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Don Reeve

Air Force

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"In the Battle of Britain, there was quite a few English people, like quite a few bombs were dropped over England and a lot of people were killed, while I was in England."

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I arrived over in England on September 17th, 1940, and the Battle of Britain was just starting up then. I was a wireless operator ground. Well, I worked in a signal station, sending radio messages to the Air Ministry and I was working on aircraft for a while, wireless electrical mechanic, one of the roles I had working on aircraft, working on the controls like between the pilot and the air gunner. Well, I was in England still, I went over there in September 1940 and I left England for Ceylon, Sri Lanka in March 1941. I went to Ceylon, Sri Lanka, I was posted to Sri Lanka to the flying boat squadron. I went back to Canada, I came back to Canada and I was stationed in Bounty Bay for a while at the airport because of my work that I had done in the air force and I was stationed at Jericho Beach with the army. Don’t go to war. Because it’s too horrible. There’s too many people being killed every day. In the Battle of Britain, there was quite a few English people, like quite a few bombs were dropped over England and a lot of people were killed, while I was in England. And that’s one of the things you remember, all the horrible things that went on, occurred during the war, including the Germans and their method of killing all the Jews and I can remember all that, about all the Jews that were massacred in the death camps, it all brings back memories.
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