Africare Strategy Tames Malaria, Could Rout Ebola

first_imgChildren across the West African nation of Benin sleep safer at night and live healthier lives because of a modest pilot program to decrease malaria-related deaths.  Directed by Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, the pilot program is said to have delivered such outstanding results that it was immediately expanded throughout the entire country by the government of Benin.Benin’s President Boni Yayi , in recognition of the program’s remarkable success, has honored Africare president, Dr. Darius Mans and the organization he leads, by appointing him an Officer of the National Order of Benin, Africare newsletter’s latest edition has confirmed.“It is a privilege to be recognized by President Yayi on behalf of Africare and its Beninese staff who implemented the program to ensure that children, the future of this great nation, are protected from malaria, the number one killer of children under five years old,” said Dr. Mans.The Africare Malaria Prevention StrategyWith financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and in collaboration with the Benin Ministry of Health (MOH) and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), Africare launched a pilot program in 2004 to train members of local women’s groups on how to control malaria in their communities.Beginning in two departments, Couffo and Mono, the Africare-trained women shared their knowledge with others on how to protect children under five years and pregnant women from malaria.By 2008, the incidence of malaria dropped 73 percent in the two departments despite a national increase of 65 percent over the same period. More importantly, malaria-related deaths of children under five dropped 84 percent, while the national average only decreased by 18 percent.Benin Picks Africare for nationwide initiativeDue to the program’s success, The Global Fund renewed its support and recommended the initiative be expanded to cover all of Benin. The Benin MOH and CCM again turned to Africare to lead the comprehensive malaria control program.The Africare led nationwide initiative, in addition to training women’s groups on malaria prevention and treatment, also coordinated the distribution of nearly eight million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets in an effort to reach universal coverage.Africare’s malaria prevention and treatment efforts also included additional benefits such as communities spending fewer financial resources on malaria medicines and an overall decrease in the number of days children missed school.One village elder reported: “Whatever Africare is doing is working because my village is getting crowded. Children are no longer dying as often as they used to.”Africare Approach May Defeat Ebola­“In light of the horrific Ebola outbreak that is devastating neighboring West African countries, the Africare approach of Africans empowering Africans with the knowledge and resources to defeat a deadly disease such as malaria may be applied to other health crises on the continent, including Ebola,” Dr. Mans asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10,500 Athletes for Rio Olympics

first_imgAs the world assembles in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on August 5 to 21 to celebrate the greatest sports events in the world, 10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected to showcase their physical talents, in line with the ancient Greek ideal of building a peaceful and better world through sports.The seventeen days’ celebrations will have 36 medal events, including 136 women’s, 161 men’s and 9 mixed events, making a total of 306 events to be contested in 42 sports. They also include the latest two additions, golf which is returning after 112 years and rugby which is also returning after 92 years.There are 32 competition venues in four regions; 15 in Barra, 4 in Maracana, 4 in Copacabana and 9 in Deodora. The organizing committee has announced 7.5 million tickets available and they can be purchased online.Accordingly, there will be 25,000 tennis balls, 8,400 shuttlecocks and 315 horses, along with 60,000 clothes’ hangers, 100,000 chairs, 72, 000 tables, 34,000 beds. They will serve11 million meals.There will be 45,000 volunteers, 85,000 outsourced staff and 6,500 employees.The Olympic Games started in Olympia, Greece with the first games held in 776 BC. It was suspended in 392 AD after Theodosius the Great (Theodosius I), the Christian emperor of the east Roman Empire, outlawed the Olympic Games because the Christian church enjoyed its full support and waged war against heresy and any notion of the ancient ‘pagan’ religion.The games resumed 1,500 years later in 1896 in Athens, Greece, through the initiative of Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin.The Olympic Games are celebrated like the annual County Sports Meet in Liberia where Liberians put all their problems behind them to cheer the sporting teams to victory.The most significant event in the early history of the Games is the birth of the Olympic truce (824 BC). The truce began as a month-long “Holy Treaty” between King Iphitos of Elis (city that controlled Olympia), King Lykourgos of Sparta, and King Kleosthenes of Pisa. Other Greek city-states subsequently ratified this agreement. A key to the success of the truce was the perpetual neutrality of Elis (which it maintained until 420 BC during the Peloponnesian War), according to the website Olympic-Legacy.com.The Olympic truce changed the Games from a local event into a growing PanHellenic competition that drew competitors and spectators from neighboring regions. And Baron de Coubertin also supported the belief that sports can unite a troubled world. The motto of the Olympic Games is: (In Latin) Citius, Altius, Fortius, meaning Faster, Higher, Stronger and the values are excellence, friendship and respect.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LFA Guinness Beach Soccer Tournament Hits New Kru Town

