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Aircraft Shortages at Flying School

Aircraft Shortages at Flying School

Mr. Warren describes a shortage of Anson aircraft at Elementary Flying School in High River Alberta. His tongue-in-cheek sense is that more value was placed on recovering the wheels from a downed aircraft than on its pilot. Later, at RAF flying school in Medicine Hat, he retrains in a single engine Harvard which eventually leads him to becoming a fighter pilot.

Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

Mr. Warren, who enlisted with his identical twin brother, describes an ironic situation which occurs while training in a Link Trainer at High River, Alberta. Mr. Warren's twin is having trouble in this machine, and unbeknown to the instructor, they trade places. Ironically, the marks Mr. Warren gets for his brother are higher than his own.

Remembrance Day Commentaries

Remembrance Day Commentaries

Mr. Edwards describes gathering with other Veterans to remember fallen comrades.

Canada’s Contribution to Victory

Canada’s Contribution to Victory

Mr. Edwards reflects on his feeling that the war would not have been won by the Allies if not for the Canadian contribution.

Remembering Comrades

Remembering Comrades

Mr. Edwards describes the camaraderie shared with other pilots - the feeling that those that were lost, were still part of the team.

From Hockey back to War

From Hockey back to War

Mr. Edwards had been good enough to try out for the Black Hawks hockey team before the war, therefore, after he returned home, he went back to his old hobby. Shortly thereafter, however, he was called back to Europe: Holland needed pilots.

Reaction to the War Ending

Reaction to the War Ending

Mr. Edwards remembers being happy that the war was over, yet at the same time feeling strange that he would no longer be doing what he had been trained to do.

I will go and visit them this year

I will go and visit them this year

Mr. Yeomans discusses the bonding among an air crew and his need for closure, as the only survivor when his Lancaster was shot down.

They made like they were going to shoot us

They made like they were going to shoot us

Mr. Yeomans describes his escape from a POW forced march.

You’d have a daily broadcast

You’d have a daily broadcast

Mr. Yeomans describes how POWs kept up to date on the status of the war.

The food was extremely bad

The food was extremely bad

Mr. Yeomans describes deteriorating conditions in the POW camps

You need medical attention

You need medical attention

Mr. Yeomans describes his capture and interrogation by the Germans.

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