Last weekend I visited Marcel Bergeron whose hero was Eugène Gagnon.
He told me a lot of things about Eugène.
One thing he told me is that Eugène gave him a ride in a training plane stationned at Windsor Mills, Quebec.
This would have happen in the fall of 1945 when Eugène came back from England.
Windsor Mills was home of No. 4 EFTS (Elementary Flying Training School). No. 4 EFTS opened on June 24, 1940 and closed on August 25, 1944. The planes that were flown there were Fleet Finch and Tiger Moth.
I got a large panoramic picture of Windsor Mills personnel that was sent to me by Mario Hains.
I will talk about it more someday.
Getting back to Eugène and Marcel, Marcel told me they took off for a ride on a Fleet Finch. He recognised the plane with the pictures that I had given him.
When they were in the sky, Eugène asked Marcel what he was seeing down below. Marcel told him he saw cows.
Eugène put the Fleet Finch in a dive and said…
No they’re Germans… and he leveled off close to the ground.
Eugène was demobilised in December 1945, but before he gave someone else a ride.
Come back next time…