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Paradie RCAF Archive: 45,000+ Entries

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This database lists all known RCAF flying-related personnel who served 1939 - 1945 and onwards in many cases.
In November 2017 François Dutil began adding extensive information and many images from his research files,
for which we are grateful. Please contact us via our Helpdesk if you have additional information or images.
"Conversion from the original data held as images of old teletype sheets must have taken Major Paradie years.
The Paradie database is as close to a treasure as the World will see.” François Dutil

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10 Jan 1941 - Enlisted in the RCAF
20 Feb 1941 - Guard duty
10 April 1941
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3 July 1941
11 Oct 1941 - Flying Instructor Course
Nov 1941 - Flying Instructor
1 July 1943 - UK
15 Sep 1944 - Flak damaged, ditched in North Sea
10 Sep 1945 - Repatriated to Canada
25 Oct 1945 - Retired from the RCAF

(Photo: 23/09/44 F/L Vic. Motherwell (centre) shaking the hand of F/L E.S. Heimpel who spotted F/L Motherwell's crew adrift in the North Sea and assisted in their rescue after nearly 14 hours in a dinghy. At left is F/Sgt L.K. Engemoen, the wireless operator who earned the praise of crewmates for his work in sending out SOS's)
Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.
From New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
Died in Delta, British Columbia, 14 September 2015.
(Information courtesy of Francois Dutil)

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