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    Hello:

    Are any folks on this forum from the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada area? I am researching a navigator that may have lived in this area who served with my father in WWII. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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    Hello Floyd,

    I'm not from the Sault but I do have access to some Canadian resources. Do you have a name and serial no. by any chance?
    David

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    I found out through the Legion's Last Post database, that one of my father's crewmates ended up in the Sault area after the war. His name was F/L James H. Buckley J14512. I wanted to see if anyone on the forum lived there to find out what research resources are locally available. I have a request into the public library to see if I can get a copy of his obituary. That should give me a good start.

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    David:
    I am also researching a few others that my father flew with. Would your resources have any information on the following?

    Bomb Aimer: SMITH, Robert "Bob" (J.29394) (His initials could be R.C.)

    Tail Gunner: SCARFFE, E.A. "Bruce" (R202090)

    Mid Upper Gunner: WILBURN, G.C. "Shorty" (R196822)

    Engineer: GIBSON, Pete ... He is/was from Coventry, England (1869088) (His initials could be R.P.)

    All were posted to 432 Squadron. Please let me know. Thanks!

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    Hi Floyd,

    I had a quick search through the Toronto Star for your men but nothing likely came up. I take it these fellows all survived the war?
    David

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    Floyd

    I passed through Sault Ste. Marie a couple of weeks back on a family holiday. It is more commonly referred to as "The Soo".

    May I suggest two possibilities?

    Sault Ste. Marie Museum
    690 Queen Street East
    Sault Ste. Marie ON
    P6A 2A4
    Canada
    phone 1 705 759 7278

    The museum has a military section dedicated to local Soo residents who participated in both world wars. Although they may not retain a specific record perhaps someone there who is a senior in the community may be able to assist.

    Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    50 Pim Street
    Sault Ste. Marie ON
    P6A 6W6
    Canada
    1 705 945 6242

    The Soo was and is a focal point for bush type/firefighting flying in northern Ontario. Perhaps your relative was involved in this type of activity post-war ( I am assuming he survived ). Again there may be contacts there within the local aviation community who may be able to assist.

    Good Luck

    Eric

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