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association will hold its 2nd Beach Soccer Football Tournament this weekend in the Borough of New Kru Town at the Lagoon Beach Soccer field.The 2nd Beach Soccer tournament is being held under the sponsorship of Guinness, one of the brands of Club Beer and is code named the LFA Guinness Beach Soccer Tournament.LFA 1st Vice President Musa Shannon said the beach soccer tournament will run for two days and will bring together 4 teams from Monrovia.He named the participating teams as PHP (winners of the last tournament), West Point, Ambassadors and host New Kru Town. He said the tournament is being played on a knockout basis with the two winners playing in the grand final on Sunday.The LFA Vice President stated the tournament is in line with the strategic plan of the LFA and its beach soccer development program and it will run from May 28 through 29.Mr. Shannon said the LFA wants to bring the fun and excitement to the people of New Kru Town just like West Point and is hopeful the people of the Borough will turn out and give their support.According to a release from the LFA, the tournament will be the last before the end of the current dry season as the rainy season is quickly closing in.A refresher workshop on the rules and laws of beach soccer will be held among the participating teams ahead of the tournament.The workshop will bring together coaches, referees and technicians of the LFA Beach Soccer Committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First Lady takes ICT Workshop to Lethem

first_imgFirst Lady Mrs Sandra Granger on Monday declared open the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Training Programme involving more than 30 participants in Lethem, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine).The three-week training programme, conducted by the Office of the First Lady in collaboration with the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) and the Social Protection Ministry, will take place in the dormitory of the St Ignatius Secondary School at St Ignatius Village in the Rupununi.First Lady Sandra Granger is flocked by participants of the three-week ITC workshop along with regional officials and organisers of the programmeIn her remarks, the First Lady urged the participants to pursue education relentlessly in order to adapt to technological advances. “You are living in an age of lifelong education. Nothing stays the same… You [must] understand that technology is always changing, and this is impacting your lives even in ways that you don’t recognise at this point in time. Technology is playing a huge role in how we live our lives today…  Every single day things are changing, and this is going to impact our lives in many ways… All these things are happening, and you need to be aware of it. You need to be on the cutting edge of this technology,” she is quoted by the Ministry of Presidency as saying.The First Lady has encouraged the participants to take the workshop seriously, as the certificate awarded upon completion bears weight in the professional world. “Some of the graduates have already been employed by the National Data Management Authority to do data entry… People have gotten employment… This certificate is a serious certificate which is signed and recognised by the Board of Industrial Training… and this is recognised not only in Guyana, but regionally… This is a serious certificate, and I would like you to address it with the seriousness that we have put into it,” she said.Vice Chairman of BIT, Donald Ainsworth, said the programme would prepare the participants to be the final solutions to problems which may plague their region.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Brian Allicock has encouraged the participants to build a solid support system among themselves, and to absorb as much as they can during the training.In addition to the ICT skills, the participants will learn communication and time management skills, and cover subjects in robotics, literacy, numeracy, micro enterprising, and sexual and reproductive health.last_img read more

Multimillion-dollar hinterland dormitory to be commissioned soon

first_imgThe $186 million Hinterland Student Dormitory located at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, is set for commissioning in early March.The Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry is currently finalising preparations for this monumental occasion. The spanking new facility which is aback the current Hinterland Student Dormitory is the first of its kind for hinterland students who are pursuing tertiary education.The spanking new dormitoryThese include students currently attending the University of Guyana (UG); the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE); the Government Technical Institute (GTI); the Guyana School of Agriculture; Carnegie School of Home Economics; the ER Burrowes School of Art and the Guyana Industrial Training Centre.The 16-apartment facility boasts a male and a female dormitory, with each apartment housing eight students at any given time and a kitchenette, toilet and bath area and also a study area, while the dormitory itself has a cooking area, a library and a play area as well as accommodation for two dormitory supervisors.Administrator Valerie DavidCurrently, several students attending tertiary institutions are housed at the Secondary Student Dormitory, Liliendaal and at the Indigenous Residence in Princes Street.Last year, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock said the Ministry was eagerly awaiting the completion of the facility, since students would be able to advance their education in a more conducive environment.Meanwhile, 55-year-old Retired Head Mistress Valerie David from Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) is the Facility’s Administrator. David is a retired Head Teacher who has given 38 years to the teaching profession.One of the rooms in the dormitoryOver the past 10 years, an estimated 600 students have benefited from hinterland scholarships to attend a number of tertiary institutions in Georgetown.The contractor executing the project is BK International, and it is being supervised by Kalitech Inc, a consultancy firm.last_img read more

