“What’s a Blog?”
Answer: “A regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.”
What’s the RCAF No. 443 Blog? Just a way to pay homage to unsung heroes nobody would have heard about or read in history books. It’s mostly about sharing what relatives had shared when they find my blog.
This blog isn’t the only one. I have more than 30 because so many people wanted to share their pictures and stories like Nicole Morley who stumbled on one of those 30 blogs and wrote about her granduncle Art Horrell.
This blog was created to pay homage to Arthur Horrell then it evolved from there. This is post no.114.
Next time someone has contributed a beautiful love story about a Spitfire. I just can’t wait to share it.
A video here…
With the kind permission of the photographer
A special homage to Ivor Williams and his fellow pilots
This is post 94 on this blog.
It started here
In fact it started in 1952 on page 4, last paragraph.
Flying Officers L. P. E. Piche and A. J. Horrell set out in an Auster to fly to Antwerp. They arrived there safely, took off again and vanished into the blue. Both pilots had been with the squadron since Gander days.
More than just names…?
I had never heard of those two pilots before Nicole Morley wrote a comment on my blog paying homage to another RCAF fighter squadron, No. 403.
Nicole had written a simple comment posted in March 2013.
My name is Nicole Morley and my Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in the 443 squadron. I don’t know if my Great Uncle ever knew William Irvine Gould but I imagine he probably did. I’m doing some research on my Uncle and was wondering if…
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This blog has been dormant for quite a while.
It’s perfectly alright because it’s meant to be discovered by relatives of pilots who flew with 443 Squadron.
It would take you many hours to read all that I wrote about that squadron I never knew had existed before Nicole Morley wrote a comment on another blog.
This is how my blogs are created.
This is a great picture of Ivor Williams.
Ivor gave it to Nicole and she scanned it.
When Nicole sent it I did not know where that picture was taken.
Now I know.
One of the earlier posts of this blog when Ivor Williams was just a name and a pilot in the cockpit of a Hawker Hurricane.
This blog started small after Nicole contacted me on my blog about RCAF 403 Squadron.
My name is Nicole Morley and my Great Uncle Arthur James Horrell was in the 443 squadron. I don’t know if my Great Uncle ever knew William Irvine Gould but I imagine he probably did. I’m doing some research on my Uncle and was wondering if there was anyone who had pictures or information about the 443 squadron or anything related to my Uncle. You can reach me at my e-mail address.
You have to start somewhere. So I started looking and looking, and looking.
This Website has a lot of information about RCAF 443 Squadron. This is where I got this picture from.
Not many names…
Until Nicole went to see Ivor Williams a former Spitfire pilot who flew with RCAF 443 Squadron.
Ivor Williams gave Nicole this…
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WILLIAMS, William Ivor
At London Health Sciences, Victoria Hospital, on Friday, January 13th, 2017, in his 94th year. Ivor was the much loved husband of the late Dulcie (née Williamson) (2014). Dear father of Garry (Heidi) and Judie (Gerry) Wheaton. Proud Grandpa of Jill Kazakoff (Jason), Beth Wheaton (Geoff Milsom), Megan (Mark Letellier) and Darcy Williams (Mike Pearson). Great grandfather of Madeline and Allison Kazakoff, of Edson, AB; Sydney and Michaela Dulcie Milsom, of Edmonton; and Ben Williams, of London. Fondly remembered by his niece Myra Henry (Bill), of Goderich, as well as by other members of his extended family. Predeceased by sister Eluned McNair (2014) and brother Maldwyn (WWII).
Ivor participated in the Normandy Landing (RCAF) in June 1944. Post-war, he became a journalist, eventually taking the position of managing editor of the London Free Press. Later in his career, he was editor of the Regina Leader Post for about 15 years.
Active at Westmount Presbyterian Church, Ivor also took part in professional organizations and volunteered in his community. He enjoyed his time with a wide circle of friends. Many thanks to the caregivers at Inspirit and Highview Residences in London, where Ivor spent his last 5 years, as well as to the Ortho and Palliative Care staff at Victoria Hospital.
Thanks also to Ivor’s friends who faithfully visited him, took him for coffee and drives and shared memories with him. Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Ivor’s life will be conducted at WESTMOUNT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH , 521 Village Green Avenue, London at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Westmount Presbyterian Church, the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex Inc., or to the charity of your choice.
Information and online condolences are available by visiting http://www.westviewfuneralchapel.com13136576