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No Training Until we got Overseas

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No Training Until we got Overseas

While we were in Canada we never even seen a gun, we don’t even know what it looks like until we got to England that’s where we took the training on the guns, the 40 mm anti- aircraft. Everything is done, you could go by the book and after we earned when we go on gun sight to do gun drill we took a lot of short cuts, you know. Everything you got to do this first and that first but once you know all the drill you just kind of ignore it and go the shortest way. You could do it in about half the time you might say. When we were down in Colchester every evening around about five o’clock, five thirty, we would take four guns down to the east coast where (inaudible) sea around that area, to set up the gun because the Germans would come over, very low over the English Channel and they would drop a bomb or say they go to (inaudible) they would fire their machine gun just to break the morale of the people you might say. They’d drop a bomb and then they would circle back. This one particular night, oh I was asleep all the time, I slept all through it. I ran the generator, the generator gives electricity for the predictor. Predictor is an instrument shows you how fast the plane is going and which way, direction but after the sun goes down there is no use for it so our crew we just packed it in and go to sleep. It wasn’t until the next morning that they found out that our gun crew had shot down this plane; first all Canadian gun crew to shoot the plane, the German plane.

Mr. Chow tells of his training once overseas and the tactics their unit used while scoping out the enemy.

George Chow

Mr. George Chow was born in Victoria, British Columbia November 5, 1921. Mr. Chow attended school in Victoria and during that time had the desire to join the service. He went to Vancouver for basic training and became part of the 16th Light Battery, 3rd Regiment as an anti-aircraft gunner. Mr. Chow travelled overseas and landed in England and at the end of war he participated in the liberation of Holland. Mr. Chow met his wife overseas and when the war was over they came back to Victoria. Mr. Chow holds great pride for his service and returned to Holland to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
May 2, 2015
Person Interviewed:
George Chow
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Liberation of Holland
Air Force

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