and a big thank you to all of these people
I would like to thank the following people who have helped and continue to help me in finding out more information about my uncle's military service, 429 RCAF Squadron, 6 Group and Bomber Command:
Cliff 'Grandguy' Stokes - who found me the name of Manuel Raber a veteran of 429 sqn. Through his persistant calls to 429 sqn he was able to obtain Manuel's name and information.
Larry Wright - founder of the Bomber Command Historians Association who put me on the track of finding the German pilot who shot down my uncle's plane.
Nicholas Bodnar - Bomb Aimer, 426 sqn who talked with me about his WWII experience.
Manuel Raber - who served as an air gunner with 429 sqn during WWII and ended up as a POW. He also provided me with names and numbers for the Ex-RCAF POW Association
Ken Taylor - Bomb aimer, 78 sqn, Vice President of the Ex-RCAF POW Association Edmonton Chapter who provided me with the names of several veterans of 429 sqn. He also invited me to speak at their Association Luncheon. Mr. Taylor also provided me with contacts for the Bomber Command Association of Canada
Ernie Nelson - Air Gunner with 429 sqn and POW. Who sat down and talked with me about 429 sqn.
'Bud' Ward - Air Gunner with 460 sqn and POW. Who was very helpful in providing me with information about Bomber Command. Bud gave me the name of Robert Card.
Robert Card DFC - Pilot, 432 sqn. Who talked with me and loaned me his copy of the Eastmoor Memorial and Eastmoor Experience.
Jack Kerr DFC - Navigator 429 sqn. Who published Eastmoor Memorial and has been invaluable in providing me with information about the squadron.
Jack Western - Air Gunner 153 sqn and founding member of the Bomber Command Association of Canada who provided me with a list of 429 sqn veterans
G. Gardiner - Pilot 429 sqn who is answering all my questions about the squadron
Phil Burnet - Navigator, 429 sqn who is answering all my questions
J. Rollinson - Air Frame mechanic, 429 sqn who has a wealth of information about 429 and is sending it to me
Steve Puskas DFC - Pilot 429 sqn who has been answering my questions about the sqn
Gloria Hewson - current admin assistant to the CO of 429 sqn who has been patient in dealing with me and my enquires about 429 sqn and provided me with a list of some 429 sqn veterans
Capt. Chris Lake - current 429 sqn Historian who has pointed me in the right direction to get information about 429 sqn and providing me with Mr. Hugh Halliday's address and number.
Don Fletcher - ground crew 419 sqn who has helped point me in the right direction
Vince Elmer - ground crew 419 sqn who has collected almost everything there is about 419 sqn and has helped me in my research
Hugh Halliday - RCAF Historian/Author - who is helping me in my research and has provided me with a casualty list of 429 RCAF personnel and a list of 429 sqn Honours and awards list
Michael Bliss - Luftwaffe Historian who confirmed W. Johnen shot down my uncle's Wellington
Bishop Seraphim - Bishop, ArchDiocese of Canada, Orthodox Church in America, who performed the 1st memorial prayer for my Uncle. He has also provided me with spiritual guidance in understanding what is happenin to me with this process
Father John Scratch - Priest, Orthodox Church in America, who performed the 2nd memorial prayer for my Uncle and who put me in touch with a researcher who will be doing some work for me at the National Archives
Father Dennis Pehach - Priest, Orthodox Church in America, who performed the 3rd memorial prayer for my Uncle and is helping me in my spiritual growth throught this process
Philippe Gravez - 426 sqn buff who has provided me with lots of information about 429 sqn
Sean Bryan - MVS System Programmer who suggested I do a page like this!
Bob Evans - Volunteer curator of the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum. They let me have access to their research library, arranged an interview with Joe English and let me walk all over their Lanc
Joe English - Pilot, 625 sqn. Took time out of his busy day to meet me at the Nanton museum and talked to me about the Lanc.
David Morison DFC - Naviator and Navigation Leader of 429 Sqn. He has taken much of his precious time to talk to me on the phone about my uncle and what it was really like.
LCol. K. McCrimmon - CO, 429 sqn. I have been in contact with several people at the Sqn and nothing happens in the Sqn without the CO's OK
Michael LeBlanc - He has been doing research on evaders in the RCAF for the past 10 yrs. He has been extremely helpful in providing pointers on doing research