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    Hello,
    At last I come back after some heavy problems of connection , must be what I have to pay to live here in Polynesia !

    I would like to have informations on this pilot of 103 Squadron:

    P/O R H Colvin RCAF

    He got perhaps a DFC, did his tour of Ops in 1944 ending it on 17 September 1944.

    I have no idea of who was his crew, any help welcome !

    Alain

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    No DFC.

    Placed in RCAF "E" Reserve (effective retirement or discharge), 24 March 1945.

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    Thank you Hugh !
    That mean that he was already back in Canada in march 1945 ?
    Was it a normal way ? because the war was not finish at the time .

    Alain

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    His service number was J85811 but this means very little because I cannot tell from records at hand when he was commissioned or when he had had enlisted. I can get that information but not this week. It is possible, however, that he had been in the RCAF for a long time and may even have been overseas for some considerable period. As I say, at this point I simply do not know.

    You wonder at personnel being placed on the "E" Class Reserve even while hostilities continued. There was not uncommon for personnel who had been overseas for lengthy periods; it was deemed that they had "done their bit" and should be entitled to begin rehabilitation via university enrollment or seeking employment before VE Day.

    I am going on memory here, but I recall I.F. "Hap" Kennedy saying that after he had been shot down over France and evaded capture, he went to Yorkshire to visit his brother, only to be told that he had been killed a day or two before. "Hap" was repatriated to Canada in September 1944 and virtually went AWOL (absent without leave). When he finally returned to his base, authorities said, "You have done enough" and released him in February 1945. He promptly enrolled in Medical School.

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    Merci Hugh !
    Any chance to find from where he came from in Canada ??

    Alain

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    I did a quick search in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail and didn't find him.
    David

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    I can probably find where and when he enlisted (which may not be his home town) but you must wait until mid- to late-next week.

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    Richard Harper COLVIN - born 8 November 1921.
    Enlisted in Vancouver, 16 January 1942 and posted to No.3 Manning Depot.
    To No.15 SFTS (probable guard duty), 27 March 1942.
    To No.2 ITS, Brandon, Manitoba, 9 May 1942. Graduated and promoted LAC, 4 July 1942.
    To No.19 EFTS, Virden, Manitoba, 1 August 1942.
    To No.10 SFTS, Dauphin, Manitoba, 26 September 1942.
    Graduated and promoted Sergeant, 22 January 1943.
    To No.1 General Reconnaissance School, 29 January 1943.
    To "Y" Depot, Halifax, 24 April 1943.
    To RAF Trainee Pool, 22 June 1943 (probably date of embarkation)
    Promoted Flight Sergeant, 22 July 1943.
    Promoted Warrant Officer, date uncertain.
    Commissioned 14 April 1944 (service number changes from R151591 to J85811).
    Repatriated to Canada, 22 January 1945.
    To Western Air Command, 2 February 1945.
    To No.8 Release Centre, 22 March 1945.
    Release date uncertain.
    Rejoined RCAF as pilot (short service commission), 3 May 1951.
    Died in Vancouver, 22 September 1971
    Last edited by HughAHalliday; 20th October 2010 at 21:56. Reason: Adding information.

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    Many thanks Hugh !!

    Alain

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