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June Light was a teenager in Battleford, Saskatchewan when her older brother and RCAF pilot Alan Light was killed in a training accident in 1942. She turned ninety years old on June 17, 2014.

June Light was a teenager in Battleford, Saskatchewan when her older brother and RCAF pilot Alan Light was killed in a training accident in She turned ninety years old on June

The Light Family of Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1943: June, James and Peggy Light are standing; Charles, Colin and Vera Light are seated. Missing is the eldest son RCAF pilot Alan Light, who was killed in a training accident in 1942.

The Light Family of Battleford, Saskatchewan in June, James and Peggy Light are standing; Charles, Colin and Vera Light are seated. Missing is the eldest son RCAF pilot Alan Light, who was killed in a training accident in

"Boy Soldier" James Light, left, aged 14, poses in 1941 with his older brother, nineteen-year-old RCAF pilot Alan Light. Alan was killed not long afterwards in a training accident.

"Boy Soldier" James Light, left, aged poses in 1941 with his older brother, nineteen-year-old RCAF pilot Alan Light. Alan was killed not long afterwards in a training accident.

RCAF pilot Alan Light poses with his mother Vera Light and his younger sister June Light in 1942, outside their home in Battleford, Saskatchewan. Alan was killed not long afterwards in a training accident.

RCAF pilot Alan Light poses with his mother Vera Light and his younger sister June Light in outside their home in Battleford, Saskatchewan. Alan was killed not long afterwards in a training accident.

1945- Twin Canadian pilots who were both awarded the Distinguish Flying Cross. Each leads a flight of Spitfire fighter-bombers operating with a Norwegian wing of the R.A.F. in Belgium.

Twin Canadian pilots Bruce and Douglas Warren were both awarded the Distinguish Flying Cross. Each leads a flight of Spitfire fighter-bombers operating with a Norwegian wing of the R. in Belgium.

AUG 4 1944 Canadian Lancaster pilot dies trying to save crew Squadron Leader Ian W. Bazalgette VC

AUG 4 1944 Canadian Lancaster pilot dies trying to save crew Squadron Leader Ian W.

Georgina's RCAF Photo Album : Blog: Wartime Wednesdays | Elinor Florence ~

Georgina's RCAF Photo Album : Blog: Wartime Wednesdays | Elinor Florence ~

Arthur “Roy” Brown  Canadian pilot officially credited with shooting down German ace, Manfred v. Richthofen. This particular “kill” has been debated since it occurred with a few Australian machine gunners also claiming the responsible shot.

Arthur “Roy” Brown Canadian pilot officially credited with shooting down German ace, Manfred v. This particular “kill” has been debated since it occurred with a few Australian machine gunners also claiming the responsible shot.

V ‘City of Winnipeg’ with Squadron Leader Jeff Northcott on the left and another famous Canadian pilot, Lloyd Chadburn on the right. Chadburn would also.

RCAF pilot Alan Light of Battleford, Saskatchewan, posing in 1942 with his father Charles Light, a veteran of Lord Strathcona's Horse in World War One.

RCAF pilot Alan Light of Battleford, Saskatchewan, posing in 1942 with his father Charles Light, a veteran of Lord Strathcona's Horse in World War One.

Seventy-two years after my uncle RCAF pilot trainee Alan Light died in a training accident, I discovered a dramatic oil painting by Marvin Swartz of Saskatoon that shows the last moments of his life. Visit www.elinorflorence.com/blog/rcaf-accident.

Seventy-two years after my uncle RCAF pilot trainee Alan Light died in a training accident, I discovered a dramatic oil painting by Marvin Swartz of Saskatoon that shows the last moments of his life. Visit www.elinorflorence.com/blog/rcaf-accident.

The painting was dedicated to the memory of Alan Scott Light of the RCAF, who died in a training accident in 1942. A dedication ceremony was held at the Fred Light Museum in Battleford on June 17, 2014, which was the 90th birthday of Alan's only surviving sibling, June Light Florence. Here’s a photo of that event taken by Doug Collie of the Battlefords Daily News. From left to right: Elinor Florence, her mother June Light Florence, and her brother Rob Florence.

The painting was dedicated to the memory of Alan Scott Light of the RCAF, who died in a training accident in 1942. A dedication ceremony was held at the Fred Light Museum in Battleford on June 17, 2014, which was the 90th birthday of Alan's only surviving sibling, June Light Florence. Here’s a photo of that event taken by Doug Collie of the Battlefords Daily News. From left to right: Elinor Florence, her mother June Light Florence, and her brother Rob Florence.

Eugenie Francoeur Turner, now of Kelowna, British Columbia, was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force's Women's Division. She served at a bomber base in Britain, where she witnessed horrific crashes, dodged bombs, and worked around the clock on D-Day.  For more: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/rcaf-airwoman-yorkshire. (Photo Credit: The Whitehorse Star)

Welcome to this week’s Open House and my guest today is Elinor Florence, bestselling author of Bird’s Eye View set in World War II. The book provides an insight into the role of Canadian women duri…

Maxwell Harold Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force, who was killed in a training accident in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1944.

Maxwell Harold Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force, who was killed in a training accident in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in

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