In Memoriam – John Leonard Greaves

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I’ve been writing less about My Forgotten Hobby. I am much more active on my other blogs. In my research on the American squadron VF(N)-101 I had found a website earlier this week. It was a website about the Battle of Midway. Here is the link….

http://www.midway42.org/Default.aspx

An image had struck me, that of a painting and the story behind it. I thought I should read it.

“The Other Sole Survivors”Torpedo 8 TBF Avenger at Midway – June 4, 1942

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All paintings © John Greaves Art (used by permission)

This is the story.

http://www.johngreavesart.ca/earnest.htm (broken link)

The only survivor of a flight of six TBF Avenger torpedo planes struggles to return home to Midway Atoll after attacking the Japanese fleet. Flown by ENS Albert Earnest with radioman Harry Ferrier RM3c and turret gunner Jay Manning Sea1c, the badly damaged TBF has hydraulics shot out causing the tail wheel to drop and the bomb bay doors to open. Without a working compass, Earnest flew east towards the sun and climbed above the cloud deck where he could see the column of smoke rising from Midway in the far distance. Earnest managed to bring back the TBF using only the elevator trim tab for altitude control and successfully landed. Manning died in his turret and Earnest and Ferrier were wounded.

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Earnest in cockpit and Ferrier on Guadalcanal

 

Jay Manning

 

There is another story to this story.

Yesterday I wrote to John Greaves to get permission to use the images from his paintings in one of my blogs that pays tribute to American pilots of the VF(N)-101 squadron.

But I didn’t expect this at all when his wife wrote to me instead of her husband…

GREAVES, John Leonard

John Greaves died unexpectedly and peacefully at home on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Airdrie, AB at the age of 52 years. John is lovingly remembered by his wife Janet, and their 2 daughters; Emma and Katy of Airdrie, his parents; Len and Eleanor, brother; Stewart of Abbotsford, B.C., Janet’s sister; Sandra (Sam) Hamilton and family of Saskatoon, SK. John was born in Calgary, AB on September 1, 1964. John and his family moved to B.C. prior to John and his brother starting school, eventually settling in Abbotsford where John attended Abby Jr and Sr High School. John attended Fraser Valley College where he pursued his passion in Art, then went on to further study in graphic arts and business at BCIT. A Memorial Service will be held at Aridrie Alliance church, 1604 Summerfield Blvd, Airdrie, AB., on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:30, with a reception to follow. Sandy Isfeld and Nathan Kliewer will be officiating, please join us in Celebrating John’s Life In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 240, 2323 – 32 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3.

Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.myalternatives.ca.

The source is here…

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John Greaves’ works are reproduced here on this blog with the special permission of his wife Janet….

I give you permission to use his paintings in the two blogs you mentioned, with credit given to my beloved John, who had a passion for history and art.
Thanks.
Janet Greaves


In Memoriam John Leonard Greaves (1964-2017)

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A tribute to Richard "Chick" Harmer and US Navy Night Fighter Squadron VF(N)-101

In my search for more information to use on my blog paying homage to VF(N)-101 I had found this Website earlier this week.

It was about the Battle of Midway.

This is the link…

http://www.midway42.org/Default.aspx

There was something that caught my attention.

A painting and the story behind it. I had to look and read the story.

“The Other Sole Survivors”Torpedo 8 TBF Avenger at Midway – June 4, 1942

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All paintings © John Greaves Art (used by permission)

Now the story behind the painting.

http://www.johngreavesart.ca/earnest.htm

The only survivor of a flight of six TBF Avenger torpedo planes struggles to return home to Midway Atoll after attacking the Japanese fleet. Flown by ENS Albert Earnest with radioman Harry Ferrier RM3c and turret gunner Jay Manning Sea1c, the badly damaged TBF has hydraulics shot out causing the tail wheel to drop and the bomb bay doors to open. Without a working…

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