I found quite a bit of information about this pilot who flew alongside Buck McNair.

At first I thought he was French-Canadian which got me curious.

The author is Zoe Thomas and the link is here to visit the Website.

What a loss that so much untold and unrecorded history and interesting information goes to the graves with people. Thank goodness for those people who have kept, and do keep, diaries. Blogging also has to be a great way for future generations to view the lives of people doing everyday things which may be viewed as humdrum or uninteresting now but, to those who will follow, will be of great interest. Thank goodness for museums and record offices who are guarding our history because without them we would be all be the poorer without the information they hold.

Will the current generation keep letters home from service men and women in the Falklands or Iraq? Will pilots serving around the world hand their logbooks on to future generations to pour over? Will photos and other treasures be kept in modern plastic boxes to answer questions from future generations?  What will you keep that may be of interest to others in the future?

Personally, I wish I had asked more questions of my family members when they were alive and not allowed myself to be fobbed off with “you don’t want to hear about that” or “I don’t want to talk about it” or “don’t start him off about that”. I know that from a young age I had wanted to be the third generation pilot in the family and obtained my PPL in 1980, although it is many years since I have flown.

The comment section is most interesting, Charles E. Dills especially.

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