Lost somehow in translation…


Hi Nicole and Pierre,

I misunderstood your email Nicole. I will make the correction. Therefore, the last unknown pilot (originally identified as “Ferguson” is in the back row on the far right.

This must be E.H. Fairfield.


new identification 443 January 1944


Squadron photo Jan 1944 Fairfield

Hal Fairfield modified picture

RCAF 443 Squadron pilots (Art Sager's collection)

Final answer – Sidney Bregman

Squadron photo Jan 1944 unidentified pilot


Just to let you know the unknown squadron 443 member kneeling in the front row beside Luis Perez Gomez is Sidney Bregman (not EH Fairfield). When the Step-Daughter of Sidney e-mailed me she confirmed that after looking at the photo copy of the squadron picture I sent her she knew right away that Sidney was the unknown squadron member. I was saying to Tara that I’m curious now to figure out which one is EH Fairfield in the squadron picture?


Sidney Bregman

127772_BREGMAN , sidney_0001

Beloved husband, dear father, founding partner of Bregman and Hamann Architects (B+H). Many years of his young life he spent flying his Spitfire in World War 2. He received great pleasure from racing his sailboats. His contribution to the City of Toronto in the Arts and Architecture is immeasurable. A valuable life has left us forever. Passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at West Park Long Term Care in Toronto. Beloved husband of Gladye. Loving father and father-in-law of Ross (Caryl), Lloyd, Nina, Susanne (April), and step-children Noni and Lynn. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Harry and Bernice, and brother-in- law Morley Diskin. Predeceased by his brother Joe and sister Jean Diskin. A special thanks to his caregivers Irene and Julius. At Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service

E. H. Fairfield?

Squadron photo Jan 1944 unidentified pilot
E. H. Fairfield?
Tara’s Notes 
E.H. Fairfield:

Service No. J20018

127 Squadron: May 1943 to Dec.1943

443 Squadron: Feb 13, 1944 – Feb 13, 1945

He was in Course No. 51 (March 14 – July 13, 1942) at No. 2 SFTS – Uplands. There was a photo of this class, so if we can compare the unknown pilot from the 443 photo with the attached photo, perhaps we can confirm that this is in fact E. H. Fairfield. 

Uplands - Course 51 (EH Fairfield)


Who remembers Flying Officer Rooney Hodgins?

Paul-Émile Piché’s  granddaughter.


Squadron photo Jan 1944 Paul Emile Piché

She sent me this.


Hi Nicole and Pierre,

This is some brief info that I found on Rooney Alexander Hodgins. Please see below.


Hodgins was repatriated to Canada in December 1944. He retired from the RCAF in September 1945, but rejoined in May 1946. On June 11, 1948, Flight Lieutenant Hodgins was killed in a flying accident with a Vampire Jet which crashed at Ottawa (Rockliffe) Air Base.