Winston Havelock

Winston Havelock

Very few verifiable facts are known about Winston Havelock. Most of the items related here are taken from Heep's diary, the official report of Rene Vendrine and the lunatic ravings of Levesque (The Mole) at the court martial. Young Winston, as he was known to the pilots of the Lost Squadron, was first mentioned by Heep in notes of a discussion with McTavish concerning the electromagnetic discharge delivered by an Angora sheep versus the domestic Egyptian variety. Apparently Young Winston was present during the experiment and was slightly singed during the ensuing electrical arc. Winston mentioned to Angus McTavish that a light of that magnitude could be used to guide aircraft toward a landing field during inclement weather. This revelation sparked McTavish into a new flurry of calculation and experimentation. Young Winston was at McTavish's side from then after. There is no official record of Havelock's enlistment or if he was actually in the military. However he is seen in uniform but in various known photos there is no consistent type or branch shown. He has been shown in French, British, and Scottish attire of all branches. The author suspects Young Winston was a runaway (deserter) taken in by the Lost Squadron. We do know Comdr. Heydor-Whetwhissel had no clue as to the man power or equipment in his units, let alone individuals. Such a deception would have been child's play.

One task known to have been assigned to Young Winston was that of "animal keeper". This onerous duty was supposedly assigned him by the notorious Jacques (The Mole) Levesque. This was fully explained in the transcript of the court martial. It was, in fact, this duty assignment that led to the downfall of Levesque. Young Winston fed the various dogs and cats that roamed the airfield. He also began to name the various dogs, and it was he who finally linked the appearance of FC151 to the DIS appearance of the canines/felines in the compound. While animals come and go, unfortunately, in time Young Winston mentioned this coincidence to Rene Vendrine, the Mole's arch enemy, and the rest became history.

                                                                      win2.jpg (25022 bytes)Winston fulfilled the role of batman, aide de camp, confessor, morale officer, and friend to all the pilots of the Squadron. There exists many fine reports of this lad in Heep's diary. Although not a pilot, he was seen taxing the craft to the flight line, and readying them for flight. It is known he instructed many of the local women in repairing the numerous damaged wings. He was especially adept at sewing the linen to the wings and kept the aeroplanes in top notch stitchery. He was also a superb man with tea. Heep noted that Young Winston had quite a facility for setting a proper High Tea. Great praise from the tea master of the squadron.

That Winston was faithful and loyal to the Squadron in noted in Heep's last diary entry. The Squadron was assigned a particular dangerous mission( see appendix: last flight). All took wing at dawn save Levesque who claimed a problem with his engine being to loud at the wrong times. Heep writes:" We are ready to go, the sun breaks over the northern dunes, vomiting forth it's hellish glare. The Nieuports are barking rhythmically, ready to leap from the sand. I gaze to my left and there is young Winston, I yell to him:" Stay put lad.. wait till we get back and we'll have a good cuppa' " And there he stood, tea and biscuits ready for our return".

That was Heep's last entry. The Squadron never returned and Levesque disappeared shortly after the Squadron left, claiming he was going to catch up. There were several reports (mostly bar room stories) of a British officer tending the abandoned airfield long after the war ended. A pilot named Havelock was reported to have aided archeologists in the quest for the "city of the dead" or some such legend. Young Winston's demise or future is not known.

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