1941

1941 409 Squadron in 1941 – before Grandpa Joined me / Grandpa’s Logs / 409 Squadron / 1941 No. 409 Sqn. was formed as part of No. 12 Group of Fighter Command. The first commanding officer was S/L (later W/C) N. B. Petersen, a former flying instructor at RCAF...

409 in the Beginning

409 Squadron in the Beginning 409 Squadron is formed and begins operations 409 Squadron formed at Digby, Linconshire., on 17 June 1941, and was the second of three Canadian night fighter units organized overseas that year (No. 406 came into existence on 10 May and No....

Grandpa’s Journal

Grandpa Bill's War Journal Dad writes to me about the War and why he went to fight for Canada I remember the basement in our house in Toronto. I don’t know how old I would have been but I imagine I was 12 or 13. There was a fire place at the end of the...

Joe’s Log Book

Joe's Log Book We are lucky to have this log because it gives as a second point of view of flying in Night Fighters Joe Carpenter (right) standing with Dad by the tail of their de Havilland Mosquito. Who was Joe Carpenter that Dad spent so much time with? We...

Log Book 2

Service MenuGrandpa’s War Service Log Book 1 – Canada Log Book 1 – UK Log Book 2 Joe’s Log Book Grandpa’s Journal 409 Squadron RCAF 409 in the Beginning 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Recent Posts Family Christmas 2018 Christmas Polenta...

Log Book 1 – UK

Log Book 1 - UK Grandpa arrives in the United Kingdom Log Book 1 covers the period from his first flight in July of 1940 to 21 November 1943. This takes Dad from his first solo flight to operational flying in England in Beaufighters with 409 squadron. Every flight,...