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    Researching WW2 especially Operation Husky and The island of Sicily in 1943.<br />The part played by the Canadian Armed Forces in WW2.<br />Reading biographies especially concerning WW2 participants.<br />Soul/jazz music.

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  1. Todd, I have looked through your post dealing with the GPO and found it very interesting. Thank you for passing this on. Colin.
  2. I read through this very carefully and admire the work being done to rescue the burnt and water damaged records. The kind of work I'd love to be doing myself. My only thought is that it is only one third of those lost that can be dealt with and the other two thirds are gone forever! A tragic loss. Colin.
  3. The black US soldiers caused quite a stir when they arrived in the UK during WW2. I have seen footage in the past of them marching through English towns to the cheers of local residents. They were welcomed I know as another important contribution to the allies war effort. Colin.
  4. I will be ordering this from my local library. Colin.
  5. That is a great story M1. Do we know any more about him as a 36th Engineer? Is Farmington hills far from you in MI ? It is so good to see the certificate back where it belongs. Colin.
  6. Carl was a true friend and a very special person. Over the past 7 years I got to know him very well and stayed with him at his house in Barrington, RI, three times. He took me on many trips to show me round his state, which I will always treasure as great memories. He came from "the greatest generation" and we owe him and his fellow WW2 veterans so much. He will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Carl. Colin.
  7. Todd I am honored to have met you and being able to call you a friend is really important to me. Colin.
  8. I will be at Royal Air Force Blake Hill Farm here in Wiltshire on Sunday as usual. This long gone RAF station was used for the D-Day landings and ceased to exist many years ago. I will be honouring all the British, Canadian and United States forces that flew from this airfield in C47's and gliders. Colin.
  9. Well I think 12 would work but I make it 15+ and the one thing a lower number would affect is our relationship with the Crowne Plaza's attitude to room discount and hospitality suite. Perhaps we'll end up in a B&B??? Maybe we now leave it till the new year and than start a positive drive to recruit people for 2017. I think of people like Nancy and those who respond on FB but don't attend? Your last paragraph holds the key Marion! Colin.
  10. Hi Marion, I totally agree that some thought is needed on this before the annual reunion ceases to exist by default! No one is here to make the decisions for us any more but we have proved by the 2016 reunion that it is possible that when a number of interested and dedicated people pool their efforts an amazing outcome can be achieved. There is already a core of enthusiastic, relations, friends and those that wish to be associated with the 36th/540th in an annual get together. So why not widen it to include paying a yearly tribute ALL engineer vets, but keeping the current format/location? Colin.
  11. Randy, Thank you for reviving my post with the information about the glider crash. I had never heard of this! Colin.
  12. Frank, You might like to try this if you have not already seen? Pages: 371- 73 and 420. Colin.
  13. Hi Phillip, The 342nd appears a number of times in the volume we call our "bible" 0n WW2. Pages 38, 271, 346-47, 353-54 and 398. They were one of the first engineer units to arrive in the UK and were heavily involved in construction and repair there and in Europe. Colin.
  14. One of my hero's from WW2, Ernie Pyle would have recognised this and probably written about it. I'm reading his BRAVE MEN at the moment and "shave tail" comes up quite often. Of all the war correspondents 39-45, he got everything about day to day life in the military in great detail as he lived with them. Colin.
  15. Thank you for this Todd. I'm going to my library catalogue to see if Mr Samuel's books are listed. Colin.