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CFB Borden helicopter unit welcomes first female commander
The 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron has a new commander and for the first time in its storied history, the reins have been handed over to a woman. Lt. Col. Jill Bishop took charge of the Canadian Forces Base Borden unit from Lt. Col. Dave Miller during an official change of command ceremony on the tarmac outside the unit's training facility, Hangar 18.
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Medal of Honour for Penticton man who flew on bombing missions
Penticton Western News
Tail gunner Lance "Lou" Benson still carries a painful reminder of the bombing mission which was almost his last.
It was on a night raid over Emden, Germany, during the Second World War when his Royal Canadian Air Force Halifax aircraft, as it often did, came under fire from ground-launched anti-aircraft weapons.
"I knew right away that I'd been hit, there was such a loud noise like hail outside the aircraft," recalled Benson, now 91.
Veteran makes trip of a lifetime
In the summer of 1944, Bill "Robbie" Robertson lived as though invisible in the home of a family in Belgium. His presence was unknown except to a small few, and although he was physically able, he was never allowed to leave the house — not even to walk the 80 feet to the back fence.
It was the Second World War and Robertson was a bomb aimer with the RCAF.
Ceremony marks birth of combat flight training in Windsor
They waged battle in the deadly skies over war-torn Europe, but first, they learned to fly in Windsor.
Members of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association held a flag raising ceremony recently to mark the 75th anniversary of Windsor's No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School.
During the Second World War, Windsor served as a training ground for pilots who flew and fought for the first time as members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Buyer interest in model of Avrocar flying saucer yet to take off
It's been hovering on Kijiji.
But so far, demand has been underwhelming for an authentic steel model of the Avrocar flying saucer, built in 1959 for the U.S. air force and army by Avro in Malton, ON.
Bruce Mitchell, a New Age composer in Grand Bend, ON, inherited the model from his late father, Frederick Mitchell, an aeronautical engineer who worked on the Avro Arrow in the 1950s.
Fighter pilot was in Battle of Britain
Henry Sprague was the scion of a prominent Hamilton family who served as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain and later helped plan the Great Escape after he was shot down over France and interned in a POW camp.
It was quite the experience for a young Canadian only in his 20s at the time, but his son Stephen said his father was very quiet about his wartime service, reluctant to talk about it other than anecdotes such as playing cribbage with Australian pilots in Stalag Luft III and watching the loser run around the camp barking like a dog.
Flight aims to recreate secret WWII mission transporting U.S. military planes from Montana to Russia
It's a little-known story that 8,000 U.S. military planes flew over Alberta while travelling from Montana to Russia to be used by Russian pilots to help defeat the Nazis during the Second World War.
On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, what once was a tightly held secret is drawing attention with a re-creation of the 9,600-kilometre Alaskan-Siberian air route.
A restored 72-year-old North American T-6 Texan aircraft (known as a Harvard in Canada), used for the flight, is one of 54 such planes originally ferried across between 1942 and 1945, says pilot Jeff Geer, 57.
Black Hawk chopper maker Sikorsky sold for $9 billion
The famous Black Hawk and Marine One helicopters will soon have a new owner. United Technologies agreed to sell its Sikorsky chopper unit to rival defense company Lockheed Martin for $9 billion recently.
United Technologies had previously put Sikorsky on the shopping block. Lockheed Martin was reported to be one of the potential suitors.
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#3 Wing RCAF Zweibrucken Germany, Brats Reunion
3 Wing Zweibrucken Brats
A reunion for all Brats of military personnel stationed to 3 Wing Zweibrucken, Germany during 1953 to 1969. The reunion will be held in Comox, B.C. on the weekend of September 11th, 2015.
Registrations are now open and information is available on the reunion website and Facebook page or contact the committee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and reunite with long lost Brat friends or make new ones at the reunion. Once a Brat, always a Brat... and we'd love to "See You in September!"
5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Canadian Heroes Foundation
The Canadian Heroes Foundation, together with American Heroes Racing, are proud to announce that our annual memorial golf tournament will be taking place on...
September 17, 2015
At John Daly's first Signature golf course: Thundering Waters Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON
This year, we will be playing in memory of two Fallen Heroes: a Canadian soldier and an American soldier, both of whom served their countries while abroad.
Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion
431 Air Demonstration Squadron/Snowbirds Alumni Association
Registration is now open for the Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion to be held in Moose Jaw from Oct. 8-11, 2015. Team Alumni, Honourary Snowbirds and Associate Members of the Snowbirds Alumni Association may register here. All details pertaining to the reunion, including cost, hotels and travel arrangements are available online. Former team members are also requested to send their contact details to the Snowbirds Alumni Association at email@example.com.
1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Division Reunion 2015 Committee
Registration is now open for the 1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015 at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 30-31, 2015!
Come and celebrate with us at a destination reunion on Vancouver Island! Former 1 Air Division personnel and their children are welcome.
2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion
A Reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.
The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.
Visit our website!
Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016
For further information, contact Gary Arnold — firstname.lastname@example.org
RCAF memorial event: January 2016
It is my hope that fellow RCAF Association members in the Clearwater and Tampa, FL, areas can join us on January 11th, 2016, to honour those Floridians who volunteered with the RCAF and RAF during the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144 plans to host the event during their meeting at the American Legion Post 7 facility in Clearwater, FL. Canadian Forces personnel from around Florida will attend. Karl Kjarsgaard, who is a Board Member of Bomber Command Museum of Canada and the Director of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada), will be speaking and displaying Bomber Command Museum's transportable memorial. We will also have representatives or members of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) and Florida Aviation Historical Society. Hopefully, RAF, USAF and other officials will agree to attend. The building's occupancy capacity is 225 persons. The two plaques that will be dedicated can be seen here and here. Note that Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) donated the aluminum for the RCAF crest. The metal was obtained from a downed Halifax bomber. I will update everyone again once additional details become known. Mr. Dann Oliver (RCL Post 144 & RCL Eastern Division, U.S.A.) and I are planning and coordinating.
The following links provide additional information:
The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144
American Legion Post 7
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
John T. Stemple, M.A.
P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885
Telephone: (863) 291-3190
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8