On each day of Archives Awareness Week 2017, the City of Vaughan Archives is highlighting five unique objects representing each of the city’s five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill.
This image features a pair of boots (left), a pair of galoshes (right) and a belt with a gun holster and ammunition pouch worn by John Thompson during his service in the Second World War. A resident of Woodbridge and a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Thompson served in 245 Squadron of the Second Tactical Air Force in the Northwest European Theatre of Operations as a Typhoon pilot. He achieved the rank of flying officer and was commander of one of the squadron’s two wings. He was one of the most experienced pilots in his squadron, having flown 100 missions during his tour of duty, which ended in March 1945. These artifacts are part of the John H. Thompson fonds, which is available for viewing at City Hall on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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