Avro Anson 6610


Collection Gerald Thomas Padden
Courtesy Graham Padden (paddeng@padden.eu)

Source of information


built in UK
Anson Mk. I

first date: 17 April 1941 – Taken on strength at MacDonald Brothers Aircraft at Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ex RAF W2134.

Winter conversion kit installed during assembly. To No. 2 Training Command on 29 July 1941, for use by No. 7 Air Observers School at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

To MacDonald Brothers for overhaul, 25 March to 6 June 1943.

To No. 2 Training Command when completed.

To No. 2 Air Command on 1 December 1944.

Pending disposal from 10 April 1945.

By 27 November 1945 on the books of Material Command, stored at No. 5 Satellite Equipment Holding Unit at Neepawa, Manitoba, where it was noted with 3619:25 total time, 1667:25 since overhaul.

last date: 1 October 1946 – Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal


Collection Gerald Thomas Padden
Courtesy Graham Padden (paddeng@padden.eu)

The Final Flight of Hampden TB.I AD729

One of the aircrew was trained in Canada…

Defence of the Realm

This article was researched and written by request of Gareth Evans whose great uncle was Pilot Officer William Rees.

In the closing hours of January 11th 1943, a formation of bombers grumbled their way towards the Scottish coast. They were twelve Handley Page Hampdens of the Royal Australian Air Force’s No.455 Squadron attached to RAF Costal Command and based at RAF Leuchars, Fife. The aircraft were returning from a late afternoon anti-shipping operation off the Norwegian coast using the early darkness of winter to cover their escape back to Britain. No.455 Squadron was a veteran unit having a wealth of experience on the Hampden that ranged from minelaying to attacks on the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. The previous year the squadron had also deployed to Russia to support the arctic convoys before training Russian crews on how to operate the aircraft.

no-455-squadron-royal-australian-air-force-handley-page-hampdenNo.455 Squadron Hampden (ADF-Signals)

By this stage…

View original post 638 more words

Before I go on…

Before I go on one more time on this blog…

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

I could have written a book about Eugene Gagnon, a Mosquito pilot with RAF 23 Squadron who unknowingly led me to Allan Todd just like my wife’s uncle led me to write blogs about WWII.

Eugene Gagnon course 46

LAC Eugene Gagnon at No. 6 SFTS, Dunnville, Ontario

Writing a blog was easier in 2009.

Souvenirs de guerre was a blog created when my wife’s uncle told us he was a sailor aboard HMCS Athabaskan the night the destroyer was torpedoed. Souvenirs de guerre had its English counterpart since English speaking people were contributing so many stories and pictures.

The floodgates then opened wide one day when veterans started writing comments.

One veteran air gunner was instrumental in creating another blog about 425 Alouette, his bomber squadron in WWII.  When I found out he was suffering from this, and was just using me for his own personal glory, I just shot him down and…

View original post 28 more words