How many came back from the war?

At least one recruit from this group picture session did come back after the war.

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Some of these recruits most probably did not make it past I.T.S. That we will never know. Training was hard. Only a few made it after Initial Training School.

I wonder if Richard Neilhand Hammond is on this picture.

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Hard to tell isn’t. I should have asked Allan Todd.

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I have another picture to show you, but it’s not part of the Allan Todd’s collection. This one I am  sure only one recruit made it back safely to Canada. I have met him more than 25 times since 2010.

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Picture taken at McDonald, Manitoba No. 3 B&G – only gunner to come back alive after the war

Air gunner Jean-Paul Corbeil, 425 Les Alouettes Squadron
Second row, on the left… (picture taken at No. 3 B&G Macdonald, Manitoba)

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3 thoughts on “How many came back from the war?

  1. Greetings from Norway. I seem to have come across a flight suit like the one being worn in one of the photos (last one: “Picture taken at McDonald, Manitoba No. 3 B&G – only gunner to come back alive after the war”) . I am trying to find out if it is at all possible that Norwegians used the same flight suit (it is the kind that is being worn by the gentleman in the middle in the second row). Also, any information (text or pictures) about the flight suit in general (Deacon 1943) woud be of interest.

  2. An answer?

    The idea that all Norwegians wore the same flight suit would surprise me because my understanding is that they were dispersed among different squadrons and that it was normally the squadron which took responsibility for issuing such things and, prior to that, the Flight School etc.

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