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Millet Area Veterans

 

Pipestone Flyer Issue

2005

 

April 28th

Vol.9 Issue 17

F.O Jack Abraham 

Pte. Marin Alleman
CPL. James Herbert

Pte. Hazel M. Anderson

L/Cpl Peter Anker

Cpl. Melvin Aske

L/Cpl. Arthur Bakken

Pte. James Arthur Barr

 

May 4th

Vol.9 Issue 18

Pte. Melvin Pearly Barr 

Tpr. John Barrows
L.A.W. Phyllis (Bear) Loader

Pte Gilbert Blade

L.A.C. Harold Blize 

Pte. Patrick William

A.C.2. John Owen Brissard

L/Cpl. Charles Edward Brissard

 

May 11th

Vol.9 Issue 19

L.S. Arthur David Bamsey

Albert Burdon
Cpl. Cecil Barton Carr

Cpl. Walter Henry Charley 

Gnr. Bert Churchill

L/Cpl. Elizabeth M. Clarke

L.A.W. Cecilia Margaret Coady

F/Sgt. Francis Anthony Coady

 

May 19th

Vol.9 Issue 20

A. Maj. James Coady

Pte. Thomas James Cochrane
L.A.C. Henry Cockbain

L.A.C. Joseph Cockbain

Pte. Maurice Conner

P.O. William George Corlett

Pte. Aldena (Kalm) Crough

Pte. Philip Damiel William Crough

 

May 26th

Vol.9 Issue 21

Pts. Frank Cottrell

L.A.C. Chester Dahms
Cpl. Russell Dahms

A.Cpl. Virgil Herman

L.A.W. Helen Huke

L.A.C. James Frank Dolling Day

Spr. Frank Dickenson

 

June 2nd

Vol.9 Issue 22

Cpl. Kenneth Darlington 

Flt. Sgt. Reginald Dixon

Sgt. Arlie Douglas

Pte. George Henry Easterbrook

Cpl. Clifford Eaton

Pte. Edward Eidick

Pte. Dawn John Elder

Pte. Howard L. Elder

 

June 9th

Vol.9 Issue 23

Pte. John R. Elder

Gnr. Russell J. Elder

Pte. August Ertman

Pte. Jean Audrey Ferguson

W.O. James Sydney Ferguson

Pte. Robert Le Roi Ferguson

Pte. Arnold Fibick

Medic. Harry L. Fitz.

 

June 15th

Vol.9 Issue 24

L.A.W Ruth French

A.C.2 Howard John Fulcher

Pte. Kathleen Margaret Fulcher

Sgt. Arnold Furuness

L.A.C. Ernest Edwin Furuness 

Pte. Helmer Furuness 

L/Cpl. Eric Gibling 

Pte. George Martin Gibling 

 

June 23rd

Vol.9 Issue 25

AA.C. 1 Robert Gibling

Sgt. Arthur K. Glaser

Edward Glassman

Pte. Clifford August

Fl. Lt. James Weston 

Sgt. John Henry (Jack) Goin

Trp. Clarence Henry

 

June 30th

Vol.9 Issue 26

Pte. Joy Lee McConnell

L.A.C. Thomas Albert Gray

Pte. Alder Sanford Greenslade

Pts. David Ray Hagen

Pte. Robert William Hamilton 

F.O. William Frederick Harter

Sgt. Gordon Kenneth Higginson

Pte. Melvin John Hope

 

July 7th

Vol.9 Issue 27 

Cpl. Russell Hougestol

Cpl. Sydney Micajah

Pte. Clifford Jackson

L/Cpl. Douglas Jackson 

F.O. Harold Neilor Jackson

Pte. Benny Jehn

Cpl. Clarence Oscar Jevne

 

July 14th

Vol.9 Issue 28 

A.C.1  James Ernest Thorne Hoskins

Trp. Evan Theodore Lee Jevne

F.O. Norman Jevne

Pte. Lloyd Russell Johnson

Cpt. Rev. Morse Johnson

F.O. Walter O. Jones

L.A.C. Winston Jordan

Pte. George Kaasa

 

July 20th

Vol.9 Issue 29 

Lt. Sr. Gr. James H. (Jim) Karr

1st Class Pilot William Doane Karr

Pte. Tom Kelley

P.O. Gordon Kerr

Fl. Sgt. Kenneth Kerr

W.O.1 Lawrence Kerr 

L.A.C. Wilfred Ewart Kerr 

Sig. Leo Victor Kinchella 

 