2 arrested as Police probe missing drugs at West Demerara Hospital

first_imgTwo persons were taken into custody as Police launched an investigation into a report of missing drugs at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Leslie James confirmed that an official report was filed and Police are currently workingThe West Demerara Regional Hospitalwith the two officials in custody to get to the bottom of the matter.Sources revealed to Guyana Times that a senior official attached to the health institution was already asked to tender his resignation pending the outcome of the probe.According to information received, he submitted his resignation letter on Friday when senior officials from the Public Health Minister and the Guyana Police Force visited the Hospital in the morning hours.This publication understands that the official was allegedly involved in the criminal act of stealing and selling the pharmaceuticals, which often resulted in constant drug shortages at the hospital.Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Police intercept car with guns, ammo, false number plates

first_imgRobbery thwarted…3 would-be bandits nabbedPolice in ‘A Division’ on Monday thwarted a possible robbery when, acting on information received, they intercepted a car bearing a hire car number plate on Princess and High Streets, Georgetown.Ranks searched the car and unearthed therein two unlicensed pistols, nineteen live rounds and a pair of “paste-on “number plates.Three males, inclusive of the driver, have been arrested and are assisting with the investigation. The men are from South, Sophia, Georgetown; South Amelia’s Ward, Linden; and West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown.Only last week, ‘A Division’ (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman pledged heightened security for the holidays.Commander Chapman gave the assurance during the Guyana Police Force (GPF)The items unearthed in the carannual Christmas presentation held at the Officers’ Mess Hall, Eve Leary, Georgetown. According to Chapman, Police patrols and outposts around the city will be boosted in a bid to ensure a secure shopping environment.Chapman revealed that part of the efforts to ensure increased safety is the splitting of Georgetown into seven sub-sections as compared to six last year.These sub-sections run from Agricola, Greater Georgetown to Central Georgetown.The areas will be equipped with mobile outposts, and frequent patrols will occur, with senior members of the GPF in charge of each sub-sector.Chapman added that the commercial shopping zones would be covered in the heightened security plan, so that citizens could shop in comfort.According to the Divisional Commander, vehicular and motorcycle patrols will be conducted on a 24-hour basis.last_img read more

GECOM Chairman hospitalised – source

first_imgChairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice James Patterson has been hospitalised and placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private city hospital.Sources confirmed on Friday that Patterson was admitted to a city hospital where he was immediately sent to the ICU. He was reportedly diagnosed with prostate cancer.The 84-year-old retired Justice was appointed as the GECOM Chairman by President David Granger in October 2017.Following his appointment, PPP’s Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha filed aGECOM Chairman, Justice James Pattersonlegal challenge since the appointed was considered unilateral.However, after several months of submissions in the High Court, the Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George on June 8, 2018, ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of GECOM chair.Apart from asking that the appointment of Patterson be rescinded, the PPP had argued that he was unqualified for the post, and had petitioned the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo prior to his appointment.However, the Chief Justice, in her ruling, stated that there was nothing before the court to support a finding that the President had acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Art 161(2); and there was nothing to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM.According to the Chief Justice, the Opposition did not produce evidence to support the contention that Patterson was unqualified for the position.She added that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, it would not have been “permissible for this court to usurp the function of the President by directing him to choose a nominee from the third, or any, list.”However, she did outline in her ruling that the President should have given reasons for his rejection of the 18 nominees submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in three separate lists, all of whom were rejected.Attorney-at-law, Anil Nandlall on behalf of his client appealed the decision stating that the learned Chief Justice misconstrued and misinterpreted the role of the Leader of the Opposition in Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and as such, was asking the court to overturn the High Court ruling.However, the Court of Appeal upheld the Chief Justice’s ruling. The PPP has since appealed that decision in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).last_img read more

