1936 he made his way to BC via an old Model T-Ford, eventually making his way to the mining town of Zeballos, where he owned and operated a bus and taxi service and met his wife Mai. During WWII Laurence served with the RCAF as a pilot with the 422 Squadron. After returning home to Victoria he and his wife opened Mai's Cafe". Once Laurence retired he was an active member of Maverick's Square Dance Club, Golden Rods and Reels, Cedar Hill Golf Club, and the Air Force Officer's Association of Victoria. Laurence will be remembered by his sisters, Marion (deceased), Patricia (Jim) Ranson; brother Alan (Val) Giles; sons, Don and Ken, grandchildren, Michael, Lexi (Chad) Allen, Madeline (Kim) Olsen, James and Mark Fowler and great-granddaughter Laina Allen, and also his many friends and extended family. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in the Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, B.C. at 2:00 p.m. If friends so wish, donations in Laurence's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Centre, 2571 A" Quadra Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4E1

RCAF 422 Squadron Pilot
February 10, 2005
MAIER George Francis passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, on February 10, 2005 at the age of 82 years. George was born on March 31, 1922 in Regina to John and Mary Maier (Passler). George was predeceased by his parents: John and Mary, sister: Louise Bourassa; and sisters-in-law: Agnes and Mary. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kathleen; son: Michael Murray (Eileen--Erin, Kelli); daughter: Nancy Kathleen (Todd) Hochban; two grandchildren: Devin and Jenna; step-grandchildren: Annette, Adam (Sun) and their son Eathan, Matthew, Andrew and Tasha; brothers: John, Art (Erika), Gerry, Len (Sylvia) and Al (Joan); sister: Loretta (Roy) Morrissey. In 1948, George married his loving wife, Kathleen “Keen” (nee Skelton). In 1940, George joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a pilot with the 422 Squadron, where he earned the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Upon returning from the Services, he worked for J.M. Sinclair in Regina, SK and Winnipeg, MB. In 1953, George returned to Regina and formed Dumar Equipment in partnership with Mr. M. Deausy. In his later years, he worked for C.I.D.A. and Degelman Equipment of Regina. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at St. Martin’s Roman Catholic Church, 4720 Castle Road, Regina, SK, on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to the Saskatchewan Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, RUH, Box 102, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8. Family and friends are invited to sign a book of condolences at

RCAF 422 Squadron
Air Gunner
26th December 2008
Former Flight Sergeant Norman Dodd of the Birmingham Branch.  I regret to inform you of the death on 26th December 2008 of Norman Dodd of Quinton, Birmingham who was aged seventy-four.  Norman enlisted on 11th November 1941 and served as an Air Gunner throughout the remainder of the Second World War, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer.  Norman completed his service as an Air Gunner with 422 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force and was discharged in 1945.  He soon felt the pull of the services again for in 1947, he joined 2605 Squadron, RAuxAF Regiment, based at RAF Honiley, near Kenilworth, Warwickshire.  He served with 2605 Squadron, rising to the rank of Flight Sergeant, until the Squadron was disbanded in 1957. 

RCAF 422 Squadron
Wireless Air Gunner
January 9, 2009
Eugene (Hugh) Wilfred Gallaher

Born September 20, 1919 in Strathroy to Eugene Owen and Catherine (Begley) Gallaher, passed peacefully on Friday, January 9, 2009. Loved by the Gallaher family including many nieces and nephews, and by the Wawrysh and Watral/Size families. Grateful friend of the family of Bill Wilson for over 55 years. Hugh flew as a wireless air gunner with the 422 squadron of the RCAF overseas in WWII. Avid boater, fisherman and friend to many. Predeceased by his four loving sisters, Norma Muxlow (1993) of Strathroy, Frances Ryan (1994) of Oshawa, Lenore Hanley (1995) of Oshawa and Catherine Gallaher (1999) of London, his niece Nancy Muxlow Ayr (1989) and his nephew Jim Ryan . At Hugh’s request, there will be no visitation. A celebration of Hugh’s life will be held Saturday, January 24, 2009, 12 noon, at the Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne Street. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association gratefully acknowledged.
On-line condolences and donations are available through

