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Men who Didn't Have a Chance...

Heroes Remember

Men who Didn't Have a Chance...

I think of the service I'm going to give because I act as padre of the legion and I conduct the service and anything that's required for a padre. But I always emphasize the young men who were not there, who are not there. When I talk to the schools, I stand before the class and I tell the class, "Look at me, I'm an old man, I've got gray hair, I've got grandchildren," I said. "You see me standing before you, but on each side there are young men who don't come back." It's hard for me to talk about. But I do, I do and they realize I'm touched. They realize I'm touched. And that's what I think about. As I said before, the young men who didn't have the chance to have this family like I have and a wife and a home and friends and live in a country as nice as Canada.

Mr. Warren reflects on his good fortune to have survived the war and offers a poignant in memoriam for those who weren't so fortunate.

Douglas Warren

Douglas Warren was born on May 28, 1922 in Nanton, Alberta. His father, a farmer, was an isolationist emigrant from the United States. One of four children, Mr. Warren had an identical twin brother with whom he was very close. They had always wanted to fly, and enlisted in the Air Force in 1940. Mr. Warren completed his pilot training in High River, Alberta. Once overseas, he joined #165 Spitfire Squadron in Ayr, Scotland, and was involved in the air battle during the Dieppe Raid, as well as later flying cover on bombing raids. He then joined #66 Squadron at Falaise, France, flying the new SpitfireMK9B in ground attack operations. Mr. Warren was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Mr. Warren's exemplary career continued after permanently joining the RCAF. He became Fighter Leader for Canada's Meteor Jet Squadron, served in the Korean War, was a NATO pilot instructor in Germany, and served time with NORAD. Mr. Warren eventually became Assistant Base Commander at Comox from where he retired with the rank of Wing Commander.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
May 7, 1999
Person Interviewed:
Douglas Warren
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force
166 Squadron
Wing Commander

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