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RCAF Medicine Hat

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Those known to have served at

RCAF Medicine Hat

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Bowker C. Frank. F/O
  • Butler Richard William. Sgt. (d.26th Jul 1942)
  • Grellis Andrew William Joseph. P/O (d.23rd March 1943)
  • Werner Alfred Norman.

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F/O C. Frank Bowker instructor 34 SFTS

My father, C. Frank Bowker, was an instructor at #34 SFTS with the rank of Flying Officer sometime during the period 1942-1944. He had broken his back as a young man and so was not allowed active duty, but somehow joined the RAF anyway. I was a baby at the time, and so I know nothing of what he taught, indeed I don't recall him being absent from home, and he never talked about his role in the RCAF. He lived at home in Medicine Hat, and had a full-time job with a local flour company, so he may have been a part-time instructor.

Perry Bowker

Sgt. Richard William Butler 106 Squadron (d.26th Jul 1942)

My father was a Lancaster pilot with 106 Squadron, based finally at Coningsby in Lincolnshire. His squadron leader at that time was Guy Gibson. My father and mother both volunteered in 1939, my mother joined the WAAF and at the time of my father's death was also based at RAF Coningsby. My father was trained as a pilot in Medicine Hat in Canada, then at OTU Kinloss. He was lost on a bomb laying operation in the Bay of Biscay at the mouth of the Gironde River near Bordeaux. Only two of the crew survived, Adams and Church, the rest were killed when the plane was shot down by a flack ship. Coningsby was the last posting for my mother as she left the WAAF on compassionate grounds because she was pregnant. Prior to that she had been based at Stafford and occasionally used to commute (beyond the permissible distance) at weekends to visit my father at RAF Kinloss. RAF Conningsby was their first posting together.

Richard Butler

Alfred Norman Werner

My father, Alfred Werner, was an instructor at FSTS 34 Medicine Hat from 1942 until 1944. After leaving the RAF he became a senior flight instructor on the Comet 3B and the Trident with BEA. He moved back to Medicine Hat in 1965 and passed away that year. Does anyone remember him?

Dr Derek B Werner

P/O Andrew William Joseph Grellis 34 Flying School Medicine Hat (d.23rd March 1943)

My uncle Andrew Grellis was a pilot officer at 34 Flying School Medicine Hat. He was killed in a flying accident on 23rd March 1943.

I have inherited a book `George Heriot's School Roll of Honour', Edinburgh 1951, which lists all the young men who died in WW2 and would be happy to do look-ups.

Jennifer Dixon

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