In an isolated spot high in the French Pyrénées, a group of 30-odd pilgrims from Chatham, Ont., gathered in July to honour one of their own lost in WW II.
To pull back the shroud of time that has enveloped Pilot Officer Leslie Arthur Peers, J85070, Royal Canadian Air Force, we begin by examining excerpts from the 1944 operations log of 624 Squadron, Royal Air Force, in which he flew Halifax bombers from Blida, Algeria:
"5/6 June, Duty Proust (France); Up 2225, Down 0529; Not successful–no visibility, 10/10th cloud over target."
"7/8 June, Duty Nickels (France); Up 2200, Down 0505; Nickels dropped on Carcassonne, Montauban, Auch and Toulouse."
"26/27 June, Duty Citron (France); Up 2025, Down 0510; Successful–stores dropped."
"11/12 July, Lighthouse (France); Up 2200, Down 064...