ere was perhaps nothing more terrifying for a pilot, a navigator, and a telegraphist air gunner, on a training flight out of East Camp, RCAF Station Yarmouth to become lost in fog off south western Nova Scotia.
In 2012, Wartime Heritage began researching those from our local community of Yarmouth Town and County of Nova Scotia who’s names appear on the Yarmouth Cenotaph and prepared web pages for each individual. In 2014, as a World War I Centenary Initiative, the Association began to identity individuals with connections to Yarmouth Town and County who served during World War I. At present, the list contains over 1,500 men and women. Information in Remembering World War I is updated regularly. If you know of someone missing from our list or you recognize any of the existing names, we encourage you to please share photos, letters, and memories with us so we may include them in the collection.
Telegraphist Air GunnersYarmouth, Nova Scotia, has a unique connection to the Telegraphist Air Gunners (TAGs) Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy of World War II. Of the three thousand TAGs trained, five hundred seventy completed their training in Yarmouth at RCAF Station Yarmouth - East Camp.Over the years Wartime Heritage has maintained a connection with Telegraphist Air Gunners who served in World War II and the Association has attended Memorial Services in England at Lee-on-Solent on a number of occasions.Wartime Heritage has attempted to collect as much information as possible on TAGS and continues to update the website. The site contains articles, stories, and photos. Remembering the Telegraphist Air Gunners
RememberingNorman Monchier August 19, 1942Pilot Officer Royal Canadian Air Force 403 SquadronAn Instructor wrote: “Very good student, most youthful member of the class, gives impression of keenness and alertness, very promising young man …”
The Spirit of WingsHe did not seek the acclaim of his fellows, this unassuming and gallant young gentleman who has winged into the Western sunset He did not reason why. These boys of Canada have been called brave and smiling. They are both. But we have known them to be youths of sweet tender courage, living up to tradition that has ever possessed their souls, and now come to its full measure, winging its path of freedom across the skies.And now we do not mourn, but rather do we rejoice for the life he lived here among us from day to day.He was one of us, his manly courage, his example of bravery and sacrifice, his fortitude will ever remain an inspiration to those he has left.His deems may not be graven on tablets of bronze or marble, but will forever be inscribed in the hearts of his friends. The staff of this newspaper will join with other Yarmouth citizens today in saying to the family of Douglas Dunn “Be strong and of good heart. He was a great and gallant lad. The flight into the setting sun was the triumph of his youth and his spirit remains in the earth.”
Remembering:Charles Douglas DunnFlight Sergeant Royal Canadian Air Force408 Squadron Killed in actionMarch 27, 1942
Remembering:Reginald WoofPilot Officer Royal Canadian Air Force156 RAF Squadron Killed in ActionAugust 1, 1942
Salutes To VictorySummer Season ‘87 at Th’YARCThe Legacy of Salutes To VictoryWhile it was hoped that the season would be the first of an ongoing summer theatre with a wartime theme keeping alive the rich wartime heritage of Yarmouth Town and County, such was not to be. However, the success of the summer season wartime musicals led to the creation of 440 Productions and Wartime Heritage …The Wartime Heritage Association extends best wishes to the cast and crew as they come together for a thirty-year reunion this July.