Philip Pochailo (1920- ), a native of Rainy River, Ontario, joined the RCAF in 1942 and, later, a British aircrew. When his aircraft was shot down over the Netherlands, he survived, evaded German capture , and joined the Dutch resistance movement for twelve months until Canadians liberated Rotterdam in 1945. He returned to Holland twice to thank the Dutch who helped him and pay his respects to fallen crewmembers buried in the Netherlands. "Then & Now: 1933-2004" (2004 Borealis) tells his story.
262 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9780888872869 $19.95 CA
About the Book
Philip Pochailo, born in the small town of Rainy River in North-Western Ontario in 1920, enlisted in the RCAF in 1942 as aircrew and went overseas in August of 1943. After advanced training as a Bombardier in Great Britain, he was assigned to a British Crew in No.1 Bomber Command in April 1944.
His aircraft was shot down over the Netherlands on May 21/22 and only he and another crew member survived. His Pilot, captured by the Germans, spent the rest of the war in a prisoner-of-war camp. The Author evaded capture and joined the Dutch Resistance Movement where he lived and worked for the next 12 months. He was liberated by Canadian troops in Rotterdam in 1945.
Mr. Pochailo returned to Canada after the war but went back to Holland 25 and 50 years later to thank his "Helpers" and to pay his respects to his fallen crew members, buried in that country.
This is his story.