On April 6, 1943, a Halifax bomber with 405 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, in which my great uncle, Sergeant Archibald Don Gordon, was flight engineer, was shot down over the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France.
The second youngest of a large farm family living in northern Alberta, he was a bright and cheerful chap adored by everyone. He was closest in age to my grandmother and they were fast friends.
On the back of his photo (above) my grandmother wrote:
“He said, ‘Someone has to do it.'”
He was in his early 20s when he left for war. He did his duty for his country and paid the ultimate price.
Sergeant Gordon’s body was recovered and is buried in the war cemetery in Pornic, France.
My grandmother had custody of his service medals until the day she died, and they remain in the family to this day.
He was only one of many, many lost.
Lest we forget …
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