One of my family's greatest treasures is a single legal-length type-script dated 24th May 1944. It is classified TOP SECRET, hand-numbered “30” in pencil, and headed BIGOT “A” LIST. The document names 43 officers and 6 airmen with their assignments. The signature block is that of Air Vice Marshall H. Broadhurst commanding No 83 Group, of the Second Tactical Air Force.
Artifact W2-9: Aircraft Production - Fairchild Aircraft – Longueuil, Quebec - 1940s
Having served in the First World War (see W1-2: Dispatch Rider), my Father was too old to join up in the Second. His experience in the inter-war years in auto mechanics landed him the position of Foreman of the Flight Shed at Fairchild Aircraft in Longueuil, just south of Montreal.
In the early years of the War, Fairchild built the Bristol Bolingbroke, which was used as an advanced trainer by the RCAF. In this photo, my Father is seated third from the left, in the front row. A Bolingbroke is in the background.