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The man I never met

I never met that man.

Gagnon gets his wings - April 1942

Eugene Gagnon receiving his wings
Collection Jacques Gagnon

But I met his nephew.

I never met this man also.

GH Legion Poppies - LeVerne Haley

LeVerne Haley

Collection LeVerne Haley’s family
Use only with permission

Writing about Eugene Gagnon in 2010 led me in 2014 to LeVerne Haley’s grandson whom I never met except on the Internet. Trusting someone with personal pictures of your grandfather tells a lot about someone. Writing about a French-Canadian Mosquito pilot who died in a plane crash on October 21, 1947, tells a lot about someone also.

plane crash 21 October 1947 Windsor Mills, Quebec

Collection Jacques Gagnon

Using pictures without permission by an university student for a term paper in a history course tells a lot about someone also.

This is what happened to me two months ago. I won’t go into this story. This is why I am asking you to please contact me if you want to use pictures on this blog. I will gladly give permission if you ask and tell me why.

This blog is all about paying homage to the young men who gave so much.

If you think likewise then you are more than welcome to share these pictures unless you add a “Please donate button” on your Website.

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Restoring an Avro Anson

For addicted Avro Anson lovers…

Avro Anson

Aces Flying High

After I wrote my blog on the 2012 Nhill Fly In I was invited by John Deckert a member of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre to visit the workshops in Nhill (in country Victoria, Australia) where the various projects associated with their restoration of a World War Two era British designed Avro Anson Mk.I twin-engined maritime patrol, air crew training and liaison aircraft are taking place. This particular Avro Anson was built in 1941 and recovered as a virtual wreck from a Wimmera farm in 2009.

RAAF Avro Anson 1938 RAAF Avro Anson’s in 1938

Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Avro Anson Restoration The Nhill Avro Anson under restoration


The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre will build a new museum to house the Avro Anson along with the associated memorabilia they have collected at the Nhill Aerodrome, a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) training air base in World War Two. The base operated from 1941-1946 predominately flying the Anson to conduct air navigation and armaments training including bombing training…

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Nhill Fly In 2012

For Avro Anson lovers…

Avro Anson 2

Aces Flying High

Nhill Aero Club Victoria Australia Welcome to Nhill

On October 20th, 2012 the town of Nhill in the Wimmera district of Victoria held a Fly In event to help raise money for the restoration of a World War Two era Avro Anson (a twin-engine trainer and liaison aircraft. This particular one was recovered from a farm in the region where it had sat for many years following disposal by the RAAF) and also to establish a new Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre museum at the aerodrome. During the war Nhill was a major RAAF training base between 1941 to 1946, principally operating the Avro Anson for air navigation training (for both day and night flying – the navigators had to find their way by using the stars).

Avro Anson Nhill World War Two RAAF An RAAF Avro Anson over Nhill during World War Two (source: Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre)

Avro Anson restoration project Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Australia Avro Anson restoration project (source: Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre photo)

As the war progressed on both the European, Middle…

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Just pictures? Dwain Earl Lybbert

70 years ago…

On June 2, 1944, just before D-Day…

No. 7 S.F.T.S. Fort Macleod - LACs form Course No. 93 Red Group G Flight

In memory of 
Pilot Officer 
Dwain Earl Lybbert 
June 2, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number: J/43461
Age: 20
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information:

Son of Charles Lester Lybbert and Delvia Lybbert, of Glenwoodville; husband of Claudia E. Lybbert, of Glenwoodville.

Cemetery: GLENWOOD CEMETERY; Alberta, Canada
Grave Reference: Plot 7. Lot 32. Block B.

Commemorated on Page 369 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.

Source: CVWM


LeVerne Haley remembered!

Course 93 No. 7 S.F.T.S. Fort Macleod G Flight

LAC Lybbert, D. E. killed at Trenton FH761 Cornell

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Images may not be re-published or re-used
without prior written consent of the family of LeVerne Haley

Please contact me if you want to use these pictures.