There are things you just can’t explain. For one there is my passion for airplanes since 1958, my passion for the history of World War Two, and this passion for writing blogs since 2008.
I studied to be a history teacher in the mid 60s. Graduating in 1970, I only taught history for two years out of 34. Being a young teacher in 1970, I got what was the least interesting subject to teach for other teachers in my school…
I taught that subject for two years, which I must say I have enjoyed teaching. Then, in the third year, English as a second language was added to my teacher’s task since I was bilingual.
A year later, the school principal needed a second history teacher…
I had finally made it!
My dream had finally come through…however that dream would last for only two years before I got shipped back to teaching English as a second language for the rest of the 70s. Later in 1980, I was transfered to another school board teaching English as a second language to 14 groups of 9 to 12 years-old kids. In 1981 I became a 6th grade teacher. I taught 6th grade for 15 years. In 1997, I got promoted to 5th grade, and I retired in 2004.
Revisiting the past is what I have been doing since 2008 with my first blog. It was a blog about genealogy written in French. I appropriately named it Nos ancêtres. I then created Our Ancestors, its English version, with the goal of reaching out for distant relatives in the U.S. and finding out more about my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagassee.
Then, in July 2009, my wife’s uncle dropped a bombshell in a family reunion. More like a torpedo. He had been a stoker aboard a Canadian destroyer during World War Two torpedoed off the coast of France on April 29, 1944. I had never heard about HMCS Athabaskan which tells you a lot about what kind of history I was taught in the 60s.
This is when I decided to write about HMCS Athabaskan on my third blog Souvenirs de guerre. Lest We Forget, the English version, followed soon because many English speaking people were sharing so much information, stories, and pictures about HMCS Athabaskan.
I could go on and on with this story and tell you why I got to write 28 blogs about World War Two…
You don’t have to count them nor read them all.
US Navy Night Fighter Squadron VF(N)-101
Souvenirs de guerre
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
A Very Unlikely Hero
Lest We Forget
On Eternal Patrol
Pilote de Spitfire – Spitfire Pilot
Preserving the past
RAF 33 Squadron
RAF 68 Squadron
RAF 122 Squadron
RAF 203 Squadron
RAF 21 Squadron
RAF 23 Squadron
RAF 238 Squadron
RAF 249 Squadron
RAF 293 Squadron
RCAF 128 (F) Squadron
RCAF 420 Snowy Owl
RCAF 425 Les Alouettes
RCAF 425 Les Alouettes II
RCAF No. 401 squadron
RCAF No. 403 Squadron
RCAF No. 443 Squadron
Remembering HMCS Regina K- 234
Sergeant Gerald Thomas Padden
The Smith Brothers
Next time we pay homage to the first on 39 pilots whose picture was taken on July 15th, 1942 aboard CV-3 USS Saratoga.