I had started this blog with what I could find about 443 Squadron.
I had found this information on the Internet…
On the morning of December 23, 1943, the advance party of No. 129 Squadron arrived to take over No. 127’s duties at Dartmouth and a happy band of officers and airmen boarded a train to take them home on embarkation leave. So ended No. 127 Squadron’s tour in Canada. The squadron’s flying personnel now included: S/L H. W. McLeod, F/Ls D. M. Walz and M. V. Shenk, P/Os E. H. Fairfield, A. J. Horrell, A. Hunter, G. F. Ockenden and C. E. Scarlett, P/Os W. A. Aziz, S. Bregman, L. B. Foster, W. A. C. Gilbert, T. G. Munro, L. Perez-Gomez, L. P. E. Piché, W. I. Williams and L. H. Wilson, W02 D. F. Bridges, F/Ss P. G. Bockman, P. E. Ferguson and G. E. Urquhart, and Sgt H. W. Summerfeldt.
The squadron’s flying personnel now included:
S/L H. W. McLeod,
F/L D. M. Walz
F/L M. V. Shenk,
P/O E. H. Fairfield,
P/O A. J. Horrell,
P/O A. Hunter,
P/O G. F. Ockenden
P/O C. E. Scarlett,
P/O W. A. Aziz,
P/O S. Bregman,
P/O L. B. Foster,
P/O W. A. C. Gilbert,
P/O T. G. Munro,
P/O L. Perez-Gomez,
P/O L. P. E. Piché,
P/O W. I. Williams
P/O L. H. Wilson,
WO2 D. F. Bridges,
F/S P. G. Bockman,
F/S P. E. Ferguson and
F/S G. E. Urquhart, and
Sgt H. W. Summerfeldt.
Little did I know back then that this blog would generate some interest among my readers.
In this message, Tara, Paul Émile Piché’s granddaughter wants to know who is the unknown pilot in this picture?
On Mr. McManus’ website, he identifies the members of 443 Squadron before they left Dartmouth. I put this information in a table to help us identify the “unknown” pilots in the photo. McManus tells us that there were 23 pilots in 443 Squadron but the photo only has 18 people in it. When I cross-reference the pilots from McManus’ website, I find that six people are not accounted for in the photo:
P/O E.H. Fairfield
P/O S. Bregman
WO2 D.F. Bridges
F/S G.E. Urquhart.
Sgt. H.W. Summerfeldt.
This is the original picture taken from the archives of the DND.
I used it to make different montages.
Arthur James Horrell
C. E. Scarlet
Percival Edward Ferguson
Gordon Frederick Ockenden
Henry Wallace McLeod
L. H. Wilson
M. V. Shenk
P. G. Bockman
T. G. Munroe
W. A. Aziz
W. A. C. Gilbert
This is Tara’s worksheet about where she stands right now in her search.
|Rank||127 Squadron – December 1943
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
23 pilots, 3 airmen and 1 medical officer
|January 31, 1944
(From: photo edited by Ivor Williams)
|First and middle names?||Notes|
|S/L||H.W. McLeod||Henry Wallace McLeod||Took over leadership of Squadron from Paul Gilbertson Dec 1943|
|F/L||D.M. Waltz||One of original 13 pilots of 127 Squadron|
|F/L||M.V. Shenk||M.V. Shenk||Vince?||Joined squadron in July 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|P/O||E.H. Fairfield||Not sure when he joined 443|
|P/O||A. J. Horrell||Arthur James Horrell||Joined squadron at Gander in May 1943|
|P/O||A. Hunter||Alex Hunter||Joined squadron in Sept. 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|P/O||G. F. Ockenden||Gordon Frederick Ockenden||Joined squadron at Gander in April 1943|
|P/O||C.E. Scarlett||C.E. Scarlett||Joined squadron at Gander in April 1943|
|P/O||W.A. Aziz||W.A. Aziz||Bill?||Joined squadron at Gander in June 1943|
|P/O||S. Bregman||Joined squadron at Gander in June 1943|
|P/O.||L. B. Foster||Les Foster||Joined squadron at Gander in Dec 1942|
|P/O||W.A.C.Gilbert||William Alonzo Cramner Gilbert||Joined squadron in Nov. 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|P/O||T.G. Munro||T.G. Munro||Joined squadron in July 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|P/O||L. Perez-Gomez||Luis Perez-Gomez||Joined squadron in Nov. 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|P/O||P.E. Piche||Louis Paul Emile Piche||Joined squadron in July 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|P/O||W. I. Williams||Ivor Williams||Joined squadron at Gander in Dec 1942|
|P/O||L. H. Wilson||L.H. Wilson||Len?||Joined squadron in Nov. 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|WO2||D.F. Bridges||Joined squadron at Gander in Dec 1942|
|F/S||P.G. Bockman||P.G. Bockman (Vickers)||Joined squadron at Gander in Nov 1942|
|F/S||P.E. Ferguson||Percival Edward Ferguson||Joined squadron in July 1943 now back in Dartmouth|
|F/S||G.E. Urquhart||Joined squadron at Gander in Nov 1943|
|Sgt.||H.W. Summerfeldt||Joined squadron at Gander in June 1943|
|December 23, 1943 – Jan ? 1944 Embarkation Leave
Depart Lachine on ship, “Pasteur” on Jan 20, 1944
Arrive Liverpool, England January 31, 1944
|Once in England they were joined in approximately March 1944 by:|
|Further joined in approximately April 1944 by:|
|“A” Flight – Ian MacLennan||“B” Flight – Bill Prest|