Veteran Stories:
Robert Morrow

Air Force

  • A mechanic servicing the port engine of a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) Ferry Command, Dorval, Québec, Canada, 13 May 1942.

    Morant, Nicholas, Photographer, Mikan Number: 3526902
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"And at first, she didn’t want to go out with me and I hadn’t had much trouble getting girls to go out with me, so that made me all the more anxious to get her to go out."

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You had a chance to apply for what station you would like to go to and I applied for [Royal Canadian Air Force Station] Calgary. Part of the reason was that my brother was Station Sergeant Major at [RCAF Station] Calgary at the time. There were three of us in the air force at that time, three from my family, so I was lucky to get Calgary, which was No. 10 R.D.; it was a repair depot for all of Western Canada. And we went out from Calgary to the different stations and brought their planes up to standard or as close as we could. Whenever we first started the war and even in 1943, our planes were so far behind, we called the [Avro] Ansons ‘flying coffins’, that was the Mk I Anson but by the time of the end of the war, those were quite good planes. The Cessna was the main training plane and we had people from Australia, England, some of the stations like Swift Current was strictly an RAF [Royal Air Force] station, which was all English. But we still had to go in and bring these planes up to their standard; so actually, I worked out of Calgary and went to practically every station in Western Canada. The biggest thing I think, I guess that happened to me in the air force is I met my wife. And we’ve been married for 64 years now. I guess as soon as I seen her, I thought I wanted to go out with her. And at first, she didn’t want to go out with me and I hadn’t had much trouble getting girls to go out with me, so that made me all the more anxious to get her to go out. She was also in the air force. She was a steno[grapher]. She had joined up in Vancouver and taken her training in Toronto and eventually got posted to Calgary and she was working in, they had an office in Calgary and I don’t know, we started to go together. Next thing, we were married on the third of May in 1946.
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