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Arms1
08-09-2004, 01:41 AM
just a thread to pay our respects to the everyday man who gave thier all to defend our lifestyle. i'll start with my father who passed away when i was seven and never ever talked about the war. I feel his story must be told even though he must be frowning upon me for doing this.
In june 1941 Don Armstrong graduated from grade 11 Verdun High school PQ and yes George Buerling had graduated from the same school the year before and was already gaining a reputation. The 1940-41 years had had seen Don as an outstanding defensemen for the "Verdun Maple Leaf's" Jr"A" team and in 1941 the "Chicago Blackhawks" offered Don a profesional contract. The war was in a stalemate at this time and the decision for Don was never in question. In sept. 1941 Don Armstrong joined the RCAF. It was august 1943 before the highly trained aviator was sent overseas where here began a strict regimen of spitfire familiarization. June 23th 1944 was Dons battle indoctrination and in his first operational mission he was heavil;y damaged over Caen but managed to crash land his a/c at an emergency strip at Beachy Head (a long flight in a damaged a/c), later in the war he flew with 401 sqn rcaf and represented his wing as thier "tough guy" in the boxing ring , kudos to a man i wish i knew more about
http://photobucket.com/albums/v258/idcflashman/th_dad.bmp

[This message was edited by Arms1 on Mon August 09 2004 at 01:08 AM.]

[This message was edited by Arms1 on Mon August 09 2004 at 02:44 AM.]

Arms1
08-09-2004, 01:41 AM
just a thread to pay our respects to the everyday man who gave thier all to defend our lifestyle. i'll start with my father who passed away when i was seven and never ever talked about the war. I feel his story must be told even though he must be frowning upon me for doing this.
In june 1941 Don Armstrong graduated from grade 11 Verdun High school PQ and yes George Buerling had graduated from the same school the year before and was already gaining a reputation. The 1940-41 years had had seen Don as an outstanding defensemen for the "Verdun Maple Leaf's" Jr"A" team and in 1941 the "Chicago Blackhawks" offered Don a profesional contract. The war was in a stalemate at this time and the decision for Don was never in question. In sept. 1941 Don Armstrong joined the RCAF. It was august 1943 before the highly trained aviator was sent overseas where here began a strict regimen of spitfire familiarization. June 23th 1944 was Dons battle indoctrination and in his first operational mission he was heavil;y damaged over Caen but managed to crash land his a/c at an emergency strip at Beachy Head (a long flight in a damaged a/c), later in the war he flew with 401 sqn rcaf and represented his wing as thier "tough guy" in the boxing ring , kudos to a man i wish i knew more about
http://photobucket.com/albums/v258/idcflashman/th_dad.bmp

[This message was edited by Arms1 on Mon August 09 2004 at 01:08 AM.]

[This message was edited by Arms1 on Mon August 09 2004 at 02:44 AM.]

F19_Ob
08-09-2004, 02:07 AM
I myself am trying to write down my Fathers story. He was a soldier in the Finnish winterwar and was in heavy battles and wounded.
He died when I was too young to ask questions. But I got plenty of info from my mother though. Infact I got lots of descriptions on how life was during this time from her.



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I dont know how well U knew your father, but U can still probably find out things about him through your relatives. Maybe someone of them might know of a friend or even a wartime friend of his?

It took me about 20 years to by accident ask a few questions during a few minutes and I got a great insight in my fathers life....now I'm very glad I asked, and I still do. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Arms1
08-09-2004, 02:18 AM
F19 OB Its hard to tell a story from 60 yrs ago but i think many of us have them, whether passed down from uncles and aunts or mothers and fathers these everyday people like u and me steped up to the plate and took thier best swing so that we all can live in freedom today, they were truly the "greatest generation"!

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v258/idcflashman/flashsig2.jpg

WTE_Ibis
08-09-2004, 04:41 AM
Here( I hope) are some photos of my dad who served in New Guinea, he is now 86 and still going strong.
A hero in my eyes. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

http://server6.uploadit.org/files/Ibissix-schmile.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/MAKE-MY-DAY.jpg
Join us or oppose us, either way "MAKE MY DAY"

http://203.44.252.25:8080/wtehttp://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/1-CUT-FROM-GROUP-OHOTO.jpg
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/2-DAD-ARMY.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/3-DAD-GROUP-SHOT-ARMY.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/4-DADS-MATE.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/5-DADS-MATE-REVERSE-OF-PHOTO.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/6-ANZAC-PARADE.JPG

WTE_Ibis
08-09-2004, 04:43 AM
Sorry dont know what I've done wrong. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/52.gif

http://server6.uploadit.org/files/Ibissix-schmile.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/MAKE-MY-DAY.jpg
Join us or oppose us, either way "MAKE MY DAY"

http://203.44.252.25:8080/wtehttp://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/1-CUT-FROM-GROUP-OHOTO.jpg
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/2-DAD-ARMY.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/3-DAD-GROUP-SHOT-ARMY.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/4-DADS-MATE.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/5-DADS-MATE-REVERSE-OF-PHOTO.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/6-ANZAC-PARADE.JPG

WTE_Ibis
08-09-2004, 04:47 AM
Try again.
A hero to me.

http://server6.uploadit.org/files/Ibissix-schmile.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/MAKE-MY-DAY.jpg
Join us or oppose us, either way "MAKE MY DAY"

http://203.44.252.25:8080/wtehttp://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/1-CUT-FROM-GROUP-OHOTO.jpg
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/2-DAD-ARMY.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/3-DAD-GROUP-SHOT-ARMY.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/4-DADS-MATE.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/5-DADS-MATE-REVERSE-OF-PHOTO.JPG
http://premium.uploadit.org/Ibissix/6-ANZAC-PARADE.JPG