I was out shooting birds this morning around the Ottawa airport and unexpectedly got caught up in the official D-Day ceremonies.
D-DAY FLYPAST, OTTAWA AIRPORT
A DC-3 Dakota, “Canucks Unlimited” from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and a Curtis P-40N Kittyhawk, carrying the precious cargo of D-Day vets to a reception by the Governor General at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum over in Rockcliffe.
The utility of the DC-3 for troop ferrying and heavy transport was such that Dwight Eisenhower, commander of Allied forces in Europe, later listed it as one of the four technological inventions most essential to victory.
JOSEPH THOMAS HART, ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
My uncle “Joey” Hart who participated in the D-Day landings. Sadly no longer with us but always in our hearts.
JOSEPH HART WAR RECORD
“Embarked U. K. 2 June 44, Disembarked France 6 June 44.” This just about says it all.
“Joey” declined an offer of a life long pass to Maple Leaf Gardens when he attended to Conn Smyth, owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who was wounded at the subsequent battle for Caen in July of 1944.