J’aimerais vous reparler du Flight Sergeant Holowaty sur Souvenirs de guerre.
Nous sommes aux Açores le 16 juin 1945. Le Lancaster KW-I se prépare à revenir au Canada. Devant le Lancaster se trouve un bombardier Liberator. Le Flight Sergeant William Holowaty est dans sa tourelle arrière.
Tout à coup le pilote entend son mitrailleur arrière crier…
Pull up, pull up…
Ces paroles, le Flight Lieutenant Chappel les a répétées dans le rapport d’accident. Ces deux photos du Flight Sergeant Holowaty proviennent d’Archives Canada.
Celle-ci vient de la collection de l’adjudant Réal St-Amour. Notez que Holowaty est à droite dans le première rangée et non au centre.
Mon ami Clarence Simonsen m’avait fait remarquer la semaine dernière que le Flight Sergeant Holowaty fut le dernier aviateur du No. 6 [RCAF] Group a trouvé la mort durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.
He became the very last casuality of No. 6 [RCAF] Group, and forgotten by time.
Il avait réagi quand je lui avais envoyé le lien vers un texte sur le 425 Alouette écrit par Rénald Fortier, le conservateur du musée de l’aviation à Ottawa.
Clarence avait été impressionné par la recherche du conservateur.
Just amazing research, and the first I have seen to mention the incident on 15 June 45 at the airfield at Terceira Island, Azores. That was Lancaster KW-I, [KB934] which had the tail cut off by KB936 code KW-G and took the life of F/Sgt. William Holowaty, from Rochester, Alberta. He was buried Monday 18 June 45, in a small cemetery beside the airfield. He became the very last casuality of No. 6 [RCAF] Group, and forgotten by time.
Now that would make a good memorial nose art panel. Must do some research. Can’t recall if it had art?
Really enjoyed that history, thanks.
Clarence est un passionné d’histoire, d’aviation et de nose art. Je lui ai créé deux blogues pour qu’il puisse publier le fruit de ses recherches et ses reproductions de nose art.
50 ans de recherche!
Sa toute dernière recherche est sur les derniers Lancaster qui se trouvent présentement dans les musées canadiens.
Un petit texte de près de 200 pages. Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous.
Son franc-parler est évident dans ce court extrait.
Aircraft restoration refers to the treatment procedures which will return an aircraft into a known or assumed original state, often using non-original material as replacement for damaged or missing parts. I am happy to report Canadian Lancaster restoration has today reached its highest peak, after sixty-five years of neglect and improper care of our eight surviving Canadian built Mk, X bombers. The second and clearly most important part of aircraft restoration is conservation, the profession devoted to the preservation of our “Canadian” cultural property for all future Canadians to see and become educated in our RCAF past.
Conservation also includes stabilization, examination, and treatment intended to maintain the integrity of an original aircraft and prevent deterioration of the airframe body. Canada’s most famous surviving veteran WWII Lancaster Mk. X, “DAISY” KB839, remains out in the rain and snow at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, a military operated RCAF museum, where she was painted replica as a British RAF Lancaster Mk. III. How can these members wear a poppy on 11 November?
You would think [expect] one or two Senior RCAF Officers in Ottawa would want to save, and correctly paint this rare part of ‘their’ own roots, heritage, and veteran combat Lancaster which flew 26 combat operations in World War Two. No, silence of the lambs. While the RCAF in Nova Scotia have done an excellent job in destroying our last rare RCAF WWII Lancaster “Daisy” and not preserved Canadian culture history, the exact opposite is taking place on the west coast of Canada.
The history of Lancaster FM104 can be found on many websites and need not be repeated, most of all the City of Toronto rejection of their Lancaster Mk. X bomber. Thanks to the City of Toronto, a rare RCAF cultural gem has been saved and will be restored to flying condition by the B.C. Aviation Museum at North Saanich, British Columbia. Please go online and enjoy what is being preserved for all Canadians, and a very first for Canada. FM104 is the oldest surviving Canadian built Lancaster from the “FM” series, but much more important is the fact FM104 will become the only “ORIGINAL” flying Lancaster Mk. 10MR in the world, when restoration is completed. The B.C. Aviation Museum [volunteer civilians again] are restoring, preserving, and saving an RCAF cultural aircraft, which flew from CFB Comox, B.C., for twenty years. If you want to make a wise donation to save CANADIAN CULTURE, send a cheque to North Saanich, B.C., they know what they are doing.
At present time  not one of our surviving other seven Canadian Lancaster aircraft are preserved and painted correctly in their ‘original’ RCAF markings, in fact the other seven bombers are all replica aircraft. I have no problem with painting replica aircraft provided they are painted correctly, and preserve “Canadian” culture. At present Canadians have four Lancaster Mk. X aircraft on display in Canada, and not one is correctly painted as a true replica aircraft. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Their National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world and each one is painted in 100% correct markings. If our Canadian Museums want to become the best, you must please attempt to meet the standards set by the American Smithsonian Institution. Canadian museums still have a long, long, way to go in learning and painting their Lancaster aircraft correctly.
Le dossier militaire de 90 pages du Flight Sergeant Holowaty est disponible sur le site Ancestry.
On y retrouve des photos de l’accident et aussi le rapport.
On sait maintenant tout ce qui s’est passé le 16 juin 1945 à 1h15 sur matin.