I have posted the following story along with a picture of Mac Edwards, to the section for “Samuel Donald McCutcheon” which came to me via his grand-niece, Debbie Powell:
“Hot Spot Gunner Now a War Prisoner.”
“After 19 successful raids over Germany, Sergeant Samuel McCutcheon “Mac” Edwards, 26, is now a prisoner of war, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards of Singhampton, have been informed. His sister, Mrs. William Day, resides on Boon Avenue.
Sergeant Samuel McCutcheon “Mac” Edwards, a member of a pathfinder squadron, was a mid-air gunner on a Lancaster. Born and raised at Singhampton, he belonged to the 48th Highlanders of Canada during 1937-1938 when he resided in Toronto. Joining the RCAF in the spring of 1940, he trained at Jarvis and McDonald [air force base] and went overseas a year ago [circa 1942]…………….”
Pathfinder Squadrons were elite bomber squadrons created during World War II to locate and mark targets with flares to increase the accuracy of bombing. Then a main bomber force would aim at the target. The “Lanc” as it was affectionately dubbed, was built in Canada by Victory Aircraft Limited of Malton, Ontario. 420 Canadian Lancaster X’s were eventually built. In September 1943, the first “Lanc” was flown across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mac’s plane crashed over Germany where he was captured [circa 1943] and endured the hardships for 2 years as a prisoner of war, being released about V-day, which was the 7th May 1945.
Mac spent his leave time with his sister Irene’s in-laws in Balmullo, Scotland. He is pictured here with Betty Lyons, Bill Booth’s (Irene’s husband) sister at the Wallace monument. The other woman in the picture is unknown.
Mac died as a result of a heart attack.
A short service was held at the home in Singhampton on Friday and thence to the United Church where an extremely large gathering of friends and neighbors met to pay their last respects. The funeral service was conducted by Reverend A.W. downer in prayer and Reverend Taylor Munro. Hymns of choice were sung and the Male Quartette rendered the anthem “When I Have Gone the Last Mile of the Way”. Members of the Canadian Legion acted as pallbearers and conducted last rites at the gravesite.
“Until the Day Breaks and the Shadows Flee We Will Remember Him.”