Where was I the last time when I finished my last build?

Updated 8 August 2020

Where was I the last time when I finished my last build?

Building Monogram 1/48 scale SBD Dauntless.

Where was I?

I had found all about Gérard Pelletier, a French-Canadian air gunner, who is still missing since September 3rd, 1942.


Then I bought some model kits…

And I created a blog about RAF 264 Squadron, and along the way finding a new addictive hobby…

Colorising photos!

Avro Anson


A mail carrier B-17 with the RCAF


Learning more about Buzz Beurling


More on these 425 Alouette Squadron airmen

About a postwar Mosquito in Canada


More 425 Alouette Squadron airmen


Ground crew posing with a RCAF 410 Squadron Defiant based at RAF Drem

A French-Canadian fighter pilot Joseph Desloges who took part in the Battle of Britain.


A modified painting of a BCATP Fairey Battle

Two well-known RAF 264 Squadron pilot and air gunner


Pilots with RCAF 416 Squadron


425 Alouette Squadron (September 1944)


Buzz Beurling’s friend




Gordon McKenzie Hill, a RCAF 416 Squadron pilot


A Fleet Finch stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


Fleet Finches stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec  (1940)



A Typhoon pilot


Gordon McKenzie Hill, a RCAF 416 Squadron pilot


425 Alouette Squadron Handley Page Halifax III



Laurent Lamontagne, a friend’s father


Jean-Paul Corbeil and Pierre Gauthier with 425 Alouette (May 1944)


“Tush” Laviolette (425 Squadron)


LAC Leslie Scott






Sergeant Gérard Pelletier


Squadron Leader Chadburn (416 Squadron)


A Tiger Moth stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


Tiger Moths stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


Hawker Typhoon


Picture colorised for Clarence Simonsen to be used for an upcoming research.

Where was I the last time when I finished my last build?

I thought you would never ask!

Next time…

Revisiting the Past

There are things you just can’t explain. For one there is my passion for airplanes since 1958, and my passion for the history of World War Two.

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…

Religious education.

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

Edmund Poscavage

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

Updated 5 August 2020

There are even more blogs!

Revisiting the past is what I do on this blog about building vintage model kits that were stored in the 80s in my basement.


Thanks to Amateur airplanes My Forgotten Hobby has been a part of my life since December 2013, and I have enjoyed every post I wrote or reblogged from others, as well as post No.500.

Let’s dream!


Lest We Forget

Merriam-Webster says…

Definition of lest we forget

formal + literary

  1. :  it should not be forgotten <She’s a talented singer and, lest we forget, a fine musician as well.>

I say…

They should not be forgotten…


Robert L. Price MIA



VF-5 USS Saratoga, 15 July, 1942

Collection Richard Emerson Harmer  (courtesy Tom Harmer)


The presence of American carriers nearby firmed up Japanese plans to land troops on Guadalcanal on 24 August, covered by the fleet carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku and the light carrier Ryūjō. A force of Japanese troop transports was detected on the morning of 23 August some 300 nautical miles (560 km; 350 mi) north of Guadalcanal. Fletcher was not originally inclined to attack them until another force of two transports was spotted at Faisi later that morning. He changed his mind and ordered Saratoga to launch her airstrike of 31 Dauntlesses and six Avengers in the early afternoon at very long range. They could not locate the Japanese convoy in poor visibility because it had reversed course shortly after spotting the American reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft lacked the range to return to their carrier and they were ordered to land at Henderson Field and return the following morning.[71]

The Japanese failed to locate the American carriers during the day and Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo, commander of the First Carrier Division, ordered Ryūjō, escorted by the heavy cruiser Tone and two destroyers, to attack Henderson Field, as per Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto‘s orders. American aircraft located the Ryūjō task force the following morning as it approached within aircraft range of Guadalcanal, as well as other enemy ships, but failed to spot the fleet carriers. Fletcher delayed his attack until further reconnaissance aircraft failed to find the other Japanese carriers and his own aircraft returned from Henderson Field. In the meantime, Ryūjō had launched her own airstrike against Henderson Field, although they inflicted little damage while losing seven out of 21 aircraft during the attack.[72]

