Spitfire Pilots

Spitfire Pilots is one of my latest blogs. I had decided to create this one to write about the RCAF Spitfire pilots I have done research on since 2011.

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That’s the picture I saw on the wall when I visited Dennis Connolly back in 2012 at the Veterans Hospital in St.Anne-de-Bellevue. That was the reason I wanted to see him again so he could talk more about it. Not to talk about the war per se, but about his Spitfire.

I did not know he had more pictures until I saw those… on this Website.

91 Squadron Days

Dennis was pictured there with Flight Lieutenant Demozay. I had talked about Demozay here on my French version of Lest We Forget. Someone had also paid homage to this French pilot on this Website. The funny thing, if I might use the word funny, is that I would have never known about Flight Lieutenant Demozay and Dennis Connolly if I had not listen to Marc-André Valiquette’s advice to come and see his book presentation he was making about 425 Alouettes. It is during the presentation that I found…

The Best Kept Secret on the West Island

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About Remembering the Fallen

A reader once asked me why I was writing so much about the Fallen.

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I don’t know the answer, but maybe this comment made by Frank might give a clue…

Merci de fleurir sa tombe. Mon grand père s’est occupé de son corps et a fait construire son cercueil au moment du crash. Il habitait la maison derrière le cimetière. J’ai toujours eu des histoires concernant ce pilote et même joué avec sa combinaison de pilote étant enfant. Nous lui devons beaucoup comme à tous ceux ceux qui sont tombés pour notre liberté.
RIP
Franck L
Translation

Thank you for the flowers on his grave. My grandfather took care of his body and had his coffin built at the time of the crash. He lived in the house behind the cemetery. I have always had stories about this pilot and even played with his pilot’s suit as a child. We owe him and all those who died for our freedom a great deal.

RIP

Floyd Russell Loveless Log Book

I have to admit I had to check who was Floyd Loveless when Brock Kerby contacted me about sharing Floyd Loveless’ log book.

I did a quick check on the Internet to find this.

http://www.marmorahistory.ca/deloro-war-effort/

I also found this.

http://www.marmorahistory.ca/deloro-war-effort/

Not much information, but now I have lots of scanned pages to show you and to eventually document about Floyd Loveless training at No. 2 SFTS Upland starting with this one.

And some cadets’ name…

More about No. 2 SFTS Uplands on Vintage Wings.

Le devoir de mémoire 

Message de Grasset Jacques 

C’est seul dans le cimetière au centre du petit village de Saint-Lambert dans le Calvados en Normandie, que repose Donald John.

Le devoir de mémoire est important pour nous ici. Il est évident pour moi de fleurir sa tombe, et lui dire que son sacrifice n’aura pas été vain.

N’oublions jamais.

 Translation

Donald John rests in peace alone in the cemetery in the centre of the small village of Saint-Lambert in Calvados in Normandy.

The duty to remember is important to us here. It is obvious for me to flower his grave, and tell him that his sacrifice will not have been in vain.

Let’s never forget.

 


Le devoir de mémoire d’un Français

I had this comment last week about a man who was caring for a Spitfire pilot’s grave.

 

Bonjour

Je suis à la recherche d’informations au sujet du pilote : Donald John Shapter, J/35505, 403e Escadron de l’ARC (code KH). Mort le 14 juillet 1944 sur la commune de Saint-Lambert dans le Calvados, Normandie, France.

Je fleuris régulièrement sa tombe dans le petit cimetière de St-Lambert, mon devoir de mémoire.

Voilà je vous remercie d’avance.

Cordialement Jacques

 

Translation

Hello,

I am looking for information about a pilot: Donald John Shapter, J/35505,403 RCAF Squadron (code KH). He died on 14 July 1944 in the commune of Saint-Lambert in Calvados, Normandy, France.

I regularly place flowers on his grave in the small cemetery of St-Lambert, this is my duty to remember.

I thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely

Jacques

 

Many people in France still remember the Fallen. A lady in France who had contacted me two years ago was doing the same with Leclare Walker.

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Ronny Bosmann does the same in the Netherlands remembering Admiral Byrd.

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These are two pictures of Donald John Shapter, J/35505. First when he was not still a commissioned officer.

 

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Donald John Shapter, J/35505 earned his wings at No.6 SFTS Dunnville.

Donald Shapter is remembered on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

In memory of
Flying Officer
Donald John Shapter
July 14, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number: J/35505
Age: 24
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 403 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of the Revd. Charles P. Shapter and Margaret M. Shapter; husband of Elizabeth Jean Shapter, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 440 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery: ST. LAMBERT CHURCHYARD ; Calvados, France
Grave Reference: N/A
Location: St. Lambert is a village and commune 20 miles (32 kilometres) south-west of Caen, 25 miles (40 kilometres) south-south-east of Bayeux, and 6 miles (9 kilometres) south-west of Thury-Elarcourt. This is a small town on the N.162 Caen to Flers road, 16 miles (26 kilometres) south-south-west of Caen. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1939-1945 war here, in the north-west corner of the churchyard.

I guess Jacques will be sending me a picture of Donald Shapter grave.