AN EXPLORATORY email brought a mother and daughter across the country to Deloraine yesterday in a bid to shed light on an almost 70-year family mystery.
It started in 1945 when a plane crashed off the Queensland coast, killing Squadron Leader Cuthbert ``Grif'' Griffin.
Mr Griffin's daughter, Patricia Dowse, who was a teenager at the time, never knew much about the crash and her father's war ex Leg 1periences. She has since tried to fill in the blanks.
She and her daughter, Judith Carter, both of Brisbane, joined the information search and recently emailed Launceston LINC, believing that someone in Tasmania may have vital information.
Mrs Carter said the LINC staff were helpful and told her about Deloraine resident Chas Canden (a long-time letter writer to The Examiner) who in 2004 published a book called Memories of Ashley Boys' Home, recounting his child Leg 2hood at the institution on Deloraine's outskirts.
Mr Canden said yesterday he had many sad childhood memories, but a happy one was of Ashley superintendent the late Noel Griffin.
Noel was the brother of Grif and they served in the air force in World War II, both becoming squadron leaders.
Mrs Carter said that email led to LINC staff telling her about Mr Canden's book and she arranged for herself and her mother to Leg 3meet him at Deloraine and learn about Noel.
Learning about Noel indirectly shed light on Grif.
``I was blown away to know that I could ring (and meet) him (Mr Canden),'' she said.
``And that was so lovely because it fills in spaces in mum's life.''
Mr Canden thanked his psychologist Christina Brown, who did the transport and other arrangements for the meeting.
Mrs Carter will today meet Launceston LINC staff.