Peter Smith sent me this picture. It will be in his book.
On the left is Paul Beaudet and on the right is George Stewart.
I did not know who they were before Pete sent me a lot of information about No. 23 Squadron and Eugène Gagnon the French-Canadian Mosquito pilot about whom I was searching information.
Peter sent me all he had found about his father’s squadron.
I was surprised to find another French-Canadian in that squadron.
He is Paul Beaudet who was George Stewart’s navigator. Paul flew on all his missions… I mean “trips”.
How do I know?
George phoned me. Not once, but twice.
I learned a lot about how the pilots performed their “trips…” as he puts it.
That’s the way George called them, not missions… trips…
He said that they did not have a mission per se. They did what they had to do… Period.
During our conversation, George said he was 86 and he asks me how old I was.When I said 61, he called me “kid”.
George is not only a great Mosquito pilot, he is also a great human being.
George also talked about Eugène Gagnon during our phone conversation.
He knew him.