- Posted November 11, 2008 by
Fort Worth, Texas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gulf War illness
In Texas fields, no poppies blow; "forgotten" Canadians and Britons
During World War I, thousands of Royal Flying Corps officers and men came to Texas for flight training. However, many came only to die without ever facing the enemy and never returning home to Canada or the UK.
This video is about eleven of those men.
The graves in the video are at Greenwood Cemetery. Every other year, the cemetery hosts a commemoration at the site on Memorial Day, the American holiday honoring war dead.
My mother says in World War II, a Canadian cousin ( a real cousin by blood) came to Fort Worth for flight training. He then went to Liberal, Kansas, for advanced training and was lost in a crash. My mother says they first suspected Nazi sabotage, but eventually the kids in the family blamed the government. Wayne washed out of pilot school and became a navigator. Mother says the kids decided it was the government's failure to make Wayne a pilot that cost his life and the lives of his crew. Not sure which government she meant.