I always have something to write about… This time it’s what occurred 80 years ago today.
But before writing about it, I have this problem with this build. I can’t remember which paint I had used for the Hawker Tempest.
I didn’t have that problem with the F9F Panther since I was using Vallejo Glossy Sea Blue.
I took out all the paint I had and did a quick check of what I had used.
Which one was it? Was it Tamiya or homemade paint?
I didn’t want to test any on the Tempest so I tested my homemade paint on this plastic sheet.
I remembered I had mixed some acrylic paint to use on the RAF truck and maybe I wanted to test it also on the Tempest.
I know I shouldn’t be testing homemade paint on a model kit but I keep doing this time and time again.
Maybe I have learned my lesson now.
About learning my lesson…
I said I wasn’t going to start a new build before finishing what I had already started.
Well I just can’t wait starting something new and this is “might” be the next build.
It’s about honouring Squadron Leader Jacques Chevrier.
INFORMATION COURTESY OF LEE WALSH, CAHS Toronto Chapter: “Squadron Leader Joseph Armand Jacques Chevrier C/856 had joined the RCAF in 1938 and after finishing training at Trenton went on to serve with No. 110 City of Toronto AUX Squadron and was transferred overseas in February 1940. By September 1940 he and 5 other pilots has volunteered to be transferred to fighter command and eventually flew in the Battle of Britain. Chevrier completed nearly 27 sorties with No. 1 (f) RAF Squadron before being transferred back to No. 1 (f) RCAF Squadron just days before the battle ended. He remained with No. 1 RCAF Squadron until February 1941 when he came down with pneumonia. While back in Canada recovering, he was attached to RCAF/HQ and in July 1941 was appointed as an aide to the Governor General. In January 1942 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and later took command of No. 130 Squadron at Mont Joli. Sadly, on July 6th, 1942 he and his Kittyhawk aircraft suddenly ditched while orbiting the small hamlet of Les Capucins, Quebec. Despite a lengthy search for his missing aircraft, he remains missing to this day. Locals have been quoted as saying they have spotted Chevrier’s missing aircraft on the river bottom while fishing.
“As of October 2021, he is one of the 113 Canadians that flew in the Battle of Britain and fully qualifies for the 1939-45 Star with BoB Clasp. But sadly, due to a number of errors this medal along with others were never given to his late father, Dr. Aurele Chevrier who passed away in the early 1960s.
Jacques Chevrier flew the Hawker Hurricane during the Battle of Britain but was never given credit for being part of the “Few”!