July 28th

Vol.9 Issue 30 

Gnr. A. Alex Kovar

Cpl. Armin Kutzner

Pte. Herbert Emil Lange 

Sig. Herbert W. Lange 

Pte. (John) Craig Lawson

Sgt. Thomas Oliver Lawson

Pte. Leonard Stanley Gordon Lee 

L/Cpl. Vivian Terry (Mayke) Lee 

 

August 4th

Vol.9 Issue 31 

Sgt. Bradley Lewis

Capt. Herbert Lewis

Cpl. Charlie Loader

Frank Loader Sr. 

Sgt. Frank Herbert (Bert) Loader 

FL. Sgt. Walter Loader

Kenneth Lockhart

LAC Walter (Wally) Lutz

 

August 11th

Vol.9 Issue 32 

Lt. Sr. Gr. James H. (Jim) Karr

1st Class Pilot William Doane Karr

Pte. Tom Kelley

P.O. Gordon Kerr

Fl. Sgt. Kenneth Kerr

W.O.1 Lawrence Kerr 

L.A.C. Wilfred Ewart Kerr 

Sig. Leo Victor Kinchella 

 

August 18th

Vol.9 Issue 33 

Pte. John Mc Bryan

Pte. Harry Mc Callum

Cpl. Doris Mc Connell 

Fl. Sgt. Duncan Gilbert Mc Intosh W.O 2 Robert H. (Bob) McIntosh 

Capt. (Father) Mc Quaid

L/Col. Fran Meyers

Sgt. Frank Meyers

 

August 25th

Vol.9 Issue 34 

L.A.C. Gordon Phillip

L.A.C. Sever Clarence Moen

Sgt. John Arthur Moonen

Cpl. William Charles Moonen 

Cpl. George Eric Moore 

Howard Mullen

L.A.C. Robert Glenn

Sgt. William Riley Mullen

 

September 1, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 35 

W.O.2 James Henry Murdock

P.O. Bruce Mutch

L.A.W. Rita Newbold

W.O. Robert E.J. Olesen

Sgt. Mary Perlick

Pte. Ralph Perrin

Maj. Arnold Manfred

Lt. Arthur William

 

September 8, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 36 

L/Cpl. Clifford G (Jack) Pettigrew

P.O. Gordon Pettigrew

Sgt. Ernie Priestley

L/Bdr. Arnold F Pubantz

Pte. August Radis

Pte. Vernon Rathwell

Pte. Arnold Joseph Reading

Pte. Frank Edward (Ted) Reading

 

September 15, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 37

Sgt. Melvin George Reading

Cpl. Douglas Hall Reynar

Cpl. Oakley Reynar

Pte. Stanley Rigby

Pte. Charlie Robinson

Lt. Arthur Creighton

William J. Rogers

Fl. Sgt. Albert Roseberg

 

September 22, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 38

F.O. Adelbert (Del) Bateman Rowley

F.O. Tom Bateman Rowley

Cpl. Geoffrey Howard

Fl. Lt. Dallas W. Schmidt

Pte. John Schmuland

Charlie Schneck

Cpl. Gerald A. (Jerry) Scott 

Pte. William C.E. Scott 

 

October 6, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 30

Maj. Lloyd Smith

Albert Spilde

Sgt. Pilot Courtney L. Spooner

Sgt. Joan (Darlington) Strand

P.O. William Russell Strand Kenneth G. Swartz

Doug Thorn

Edwin Thorn

 

October 13, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 41

Pte. Helmuth Tiede

L.A.C. William Ralph Trathen

Pte. Henry Van Volkenburg

Cy Wagar

A.C. 2 Donald Allen Wagner

Pte. Albert Herman Warnke

Pte. August Paul Warnke

Carl William Warnke

 

October 20, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 42

Erwin Warnke

L/Bdr. Hartwig Berthold Warnke

Pte. Helmuth E. Warnke

Henry Warnke

Richard Warnke

William (Bill) Warnke

Sgt. Alastair Younie

L.A.C. Louie Bernard Wilk

 

