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Submitted by Bev Lundahl, December, 2004
Although Len E. Lundahl was not in the South Saskatchewan Regiment, these images show what life was like for young Saskatchewan men who entered the navy, or young women who worked in munitions plants during the 1940's.
The following comments were received from Jim Silvester about the identity of some of the people depicted in the images of the Quesnel crew:
"...I too have been in contact with Dave Freeman, as a matter of fact I was the replacement for his father when I was drafted aboard the Quesnel as a QRII on Oct.6.1941. I recall the old "Thunderbird" very well. I have also been in touch with Stan Noble, and another old shipmate A.J. Jefferies.
I regret that I am unable to give any more information as to the demise of the Thunderbird, as I was drafted off shortly after the ships picture was taken in September 1944. Due to my promotion. It was still up on the crowsnest when I left.
I too have a picture of the ships crew taken Sept. 1944. I am the Leading Seaman standing right behind the Thunderbird Stan Noble is at the top, right next to the mast. .
I went to the Web site that you have with the pictures of the ships crew. Very Good.
I regret that I never had much to do with the Engine room crew as I spent all my time on the upper deck. If your Dad went aboard in June/44 then I really didn't get to know him as I left on Sept.8/44, but the picture with the engine room staff with Chief ERA Bill Symington and you dad. Other members were, if I have the names right, were:- Keating, Mayo, McEwan, Alberts, Corrie, Jamieson and Moynaugh. The second picture was of the Officers. Connolly, Brown, Ritchie, Laing (who was the CO) Milledge (Exec Officer) Kitchener and Karr.
I too still have one of the ship's crests, I also sent one to the Naval Museum in Esquimalt.
If you could send an attachment of the picture of the "T bird" up the mast I would appreciate it. Also a larger picture of the person standing beside the 4" Gun, I might be able to identify that person.
Hope I have given you some more info re: the Quesnel, as I was with her for 2years and 11 months."
- Jim Silvester, 21Mar2005.
See the Wikipedia article for more on the H.M.C.S. Quesnel.
I.D. Photo of Jean McGregor, munitions plant, Ajax, Ontario, about 1942.
Len Lundahl in uniform
Jean McGregor prior to leaving Saskatchewan, 1941
Len Lundahl, high school graduation, River Falls, Wisconsin, 1939
Len Lundahl, Nova Scotia, 1943
Jean McGregor, location unknown
H.M.C.S. Quesnel Crest. Corvettes were named after flowers or towns.
This Thunderbird totem pole was always mounted on the mast when the Quesnel sailed. If anyone knows the history of this totem pole, contact email@example.com
The crew of the Quesnel. Photo passed Navy censor 1Sep1944. Notice totem pole.
The crew of the Quesnel. Notice totem pole.
The crew of the Quesnel. Notice totem pole. Back row, far right, Bill Simmington, Chief ERA(Engine Room Artificer). Front row, far left, Len Lundah ERA, Fourth Class.
Engine Room, H.M.C.S. Quesnel?
Royal Canadian Navy Technical Training Courses - L.E. Lundahl's Grades - he was 17th in a class of 101.
Graduation Class, 10Aug1943
Statement of War Service Gratuity - front side
Statement of War Service Gratuity - back side
Person unknown - note radar above gun
Artificer Apprentice Course No 2 Graduating Class - also known as "B" Division, taken at Dominion Provincial Training Centre, Victoria Park, Calgary, AB - 6Jul1942 - left side
Artificer Apprentice Course No 2 Graduating Class - also known as "B" Division, taken at Dominion Provincial Training Centre, Victoria Park, Calgary, AB - 6Jul1942 - middle
Artificer Apprentice Course No 2 Graduating Class - also known as "B" Division, taken at Dominion Provincial Training Centre, Victoria Park, Calgary, AB - 6Jul1942 - right side
Graduating Class - list for left photo
Graduating Class - list for middle photo
Graduating Class - list for right photo
Returned Service Men and Women - Reception - Macoun, Friday, December 28th, 1945 - front and back covers
Returned Service Men and Women - Reception - Macoun, Friday, December 28th, 1945 - inside pages
Wedding Photo - 1Nov1945 - Jean McGregor & Len Lundahl - St. Giles Anglican Church, Estevan, Saskatchewan
Gals Aglee newspaper cartoon - The benefits of working in a war plant!
Jean & Len Lundahl, with her new daughter Bev Lundahl, 1947
Restored 14Jan2015 GCS/gs