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Uplands Graduates

Ottawa, March 19, 1943 (CP) - Group Capt. F. A. Sampson, Commanding Officer of No. 2 Service Flying Training School at near-by Uplands, today presented wings to a graduating class of R.C.A.F. pilots, which included representatives from eight Canadian Provinces, six States of the United States and the Argentine. Capt. Glenn F. Powell, naval attaché to the United States Legation, presented wings to the graduates from the United States.
Ontario graduates, all leading aircraftmen unless otherwise designated, included: Filbert Chown Edmunds, Sgt. Thomas Norman Norton, Thomas Weldon Tuttle, Godfrey Frankel Pinhey, Ottawa; William Wallace Frazer, Woodroffe; PO. Bruce Sherwood Corbett, Sgt. Franklin Frederick Edward, John Ross Eccles, Sgt. John Evans Hughes, Toronto; Claire Templeton Bowser, William J. F. Dunlop, Hamilton; Alex Grover Moore, Brantford; Leslie William Burgess, Amherstburg; Foster Warner New, Windsor; Patrick Joseph McNenly, Massey; Norman Bernard Campbell, Trenton; Floyd Russell Loveless, Deloro; Mackenzie Reeves, Madoc.


MacKenzie Reeves,
Born 1 August 1919 in Madoc, Ontario
Son of Loomis S. & Florence Reeves
Served as a private in the Prince Edward Regiment territorials, 1932-34
He operated a garage from 1936 to 1941
He enlisted in the RCAF in December 1941
Completed his pilot training in April, 1943 as a Sgt/Pilot
Posted to the UK in May 1943
Held at 17 AFU until late October 1943
At that time he was sent to 57 OTU as a F/S
He instructed there until July 1944
He was commissioned during that period
Posted to 403 Squadron on 8 August 1944
Promoted to F/O in December 1944

On 28 March, 1945, while flying Spitfire XVI SM302, he was hit by flak and radioed his squadron mates that he was going to bail out. He crashed before being able to do so. (Aces High 2nd Ed.)
Another account says after he was attacked by enemy planes he radioed that his arm had been blown off and that he was going to ride the plane in as he could not bail out and he could not fly the plane. He wished them well and said it was an honour to fly with them. (Dean Black via Pierre Legace's 403 squadron blog. It can be seen here)


Canadian Fliers Down 36 German Aircraft in Luftwaffe Attack

London, Jan. 1, 1945 - (CP) - Canadian fighter pilots, in one of their greatest triumphs during the war, destroyed at least 36 of 84 Germans shot down today by the RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force.
The big Canadian score was rolled up as the German Air Force came out in its greatest show of strength for three years in an attempt to smash up Allied airfields in Belgium, Holland and France.

Five Planes Missing
Canadian fighter squadrons accounted for 35 enemy aircraft and the 36th was destroyed by a Canadian in an RAF Tempest Squadron. Five RCAF planes are missing.
Although the Huns' low-level strafings included RCAF airfields and caused some damage, the operational program of the squadrons was not interrupted and approximately 300 sorties were flown. Some enemy planes were destroyed white the airfields were under attack and others when the enemy fled for home.
The pilot of one RCAF reconnaissance squadron, whose name was not immediately disclosed, destroyed two ME190s and damaged two FW190s as he returned to base.
Spitfire fighter-bombers also were active and destroyed or damaged several locomotives and freight cars in the German supply area around St. Vith in Belgium south of Malmedy.
The Canadian Wolf Squadron alone knocked down five out of a formation of 60 enemy craft which strafed the squadron's airfield in the Brussels area. Two others probably were destroyed and another damaged in a low-level action that developed into the hottest dogfight for Canadian fighters in months.

Bags 2 Focke-Wolfs
Four RCAF Typhoons returning from a reconnaissance flight met enemy fighters and destroyed three and probably destroyed a fourth. Two were destroyed by F/O A. H. Fraser of Westmount, Que., and the other by F/O H. Laurence of Edson, Alta. All were FW190s.
A Canadian Tempest pilot, F/L J. W. Garland of Richmond, Ont., jumped two Focke Wulfs just 50 feet from the ground. He dived from 9,000 feet and destroyed both.
In the Wolf Squadron dogfight, P/O Steve Butte of Michel, B.C., and Mac Reeves of Madoc, Ont., each downed two planes and Butte also claimed one damaged. F/Sgt. Keith Lindsay destroyed one and also had a "probable."
These were the first scores for Butte and Lindsay.
Butte and Lindsay found themselves in a swirling mass of Huns as they took off on a morning patrol. Butte sent an ME-109 down in flames with cannon fire.
Next victim was an FW-190. "There were strikes on his wing and engine, and I saw him crash on the edge of a near by town," Butte said.