October 27, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 43

Gnr. John Leonard (Jack) Wilkinson

Cpl. Bill Williams

James (Jim) Angus Wilson

L.A.C. Leroy Thomas (Tom) Wolf 

Pte. Ben Womacks

Sgt. Lyle Womacks

Pte. Harold Edison Wood 

F.O. Walter Edison Wood

 

November 3, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 44

W.O. 2 Charlie Wright

Cpl. Robert (Bob) Young

Clifford Alsberg

Leonard Dahms

Lloyd Dahms

John Duchuk

Hle Olaf Furuness

Ferdinand Ganske

 

November 10, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 45

Allen Gering

Heinz H. Grabia

David Graham

Joe Graham

Capt. Gordon Hougestol

O.S. Allan Jevne

Norman Johnson

Frank Larsen

 

November 17, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 46

George Larsen

Gordon Mellen,

Robert Boyd Meredith

Gault MacAllister

LAC Lloyd Maxwell Rupert

Pte. Clifford S. Elder

L.A.W. Ruth (Kean) French

L.S. Allan Douglas Redwood 

 

November 24, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 47

Pte. James Sehlin

Pte. Ross Sehlin

Horatio Solomon (Casey) Ayers

Leonard Burdon

Pte. Jesse Clark

Pte. Ernest Dahms

Cpl. James Butcher Day 

Charles Dowdell

 

December 1, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 48

Pte. Fred Elmo Easterbrook

Pte. Howard Alvin Fulcher

Mary Isobel (McVeigh) Fulcher 

Lt. Ernest (Cap) Richard Hoskins

Sgt. Torstein Reiarson Jevne

Herman Kern

Albert King

Melvin Lee

 

December 8, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 49

OS George McAuley

LS Harold McAuley

Sgt. Joseph James McAuley 

Daniel McDonough

Pte. Patrick McManus

Pte. Henry Moonen

Pte. Howard Morris

Pat Mullen

 

December 15, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 50

Pte. John Ray Nicoll

Maxim (Mike) Orlick

Gene Pinyon

Pte. George Joseph Reading

L./Cpl. Albert Delacey Rupert

Spr. Lloyd Maxwell Rupert

Pte. Richard Gavin Scott

Pte. Victor Allen Keith Scott

 

December 22, 2005

Vol.9 Issue 51

Pte. William Stanley Scott 

Edward Spooner

Pte. Charles (Carl) Justus Strand

William Tollefson

Jake Van Alstyne

Ross Van Alstyne

William Arrod (Bill) Van Alstyne

George Vorman

 

January 5, 2006

Vol.10 Issue 01

James Ogston Scott

L./Cpl. Gary Lee Goin

Eugene Dennis Dzuiba

M Cpl. Myron Christopher Furuness

Cpl. Ronald John Furuness

Lawrence Goodrich

Col. Gordon Hougestol

M. Cpl. Donald MacDonald

Cpl. Theodore Orlick 

Cpt. (R.D.) Donald Trathen

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To Our Veterans

Men and Women throughout the world and especially here in Canada have sacrificed themselves for the freedoms we have in our society. This has been said every year during remembrance days ceremonies.  But do many of us actually understand the true meaning of this statement?

For many Canadian veterans of the Great War, World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts, just saying those words is not enough. For many of our veterans, their friends died on the battlefields and their families suffered in their absence. For those that are still here, they can be seen proudly carrying  our nations flag in parades and ceremonies and others are found languishing in hospices and seniors homes.

This website is here to honor our veterans and to publicly say, thank you for your great sacrifices.  We live this free and leisure life because they stood up for us. We live a life of joy only because they lived times of pain and suffering. To our Canadian Veterans, the people of Millet Alberta say, "We Love You"

Thank you for standing on guard for us.

The staff and volunteers of

the Millet Pipestone Flyer

 

 

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Memories Recovered Project
Photograph of John McCrae, the author of the famous poem "In Flanders Fields"  Born in Guelph Ontario, November 30th, 1872, His poem is recited worldwide.  

By Joanne Hagen

Warfare has been a part of the human existence for thousands of years, an integral part of the blueprint of an evolving race. The elements and experience of warfare are so overwhelming and pervasive, there is little left unchanged post-battle. Armed conflict, regardless of outcome, has etched its legacy in the contours of the world’s historical timeline.

