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Boat Rescues

Heroes Remember

If some men were badly wounded, the enemy had to, we had to lower down a stretcher and float it underneath them. And we had to go down, we used to go down on the beach, with a cargo net over the side where three or four of us went down and helped. If there was anybody, if they weren’t alive and their buddies weren’t floating around upstairs, we would bury them at sea. But we wouldn’t, if their buddies were floating around, we’d bring them in to base and give them a decent burial. We always had, from headquarters, would advise us on what to do with them and we buried a few. One of the American ship, going back to America with nurses and all that kind of women personnel, got out and took a torpedo, and of course, we were there and we went out to the rescue and we had a regular fast boat and two smaller ones and we went to the rescue and then we’d load up with people and bring them back in at least one of the other boats and load them on there, we’d go back to the ship again and that way we saved a lot of lives.

Torpedo rescue was challenging at times. Mr. Bishop explains what they were dealing with on any given day.

Leo Bishop

Leo Bishop was born in St Joseph, Newfoundland on September 9,1819. His parents died when he was seven years old. After Mr. Bishop was turned down for the navy he worked about a week at forestry when he was sent to Padgate for training. Later he became involved with Search and Rescue where he served most of his career.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Leo Bishop
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force

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