Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And Danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings:
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence: hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while the silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. 3 September 1941
"Through adversity to the stars"
W/CDR J. Fulton Dec.14,1941-Aug.4,1942(MIA)
W/CDR A. Walsh Aug.5,1942-Jun.28,1942(KIA)
W/CDR M. Flemming Jan.1,1943-Oct.8,1943
W/CDR G. McGurdy Oct.11,1943-OCt.22,1943(KIA)
W/CDR W. Pleasnce Oct.25,1943-Aug.21,1944
W/CDR D. Hagerman Aug.22,1944-Jan.25,1945
W/CDR M. Ferguson Jan.26,1945-Aug.6,1945
AIRFIELDS FLOWN FROM:
Mildenhall(3 Group) Dec.15,1941-Aug.13,1942
Leeming(4 group) Aug.13,1942-Aug.18,1942
Topcliffe(4 Group) Aug.18,1942-Sep.30,1942
Croft(4 Group) Sep.30,1942-Nov.11,1942
Middleton St. George(4 Group) Nov.11,1942-Jan.1,1943
Middleton St. George(6 Group) Jan.1,1943-May 31,1945
Battle Honours: English Channel and North Sea 1942-1944,Baltic 1942-44,Biscay Ports 1942-44,France and Germany 1942-45,Ruhr 1942-44,Berlin 1942-44,German Ports 1942-45,Normandy 1944,Rhine,Biscay 1942-44.
This is the Kamloops Cenotaph, you will not find a single name on it from the 419th Squadron, this isn't out of disrespect, the cenotaph was erected in 1925.they have created a new memorial in Riverside Park in the early 1990's,I still pay my respects at the original one, it has more tradition to it.
F/Lt J. Virtue from 419 Squadron returned early as Sgt L. Turner RCAF, the mid upper gunner, had a collapsed lung.
P/O R. McIvor RCAF and crew, flying Halifax II JN-954 coded VR-R, failed to return from this operation.
Sgt S. Ridgen RCAF
W/O2 J. Bremner RCAF
P/O S. Goulding RCAF
W/O1 W. Claridge RCAF
P/O K. Tucker RCAF
P/O E. Dujay RCAF
All were killed.
This was the last operation in which 419 Squadron used the Halifax II.
Being raised in Kamloops BC the 419th has always been a legend to me, I know more about the squad than most people in this town.I always viewed the squad as heroes and all other WWII Veterans as heroes,this may seem odd to some, but think about it for a few moments and see if you can understand why I do. These men who fought on the ground at sea and in the air were real heroes, they were willing to do whatever it took to keep the people they loved safe, even if it meant sacrificing their lives so others could fight another day.In my book that makes them heroes and worth remembering.Remember it is us who carry the torch and we must never let it extinguish or what they fell for will be forgotten forever,and that would be the greatest dishonor we could ever do to them.
"I respect the men on the fighting on the ground, but it takes a special breed to fight in the air"
~Unknown USAF Pilot