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In Hot Water (2 of 3)

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In Hot Water (2 of 3)

Well, it's almost dark. By the time I get back to the airfield at B8, land, taxi in. As soon as I taxi in, somebody's on the airplane and as I open it say, "Sir, the wing commander wants to see you." The wing commander was Bunt Waddell, fantastic man. And so I go to Bunt Waddell in his van and he said "Montgomery's headquarters have called, Montgomery is in a terrible fit. You have reported the location on the radio of British tanks and they are mounting a major attack in the morning at dawn just where you are, where you reported them to be. And, in effect, you have given away the whole of this attack and Montgomery is beside himself. You have breached the rules. You're in trouble. You are in deep doo-doo." Well, of course, at this point I'm petrified and so it's dark now, I leave his van, I go to the photographic section. Just as I was leaving these tanks I tipped up on the side and I took some photographs. They should not have turned out, it was too dark, but I go to the photographic section and I say to the guys there, "You've got the film. Is there anything on the film?" You know, and they've got this wet...

Mr. Rohmer continues the story of spotting Tiger Tanks in an unexpected area in Normandy, and how his reporting of it got him in hot water.

Richard Heath Rohmer

Major General Rohmer was born in Hamilton, Ontario on January 24, 1924. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on his eighteenth birthday. He had received some training in Canada before being shipped overseas to Bournemouth for further training on both Spitfires and Mustangs. He chose to fly a Mustang and was finally able to get into operations in the Fall of 1944.

General Rohmer provided reconnaissance for D-Day, the Falaise Gap and the Liberation of the Netherlands.

After the war, General Rohmer instructed Spitfire pilots on how to attack in the air at Gunnery Instructor School and later went back to college in Ontario, Canada. After graduating from college he went on to practice law. General Rohmer has received several awards throughout his illustrious career including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Canada Defence Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Canada just to name a few. General Rohmer is also a best selling author.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Richard Heath Rohmer
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Battle of Normandy
Air Force
403 Squadron

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