MORTON, Wilfred "Frank"
FO RCAF 422 Squadron
April 27, 2008
MORTON, Wilfred "Frank" December 26, 1919 April 27, 2008 Frank died
peacefully at the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion in Victoria. He is survived by
his wife of 62 years, Isabelle and by daughter Betty and her children, Jay
and Mika; daughter Joan (Richard) and her children, Sarah (Galen) and
Jennifer; and son Bruce (Carol) and his children, Jeanie, Heather, and
Robert; as well as his sister Mary, numerous nieces and nephews, and many
friends. Frank was born in Sandon, BC and grew up in the Kootenays. He was a
veteran of WWII where he served as a FO with 422 squadron of the RCAF. After
the war he earned a BSc in Agriculture at UBC and had a distinguished career
with the BC Department of Agriculture starting in Kelowna and retiring in
Victoria. Raising his family in Kelowna he was actively involved in
community activities including the Kelowna Yacht club and Kelowna Ski club.
After retiring he pursued many hobbies, travel, and activities involving his
grandchildren. Frank will be remembered for his love of his family, quiet
sense of humour, and passion for the outdoors. We would like to thank the
staff of Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion for their kind and compassionate care of
Frank. In celebration of Frank's life a memorial service will be held at the
University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, lot 6, Ring Road, University of
Victoria, Victoria, BC on Saturday May 10th at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Society or the charity of your

Byron Ripley
RCAF 434 and 422 Squadrons Ireland and Yorkshire
Rank : LAC (Airframe Mechanic)
Year/s Of Service : 1942 to 1945
Died Stratford, Ontario 1995



Chaplain- RCAF 422 Squadron
July 4th, 2001
BRAINE, Rev. Dr. Robert Wallace - Passed peacefully away on Wednesday, July 4th, 2001 at the Agnes Pratt Home, the Rev. Dr. Robert Wallace Braine of St. John's and North Vancouver, at the age of 92 years. Born in 1909 at Glen Margaret, N.S. and raised in Nova Scotia, he eventually lived in every province of Canada. Upon graduation from Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax, he was ordained into the ministry of the United Church of Canada in 1933. He served several pastoral charges in Nova Scotia: Trenton, Windsor, Aylesford, Yarmouth and Halifax, as well as in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, St. John's, Newfoundland, Winnipeg and Edmonton. Upon retirement he moved to North Vancouver. He served as a chaplain with 422 Squadron of the RCAF during WWII. As a member of the Masonic Order for over 60 years, he has remained affiliated with the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia through Hiram Lodge No. 12 and University Lodge No. 110, as well as Khartum Temple of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his wife Evelyn in 1988. Left to celebrate his life with joy and thanksgiving are daughters: Joan (Geoffrey) Wilkins, North Vancouver and Linda, St. John's, Newfoundland; granddaughters: Anne Rayner, Greenwood, B.C. and Wendy (David) Lloyd, Kamloops; great-grandchildren: Matthew, Heather and Kelly Lloyd; as well as a number of nieces, nephews and many friends. Special thanks to Dr. James D. Simmons for his care for a number of years and to the staff of Agnes Pratt Home. At Dr. Braine's request, cremation has already taken place. The family will be receiving friends at Barrett's Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Avenue, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday; 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at Gower Street United Church at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 7th, 2001. Interment will be held at a later date in North Vancouver, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gower Street United Church, the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada or to a charity of one's choice.
July 05, 2001

