Another airman from No. 23 Squadron: Sergeant Albert Ginger Collar

Pierre Lagacé:

Written in 2010 about another airman…

Originally posted on RAF 23 Squadron:

I received this comment on my blog two weeks ago…


My father was a navigator with 23 SQN stationed in Sardinia, Sergeant Albert Ginger Collar.
I have a photo taken of the Squadron aircrew the day they arrived in Sardinia. that is what I was told.
My father is not in the photo because he was taken short and had to run behind the hut.
He survived the war dying in 1976. 

Yesterday Mike sent me this picture.


The picture is dated February 1944.

What is bizarre is this is written in French: Février 1944

Here is the picture I showed you last week.

This is Sergeant Collar with a pilot back in England. That was before the move to Sardinia according to Mike.

This is what Mike said…

Hi Pierre,
Trying to find that picture I promised, but unable to locate it at the moment, but will…

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70 years later

Pierre Lagacé:

Written in 2013

Originally posted on RAF 23 Squadron:

Donald Hepworth Bentley is the pilot on this close-up of a picture taken in Naples on November 10th, 1943.

Second row, on the left.

Bentley and Causeway

Paul wrote me about it, and he confirmed yesterday that his cousin Donald is the pilot on the left in the second row.

The family and myself are pretty sure that Donald is the second pilot standing on the right hand side of the photo. His likeness is very like one of my granddaughters.

If Donald is on the left, then the navigator on the right must be his navigator Sergeant Causeway.

It would be logical to assume this.

Bentley and Causeway

This is Theo Griffiths’ original picture in his collection where pilots and navigators of A Flight are photographed.

A flight 23 Squadron Naples 10 November 1943

Theo wrote the caption.

Rich Cooper has been sharing all he could send, scanned pictures and logbook pages, everything except the kitchen sink.

I found this logbook page with some…

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Donald Hepworth Bentley

Pierre Lagacé:

Posted in 2013

Originally posted on RAF 23 Squadron:

From this comment sent from Paul, a cousin of Donald…

I have just located this site on my iPad. My relative, Donald Hepworth Bentley, was a  flt/set with 23 squadron based at Luca in Malta. His navigator was a Sgt Causeway. They were both killed September 1943 and are buried together in the cemetery in San Marino. The grave has the propeller from the Mosquito mounted on it.

I have photos if any one interested.
They were 23 years old and had trained in Canada.

To this  picture he shared with me so I could share it with my readers…


Flight Sergeant Bentley

This will be the first post about that Mosquito pilot.


The first of many posts about a pilot who flew this type of plane…

Malta Mosquito

And who is buried in San Marino Town Cemetery in Italy with his navigator.

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4

Maybe there is a logbook somewhere.

If you have…

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Donald in Canada – Redux


Hi Pierre, just found this old photo of Donald in Canada.I seem to remember it was when he had just received his Wings.the person with him,I think,was high Commisioner or consul.the photo on the back says,Happy Valley,Halifax.

Keep reading you blog, brilliant.

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Sorry again for this third post of the day.

This search can get addictive you know…

So is this blog about 23 Squadron.

Paul just sent me this message confirming that Donald Bentley is on this picture.

A flight 23 Squadron Naples 10 November 1943 close-up

Hi Pierre,

That photo is correct. What confused us at first was the gaunt look he appears to have compared to some old photos. I will try send you one of him in Canada in a minute.



After a minute or so later…

Paul sent this picture of Donald Bentley who got his training in Canada.

Donald in Canada

This was taken in Canada, don’t know the location, but looks like somewhere on Coast.


We are going to find out sooner or later…

Bentley and Causeway

If you have any information, please feel free to contact me.

When Mosquito’s ruled the world…maybe one could again!

Pierre Lagacé:

Very interesting

Originally posted on Art on the nose:

One of the most well-known English Aircraft manufacturer De Havilland produced one of the most iconic birds of the second world war which of course was the Mosquito. They may have been less heralded than the Lancaster or Halifax, nor as sexy as the Spitfire or Hurricane but this versatile two-man machine may have actually been the greatest warplanes of them all. It was so highly thought of by the Axis that they were allowed to count each Wooden Wonder shot down as two ‘kills’. According to wartime test pilot Eric “Winkle” Brown, “I’m often asked, what type of aircraft saved Britain. My answer is that the Mosquito was particularly important because it wasn’t just a fighter or a bomber. It was a night fighter, a reconnaissance aircraft. A ground-attack aircraft. It was a multi-purpose aircraft.” and historian Sir Max Hastings supports this view, saying “The Mosquito helped transform…

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