March 10, 2013 - 21 went

Reynolds-Alberta Museum - Wetaskiwin

WW11 HERO. Marion Orr and a Hurricane which was one of many types she flew as a ferry pilot.

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  • A former member

    Marion Orr was a pilot’s pilot; she was special to me because I had so much respect for her experience and modesty. We would often chat when I dropped in for fuel where I first met her at Lindsey Air Park in Ontario. I would listen to her recall her WW11 adventures. It took a lot of skill to jump into a Hurricane one day and a Spitfire the next then into a heavy bomber like the Lancaster or Halifax. To be able to adjust to the individual characteristics of each type of aeroplane took a great deal of skill as was shown by all pilots who ferried aircraft unarmed to deliver them to the squadrons. It was such a joy to see her portrait at the Museum. I remember dropping in to the Lindsey strip one day in early spring, Marion noticed some ice and snow adhering to the wings of my C-172 and commented by wagging her finger in my face, her tiny five foot something frame hopping off the ground as she admonished me with her finger waving at me “You be bloody careful how you fly that aeroplane” Marion said she was planning to write her memoirs and I asked her to promise me the first off the press with her signature, alas it was never written except for her logbook which in itself would make fascinating reading.

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  • Sandy

    I love the story Richard, and the inset of her picture just adds to it all. I am so glad that you were able to rekindle a few memories on this shoot, certainly makes this more personal.

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  • A former member

    Thanks for your comment Sandy. I felt some trepidation in telling the story; your comment makes me glad I took the risk. I don’t feel the photo of the Hurricane is much to comment about, but when I saw her beautifully rendered portrait, it was quite a lump in the throat moment.

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  • Jacques D.

    very well done Richard, when you get a little older the memories are getting more important

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  • A former member

    Thanks Jacques, more important and certainly more sentimental.

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  • Laurice B.

    Well done Richard, your respect for her jumps off the page :)

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  • A former member

    I need to make a correction; Wikipedia gives a good bio on Marion. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 1994 and died in a car crash in 1995. I have to redo the date in my image. Marion was so well respected by all who knew her.

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  • sharon

    Thanks for the story Richard, it makes the day of photography that much more special.

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  • Bev H.

    Great story...adds a lot to the experience for sure.

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