Remembering Wells Lake

A moment of silence at Wells Lake

From the Kelvington Trailblazers

On Sunday Jan 31st 2021 the sacrifice of Albert Eldon Wells F/S RCAF 196558 was memorialized with the placement of a sign at Wells Lake; a small lake in the Porcupine Provincial Forest in northeastern Saskatchewan. Albert was lost during a raid by RAF 166 Squadron on a mission to bomb the southern German city of Munich on Jan 08 1945 .

The Kelvington Trailblazers snowmobile club whose trail passes by the site noticed that the original sign placed in 2003 was deteriorated badly due to weather and the ravages of bears. The Kelvington Legion Branch number 19 was instrumental in finding Albert’s background so that a nephew living in Tisdale could be contacted. From that point on there was rapid progress on the project! Brian’s daughter, Marlene Hovdebo of CMT Signshop, graciously produced the sign and Brian gave the Trailblazers club a donation for making the stand and transporting it by snowmobile to the remote lake. A nephew Briana, great niece Marlene, and a great great nephew Tegan Hovdebo were on hand for the placement of the memorial sign.

As the sign states we all owe a debt to Albert which can never be repaid, and must never be forgotten.

-Dennis Szafron, Kelvington Trailblazers

A word from the family

“Today was one of those once in a lifetime kinda days!

A while back a member of Kelvington Trail Blazer Snowmobile Club contacted my Dad about a sign that is on their groomed trail that honours his Uncle, my Great Uncle who died fighting for our country. The original sign had been put up approx. 20 years ago. The club wanted to replace the sign at their cost but wanted us to know about it. I was honoured to design and donate the sign and so grateful they were taking care of it. They invited my family to ride out with them today to put the sign up.

They provided us a sled to use and a family friend of ours came along and brought a sled for Dad making it possible to have 3 generations present to place the new sign in honour of Uncle Bert. They arranged to meet us on the road and guided us in. Had a fire going for a wiener roast and some very friendly folks to greet us and help with the sign.

Wow! What a day! The weather was beautiful and we even had a moment of silence while The Last Post was played. Thank you so very much Dennis and friends for what you did for our family today! It’s a day we will never forget.”

-Marlene Coulter-Hovdebo, relative of the late Albert Eldon Wells