Murray Daniel Seeley

F/L RCAF 422 Squadron

Murray Daniel Seeley
15 Apr 2003
Murray was born in UpperBrighton, New Brunswick, Canada to Ernest and
Annie Seeley.
He had three brothers and onesister.
They were raised on a potato farm inJacksonville Corners near Hartland Covered
Murray became a schoolteacher when he was only 17, teaching in New Brunswick
He proudly served Canada as a decorated navigator in the R.A.F. during WW II.
He was a Flight Lieutenant with #\422 Squadron.
He then completed his Bachelor of Science degreein Forestry at the University of New Brunswick.
Murray became Executive Vice President of Great Lakes Forest Products in Thunder Bay.
He was director of the boards of several Canadian companies including Canadian Pacific Limited.
He served two terms as Chairman of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association.
While attending the Fredericton NormalSchool, he met Georgina Rideout and they married in 1947.
They have one daughter, SGS Member Elizabeth [Beth] Seeley Martin.
Beth and her husband Robert have two children, Laura and William.
Murray loved the farm, the forest and gardening.
Beth says, “I miss him so much.” He will be remembered for his gracious and gentle manner, for his personal courage and integrity,for commitment to his profession, to his church and his community, for his service to others, and for the tireless devotion to his family.

Joe Frizzle
RCAF 422 Squadron
Oct. 20, 2001
OCT/43 - OCT/44
RCAF pre and post war, 1937 to 1963. His last 4 years was as Commanding officer at training base Portage, Man

Air Vice-Marshal Brian Pashley Young, CB, CBE
Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment.(1968-73)
July 26, 1992
Became Flight Commander of 422 Squadron in May, 1943 upon the move to Bowmore, and left April, 1944.

* Entered RAF in 1936, commissioned at Cranwell 1938.
* Fighter pilot on Hurricanes at start of WWII. He came down behind British lines and was almost shot by the army.
* After being severely burned, he was rehabilitated and transferred from fighter command to Coastal Command.
* Posted to 422 Squadron at Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, in 1943, then to Bowmore, Scotland, to become a flight commander and promoted to Squadron Leader.
* In 1944, he was posted to the Staff College in Haifa, Israel, where he finished the war.

His peacetime career included:

* stints in Bomber Command (commanding a V-bomber force);
* NATO headquarters at SHAPE;
* Assistant Chief of Staff (intelligence); and Central Reconnaissance Establishment;
* in 1968 made Commandant-General RAF regiment, retiring 1973.




RCAF 422 Squadron
Jan. 14, 1999
Agnes was WAAF member of 422 RCAF Squadron.

RCAF 422 Squadron
Oct. 24, 1962

RCAF 422 Squadron
Air Gunner
died of cancer (date unknown)

RCAF 422 Squadron
FITTER - Ground Crew
Born In Northern Ireland

RCAF 422 Squadron
MARCH 20, 1987

RCAF 422 Squadron
JULY 29, 2001

RCAF 422 Squadron
November 7, 1992

RCAF 422 Squadron
26 March, 1989

RCAF 422 Squadron
Air Gunner
OCTOBER 1, 2006

RCAF 422 Squadron
Captain Pioneer
October 27, 1986

RCAF 422 Squadron
Aug 11, 1995

RCAF 422 Squadron
CIRCA 2000

RCAF 422 Squadron
January, 1997

RCAF 422 Squadron
January 13, 2006

RCAF 422 Squadron
Ground Crew
April 1, 2002

RCAF 422 Squadron
Flight Engineer

RCAF 422 Squadron
Nov. 13, 2001

RCAF 422 Squadron
Ground Crew
Lost his life by drowning accident in a gale at Bowmore, Isle of Islay

RCAF 422 Squadron
November 28,1986

RCAF 422 Squadron
July 25, 1990

RCAF 422 Squadron
Killed flying as a bush pilot for the Manitoba Government (nosed into bog)
July 21, 1952

RCAF 422 Squadron
Jack Bellis, one of the earliest pilots in 422, became Flight Commander in April, 1944 until about August, 1944
Feb. 13, 1986

RCAF 422 Squadron
26 March, 1989

RCAF 422 Squadron
Air Crew
December 3, 1993

RCAF 422 Squadron
July 13, 1997

RCAF 422 Squadron
4 June, 1996

Sept. 12, 2000

RCAF 422 Squadron
Flying Officer
Change of name from Doenetz to Dennis during the war.

