Did He or Did He Not Fly a Mosquito?

More information about Patrick Maguire

Lest We Forget

I have not found anything about Patrick Maguire flying a Mosquito on his service record.

Does it really matters?

Patrick Maguire served his country in WWII. First as a LAC (Leading Aircrafman). Patrick Maguire was born on January 30th, 1923. He enlisted June 11, 1942 and commenced serving the same day.

Patrick Maguire 3-4ACH/Pilot means Aircrafthand/Pilot. That’s a general term used when someone enlisted. This does not mean he got his training as a pilot. This is confirmed by this second document.

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I modified the image.

Patrick Maguire 5-6modPatrick Maguire enlisted at Euston CRC, Central Recruitement Centre) on June 11th, 1942.

He was then put on Res (Reserve) from June 12th, 1942 to May 3rd 1943. I believe he could have had prior training since Marilyn told me her father talked about going to the Far East and witnessing war crimes committed by Japanese soldiers. I could not verify that information.

From Reserve, he…

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Patrick Maguire

The sequel…

Lest We Forget

Marilyn is looking for information on her father.

Could anyone out there tell me if it is possible to find out names of pilots who flew the Mosquito and their squadrons? My father flew the Mosquito but I do not know what squadron he was in.

Patrick Maguire never talked much about the war like so many veterans, but he talked to his daughter about the Mosquito.



Having his service record will help us find more about him and thus help Marilyn find out more about her father.

Patrick Maguire’s service commenced on 11 June 1942.

service commenced

He was a LAC (Leading Aircrafman) and was discharged to get a commission as a Flying Officer on May 5th, 1944. He got promoted on November 5th, 1944.

promoted as Flying OfficerBut Flying Officer does not mean that he was a pilot per se. Pilot Officer was just a rank. Navigators, bomb aimers, air gunners were…

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Could Anyone out There…

Could anyone out there tell me if it is possible to find out names of pilots who flew the Mosquito and their squadrons? My father flew the Mosquito but I do not know what squadron he was in.

That comment was left on this blog two weeks ago.

First I wanted to be sure of the validity of the comment. Sometimes people put phony comments.

This one was not phony by any means. Marilyn is looking for information about her father who was a Pilot Officer.

Marilyn thought she had little to go on.

She had a lot of information: her father’s service record sent by the Archives in England.

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Paying Homage to Eugene Gagnon Redux

This is a newer version of a published post. It was about the plaque that is now part of the Dunnville Memorial.

Click here for a picture taken by Ken Mist.

As I had finished writing it, I received these documents from Pat Logan.

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Ken Mist had taken this picture of the plaque of Eugene Gagnon. I bought the plaque two years ago and I desperately wanted a picture to show Eugene’s nephew.

Eugene got his wings there.


Ken Mist was visiting Dunnville Airport which will be soon closed but not the museum.

Ken sent this.

Dunnville Eugene Gagnon plaque

This is Ken Website. 

He also has a blog which is awesome!

Ken seems to like airplanes…

I like them too.

Click here.

These are more documents I received from Pat Logan. It’s about the commemoration on July 7th, 2012.

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Eugene Gagnon’s name is there somewhere. A plaque is now paying homage to Flight Lieutenant Eugene Gagnon DFC, Mosquito Pilot.

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A Very Unlikely Hero

A very unlikely hero… John Custance Baker

A Very Unlikely Hero

This is Hilary’s article about her uncle John…

John Custance Baker was born in Penang in Malaya in 1921, the youngest of three boys.

John as child

He was small, weak and suffered from asthma. As he grew up, he became quiet, humorous, patient and loved by all who came in contact with him.


 Barry, John, Alan

John was under five when he was sent to England with his brothers to be brought up by his grandfather and great aunt. His father visited whenever he got leave from his Colonial Civil Servant duties in Malaya, his mother a little more often.


Alan, Barry, John

When he was seven or eight there was a letter from John’s grandfather to his mother saying: “I am deeply grieved to have to tell you that John has got pleurisy.” In her private notebook his mother wrote “John, frail little John … & three weeks of sea and…

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And if by Chance…

A very unlikely hero…

A Very Unlikely Hero

And if by chance I am killed, then you must just take a little more concern in your own lives and those of Barton & Alan & their offsprings. Mourning is of no use & there could be no better thing to die for. […]

Very Best Love from John.

This is an excerpt of an article written by Hilary Custance Green. At first I wanted to post it on my blog about RAF 23 Squadron.

But then I changed my mind.

This very unlikely hero deserves more than just a post on a blog paying homage to 23 Squadron in WWII which already has more than 200 articles.

Much more.

A Very Unlikely Hero

navigator Baker

Flying Officer John Custance Baker DFC & Bar,
3 May 1921
10 May 1945

And if by chance I am killed, then you must just take a little more concern in your own lives and…

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