Hard to read isn’t?

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Hugh kept this letter all his life.

Dean Cahill found it among other earth shattering artifacts. I had a hard time finding who had written Hugh on December 15, 1944.

December 1944 that when Eugene Gagnon joined 23 Squadron. So this is somewhat precious because Eugene Gagnon is the reason I wrote this blog.

I don’t know if Hugh had any children.

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In my research yesterday I found Hugh Boland married Miss Tate. I don’t know her first name. What I know though is that a Doreen was much interested in Hugh.

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That telegram was sent on April 19, 1943.

Doreen was not the only one interested in Hugh as you can see with this letter from a WAFF.

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This looks like a letter from Doreen Oates a WAFF in RAF Colerne.

So Miss Tate who married Hugh can’t be Doreen.

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Dean Cahill’s collection – New earth shattering artifacts

This title is pun intended in a way.

I will show Hugh Boland’s new earth shattering artifacts after this original post about a navigator who flew with 23 Squadron.

Original post

Dean Cahill has found some artifacts that belonged to Hugh Boland.

Hugh

Hugh Boland

We all know a little bit about Hugh.

Hugh Boland

Peter Smith is now in the process of processing all this information so we can post more stories about this navigator.

As you can imagine Peter has a lot of work before him. When he is done, I will share everything.

Meanwhile you can view these artifacts.


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End of the original post

Peter Smith just sent me these new scans with this message.  

It is nothing earth shattering I’m afraid, but it is all opened out, put flat, recorded so there is a record-he shall not disappear into history quite yet!!

In my next series of posts I will see if we can’t find anything earth shattering.

You can always contact me using this form like Dean Cahill once did on this blog.

Flight Lieutenant J.B. Harris

Flight Lieutenant JB Harris

J.B. Harris was sitting next to Hugh Boland all this time on this old picture taken on July 1945.

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In 2010 this is all I had about 23 Squadron.

Then I got this from Peter Smith who got it from Tom Cushing.

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A much clearer picture.

And a much closer look at Hugh Boland’s pilot.

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I wonder what Hugh was looking at?

Hugh Boland’s pilot – Flight Lieutenant J.B. Harris

This is another artifact.

A simple envelope.

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Every artifact that was saved by Dean Cahill has its own story like Hugh Boland’s report card.

Dean Cahill was cleaning up a store room during a weekend and he saved all the artifacts I posted last time. There are more to come because Peter Smith is still scanning all that Dean gave him.

Everything will be posted on this blog, and everything will be analysed.

Someday a relative of Flight Lieutenant J.B. Harris, or Hugh Boland, will find this blog like Dean Cahill did, and he or she will share what they know about Hugh Boland’s pilot.

We have little to go on right now, but we can wait.

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Hove High School

Might be related to Hugh’s school days.

Excerpt

Hove’s Old Schools – Hove High School
by Judy Middleton

Published originally in Tales of the Old Hove Schools (1991) revised 2012


There seems to have been a school at 49 Clarendon Villas as soon as the building was erected in the 1880s. It is still there and just as imposing with its yellow brick and red brick dressings rising to four storeys. Above the front entrance there is a curious female torso jutting out like an old ship’s figurehead. In October 2012 the building looked somewhat forlorn as it was swathed in scaffolding and plastic sheeting while yellow leaves scudded about the steps.

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Dean Cahill’s collection

Dean Cahill has found some artifacts that belonged to Hugh Boland.

Hugh

Hugh Boland

We all know a little bit about Hugh.

Hugh Boland

Peter Smith is now in the process of processing all this information so we can post more stories about this navigator.

As you can imagine Peter has a lot of work before him. When he is done, I will share everything.

Meanwhile you can view these artifacts.


call sign

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photo 11

photo 22

photo 33

photo 44

Paying homage to Hugh Boland

This blog is all about paying homage to 23 Squadron pilots, navigators, and ground crew if ever someone would share with us memories of erks.

Erks was the nickname affectionately given to ground crew.

Hugh Boland was just a name on Johnny Rivaz’s picture. I have never given second thoughts about this name.

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Collection Johnny Rivaz

This is also how I found Eugene Gagnon in 2010. A picture Peter Smith sent me. Peter was a complete stranger.

He has become a dearest friend.

July 1945 Boland

He helped me in my search for Eugene Gagnon and I started writing a blog about a French-Canadian Mosquito pilot and 23 Squadron.

The story is all here and more.

Eugene Gagnon

I wrote more than 250 articles on 23 Squadron because people cared and shared.

I always answer when you write something. I always answer back except once two weeks ago when Dean wrote me the first time.

I just could not understand what he wanted and I forgot to reply.

Now I know what Dean wanted.

He wants to pay homage to Hugh Boland, the quiet and shy navigator…

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Am I glad Dean wrote a second time…