Chelsea flop set to depart just THREE MONTHS after arriving

first_img Papy Djilobodji [right] 1 Marseille want to loan Chelsea flop Papy Djilobodji in January – before signing him permanently in the summer.The defender only moved to Stamford Bridge in September after the Blues played Nantes £2.7m for his signature.However, the 27-year-old has failed to make an impact under Jose Mourinho, making just one appearance for his new club.Now, according to Foot Mercato, Marseille are ready to offer Djilobodji a way out by taking him on loan in January.The French side are in need of a centre-back and believe they could lure the Senegal international back to Ligue 1.Djilobodji is reportedly keen on a move too, having accepted he has little chance of forcing his way into Mourinho’s side.last_img

THE DAY DURING WORLD WAR TWO AN AMERICAN PLANE CRASH LANDED ON DONEGAL BEACH – CAN YOU HELP INVESTIGATOR?

first_imgDENNIS Burke, from Sligo and more lately of Dublin, investigates foreign aircraft landings in Ireland during the Second World War.One such landing in Donegal towards the end of that conflict has thrown up some fascinating facts.And Dennis is hoping one of our readers either here or abroad might be able to add new information so he can complete his file on it. This is his story from long and detailed research:BY DENNIS BURKEIrish Army archives record that at about 14:20 hours on the 10th February 1945, an aircraft made an emergency belly landing on Portsalon beach on the shores of Ballymastocker bay, Lough Swilly in County Donegal. The officer commanding Fort Dunree on the Innishowen peninsula reported that an aircraft had come down on the beach at Port Salon.Local men of the Local Defense Force (LDF) and Local Security Force (LSF) were quickly present at the scene and took account of the crew of the aircraft. The Irish Army files records the aircraft having been “flying mail from USA to Britain”. The five men were taken to the Port Salon Hotel nearby where they were accommodated for the night. The aircraft carried nine large mail bags and all were recovered from the wreckage. The aircraft was reported to be sinking in the sand on the evening of the landing, the Army officer reporting : “The plane appeared to be slowly sinking in the soft sand and at Full Tide it was almost completely submerged in the water.”The men’’s names were recorded by the Army as:Capt. L R Rawlings – AmericanCapt. G K Pidgeon – CanadianW/O L W Smith – British Fl/O W Wright – CanadianFl/O W M Scott – CanadianThe Irish Army officers noted in their report that “Capt. Rawlings and Capt. Pigeon are not members of the RAF but belong to Transport Ferry Command.”They were brought to the border with Northern Ireland the following day and passed over at the Bridgend border post at 15:00 hours. Also handed over were the mail bags. The wreckage of the aircraft was less inclined to move on and was the subject of a six day salvage operation. Nine bags of mail were recovered from the aircraft. The army records state that the back of the aircraft was broken in the two hours after landing by the incoming tide. It subsequently sank up to 6 foot into the sand. It proved impossible to salvage the rear and ball turret machine guns and thus members of the Army ordnance corps were tasked with blowing up the aircraft on February 24th. After this effort it was decided that the guns could not be recovered and the local Garda were asked to keep an eye on the wreckage area at low tide.To this day one can find metal structural parts sticking out of the sand on Portsalon beach at low tides.What brought this aircraft to Portsalon beach on a Saturday afternoon in 1945? Royal Air Force records tell us that the aircraft was a large four engined Consolidated Liberator GR. VIII of the Royal Air Force. It was one of almost 13000 of the Liberator family built in American factories, many of which were transferred to the British Government on the Lend Lease programme. American production records record this airframe as a Consoldated B-24J-100-CF. The designation shows the aircraft was the B-24J sub type of Liberator. This subtype, along with the B-24H, had introduced the familiar four twin gun turrets onto the type, one each in the nose and tail along with upper dorsal and lower ball turret. The designators ‘-100-CF’ indicated further that this aircraft was from a production block of B-24J’s built by Consolidated at their Forth Worth facility in Texas. The aircraft was then assigned to the Royal Air Force where it gained the serial number KK295 which it brought to its inglorious end on Portsalon Beach. Among a batch of 158 other Liberators, KK295 was built to the GR VIII specification. The GR stood for General Reconnaissance which was the term used for aircraft used in anti-submarine warfare at the time.Britain assigned a great many of the Liberators they received to maritime patrol squadrons due to the aircrafts great range capabilities. These aircraft served with up to 20 squadrons of the Coastal Command and many of those flew their wartime missions out of Northern Ireland bases. For the anti-submarine role the aircraft were fitted with radar equipment and aerials and some were fitted with a “Leigh Light” search light under one wing for night operations.For these over water operations the RAF Liberators GR’s were painted in an almost all white paint scheme with grey-green camouflage on the top surfaces of the aircraft.The RAF Museum in Hendon, London holds an Air Ministry Form 1180 for the crash of KK295 and it states the following as reason for the crash.