"Via Ad Astra Per Ardua Est"- by Steve Tournay

Lancaster II DS791 of 408 Sqn, beginning its final descent into the mountains of Swabia, southern Germany. Painted for Westdale Secondary School on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. DS791 was downed by a nightfighter in February 1944. A Westdale alumnus, Cyril Ridgers, was among the crew. Decades later his class ring was found at the crash site, and it came back to the school in 2007 courtesy of the Ridgers family. Westdale's motto is "Alius alia via ad astra ascendit" ("Each finds his own way to the stars", approximately); the title of the painting blends that motto
with that of the RCAF ("Per Ardua Ad Astra"). I graduated from Westdale
also, in 1982.

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