Leo Pantel fonds. — 1942-1947. — 2 cm of textual records.
John Thomas (Leo) Pantel was the son of Arthur and Pearl Pantel, born March 22, 1921 in Fort Smith, North West Territories. At the advent of World War II, he began a career as a wing assembler in the Can Car & Foundry in Fort William, Ontario. He later enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (No. 7 R.C. Calgary) and served as a pilot flying missions into Europe. His active duty commenced February 20, 1942, and he was released to the Reserve August 29, 1947. During the war he received his pilot’s badge, a war medal, a Defence medal, and a C.V.S.M. & Clasp. After the war, he returned to Widewater, Alberta with an English war bride. He worked for many years for the Canadian National Railways in Edmonton, but his English wife returned to England soon after the war.
The records were donated to Grande Prairie Regional Archives by Leo Pantel’s niece, Pearl Wilson, in 2001.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of one Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot’s Log Book recording training, duty and teaching activities from 1942-1945 and containing documents such as a Pilot’s Responsibility form and Certificate of Proficiency; a Statement of War Service Gratuity from the Department of National Defence, War Service Badge permission card; Personnel Counselling Report from the Air Force; and an Honourable Release Certificate from the Air Force.