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Impending Invasion

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We weren't particularly briefed by the commanding officer about it. The information was there though that, that, well the very fact that we were expected to defend the airport if an invasion came along gave us a reasonable amount of concern. The fact that we're only forty miles from the coast, the southern coast, Southampton, was a factor too. We weren't, you know, it was a very short distance away and we were well aware too, that there really wasn't much defence in England. The army was pretty well devastated when they came back from Dunkirk. They recouped, you know, in typical British style, got on with the job and as Churchill said, fight all the way through to the beaches and whatever. But we were well aware, yes.

Mr.Snell recalls how the ground crew were concerned that they were expected to defend the airbase if an invasion occurred.

John “Jock” Snell

John Snell was born in Calgary, in April 1920. He was the middle child of three, having an older sister and a younger brother. Mr. Snell's family lived through the depression where they survived on $85.00 a month, which had to support their family of five. After struggling as a farmer Snell's father took a job as a milkman. Mr. Snell remembers helping his father on the milk route on Saturday's so his father could join his friends in a game of cricket. Mr. Snell dropped out of school only months before finishing and pursued a career as a radio repair technician, which little to his knowledge would pave the way for his career as an instrument mechanic in the air force. He quickly rose through the ranks of the air force and at the age of twenty he became a commanding officer in charge of over thirty five men. Mr. Snell retired from the air force in December 1969, with just over 30 years of service.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
John “Jock” Snell
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Battle of Britain
Air Force
110 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force
Instrument Mechanic

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