The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

About this comment made…

My mother often spoke fondly about a cousin who left for the war and died on Sept. 29 or Nov.29 1944 at 22 years of age. His name was Sargeant Harold Murphy R.C.A.F. I believe he was with the 128th Squadron (Pilot Officer – graduating as an Observer). How would I go about finding out more about him. My mother always said his plane was shot down at sea. His service was # J/95450

In memory of Pilot Officer

 JOSEPH HAROLD MICHAEL MURPHY

who died on November 29, 1944

Military Service:

  • Service Number: J/95450
  • Age: 22
  • Force: Air Force
  • Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Division: 128 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Son of Emmet Thomas Murphy and Mary Jane Murphy, of Huntingdon, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Source

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/virtualmem/Detail/1077419

Someone found him.

Mosquito navigator

He was from RAF 128 Squadron not RCAF 128 Squadron.

Date: 29-NOV-1944
Time:
Type: Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Mosquito B.Mk.XX
Operator: 128 Sqn RAF
Registration: MM195
C/n / msn:
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: North Sea –   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature: Military
Departure airport: Wyton
Destination airport:

Narrative:
Missing (Nurnberg) 29.11.44 Lost without trace.
Crew:
W/O (1026434) Frank Edgar(pilot) RAFVR – killed
P/O (J/95450) Joseph Harold Michael Murphy(obs) RCAF – killed

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=17808

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._128_Squadron_RAF

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathfinder_%28RAF%29

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/h128.html

http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/128_wwII.html

http://www.rafwarboys.co.uk/128squadron.htm

http://www.davidcbloomfield.co.uk/new-1/128sqdn.jpg

Robert Scott from Oakland, California

Comment from a reader…

I wonder if the Robert Scott listed here was the founder of Scott Labs in Canada and lived in Mill Valley.

This picture was taken at Torbay in late 1943 or early 1944.

It was hidden for 68 years… in Walter Neil Dove’s photo album.

This is some precious picture for someone looking for Robert Scott from Oakland, California.

Robert Scott signed Walter Neil Dove’s logbook when Wally Dove got his transfer to RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

68 years later, I think we have found his son Bruce…

I wonder if the Robert Scott listed here was the founder of Scott Labs in Canada and lived in Mill Valley.

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Gibby and Harry, comrades-in-arms

This picture of Gibby I posted last time was in Harry Hardy’s logbook.


Collection Harry Hardy DFC via Richard Tunstall

His grandson Richard Tunstall is paying homage to his grandfather and his comrades-in-arms on a Website.

One of my virtual friends living in Belgium had sent me this comment…

Hi Pierre,
you will find a picture of William Gibbs at the following URL
http://www.twitpic.com/photos/rhtunstall

I never expected this! Well maybe I did.

I am always surprised by what is evolving from my blogs. Just like yesterday when Captain Foster’s son wrote a comment on my blog about RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

What an amazing blog and what a wonderful tribute to those who served in 403 squadron. I am Cap’s youngest son and can’t thank you and Greg enough for putting this together. I can answer your question as to whether or not Cap was Eugene Gagnon’s flight instructor unfortunately he was not, I just searched through my fathers log books from his time at 6 SFTS in Dunnville and Eugene’s name was not there. Too bad because that would have been so very cool. I look forward to learning more about the history of the Wolf Squadron and once again thank you so much for your efforts.

Getting back to Harry Hardy DFC…

Collection Harry Hardy DFC via Richard Tunstall

You have to see what his grandson did.

Click here. 

I would have done the same if he had been my grandfather.

I contacted Richard who, in turn, sent me these links to the videos he had made of his grandfather’s WWII experience as a Typhoon pilot.

No piece of cake!

I was not aware of the losses suffered by those pilots during the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

Here are the links to the videos to find out more.

Part One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G23UB-QUdac

Part Two

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHAbHy_EPE0

Part three

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu6e4soOWHU

At the end, Harry Hardy is quite moved by all he has told his audience.

Richard told me Harry is still with us and he is turning 90 in May 2012.  

We owe him so much, more than just paying him this small homage.

As a footnote to this article…

This is the plane Harry flew. I also had posted it without knowing who the pilot was.

Collection Harry Hardy DFC via Richard Tunstall

Gibby

Click on the image…

Collection Harry Hardy DFC via Richard Tunstall

One of my virtual friends living in Belgium sent me this comment…

Hi Pierre,
you will find a picture of William Gibbs at the following URL
http://www.twitpic.com/photos/rhtunstall

Someone else is paying homage to these fine young men who never returned home.

Finally, Gibby is virtually coming back to Canada.

Click here. 

There was no picture of Gibby on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial site.

Lest we forget.