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Subject: Robert (Bob) Devlin radio operator and inspector 1940's
My dad, Robert (Bob) Devlin worked for 35 years for the DOT and he is not listed on your website.
He worked out of Edmonton, Dease Lake, Teslin and Resolute Bay in the 1940's then Ottawa in the 50's to 1965 then he retired after 14 years
service Winnipeg DOT flight checking. He went to radio training with James (jim) Semper and worked in Edmonton with Herby Foxcroft. He was good friends and worked with Lou Coupitts in Resolute and Winnipeg.
What information do you need to add him to your website.
29 December 2014
Good morning Bonni:
I have enough information to add your father to the website, so I will be creating a page for him in Roll Call. A photo or photos of him when he was a radio operator would be nice. Any additional info or anecdotes would also be welcome. I would also like to know the year he went to radio training, the year he started as a radio operator and the year he retired.
Happy New Year
30 December 2014
Thanks Donald, I will ask my mother about the details and dates. I know he was working in Winnipeg for MacDonald Brothers Aircraft Company then joined the DOT in about 1943. I believe he was trained in Edmonton (or Winnipeg) and then worked for Jake Allen out of Edmonton.
I will get back to you.Thanks so much.
30 December 2014
I found the following references to the name Devlin on Ernie Brown's website: http://members.shaw.ca/va3oeb/intercept.htm
One is about Eric Devlin (related to you ?) and the other is about Bob Devlin (your dad ?)
Albert Sager remembers: He had graduated from Canadian Electronics Institute in Sept. 1941. He had signed on with the DOT at Meteo HQ in Toronto in November and came to the Test Rooms in Ottawa the following week, arriving Dec. 1 with about six others, including Gilmour, Papazian and Wall (who did not stay around long). They were sent to the monitoring station and on Dec. 2 Albert and Harry Lathwell began shift duty at the new building with only Rene Arial working at completing the installation of equipment. A week or so later other operators were moved in on a phased basis until all positions were manned. Harry Lathwell had come in from a year or more with the Merchant Navy on the north Atlantic where he was on a fast ship, sailing alone. About Oct. 23, 1943 a large group of operators moved to Vancouver to man the Point Grey monitoring station copying Japanese code. Eric Devlin was one of them. [Albert provided a number of names to add to the list.] At the end of the Pacific war he went to Winnipeg for Meteo training, and after a tour on Radio Ranges eventually returned to Ottawa, working in Telecom HQ. He retired in Ottawa. [Deceased Nov. 1999]
Lorne 'Scotty' Wilson remembers: He reported to the Ottawa station in June 1942 along with Frank Cole, Ray Goodwin, M. Michalczyk, and Bob Devlin from the Strathburn Monitoring station where they had all been suspended by Tom Wylie for ????. Ed Davey had said: " send them here, I can use them." He went to Vancouver in Nov. 1944 with others, to monitor Japanese stations. Later he returned to Ottawa, to Telecom HQ. He retired in Ottawa. [Deceased Jan 2004]
30 December 2014