Who remembers Eugène Gagnon?

Eugene Gagnoncollection Ghislaine Laporte, Eugène’s fiancée

All the people who have visited this blog since April 2010.

Little Snoring - June or July 19451945

collection Tom Cushing via Peter Smith

All the people who have visited this blog since April 2010, and found relatives who were associated with 23 Squadron like Paul Beaudet’s daughter.

Paul Beaudet group picture

collection Peter Smith

Paul Beaudet who was George Stewart’s navigator.

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People who had never heard about this French-Canadian Mosquito pilot, immortalized with a caricature done by Pat Rooney.

caricature d'Eugène Gagnon

Who remembers Donald Hepworth Bentley and Sergeant Causeway?

Bentley and Causeway

Theo Griffiths and his son-in-law who has shared all his step-father’s war souvenirs.

Rick Maude and Theodore Griffiths mod

Rick Maude and Theo Griffiths

collection Theo Griffiths

a-flight-23-squadron-naples-10-november-1943-bwcollection Theo Griffiths

Who?

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Who remembers Donald Hepworth Bentley?

How I came to write about this Mosquito pilot…?

Donald

A comment left on this blog November 29, 2013.

I have just located this site on my iPad. My relative, Donald Hepworth Bentley, was a Flight Sergeant with 23 Squadron based at Luca in Malta. His navigator was a Sergeant 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.

Sent from my iPad

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Collection  Paul Guy

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Tom Hardy and Sophie, Paul Guy’s daughter

Collection  Tom Hardy and Sophie Guy

How I got this picture?

A comment made last week…

Hi Pierre,

This was taken a couple of days ago. Sophie is the daughter of Paul Guy whose uncle was Donald Bentley, I see that he sent some photos and information regarding Donald previously. Sophie is with her husband Tom, my son. Was so pleased that they made the effort to remember him. They also did their best to choose flowers that were in Donald’s footbal team colours – Claret and Amber, Bradford City (he was from Wyke, a district of Bradford).

Best wishes and regards.

Tim Hardy

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Donald in Canada – Redux

Update

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 Commissioner 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.

Regards

Paul.

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.

Paul

We are going to find out sooner or later…

Bentley and Causeway

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

70 years later

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 entries for November 1943.

I don’t have the pages before or after. I did not find it in more than hundreds of files Rich sent.

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The entries stop after November 16.

Theo did not fly after because there would have been something written.

There is no mention of what happened to Donald Bentley nor Sergeant Causeway on November 20.

This is the next page.

December 1943

To be continued?

A flight 23 Squadron Naples 10 November 1943 close-up

If you have any information about these pilots or anything related to 23 Squadron, please feel free to contact me.

Donald in Canada

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.

Regards

Paul.

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.

Paul

We are going to find out sooner or later…

Bentley and Causeway

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

A Flight 23 Squadron Naples 10 November 1943 Redux

Rich Cooper had sent this picture part of Theodore Griffith’s collection.

Donald Hepworth Bentley has to be on this picture if he was with A Flight.

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A Flight 23 Squadron
Naples 10 November 1943

Theo Griffiths is the fourth man second row on the left.

Donald Bentley died on November 20, 1943.

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He has to be there with his navigator Sergeant Causeway.

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

Donald Hepworth Bentley

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 Flight  Sergeant 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…

Donald

Flight Sergeant Bentley

This will be the first post about that Mosquito pilot.

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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.

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Maybe there is a logbook somewhere.

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