Saratoga launched an airstrike against Ryūjōs task force in the early afternoon that consisted of 31 Dauntlesses and eight Avengers; the long range precluded fighter escort. While those aircraft were en route, a number of reconnaissance aircraft from Enterprise spotted and attacked the Japanese formation. They inflicted no damage and the Japanese CAP shot down one Avenger.Saratogas aircraft sighted the carrier shortly afterward and attacked. They hit Ryūjō three times with 1,000-pound (450 kg) bombs and one torpedo; the torpedo hit flooded the starboard engine and boiler rooms. No aircraft from either Ryūjō or Saratoga were shot down in the attack.[73] The carrier capsized about four hours later with the loss of 120 crewmen.[74]

About an hour after Saratoga launched her airstrike, the Japanese launched theirs once they located the American carriers. Shōkaku contributed 18 D3As and nine Zeros while Zuikaku launched nine D3As and six Zeros. Reconnaissance SBDs from Enterprise spotted the 1st Carrier Division shortly after the Japanese airstrike had taken off and five of Shōkakus Zeros stayed behind to deal with the Dauntlesses as they attacked Shōkaku. The Dauntlesses survived the attack by the Zeros, but their spot report was garbled and the enemy’s location could not be understood. This incident prompted Nagumo to launch a follow-on airstrike with 27 D3As and nine Zeros.[75]

The first airstrike attacked the ships of TF 16 which was initially defended by fighters from VF-6. Once radar spotted the incoming Japanese aircraft, both carriers launched all available fighters. Enterprise was badly damaged by three bomb hits, but the Japanese lost 19 dive bombers and four Zeros to the defending fighters and anti-aircraft fire. They claimed to have shot down a dozen Wildcats although the Americans lost only five, of which two belonged to VF-5; some of the American losses were reportedly due to friendly anti-aircraft fire. In turn, the American fighters claimed to have shot down 52 Japanese aircraft, 15 more than the Japanese committed to the attack. The second Japanese airstrike failed to locate the American carriers.[76]

The Beast


This  is  the  caption  under that picture.

The beast: the Hawker Typhoon Mk IB (MN234 SF-T), running up’ on an engine test at B78 Eindhoven, Holland. It is loaded with 60 lb rocket projectiles and cannon rounds. Johnny flew this particular 137 Squadron Typhoon while in Holland in 1944. That aircraft was eventually shot down during the Ardennes Campaign in December 1944. Photo: Johnny Colton Collection

Vintage  Wings  of  Canada  paid homage to  John Colton here.

I wrote  John Colton  once just  to thank  him for his service in the RAF, and share stories about my French-Canadian Mosquito  pilot who was  from Bromptonville, Quebec, a few flying minutes  from Windsor Mills where he once got lost.

caricature d'Eugène Gagnon

Pat Rooney’s  caricature  of Flight  Lieutenant  Eugene  Gagnon

Jack Leynnwood

This is what got me addicted to building model kit airplanes.


I had found it a lot on the Internet, but finding it again last time got me hooked again to looking on who was the artist.

Click here.

If the art of Jack Leynnwood looks familiar, you are probably a baby boomer who had an interest in model kits growing up. Leynnwood’s distinctive paintings on the Revell model kit box covers featured antique biplanes, WWII fighters, helicopters, modern jets and even space rockets. Leynnwood’s images jumped off the shelf with their dramatic colors and lighting and dynamic momentum and motion blur. The wings of his airplanes would overlap the corners of the box, making it look like they were ready to fly away. He taught at Art Center College of Design, and passed away in 1999.

More about him here.

What’s your mythical model airplane?



We all have one don’t we?

This is mine.

What’s yours?

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From the comment section

Mike Sinnott (http://mikesinnott963.wordpress.com)

In my younger days I was fanatical about Airfix kits and had a bedroom full of plane models. You would automatically think that my favourite would be the Spitfire but I have a penchant for the Korea war period. So my favourite would be the F-86 Sabre.

Link to vintage Airfix models


Amateur airplanes says…

Anything A-10!