Lifting the Silence: A World War II RCAF Bomber Pilot Reunites with his Past

April 8, 2021
Lifting the Silence: A World War II RCAF Bomber Pilot Reunites with his Past

At a time of great sacrifice in Canadian history, we arewelcomed into the homes, the hearts, and the minds of mothers,sons, fathers, and friends as we follow Syd Smith and hishigh-school brotherhood of 13 when they answer the call to duty in1941. Written with his son, David, Lifting the Silence is also afather-and-son journey of discovery that uncovers a remarkableletter that serves as testament to what still defines Canadatoday.Postmarked "France August 1946," the fragile letter bares thesoul of a people beaten down by cruel times and extols theiradmiration and gratitude for Canada as a nation of spiritual andeconomic resources that helped them out so much during the war.Within the letter as well, a heartfelt and strikingly propheticexpression of hope to once again receive the downed pilot they hadsheltered in 1942.As if by Providence, this letter now serves to reunite Syd withhis angel of the French Resistance 61 years later.