As humanity’s deadliest war, the Second World War cost tens of millions of lives and injured many more. According to the April 2007 issue of the Toronto Star, “not only are the Great War veterans disappearing, but their sons and daughters who served in World War II are, on average, 86 years of age. Of these 200,000 veterans alive today, more than three hundred die each week – an attrition rate greater than during World War II itself.” Lost with each veteran who passes is a priceless, irretrievable personal experience and first-hand testimony of war; an incredibly powerful tool of insight.

Keeping History Alive
The Memories Recovered Project (MRP) is a program with a vision of “keeping history alive” by recording and preserving the personal, individual experiences and memories of the people who lived through the mud, the blood, and the tears of a planet at war with itself. The brainchild of Allan Cameron of Sylvan Lake, the MRP is an innovative way to capture the daily “bare bones” of battle as told by the veterans who were there. Personal accounts of the day-to-day experiences of survival at war run from sad, painful memories of losing friends, long bleak nights, bomb scare after bomb scare, and missing home, to the mischievous tales of how the men and women at war would steal from the coal reserves for extra heat, (we had great fun doing things like that,” chuckled veteran Roy Foster, even at the risk of being caught, and shot) or raiding farmers’ chickens and eggs. For teen-age Canadian kids entering into adulthood through the door of World War II, life would never be the same again. To hear the recollections of fear, laughter, excitement, loneliness and pain creates an awareness of war at the most basic human level and reminds us of the incredulous human spirit.

As future generations arise, each further ‘removed’ from the 20th Century Wars Canada participated in, there is concern that the importance of Canadian military involvement in our hard won nationhood may fade into a recitation of statistics and numbers, losing the critical element of human description, reflection and thought on one of the most influential watershed periods in history.

Allan Cameron wanted to preserve this “human” side of war so that future generations can hear firsthand what it was like to be in the Great War and other wars, how much was sacrificed, and how much devastation and destruction the human race can, indeed, endure and survive.

Roy Foster is Director of the two-year old Memories Recovered Project, and spends much of his time interviewing war veterans from World War II and Korean War. Following the Project’s vision, Foster records and compiles the priceless oral history from the service men and women themselves, suspending their experiences in time for future generations.

“...a Long Way From Home”
World War II veteran Roy Foster was in the process of growing up when war broke. “By the time I was about 14 or 15, the war had broken out, of course, in 1939, and I was getting anxious to join but I wasn’t old enough,” said Roy. He didn’t however let that stop him. After several attempts to join the Navy then the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps, Roy decided to wait until he turned eighteen at which time he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force with immediate acceptance. Traveling to Medicine Hat to attend the Air Emergency Training Program, Foster remembers being anxious as he spoke of his anxiety as a young man with no traveling experience. “I was a farm kid, never been anywhere, and it was Medicine Hat, that’s a long way from home,” he laughs now. But as time went by, out of the familiar blend of excitement and nervousness a common bond developed between the Alberta kids who were on their way to learn of war. “We became great friends, and many of them I still keep in contact with today,” smiled Roy.

In response to the interview question regarding his basic training, Roy explained, “In Medicine Hat, it was the basic training for an airplane mechanic that included things like sheet metal, woodwork, fabric repair, and flight control rigging.”
After completing the Air Emergency regimen the group was transported across Canada to a Technical Training School where they studied aero-engines and aero-frame mechanics, and from there, “I was one of three to be picked for Camp Borden,” said Foster, a World War I military aerodrome that would become the largest and most important Canadian Air Force base in the second World War.

Total War
“Things were not going well in Europe, the big battles were underway, a lot of men being lost, and I wanted to get over there so I was one of the first ones to say ‘yes, I’d like to go,’ and it wasn’t long before I was gone.” As the countries of the world came to a state of ‘total war’, it became the most widespread battle in history. Going from Camp Borden to a holding station in Moncton, New Brunswick, Roy Foster climbed aboard a freight train for Halifax. “And this became a strange series of events,” said Roy, as he shared the experience of seeing a ship for the first time and thousands of people boarding, the entire vessel in camouflage.” Leaving the harbour in the middle of an October night, they soon hit rough waters, U-boat warnings, and seasickness. After several days they arrived at a port in Scotland, then took an English train to a large Air Force holding unit, “where we learned various tactics taught by the Air Force Commandos,” explained Roy, after which they were transferred to 1666 Heavy Conversion Unit located in Yorkshire, England. The Heavy Conversion Unit was a unit that taught pilots how to convert from one type of aircraft to another. Assigned to dispersals holding six to eight planes, Foster and his colleagues were working on Lancasters at the time and were responsible for maintaining and keeping them in the air “with very few tools.”

