RCAF Association News
Aug. 21, 2015

CF strikes ISIL in Iraq and Syria as DND slips into silent mode for campaign
Hamilton Spectator
Canadian warplanes have conducted 29 airstrikes against Islamic State positions and units, including one in Syria. National Defence has not held any public briefings about the war against extremists recently and the latest figures were compiled by The Canadian Press using a list on the department's website. More

Stephen Harper dusts off 2008 pledge to boost military reserves
Toronto Star
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is dusting off a seven-year-old promise, vowing to boost the size of Canada's reserve force at a time when the regular force is struggling to recruit members. Harper used a campaign stop in Fredericton recently to announce that a re-elected Conservative government would accelerate its 2008 promise to increase the complement of the primary reserves to 30,000, up from about 24,000 now, within its next mandate. More

Wireless gun operators trained at University of Guelph
Guelph Mercury
One of Guelph's most significant contributions to the fight against the Axis powers during the Second World War was Number 4 Wireless School, which was established on the campus of the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. Most of the young men who enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force had dreams of becoming fighter pilots, because that was considered the glamour job. But there was a great need for wireless (radio) operators, especially in the bombers that carried the war to the enemy. More

Air Show Atlantic returns to Summerside after 2-year hiatus
Summerside Journal Pioneer
Look up, way up. It's what thousands of spectators will be doing as Air Show Atlantic takes over the skies over Slemon Park. After a two-year absence, the spectacle returns to Summerside, P.E.I., with plenty to see in the air — including performances by the Snowbirds and, the SkyHawks parachute team — and on the ground. The show, held last year in Moncton and Miramichi in 2013, was first staged in Summerside in 2011, returning the following year.More

'Hardest Day' in the Battle of Britain remembered 75 years on
Toronto Star
Eighteen Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England recently to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's "Hardest Day," when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. In 1940, British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England. Together, both sides lost a total of 136 aircraft in one day. More

German bomber overhead
Gander Beacon
The sky over Gander, NL, was black one night in 1941. No moon, not a star in sight. The guards on night duty struggled to keep themselves awake. The huge Gander Airport was quiet. The first aircraft scheduled to land would be just after daybreak. The sound of a telephone at the American guardhouse that had been quiet for hours jolted everyone to an upright position. More

U.S. Air Force warns 'loose tweets destroy fleets' in war on ISIS
Digital Journal
The U.S. Air Force has updated its propaganda message dating from WWII to make it more applicable in the digital age. The force has warned that troops carelessly revealing personal information online could inadvertently give enemies like ISIS an advantage. Terrorist groups such as ISIS are as prominent online as anybody else. More

The U.S. Air Force is offering $2 million to anyone who can build a revolutionary turbine engine
Business Insider
The Air Force is hoping that a prize contest will yield a revolutionary new engine that doubles the fuel efficiency of current systems. The $2 million Air Force prize will go to the first team that is able to build a new turbine engine that meets the service's specifications, said Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Tucker, program manager of the prize. 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

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 snowbirdsalumni@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

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:

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, B.C.

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 — garnold@cruiseshipcenters.comMore

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) 291-3190More