Phil Pawsey sent us this information on Percy B. Waddy (VE9PBW SK) who has sadly passed away. There will still be a few us who remembered Percy when he was with TCA.
MAARC, Inc. members will be very saddened to learn of Percy's passing. We first met Percy over 25 years ago when he enrolled in one of the Amateur Radio courses we were conducting. He related that one of his sons had taken over the farm and his wife, Jean, advised him that he should now engage in a hobby that would be interesting and challenging.
After completing the course and obtaining his Certificate he was very enthusiastic about his new found pursuit and we exchanged visits at our respective homes. His enthusiasm made helping him erect an antenna system and coaching him in on-air operating a great pleasure.
Percy served with distinction during WW2, attaining the rank of Squadron Leader and Flight Commander of RAF Squadron 203, flying B24 Liberator Bombers in the Indian Ocean theatre. A few years ago based on tactical photos taken during an action over the Adaman Sea that he had flown on, Percy commissioned the well known artist, Lars Larsen, to paint a composite of the bombing of Japanese supply ships by his squadron. Percy kindly gave us a signed print copy of the painting which we much treasure.
(We will conclude this story in NetLetter nr 1324 - eds)