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Significant Memories of Service

Heroes Remember

Significant Memories of Service

I think that the fact that you're going into the service, you're 18 and not knowing what you really wanted to do at that stage, getting into the air force matured you to a tremendous amount, you come out matured. And I was fortunate, I went overseas and was able to meet my wife and convinced her that she should become a Canadian and stuff like that and we got married in Coventry and the significant part of that is the church we got married was 600 years old at that time. It was one of the real relic churches and we got married there and all my buddies showed up and stuff like that and also another factor, I had three brothers who were all also in the air force too and they were all able to get to the wedding in England. They were all posted overseas as well, same as I was, and they were at the wedding so those are major significant things that stand out.

Mr. Dove reflects back on his military service.

Orvel Dove

Mr. Orvel Dove was born in Innisfree, Alberta November 26, 1921. After graduating from high school, Mr. Dove decided to join the air force. With the hope of becoming a pilot, Mr. Dove traveled to Regina Saskatchewan for training, received his wings and became a night-fighter pilot with the RAF 256 Squadron. On February 10, 1942, while testing aircraft, Mr. Dove was involved in an accident and convalesced at East Grinstead Hospital in England. Upon recovery, Mr. Dove spent the remainder of his war time with Ferry Command, ferrying single-engine aircraft. Later in life and because of his wonderful experiences at East Grinstead Hospital, he became a member of the Guinea Pig Club and continues to share friendships forged during those years. Mr. Dove married after the war and moved to Kamloops, British Columbia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Orvel Dove
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force

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