When the war first broke out, Mr.Kewen was a young man from Saskatoon who was still in school. On Oct 10, 1940, with support from his family, he joined the army after all of his friends had joined.
Like his younger brother, he wanted to be an navigator, but instead worked as a mechanic on the home front. He was sent to a technical school in St.Thomas, where he was trained as a mechanic to work on aircraft. He was stationed in Canada for over a year then sent overseas to Burma for over a year, when the war was finally over. After the war, Mr.Kewen received many medals. He came back to Canada,got a job and went back on to living his normal life.
Mr. Kewen was interviewed by Crestwood student Eric Lee in April 2009.
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- 1. Overseas Service
- 2. The Coast of Burma:Training the Gurkhas
- 3. Trapping the Japanese; the problems of disease and weather
- 4. Life while stationed in Canada
- 5. On his position:job during the war
- 6. The living conditions
- 7. Entertainment
- 8. Involvement in Battles
- 9. Difficulties flying the planes
- 10. Contact with Japanese soldiers
- 11. Awareness of the war in Europe
- 12. Getting back to Canada
- 13. Medals and honours