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I knew Bernard Vilandre who is listed in photo in Course 6 and then shotdown by night fighter and POW until war’s end, Squadron 111. Bernard passed away 11/30/2005. Thanks for his contribution and sacrifice. His gravestone makes no mention of him being a Fighter Pilot etc. He is buried in a small country churchyard on the March Road, Kanata, Ontario. I am so pleased to find a photo of him “Course 6” as my personal photos of the two of us were lost due to fire.
At the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre after a lengthy illness Wednesday, November 30, 2005. Bernard Vilandre age 87. Beloved husband of the late Mary Brennan. Son of the late Georges and Marie-Anne Vilandre. Dear brother of Rheal (Therese) of Montreal. Predeceased by siblings Irene, Gilles and Rene. Survived by brother-in-law Gerald (Ruth) Brennan and by many nieces and nephews. Bernard was an RCAF Spitfire Pilot during WWII. A special thank you to the staff of Rosemount Centre for Seniors and the staff at the Elisabeth Bruyere – fifth floor. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Avenue (west of Carlingwood) Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral arrangements to be completed. In Memoriam donations to the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre Foundation appreciated.
Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 12/1/2005.
Information on the Internet
Got his wings at Uplands
Course 17: January 4 – March 7, 1941
Group Captain Frank McGill presented wings and addressed the graduates.
“The army, navy and air force all have an equal job to do in winning the war and no service alone will achieve the victory.”
(J/4554) Douglas Bruce Annan – DFC 418 Sqn., AFC 13 SFTS, Hamilton; +(J/4555) Lyn Bertram Madden – 403 Sqn., Montreal; +(J/4556) John Wylie Wood, Shawness, Alberta; (J/4557) Cyril Victor Mark – AFC 2 FIS, +(J/4560) Arthur Williams – 74 Sqn., Vancouver; (J/4561) Roderick Illingsworth Alpine Smith – DFC & Bar – 126 Sqn. Malta; (J/4562) John Eric Hockey – PoW 434 Sqn.; +(J/4563) George Ketchen Graham – 418 Sqn., Belleville; (J/4564 – R/67719) John Duffey Marsh – 611 Sqn., Ft. William; +(J/4566) Warren Ainsley Roberts – 405 Sqn.; (J/4567) James Weir Clarke – 161 Sqn., Moose Jaw; (J/4568) J.C. Marshall, Montreal (R/60421) Robert Clarence Pearson – FI 15 SFTS; (R/60522) Louis Rolston Babb, (R/74146) Robert Kennedy Storie, John ‘Jack’ Robertson, Hammond, Indiana; Arthur Pratt Harrison, Owen Sound; George L. Sprague, Ottawa; (R/71258) Francis Hugh Belcher – PoW; Chuck McLean, Brockville; Harold Clinton Charlesworth – 12/601/443 Sqns., Chemainus, B.C., +(R/74596 – J/15097) Thomas Douglas Holden – 411 Sqn., Chilliwack, B.C., Charles A. Rainsforth – 198 Sqn., Edmonton; (J/18793) Michael Rico Sharun – DFC 416 Sqn., St. Paul, Alberta; J.G.K. Barrie, Edmonton; James Weir Clark, Hezenmore, Alberta; +(R/54314) William George Pavely – 615 Sqn., Ottawa; R.G. Smith, Chatham; James Cartwright Uniacke Bayly – 402 Sqn. Dieppe, Toronto; E. Heid, Toronto; Herbert Hugh Hinton, Streetsville; J.W. Munro, Madoc; +(J/13467) William Robert Widdess – 198 Sqn., Peterborough; (R77007 – J/15970) William Frank Kenwood – 411 Sqn., PoW 92 Sqn., Westmount, Que.; L.B. Madden, St. Laurent; +(J/23021) Walter Gerard O’Hagan – 402 Sqn., Montreal; +(J/13996) Arnold Ridgway, Outremont; M.A.C. Smith, Rougemont Station; (J/15056) Richard Attwill Ellis – DFC 412 Sqn. Dieppe, Montreal West; (R/74035) Joseph Bernard Marius Vilandre – PoW 111 Sqn., Montreal; R.S. Bowker, Granby; (J/2
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À la recherche d’un pilote de Spitfire
I am so pleased that he had another sixty years after the end of the war. He deserved them.
I will follow up on this story.