I know Stocky, great guy. He was my Squadron’s Commanding Officer during the Second World War. I’ve built him a Spitfire and I presented it to him at our Squadron mess dinner. I’ll see if I can dig up that picture and post it.
When he was 87, we picked Stocky up in a Hornet and flew him to our base in Cold Lake from Comox, BC. The boss took him for another flight and pulled up to 6 G. Not bad for an 87 year old.
He told me a story that on VE Day he flew a formation of 110 Spitfires as part of a Victory Flypast. As they were completing the flypast he heard over the radio someone criticizing the Canadians for ruining the flypast because two Spitfires collided (both pilots bailed out safely). Stocky was more concerned about his pilots than the flypast!
My Squadron would often deploy to Comox with our Hornets, we did regular quick reaction duty there. His house was always open for us, we could visit Stocky and his wife anytime we wanted. Very kind and caring man.
My Spit was there too in a display case, I had worried it didn’t survive the Hornet flight back to Comox!