It does not really matter


Sorry for posting the wrong article yesterday. That was an honest mistake. I am explaining everything on my blog about RCAF 403 Squadron.

Does it really matter how many visitors I get on this blog or my other blogs?

I just like to write and learn, and share what I have learned with others, young and old.

I am a retired teacher.

I taught for 34 years!

That’s what I told Pat when we talked on the phone for more than 30 minutes this week. I wanted to give her a little background on myself because I did not want to scare her away with my passion for history, aviation, and WWII.

Pat is Patricia, she is this pilot’s daughter. Her father died when she was just 8 years-old.

443 group picture Louis Paul Émile PichéPaul Piché

You must be getting tired of all these posts about that pilot on this blog which is about RCAF 443 Squadron.

You will have to get use to it, because Pat is willing to share all she knows about her father who got killed overseas on October 11, 1944. Maybe he was shot down by friendly fire while flying an Auster…

Auster 4

Maybe he got too close to the front lines.

What people don’t know is that Louis Paul Émile Piché was a French-Canadian whose parents emigrated to the U.S.

He did not have to fight in that war, but he did. That what his granddaughter told me in a message she sent after I talked to her mother…

I never had the privilege to meet my Grandpa, but he is a hero in my eyes. When WWII broke out, he was living in the States and did not have to serve in the RCAF, but he felt compelled to do so. That decision forever changed the lives those further down the family tree.

So you see, it does not really matter if I have just a few visitors on this blog because I will keep writing about Louis Paul Émile Piché, a French-Canadian who did not have to serve in the RCAF, but felt compelled to do so.

He was a pilot whose picture was not on this page shared by Art Sager’s son.


I have added Paul Piché on it…

443 pilots

As a footnote to all this…

What people don’t know also is how Paul Piché’s granddaughter found out about my blog about her Grandpa?

A school project!

Her 12-year-old nephew was doing research about her Grandpa for a school project!

That great news!

Now he can tell all his friends at school to read my blog about RCAF No. 443 Squadron, and why not read all the others…

Souvenirs de guerre

425 Alouette

A Very Unlikely Hero


Lest We Forget

RAF 23 Squadron

RAF 293 Squadron

RCAF 128 (F) Squadron

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

Remembering HMCS Regina K- 234

Footnote to all this…

Kids, if you read the story about the cow, Paul did not mean to kill the cow when he was buzzing an open field.

Footnote to the footnote

The cow story is here.

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