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Andrew Mynarski, VC

Andrew Charles Mynarski, airman, Victoria Cross recipient (b at Winnipeg 14 Oct 1916; d at Cambrai, France 13 June 1944). Mynarski was the mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster bomber that was shot down by a German aircraft.

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Douglas Sample (Primary Source)

Douglas Sample served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Read and listen to his veteran testimony below.

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Jerry Crowe (Primary Source)

Jerry Crowe served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

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Joy Loveridge (Primary Source)

Joy Loveridge enlisted with the British Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in 1939, weeks after the Second World War was declared. She served as a clerk at RAF Station Debden, in Essex, England during the Battle of Britain and the station was frequently bombed. She met her husband Doug, a navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). She resigned from the WAAF to go with him to Canada. She then joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC) when Doug was posted back to England. She returned to work in London, where she found out that Doug's aircraft had been shot down and he was missing in action. She learned after Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) 1945 that he had been a prisoner-of-war. Reunited, they returned to Canada in 1946.

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Abe Jeffrey Levine (Primary Source)

"... once the screeching stopped, and that was agonizing, because you figured you’d be blowing up any, any second. And then blissful silence. That was that."


Abe Jeffrey Levine served in the Royal Canadian Airforce during the Second World War.

Please be advised that Memory Project primary sources may deal with personal testimony that reflect the speaker’s recollections and interpretations of events. Individual testimony does not necessarily reflect the views of the Memory Project and Historica Canada.