Minutes of Sep 27 2016

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September 27, 2016  Minutes of TMHC

Justin opened the meeting:

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Frank and Ben opened the meeting tonight with a "rough run-through" of the presentation they will give November 11 at the Legion banquet.  Their project over the past three or four years has been to investigate the circumstances of the downing of Halifax bomber HR864LQM on the night of July 25 1943 over the Belgium town of Ten Boer and commemorate the sacrifice of the crew.

 

Briefly and in a round about way,  Frank came into the possession of an old suitcase from the estate of the McCracken family, whose son Alex jr. died that fateful night 74 years ago.  In the suitcase were postcards, medals, various letters and in particular an exchange of letters between the mothers of other crew members.

 

As Frank explained, he was so moved by the contents of the case that he wanted to tell the story.

 

Through their research, Frank and Ben learned that the Halifax Mark l Special bomber was shot down by a German night fighter pilot, Paul Zoorner, on a mission to Essen, Germany.  As part of the Pathfinder Squadron, HR864LQ's mission was to mark the target for the rest of the planes in the bombing raid. 

 

A painting of the shooting incident was produced with the kind assistance of  Jerry Van Dyke and arrangements were made to present it and other artifacts to the people of Ten Boer in tribute to the 6 crew members who are buried in their cemetery and whose graves the town maintain.

 

If you wish to learn more, you may go to Jerry Van Dyke web page at LQ - M for Mother

or hear a polished, first hand account from Frank and Ben at the Legion Banquet November 11. 

Major Terry Wong, will also be in attendance that evening.

 

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Woody then gave a brief insight into a project he has been working on involving the the guerrillas of Latvia who fought against the Germans and then the Russians during and after WW2.  The story will deal also with the escape of some of the men to Sweden and the role of the CIA and SIS.

German occupation of Latvia WW2

Military History of Latvia WW2

 

Good fortune with this momentous task, Woody

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 Our 168th Battalion display boards are on temporary loan to the Tavistock Historical Society to be used as part of their "Oxford Remembers" programme this October.  To read more about the Tavistock Historical Society and the 168th Battalion follow these links.

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October 16 at 1pm there will be TMHC field trip to the workshop of Stu Robinson, the proud owner and restorer of a WW2 Sherman tank.  Directions will be sent in a regular club mailing.

If you need to brush up on your knowledge of the Sherman tank and one of its variants 

Sherman Mark 4

Sherman Firefly

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Ted won the 50/50

 

 

Robin chaired the meeting.

1.       Xmas dinner for the TMHC will be December 11 at Chrissy‚Äôs Catering on Brock Street.  I will print up some tickets for the next meeting.

2.       2. The Speaker for the November 11 meeting at the Legion will be Rev. Paul Robinson.  Contact me if you wish to purchase a ticket or two at a cost of $15 each.  Our club usually sits together at a table or two in the North West corner if you have a problem finding us.

3.       Robin will be having a store front display on Main Street, Delhi for their local Legion from Nov. 4 to the 10th if you will be in the neighbourhood. 

4.       We require display items for the TMHC at the Mall from Nov 4 to the 10th.  Suggested items could be models, posters, photos, albums, picture books, small inexpensive artefacts.  You would be leaving them at your own risk so consider how precious the item is to you.  We are trying to have a club member at the display but there are occasions when no one will be on duty.  I have a schedule if you find yourself with some free time.

5.       We will also have a small display at the Mormon Church on Saturday Nov 8 to compliment their Family History exhibit and seminars.

6.       We will also have a display at the Station Arts Centre from Nov 4 to the 10th which will mainly deal with local enlistees of WW1 and WW2 as well as acknowledgment of Afghanistan casualties.

7.       Several members spoke to the recent deaths of Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent in apparent terror attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.