Second World War veteran revisits the Halifax bomber

An older man wearing a dark blazer, white shirt and striped tie stands next to a younger man wearing an olive green flight suit.
Flight Lieutenant (retired) Stuart Vallières holds the attention of Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, on May 15, 2019, as he talks about the Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber at the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario. PHOTO: Makala Chapman

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It’s been more than 70 years since Flight Lieutenant (retired) Stuart Vallières last sat in—and felt the roar of—a Second World War-era Handley Page Halifax four-engine heavy bomber. It was during that time that he was shot out of the sky, taken as a prisoner of war, and lost his leg. More than seven decades later, the 96-year-old veteran was reunited with the wartime beast. On May 15, 2019, with his family in tow, he made his way from his home in Montréal, Québec, to the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario. Read the rest of the article . . .

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