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
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.
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.