With bunking a mile and a half from the dispersals field, Roy Foster chuckled as he related the tale of having to ride their bikes through a farmer’s barnyard to get to the site. “The farmer had two daughters who were in the Lady’s Land Army so they worked right on the base and a lot of Canadians chased after these girls. I bet there were a lot of farmers who were glad when the war was over and they could say goodbye to the Canadian Bomber Command.”

Foster recalls another night when they were called to report to the base immediately when German aircraft attacked, damaging runways and putting the base out of commission for several days.

“...Lost a lot of Friends”
The demand for flight engineers increased with the use of Lancaster aircraft, a World War II four-engine bomber that became the most successful and well-known bombers of the era, delivering over 600,000 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties. Existing flight engineers in operational duty were committed to the aircraft they were already flying, said Roy, so with new aircraft coming up there were no flight engineers available. Flight mechanics were offered the opportunity to fill the positions and, “I jumped at the chance, and that was how my flight career began.”

Upon being transferred from the Conversion Unit to 420 ‘Snowy Oil’ Squadron, Foster grew more serious as he spoke of the intensity of realizing what they were in for. The acrid, smoke-filled bodies of emergency landing American B-17 bombers stands out in Roy’s mind as he relates the memory of these heavily-armed vessels landing with nose sections shot off or rudders damaged.

“We flew Mark X Lancasters and our first trip was over Cologne (Germany), and it was scary,” said Roy, “big aircraft raids were starting to form up and we lost a lot of aircraft to ground fire and mid-air collision due to the heavy formations of aircraft. I never got a scratch, I was very lucky, but I lost a lot of my old friends.”

As flight engineer, Roy “kept an overall eye on the operation of the plane.” There were too many gauges and controls for the pilot to look after, explained Foster. The flight engineer sat opposite the pilot overlooking a panel where he monitored things like temperature, pressure gauges, fuel consumption, and a general management of the aircraft as the flight progressed. The rest of the plane housed a crew including a navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper and rear gunners. The Lancaster also carried eight 7.70 mm Browning machine guns strategically placed and up to 22,000 pounds (10,000 kg) of bombs.

Roy described heavy night raids when the Pathfinder Squadron would go ahead and drop flares outlining the target area and “we’d just go right in and bomb.”

“I remember a night we all accumulated after the war, we had all enlisted to volunteer for Japan, but were anxious to be going home, and I recall several thousand air force kids and thousands of civilians came out to say goodbye,” Roy smiled fondly at the memory.

After the war ended, Roy Foster flew with the 129 Acceptance and Ferry Flight at Trenton, and the detachment of 129 Acceptance and Ferry flight out of Lincoln Park, Calgary. With six pilots and twelve flight engineers we ferried aircraft throughout the world from that location. Flying in twenty- seven different aircraft Foster amassed over six thousand hours of airtime.

Roy Foster left the Air Force in 1945 to reenlist in 1950 and transferred to the Trenton Repair Depot to serve two years with the Aeronautical Investigation Branch and Salvage.

Preserving the Voices of History
The Memories Recovered Project is a valuable instrument for maintaining accurate historical recall. Listening to the veterans retell their experiences which are simultaneously revealed in their excited, afraid, grinning, proud, and pained expressions adds another dimension to learning about war and the incredible sacrifices made by our military men and women, their families, and all civilians as the country united as one.

The Memories Recovered Project is a tribute to those who risked their lives to ensure Canada’s freedom, and a platform for those who were there to tell future generations, firsthand, what it was like to be in a state of all out war. The MRP invites all war veterans to contact the Project Coordinator Roy Foster at erfoster@telus.net for an interview. “Anyone who knows of any veterans, whether army, navy, air force, merchant navy, or women in any service, please call us,” said Foster. Each person interviewed receives a free disc as does the sponsoring Legion. Eventually compiled onto DVD format, the information will be offered to schools, museums, and other institutions as a valuable piece of history. The Memories Recovered Project is a registered non-profit organization. For more information or to make a donation to help “keep history alive,” go to the Project’s website at www.memoriesrecoveredproject.com.

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