Jug and Walter, comrades-in-arms – update

His granddaughter  just left a comment…

My Grandpa was David “Jug” Dack and I am so sorry I am just finding this blog! I was wondering if you were still keeping up with it? Can I look for some more information or photos for you?

Original  post

Jug Dack was also a pilot stationed at Torbay. Jug and Walter are seen together in the photo album of Flight Lieutenant Walter Neil Dove.

I wrote an article about him on my other blog. Maybe someday someone will recognise him and write me like the son of Captain Foster did…

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 father’s  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.

Greg wrote me about Jug…

Dave “Jug” Dack was with my grandpa pretty much everywhere. Torbay and England area. Have you put up a profile? I’d like to show my Grandma, when I see her next, she remembers him the best.

Greg

Walter and his wife Elizabeth are seen with another pilot, Dave Dack and his wife Vera.

It was taken in June 1944 in Hotel Montreal the summer before Walter went overseas where he flew 74 missions on Spitfires.

David Dack was born in Calgary, Alberta, 9 May 1920. He enlisted in the RCAF in June 1941 and started his training at no. 2 ITS Regina then trained at No. 19 EFTS Virden. He graduated at No. 2 SFTS Uplands in April 1942.

He went to “Y” Depot, in Halifax, while waiting for his posting in England. He was finally posted with RCAF No. 128 in Sydney, Nova-Scotia.  In March 1944, he was transfered to Torbay before going to England in June. He was sent to No. 61 O.T.U. in August for conversion on Spitire. He was posted after with 83 Group then with 401 Squadron on 1 December as a Flying Officer. He stayed with that squadron until the end of the war. He was then posted with 411 Squadron then 416 Squadron in July. He came back to Canada in December and left the RCAF in January 1946.

Nothing much on him on the Internet. I am posting this picture of Jug at Torbay.

He is not alone as we can see.

Walter Neil Dove wrote in the back all the names.

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Jug and Walter, comrades-in-arms

Jug Dack was also a pilot stationed at Torbay.

Jug and Walter are seen together in the photo album of Flight Lieutenant Walter Neil Dove.

I wrote an article about him on my other blog. Maybe someday someone will recognise him and write me like the son of Captain Foster did…

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.

Greg wrote me about Jug…

Dave “Jug” Dack was with my grandpa pretty much everywhere. Torbay and England area. Have you put up a profile?

I’d like to show my Grandma, when I see her next, she remembers him the best.

Greg

Walter and his wife Elizabeth are seen with another pilot, Dave Dack and his wife Vera.

It was taken in June 1944 in Hotel Montreal the summer before Walter went overseas where he flew 74 missions on Spitfires.

David Dack was born in Calgary, Alberta, 9 May 1920. He enlisted in the RCAF in June 1941 and started his training at no. 2 ITS Regina then trained at No. 19 EFTS Virden. He graduated at No. 2 SFTS Uplands in April 1942.

He went to “Y” Depot, in Halifax, while waiting for his posting in England. He was finally posted with RCAF No. 128 in Sydney, Nova-Scotia.  In March 1944, he was transfered to Torbay before going to England in June. He was sent to No. 61 O.T.U. in August for conversion on Spitire. He was posted after with 83 Group then with 401 Squadron on 1 December as a Flying Officer. He stayed with that squadron until the end of the war. He was then posted with 411 Squadron then 416 Squadron in July. He came back to Canada in December and left the RCAF in January 1946.

Nothing much on him on the Internet.

I am posting this picture of Jug at Torbay.

He is not alone as we can see.

Walter Neil Dove wrote in the back all the names.

Fred “Meatball” Meadwell (1922-2003)

Fred “Meatball” Meadwell was in Walter Neil Dove’s photo album.


Collection Walter Neil Dove

Fred Meadwell survived the war and he had a family and kids.

Gibby did not survive  WWII.

Meatball that’s what Walter Neil Dove called him…

I surely would like to know how other pilots were calling Walter Neil Dove.

IN MEMORIAM

FREDERICK CHARLES MEADWELL (1922 – 2003)

Frederick Charles Meadwell passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 2, 2003 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB. His family was by his side for his final days. He will remembered always by his wife Shirley; his daughter Jane; and his sons, Eric, Ken and Hudson; their partners, Ted, Tara, Alan and Anna; and his grandchildren, Lindsay, Andrew, Michael, Emily, Liam, Logan, Callum; and special friend Kyle.

Fred was born May 29, 1922 in Sioux Lookout, ON, the son of Frederick Charles Meadwell Senior and Elsie Gordon Brodie. Predeceased by his brothers, Dick and Jack, he is mourned by his sister Ann and brothers, Ken and Alec. In November 1950 in Kenora, ON, Shirley and Fred were married, attended by Kathy and Reg Hibbert. They began their life together in Sioux Lookout, where Fred built a house overlooking Abram Lake. A strong and proud man, selfless, courageous and determined in life, Fred loved deeply the place where he grew up and started his family – the Sioux Lookout area. He spent countless days in the bush and especially on the lakes, whether with his many friends in Sioux Lookout or with his family.

Fred served as a fighter pilot in the RCAF during the Second World War, returning to Sioux Lookout in 1945. After working for the CNR, he joined the Canadian Postal Service in 1949. He moved up the ranks rapidly, serving as Postmaster in Sioux Lookout, Fort Frances, Portage La Prairie and Fort William, and as Plant Manager of the Winnipeg Post Office. Fred retired in 1978.

Early in his retirement, the federal government appointed him senior administrative officer for the Sports Select Lottery Foundation. In 1984, Fred began his true retirement. With Shirley, Fred enjoyed gardening, home renovation and hosting family dinners. His specialty was summer barbecues with copious amounts of beef tenderloin that delighted everyone who received leftovers.

Among Freds creative achievements, it was hard not to be enthralled by his famous “looney” banks or his skillfully crafted stained glass pieces. In addition to his love of family and of the outdoors, Fred was a committed church-goer in his early years and served in various capacities with the Anglican church in those communities where he lived, including being Rectors Warden at St. Martin-in-the Fields in Winnipeg. The family wishes to thank the compassionate emergency staff at St. Boniface Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre. We express our appreciation also to Dr. Kaufmann, and Ms. McDiarmid and the GA5 neurology staff at the Health Sciences Centre.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St, with The Right Rev. Canon William Oakley. According to Freds wishes, cremation will take place. Interment to follow at St. Andrews on the Red at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Freds name to the War Amps CHAMP program for child amputees (1-800-250-3030).

Semper floreat  CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 05, 2003

It is clear we have the same person.

Sergeant Fred “Meatball” Meadwell from Sioux Lookout.