This post was first published to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019. I think it’s appropriate to reblog it today, Remembrance Day, to honour not only my father, but all the men and women who fought for our freedom and for peace.
This Wednesday, June 6th, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. For many of us, the battle brings back the horrific images from the opening scenes of the movie Saving Private Ryan. As horrific as they were, we always knew it was just a movie. This week a delegation of World War II Canadian veterans will travel to Normandy for the anniversary celebrations. They are all elderly and this will be the last milestone of war they will likely attend. My father, who was an air force veteran, passed away 20 years ago, but if he were alive, I don’t think that he’d make the trip.
ENTRIES FROM PILOT OFFICER LESLIE THOMPSON’S LOGBOOK
February 8, 1943:
Located wreckage and two bodies at low tide.
February, 2, 1944:
Sea search for Mosquito. Located wreckage. No survivors.
These are two of the handwritten entries found in the…
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