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From Alberta to California


In response to “The day a Wellington crashed in Rowney” (The Village June 2006), you mention a hope of locating relatives of the perished Canadian airmen. Yes, there are some!

I’m a first cousin once removed of the pilot (Charles Robert Gaudet Long) of the Wellington X3932 Canadian Air Force plane which crashed at Lower Park Farm near Rowney Green, killing all five on board on November 9, 1943.

All are buried at Pershore cemetery and their tombstone inscriptions show the following names: Sgt. AJ O’Neil (Air Gunner), Pilot Officer JH Magnes, Flying Officer HH Barton, Pilot Officer GJ Gallagher, and Pilot Sgt CRG Long.

CRG Long is Charles Robert Gaudet Long, son of Charles Long and Elsie (Audy) of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, and then Lomita Park, California.

His maternal grandparents were Emma Caroline Spencer and James Charles Audy and maternal great grandparents were Marie Elizabeth Gaudet and Jacques Roy Audy, George Benjamin Spencer and Margaret McGregor Armstrong, all of notable heritage.

CRG Long’s father was a manufacturer of jewellery and had also worked as a carpenter, and was enlisted in WW1. Elsie and Charles Long moved to the San Francisco area some time before 1953.

To my knowledge CRG Long was not married, nor a father, but once I get his full military record (R157864) more information may come to light?

My grandfather, Gaudet Lewis Audy, was a brother of CRG’s mother, Elsie Long. Gaudet, Elsie and another brother, James Robert Audy, lived in Saskatchewan and Manitoba at various forts where their father, James Charles Audy, was working for Hudson’s Bay as a clerk.

Elsie was born at Lake Audy in Manitoba, which was named after her father when he ran the trading post at the lake in Riding Mountains Manitoba. Elsie moved to Drumheller via Calgary after her parents separated in 1901.

She and her mother and brothers settled in Drumheller, and there she married Charles Long who had a jewellery shop in Drumheller.

I hear a red maple tree has been planted in Rowney Green in the airmen’s memory. I would also like to make contact with the families of the other pilots to exchange photos and information.

I would be grateful if anyone with an interest in this story would contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) as I am researching this family.

Jan Penrose, Gold Coast, Australia