RCAF 422 Squadron
Fitter, Ground Crew
January 31, 1994

RCAF 422 Squadron
Air Gunner
NOV. 28, 2000

RCAF 422 Squadron
Sept., 1990

RCAF 422 Squadron
Hunting accident 1957

RCAF 422 Squadron
September 1990

RCAF 422 Squadron
January 4,1987

RCAF 422 Squadron
October, 1986

RCAF 422 Squadron
Ground Crew

RCAF 422 Squadron
Oct. 24, 2001

RCAF 422 Squadron
Sept. 10, 2002

RCAF 422 Squadron
Mar. 27, 2002

RCAF 422 Squadron
January 2007
Survived Reed crash at Oban 19 Dec, 1942.

RCAF 422 Squadron
Fitter, Ground
April 5, 1983

RCAF 422 Squadron
AUGUST, 1993

RCAF 422 Squadron
WOP/AG Pioneer
May 26, 1998

RCAF 422 Squadron
1 Oct. 1980

RCAF 422 Squadron
JANUARY 24, 1979

RCAF 422 Squadron
Circa 1970

RCAF 423 Squadron
Flight Sergeant
September 15, 1998

Leyland Ronald Herbert
R.A.F. 201 Squadron
Flt/Sgt /Air Gunner
16th April 2010 
Sadly Ronald Herbert Leyland passed away aged 86 on the 16th April 2010.
Much loved and cherished by his family he will be greatly missed.
A wonderful husband to our late mother Freda and a very dear father to his 3 remaining children
Wendy, Eric & Carol.
Born on the 16th March 1924 it was to be only 10 days later he was to lose his father and this left himself and his older brother being cared for by their Mother and Grandparents.
It was his Grandparents that would shape his musical future by introducing him to the trumpet which he loved and played well. Playing in a local band up until joining the RAF
during WW2. He trained as an Air Gunner and joined Squadron 201 and became FlightSgt. Still he played in the band I am sure he will be remembered for the pleasure he gave to others during this time.
It was during this time in Invergordon he met and married our Mother Freda who was with the Catering Section. Later after the war they had 3 children and had over 40 wonderful years together before she sadly passed away with Motor Neurone Disease in 1987.
He later met and married a lady who was to fill the rest of his days with friendship love and happiness. Margaret.
A gentle man and a gentleman, a loving nature and a great sense of humour. Great values and devoted to his family.
If you want any further information or wish to contact me regarding my father I will be happy to help. We do have pictures which we have shared on a little forum
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As he soars into the nightime sky, he waves a very fond goobye..
not knowing how our hearts do cry, we did not want to say

Special thanks to:
 James Stewart     N.Ireland 
Joe O'Loughlin     N.Ireland
    Breege Mc Cusker  N.Ireland 
John Newall         Canada
                               Richard Lebek  Canada ( crew member U-672)
Norman Lebek   Canada
 Roland Berr      Germany
                                Harry Lorkin   U.K. (RAF 226 Squadron)          
     John Rogers          UK            
                                    N.Jack Logan       Canada   (RCAF 422 Squadron)
              Les and Maureen Ingram  Scotland
   Bill Barber            Canada    
  Robert Walsh        N.Ireland  
                         Capt. Jerry Mason USN (ret.)  Canada         
             Blake Wimperis      Canada              
                                   Robert Quirk     Canada                                          
                                    Norm Muffitt          Canada                                      
                         Lt/Col S. Beaton     Canada  (Camp Borden)
       Stephanie Pinder     USA            
    Alec (Johnny) Johnston    N.Z.
                 Stephen Kerr           N.Ireland             
                                   Reg Firby               Canada (RCAF 423 Squadron)
         Maurice Duffill         Australia     
                   John Hartshorn              UK                     
                                  Don Macfie      Canada ( RCAF 422/423 Squadron)
                               Frank Cauley   Canada  ( RCAF 422 Squadron)
                                Harold O'Brien  Canada  ( RCAF 423 Squadron)
                                   James Newall          UK        ( RAF 423 Squadron)
      Ian Meadows                    UK
                     Bill Baker                 Canada               
John Taylor      Canada
            Gordon Burke              Canada
          Carol Whittle                    U.K.

Last Update on Dec 07 , 2010