Out of Ammunition
Then he hit an ME-109, seeing strikes and smoke, but losing sight of the enemy plane as it dived steeply toward the ground.
"By this time all my ammunition was gone and a Hun got on my tail," Butte continued, "I managed to get on his tail, but couldn't do anything about it."
Lindsay shot one plane down in flames and registered a cannon hit on another, but couldn't determine whether it crashed.
Reeves and his namesake, F/L Dick Reeves of 1507 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Toronto, who is no relation, plunged into a flock of enemy planes while returning from patrol. Dick Reeves had to land immediately because of a faulty motor, but Mac, his guns belching, closed on the plane which caught fire and crashed. He attacked the second victim from underneath and the pilot baled out.
It was announced tonight that the Canadian Mosquito Squadron on the Continent during Sunday night destroyed two Junkers planes while on defensive patrol.


Canadian Fighter Pilots Get Biggest Bag of Huns

London, Jan 2 1945 (CP) - Canadian fighter pilots accounted for at least half of the 94 German plane destroyed by the RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force New Year's Day when the Luftwaffe made an attempt to cripple west front airfield operations.
A compilation tonight, based on the latest reports received from the Continent, showed that RCAF fighters in their biggest day of the war destroyed at least 36 enemy aircraft and half-a-dozen others fell to Canadian sharpshooters in RAF Squadrons.
The top scoring wing in the 2nd Tactical Air Force during the day of close to 100 "kills" was the Canadian Spitfire unit which brought down 24 German machines, probably destroyed another three and damaged seven. An untold number of probables and damaged planes were claimed by other Canadians.
The wing’s scorers included two airmen who downed three planes apiece, both from the Ram Squadron. F/O G. D. Cameron of Toronto destroyed a trio of ME-109s while F/L John Mackay of Cloverdale, B.C., destroyed two ME-109s and an FW-190. Mackay got the last two without using his guns because they dived into the ground when he chased them.
F/L D. Pieri of Toronto and Elmhurst, Ill., destroyed two FW-190s and probably destroyed two others.
F/L Dick Audet of Lethbridge, Alta., who last Friday shot down five enemy planes in little more than five minutes, brought his total to seven with two FW-190s bagged as they roared low over his field. Friday's quintet were the first aircraft the 22 year-old Lethbridge airman had downed.
Others from the Canadian wing, who helped to set up the day's record - the previous top mark for the Canadians in a single day was 22 planes - included S/L Dean Dover, DFC, and Bar, of Toronto, who destroyed an ME-109 and shared another with F/O Dean Kelly of Peterborough, Ont. and F/L Donald Gordon of Vancouver with two ME-109's.
Double scorers included F/L J. W. Garland, Richmond, Ont.; P/O Steve Butte, Michel, B.C.; P/O Mac Reeves, Madoc, Ont. and F/O A. H. Fraser, Westmount, Que.
Single scorers included F/L W. Banks, Toronto; F/L B. MacPherson, St. Thomas, Ont.; F/L Basil Doak, Cowansville, Que.; F/O Vic Smith, Toronto; F/O J. C. Lee, Ottawa; P/O D. M. Horsburgh, Carnduff, Sask.; F/L N. Keene, White Lake, B.C.; F/O H. Laurence, Edson, Alta. and F/Sgt Keith Lindsay, 10764 95th St. Edmonton. Lindsay also claimed one probable.
Operations today were restricted by weather but 90 sorties were flown and all aircraft returned. Two locomotives were destroyed and four others damaged in the Cologne area by Spitfire fighter-bombers.


Air Force Casualties

Ottawa, Oct. 22, 1945 — The Department of National Defense for Air today issued Casualty Lists No's. 1284, 1285 and 1286 of the Royal Canadian Air Force, showing next-of-kin of those named from Ontario as follows:
Previously Missing Believed Killed, Now Officially Presumed Dead
REEVES, MacKenzie, F/O, Loomis Reeves (father), Madoc


Victories Include :

5 Oct 1944
29 Oct 1944

1 Jan 1945
one Me109
one FW190
one FW190
two FW190s
destroyed &

4 / 0 / 1


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Thanks to Greg for the photo which came from his grandpa Walt's album !

and Aces High 2nd Edition by Shores & Williams

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