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    FS knife, canadian serivce no

    Post by Jonhno on Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:53 pm

    I found this knife today on closer inspection I saw there was a name and number written on the back, any help on this appreciated, I couldn't find it in my book, looks to be R 179899 Lou Bryce
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    Post by Jonhno on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:37 pm

    had sent off for more information regarding the owner of this knife and the paperwork arrived today, first off I was mistaken by the last name, his name was Louis Pryce, his Rank final rank was W/O and role WAG, he flew Mitchell's with 226 Squadron on 50 sorties clocking up 113 hours flying time.

    In September 1944 he moved with the Squadron to France

    Also included in the document set, which was a surprise, is a picture of Louis, (which I will scan and add)

    I have to do some more digging now I have the extra information

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    Post by Infanteer on Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:29 pm

    The photos are a really nice addition to the information. He sure looks young.

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    Post by pylon1357 on Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:49 am

    Funny as I never saw this post until now. I agree with Steve. The photos of the man adds so much more to the FS knife.

    I have always liked these items where the owner has inscribed his details. It adds so much more to the items. Lucky for you he RCAF, from my understanding there is a photograph of each airman in the their service records, where as Army there is not.


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    Post by Jonhno on Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:36 am

    Yes, I was very surprised to see a photo, Lou was 22 when he enlisted in Toronto, he originally was born in the UK, then his family moved to Wynnewood,PA in the USA,

    I was reading the story of another man in the same SQD and Position WAG (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) as Lou, this really brought to life what he must have experienced and also they must have known each other, sadly this chap did not make it

    http://www.castlearchdale.net/id44.html


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    Post by LSR on Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:25 am

    Thats a very nice item to have.

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    Post by Jonhno on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:02 pm

    had some time to look through information from the UK national archives, looking particularly at the RAF "Record of Events" and have been able to follow Lou's missions from August 15th 44 until the end of December when he completed his tour.  

    226 Squadron was used during this period for Ramrod Operations (Ramrod – short range bomber attacks to destroy ground targets)

    Lou's crew from what I have found out so far, had one crash landing (on take-off) and also their Mitchell was damaged in the same bombing mission as the chap who sadly lost his life in the link I posted above.

    During August Lou's crew was involved in bombing areas around the mouth of the Falaise Pocket, Troop, Transport and Tank concentrations, other missions later in the month included dropping flares on areas around/bridges across the Seine at Rouen for follow up Mosquito attacks.  So 226 were on the heels of the retreating Germans

    September continued with raids on Abbeville (troop concentration), rail centre at Givet, strongpoint at Boulogne (bombed numerous times this month), ferry at Breskens, Holland
    also on the 17th they bombed Ede (Holland) in support of the "airborne invasion" which would be Market Garden. On the 25th they bombed mortar and gun positions near Arnhem itself.

    Lou flew in different B25's on every mission,  the biggest loss and damage was caused by Flak, there are some mentions of fighters but not directly in contact with any 226 Mitchells


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    Post by Jonhno on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:35 pm

    here is a scan from the "record of events", for Nov 3rd, 226 Squadron were flying from Vitry-en-Artois in France just near the Belgian border. He flew with the same crew for his whole tour just to add.



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