I would like to thank Ron Dale for his excellent writing of The Monuments Men series, the biographies and circumstances of all the military men who sacrificed their lives during the two world wars – and whose names are engraved on Niagara-on-the-Lake’s two cenotaphs.
I was interested in the Oct. 6 instalment (part 19) on George “Murray” Grier and the tragedy of his death in a training accident at Aylmer in a Harvard aircraft.
My cousin, F/O Douglas Thorpe, was a trainer at Dunnville, who survived the “yellow peril,” as the Harvard (painted yellow) was named.
He told us that the single engine was prone to “conk out” and he was grateful to survive.
There is one at Mount Hope RCAF museum.
Years later, as a Girl Guide leader in Trenton, our companies were proud to march behind the RCAF during the gifting of the Memorial Gates from Great Britain and the Commonwealth to RCAF Air Training Command.
Many thousands passed through those gates for training across Canada.
Our museum’s Poppy Project is a wonderful reminder – to be grateful and never forget.