(The following information is extracted from the Form 1180)Time of Accident: 1324ZDuration of Flight: 11H 14MDuty: Ferrying across the AtlanticF.B. In bad weather aircraft (a/c) unable to find break in cloud; had to force land on beach after petrol ran low.A BOKP – CN – PCM – Pilot to blame in view of XXXX carburetors, not allowed to fly in cloud, took off in adverse weather conditions. Could not find Prestwick. Did not return when port inner engine using 15 gals per hour more that others. Aircraft force landed to low fuel state.E – PS PMU – OKA – RM: Wireless telegraphy (W/T) reception very bad due to interference.X – OKW – VF – Had to force land, would not find airfield (A/F). XXX of carburetor icing up. Could not climb.The Form also confirms the flight crews names as Pilot, Captain L R Rawlings and 2nd Pilot, First officer G R Pigeon. Capt Rawlings is listed as having over 1800 flight hours at that time and F/O Pigeon having over 7000.The aircraft is noted as assigned to RAF Prestwick and number 45 Group. This was the RAF organization that by this stage in the war was managing the Ferrying of large aircraft from North America across the Atlantic to fight in Europe. It was at this time part of the RAF’s Transport Command, having taken over from the former Ferry Command.The ranks of the two pilots tell a story also, Captain and First Officer indicate that these two men were infact civilians, not military aircrew as one might expect with a large wartime bomber. British Ferrying operations during the war made use of large numbers of civilian contracted aircrew to ferry the much needed aircraft across the Atlantic.1st Officer PigeonAs with KK295, the crew of many aircraft consisted of military and civilian aircrew. The military members in many cases had just completed training in Canada and this was used as a means of getting them back to Europe to join the war whereas other military personnel were assigned to ferrying operations for prolonged periods.Using various military and genealogical sources it is possible to learn something more of the men on KK295. The Directorate of History and Heritage in Canada was a particularly important source in this case having Ferry Command Cards for crew members Rawlings, Pigeon, Smith, Wright and Scott.F/Sgt Leonard William Smith 937181, RAFVRIt was from these sources that the follow photos were sourced, sadly the photo on Capt. Rawlings card was missing.Capt. Lee Roy Rawlings 1st Officer George Romeo Pigeon F/Sgt Leonard William Smith 937181, RAFVR P/O William Wright J/xxxxx, RCAF P/O Walter Harold Scott J39408 RCAFCapt Rawlings was Lee Roy Rawlings, born in September 1918 in Waco Texas to Laura and William Rawlings. The Abilene Report newspaper of 23 November 1939 records a Lee Roy Rawlings being enrolled in a pilots course in Abilene. He was a student in Abilene Christian College at the time.William WrightIt seems that Lee, at the start of the war in Europe, volunteered his service to the Biritish government. Lee’s name can be found on the manifest of the SS Thorstrand in November 1942, when that vessel arrived in New York. Beside his name in hand writing is ‘1st Officer Air Transport Auxiliary’. This was another wartime civilian staffed ferry organization this time based in the United Kingdom which ferried aircraft around the United Kingdom. ATA staff were civilian pilots who ferry newly built aircraft from british factories to front line units to spare RAF pilots for front line duties.Walter Harold ScottCaptain Rawlings Ferry Command card shows that he signed on with Ferry Command on July 19, 1943. He captained at least 18 aircraft from North America to Europe but also to India and the Middle East on two occasions. He flew various types including Ventura and Mitchell twin engine bombers, Dakota transports, the larger Liberator and the famous Mosquito attack bomber.Lee Rawlings passed away in Hale, Texas in December 1980. In 2009 his late nephew Bob Rawlings of Arizona contacted the author to pass on some details of Lee’’s life and career. Bob was referring to a website at http://ni_towns.tripod.com/portsalon/beach_metal.html which contains photos of wreckage on Portsalon beach.“My uncle, Lee Roy Rawlings, was the pilot in command of the B-24 bomber that made the emergency landing at the beach near Portsalon in Feb ’45. Per the link to the site, there has been some feedback as to what the “remains” are. I very clearly remember a picture that he took or obtained before the plane was blown up by the Army or disassembled.”