The Canadian Branch of the
Royal Air Forces Escaping Society
When RAFES 'laid up' in 1995 the Canadian members of RAFES decided to continue their branch and enjoyed annual reunions.
In 2006, faced with the ravages of time on many of the members, too ill to attend meetings, unable to travel any distance etc. they "folded our wings as an official organization at the end of June (our fiscal year end). We have disposed of all our assets and have suspended any regular meetings we are no longer an official organization. However in an effort to provide a vehicle for continued contact between members we have encouraged individuals in regional chapters (Western, Ontario, Quebec & Maritimes etc.) to form social committees whose function would be to arrange gatherings of members, their families and friends, as interest warrants. And of course we will maintain contact as in the past with our helpers."
Roy Brown, who was Secretary of the Canadian branch of RAFES is willing to be contacted by those interested in Canadian airmen evaders and their helpers:
Mr Roy Brown, 1182 Tisdale Street, Oakville, Ontario L6L 2T1, Canada
email: rbrown888ATcogeco.ca (replace AT with @ before sending)
If you were in the MI9 Fréteval Forest holding camps is your name on the Sherwood Register? See also the 100FF banknote - via Fréteval Forest.
In the early morning hours of September 26th 1944 a Royal Canadian Air Force Vickers Wellington Mk XIV aircraft crash-landed at Haugland in the community of Os, Norway. The Wellington of 407 Demon Squadron, carrying a crew of 6, had been on a coastal patrol over the North Sea. See Harvey Firestone's web diary of his trip back to Norway on the 60th Anniversary of the evasion of the crew.