Ripples in the water – Stanley Ernest Messum

Remembrance Day 2020 will start this week with this photo shared in 2014 by Jim O’Toole whose father was J. W. O’Toole.

 Jim had shared this information…

Stan Messum is pictured on top of plane was killed in later April.

Stanley Ernest Messum is seen sitting on the propeller of a Spitfire. Most of these young men have long been forgotten. In 1945 they were posing for posterity so one day we might remember them on Remembrance Day.

I wish I could remember them all…

In fact Maureen did help in 2014…

Hi there…

Yes dad and I have been looking at that photo off and on and he has a few names for the folks in the photo… He also is unsure on some of them…

The picture was likely taken in later March or early April 1945 as Stan Messum pictured on top of plane was killed in later April.

So from top to bottom and left to right: Stan Messum on top

Standing Left to right: Terry Watt, Art Sager, Unsure, Unsure, Possible Lloyd Hunt (maybe Monty Clow), Possibly Peewee Dalton, Charles Stephens, Cecil Grant, Percy Gomez, Charles Charlesworth

Kneeling bottom row: Gerry (Gouty) Gould, T (Ted or Terry) Green, Unsure (fellow in middle between front row and those standing), Possibly Dodds, James O’Toole (my dad), Olar Dodson.

Other names that may be here include: Dobson, RA Hodgins, D Walz, WG Conway, RD Marsh, J Collins, GA McDonald, CJ Grant, JC Turcott, W Kroeker, Gordon Ockenden

Hope that helps…



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