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Post  kookaburra on Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:20 am

Hi Guys

My wife and I have just returned to Australia from a month in Europe.

Whllst in France we took a river cruise from Paris to the Channel Coast during which we visited WW1 and WW2 sites.  One of the the WW2 sites we visited was the Canadian memorial and new museum (opened last year) for Juno Beach, which is, of course, the D Day landing site for the Canadian forces.

While at the museum I purchased a book  titled "Crash In Bayeux" which tells the story of 401 Squadron pilot Sergeant William Ferguson, killed at Bayeau on January 15 1943. The book contains quite a lot photos and details regarding 401 Squadron and is a worthwhile read for students of the squadron.

Now to knock off the rust from my flying so I don't embarrass myself.

Cheers

Kooka
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Post  alpine on Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:29 am

Nice,Thanks for sharing.

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Post  Wolverine on Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:24 pm

Welcome home, Kooka.

That looks like a fascinating book. I'll have to see if I can get a copy.

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Post  |450|Devil on Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:37 pm

Great find Kooka and welcome home.
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Post  StiC on Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:27 am

Sounds like you had a great time. Welcome back.

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Post  Hawk on Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:10 am

Cheers Kookaburra! Welcome back.........Hawk
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Re: Crash In Bayeux

Post  F.Ox. on Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:59 am

Hi all,

My name is Francois Oxeant and I am the author of the above mentioned book. You can visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crashinbayeux/

English copies can be ordered from the publisher's website at http://www.derameau.com/ (email: history@comever.com).

The book is also available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/CRASH-BAYEUX-Flight-Sergeant-Ferguson/dp/B01FTUAP2S

Cheers from Bayeux, Normandy, France!

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Post  F.Ox. on Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:59 am

I am also responsible for maintaining his 'virtual memorial' here:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Ferguson&GSfn=William&GSmn=Kennedy&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=51049659&df=all&

Feel free to contact me for further information regarding this particular story.

Cheers,

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Post  Wolverine on Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:49 pm

Thank you for stopping by F.Ox!

On behalf of everyone here, a sincere thank you for authoring this book and helping to preserve the memory of those who served with No.401 RCAF as well as all other servicemen and women and also those who paid the price for honouring and aiding downed airmen in France. They will never be forgotten.

I'm sure that word of your book will travel through our various groups and you should pick up a few sales!

All the best to you and Bayeux from Canada and Australia!


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Post  F.Ox. on Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:35 am

Thank you for welcoming me. The book is the result of a five-year inquiry which also led me to travel to Canada to pay a visit to relatives of several pilots of No. 401 Squadron -- including P/O William Kennedy Ferguson's sister.

Initially, one of the reasons that led me to research this story was the pilot's age: 22 years old -- exactly my age at the time.

Here are other links dedicated to this pilot:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2633624?William%20Kennedy%20Ferguson

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2016/11/09/remembering-one-of-peterboroughs-bravest-a-street-in-france-is-named-in-memorby-of-sgt-william-kennedy-ferguson

http://strathroycaradoclions.ca/index.php/ferguson-william-kennedy/

http://www.fallenheroesphotos.org/Servicemen/Detail/23497

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