“Additionally, the comment from Celine Hynes is 100% correct about the hotel. This particular plane was retrieved at the factory by this crew and immediately ferried to England. Upon reaching the coast of Ireland, the weather continued to worsen after circling for several hours off shore plus they were unable to make radio contact due to their location and/or altitude. For fear of being detected as a German aircraft if they pressed on, the decision was made to land on the beach. Lee relayed to me that the bomb bay doors were opened to act as a “sand scoop” in order for the plane to stop as quickly as possible.“After exiting the plane and accounting for all persons, the next order of business was to remove the Norden Bombsight which as that time was a classified piece of equipment.“Lee was about 22 years of age when the RCAF was asking for American volunteers prior to the US entering the war. He departed for Canada in 1940 or early 1941. At that time Lee was already a licensed civilian/commercial pilot in the US. In fact he was teaching aeronautics at a flight school in Dallas Texas (his family home) that had a contract with the Canadian Government for flight training. Being single, there was only one choice, he went to Canada for an adventure.“I do not believe that he actually saw any combat during WWII, as he was a Captain in the Canadian Transport Command till his discharge at the end of WWII.“My relationship with Lee was first as my uncle (my Dad’s older brother) and then aviation. Lee returned to the US in ’46, married a beautiful Canadian girl and settled near Plainview Texas. He then began a 35 year career of crop dusting (aerial application of agricultural chemicals). Much like Lee, I’ve been involved with airplanes nearly all my life. Lee died in Dec of ’80. I began my crop dusting career several years prior and was fortunate to fly and work with Lee the two years prior to his death. I bought his business in early ’81.”Bob sadly passed away at Christmas 2010 before he could pass on further information.It can thus be seen that Lee was a very experienced pilot at the time of the emergency landing in Donegal despite the harshness of the crash report.George Romeo PigeonGeorge Romeo Pigeon was the 2nd Pilot on that day. George was an older man, born in October 1900 in Quebec, Canada according to his Ferry Command records. Other shipping records however showing his arrivals in New York during the war show is age to be up to five years older. He appears as Romeo or George on various records, using both names first. He signed up the Ferry Command in July 1942. He appears to have stayed active in the aerospace industry after the war as his name seems to appear associated with a aerial surveying company named Aero-photo. He also seems to have been an RCAF member around 1932. In 1942 also he may have suffered a small mishap in an Anson trainer of the RCAF. Anson 6242 which he was taxing for take off accidently struck another aircraft. It is presumed he was undertaking a ferrying roll at that time also. The name appears also as a likely owner postwar of Yellowknife Airways. At this time he owned a Stinston Station Wagon with Canadian registration CF-KJL.The W/O L W Smith recorded by the Irish Army turns out to be Flight Sergeant Leonard William Smith 937181 of the Royal Air Force. His address during the war was near Walsall, Staffordshire and he was born in May 1921 in Sheffield. He married his wife Lorna in Staffordshire in 1944. His family kindly made contact following a letter being published in the Chase Post and confirmed details of Leonard Smith’s career, he was known to the family as ‘Smudge’. He unfortunately died on November 3rd 1998 aged 77. His trade per RAF Ferry Command records was that of Flight Engineer. F/Sgt Smith flew on at least four ferry missions in the later part of the war, his ferry Command Card in the DHH is a little unclear in this point. His last ferry mission before ending up in Ireland was to Cairo with another Liberator bomber. This is possibly where the photo at left was taken, which shows Leonard standing in frontof the Sphinx in Egypt. Leonard served a tour of duty with RAF Bomber Command during the war, flying at least 33 missions over Europe.The forth crew member was Pilot Officer William Wright J/xxxxx of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Born in Scotland in October 1918, he held the trade of observer. This meant that he was the navigator on the aircraft. He appears to have moved to Canada with his family in 1924.The final crew member was Pilot Officer Walter Harold Scott J39408 of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Born in 1913 in Ontario. He was also a navigator by trade.Compiled by Dennis Burke, 2012, Dublin and Sligo. If you have information on any of the people listed above, please do contact me at irishwarcrash@yahoo.comTHE DAY DURING WORLD WAR TWO AN AMERICAN PLANE CRASH LANDED ON DONEGAL BEACH – CAN YOU HELP INVESTIGATOR? was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE DAY DURING WORLD WAR TWO AN AMERICAN PLANE CRASH LANDED ON DONEGAL BEACH – CAN YOU HELP INVESTIGATOR?last_img read more