More Canadian Dambusters families meet in Ontario

Left to right: Jim MacLean (MacLean family), Hartley Garshowitz (Garshowitz family), Cathie Somers (Glinz family), Milton Lewis (Garshowitz family), Bernie Wyatt (Oancia family), Marilyn McDowell (McDowell family), Paul Morley (Garbas family). [Pic: Hartley Garshowitz]

More Canadian Dambuster families gathered together in Ontario at the weekend, for a second event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dams Raid. This took place at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, which is the home of Canada’s only flying Lancaster aircraft. Six families were represented, including those of Harvey Glinz, Stefan Oancia and Frank Garbas, who weren’t able to get to the gathering two weeks ago in Nanton, Alberta.

The picture above shows the attendees in front of the Lancaster, which is now carrying the code letters AJ-B, the same as that used on the Dams Raid by the crew captained by Flt Lt Bill Astell. This included two men from Hamilton, Ontario – Albert Garshowitz and Frank Garbas.

2 thoughts on “More Canadian Dambusters families meet in Ontario

  1. Mark V Robinson May 19, 2019 / 5:13 am

    Gidday. I have photo of EATS “Air Gunners Course No. 30 Class 1, No. 5 B. and G. School, Dafoe. Sask.- 29-4-42” that includes my father but also James McDowell (names on back of photograph). I have scanned this photo and able to email if interested.

    My father was a tail-gunner in 460 Squadron (RAAF).

    Lest we forget

    Mark Robinson

    • charlesfoster May 20, 2019 / 12:27 am

      Hi Mike — yes please! It would be great to see the picture. Please send the scan to charlesjfoster AT gmail.com (replace the At with a @ symbol!) — Charles

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