Remembrance Day



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Donald Plaunt enlisted in the RCAF in 1941 at the age of 18. He qualified to train as a pilot and soon became one of the early Canadians to pilot the Avro Lancaster,  the most effective heavy bomber of the Allied fleet. By early 1943 he was flying missions over Germany until his death on March 14, 1943.

His parents, W. B. and Mildred Plaunt, kept letters, photos, and stories of their beloved son. Many of them are seen in this album. If you click on each photo you can read an explanation. His life is recorded in: “Write Soon and Often” based on the letters written to his family.

This is the story of his life and death.

Remembrance Day Click on each photo for caption.

As well,  a CBC crew, initiated by former Sudbury CBC reporter and now national reporter, Olivia Stefanovich,  created this news item for CBC News Network and it was aired throughout Remembrance Day in 1917. CBC Report on Letters from a Bomber Pilot

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Norman Pavan November 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

Andy such a fantastic tribute to your Uncle Donald. He was imortalzed before amongst his Family and friends but your effort in putting together his life in print through some very loving research has further enshrined his memory in the annals of Canadian history as one of those who gave his life for the rights and freedoms that we should always cherish and we now have in Canada. May Donald Plaunt’s memory continue to live on. Beautiful Andy!! Norman


Andy Thomson November 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

Thanks Norm for your appreciative comments. It was an honour to do this as a recognition of his sacrifice and to make sure he would not be forgotten. Andy


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