Ralph was from Hamilton, Ontario but lived in the United States for most of his life. He was a doctor and had a practice in Indiana until his retirement. He was a good friend of mine who passed away in 2008. His widow donated his original medals to a Canadian museum, but I based this shadow box on the one he had in his office. The wings are reproductions, I used original medals for this tribute display. They are the 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. In his own words, "I learned to fly 60 years ago in the Royal Canadian Air Force, on Fleet 16B bipes. Overseas in 1943 I transferred to the RAF and did ops in Scotland and Ireland on 3 types of Spitfires, Hurricanes, and the last of the RAF biplane fighters, the Gloster Gladiator. In mid January 1945 I made the last operational flight of an RAF fighter biplane, in Gladiator N5592, on a weather recce flight. I have also flown a Tiger Moth and a Starduster. Just love biplanes! The 'Glad' was a wizard for aerobatics, with its 950hp Bristol and 4 flaps on the wings."
Edited by MattS, 03 December 2018 - 06:29 AM.