Veteran Stories:
Robert Boyd Tennent

Air Force

  • Robert Tennent, Sherbrooke Veterans' Village, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 4, 2010.

    Historica Canada
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"we all were sergeants, so we, we all used the same mess, we all used the same facilities. And I suppose when one of them was shot down or something, we felt probably more kinship to a loss than you would normally."

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I was radar mechanic. I was tasked to 109 Squadron. Well, we installed new systems, the one I was with. And it was a Pathfinder. I had charge of, they call it a fleet or a small one. Seeing the aircraft was ready for service and interviewing the air crews when they came back. If they made a boo-boo or somebody made a boo-boo, we had to find out. I was with the squadron for I guess about eight or seven years all told. Most of it was interviewing. It was first of all, make sure that the aircraft that was on duty that night or day was ready for service and not considered empty, go out and check the aircraft on the ground and check the personnel that were going to be looking after it to see who was available and well enough to carry on the duties. The aircraft would go up as flying, and it would, this would be site A and site B would be here. Well, it would fly here, rebroadcast a signal to here, to catch say a German target over here. And it was fairly complicated. I think probably the ones that stand in my mind the most would be people that you [served with], we all were sergeants, so we, we all used the same mess, we all used the same facilities. And I suppose when one of them was shot down or something, we felt probably more kinship to a loss than you would normally.
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