RCAF Association News
May. 15, 2015

RCAF put their training to the test in massive exercise
Barrie Examiner
Anywhere, any time, in any weather, members of the Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue teams are there. Members of the RCAF 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of CFB Trenton put their skills to the test recently during a training exercise based out of Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, north of Barrie. Dubbed TIGEREX 2015, the annual exercise had multiple search and rescue scenarios involving a simulated mid-air crash between a hijacked aircraft and a float-plane.More

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Victory in Europe Day
Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently issued the following statement to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day during the Second World War: "Canada and the international community commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe over Nazi Germany, a fascist regime rooted in racism and anti-Semitism that committed mass murder, scarring the world forever with the Holocaust."More

RCAF take part in international search and rescue exercise in Portugal
Ottawa Citizen
413 Transport and Rescue Squadron participated in an international-level Advanced Search and Rescue Exercise in Lajes, Portugal, which ended recently. The exercise was designed to increase understanding and cooperation between nations covering SAR operations over the Atlantic, according to the news release issued by the Canadian Forces.More

Hamilton warplane museum lands second Tiger Moth
Flamborough Review
It was the aircraft that enabled thousands of Canadian and Commonwealth pilots to earn their wings during the Second World War. The de Havilland Tiger Moth was a key aircraft used to train pilots and wireless radio operators under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, one of Canada's most important contributions to the war effort. More

Murray Bowen: RCAF veteran survived years as a prisoner of war
Ottawa Citizen
It was Steve McQueen who helped Murray Bowen open up about his war experiences. Bowen was a 20-year-old rear gunner and already a combat veteran when his RAF Wellington bomber took off with nearly 400 others on a bombing raid to Berlin in 1941. But bad weather and bad planning turned the raid into a disaster. Nearly 40 aircraft, including Bowen's, were lost to the storms and freezing rain.More

Trip 7 decades in the making
Belleville Intelligencer
The trip has been 71 years in the making, but for 93-year-old Bill "Robbie" Robertson, it is a journey back in time — to enemy-occupied Belgium and the Second World War. Robertson was a bomb aimer with the Royal Canadian Air Force, stationed with RAF 158 Squadron in England. In 1944, while flying 14,000 feet over Belgium, it was his job to hit the railway marshalling yards in Hasselt — a strategic target not too distant from the Belgian, German and the Netherlands borders.More

Mental health of military children to be probed
Kingston Whig
The experiences of those in the Canadian Forces are extremely different than those in the United States Army, yet there is currently very limited research about the Canadian experience — let alone the military family experience. Heidi Cramm, an assistant professor and researcher in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's University, has received a $150,000 grant from the Health Research Foundation to put American literature about military families into a Canadian context.More

F-35: Air Force's newest fighter gets first female pilot
Canada Journal
The Air Force announced recently it has crossed a new milestone for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — its first female pilot. Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Mau, deputy commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing Operations group, flew her first flight in an F-35A recently at the pilot training school at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Mau, previously an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, completed 14 simulator flights before taking to the skies.More

Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd), first female Snowbird Pilot and Commander, guest speaker at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 42nd Induction Ceremony
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd) will be the guest speaker at the 42nd annual induction ceremony of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The former RCAF pilot was the first woman chosen to be part of the Snowbirds demonstration flight team, and later became the Commanding Officer of the squadron. More

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.

The new members are:
Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.More

RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
RCAF Airwomen
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1

Hello ladies,
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK. More

CAHS 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
June 17-21, 2015
Hamilton, ON

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Canadian Aviation Historical Society's 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting in Hamilton, Ontario on June 17-21, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The CAHS Convention page has been updated with the registration form, schedule, revised time for AGM, and more! Click the link for more information about the convention.More

#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 3wingbrats@gmail.com.

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!"More

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.More

440 Squadron Reunion

A gala reunion of former 440 Squadron members will be held in Ottawa from Oct. 1-4 this year. Although the gathering will be hosted by the aircrew veterans of the CF-100 era in Bagotville and Zweibruecken (1953-1962), squadron members from other eras and their guests are welcome to join in the festivities, which will include a special event at the Canadian War Museum, an Octoberfest evening, golf, tours, a closing dinner and a farewell brunch.

Planning is in the early stages, but already many of the old gang have indicated that they will be attending. Registration forms will be available soon.

For further information, please contact Reunion Chairman Paul Manson at pauldmanson@gmail.com. More

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.More

2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.

You can access the information at our webpage.

You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.

You may also contact Christine Eden.More

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 More