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APRIL 2006
Albert George Gregory DFC, member of the RAF Gunner’s Association, Nottingham Branch, at the Battle of Britain Commemoration 2005 ceremony. Albert was in the RAFVR pre-war and was flying Blenheims as an Air Gunner in 1940 during this period. He survived and later went on his wireless course, completing two tours of Operations on Bomber Command.

The monument is on the Victoria Embankment not far from the Houses of Parliament and backs on to the River 
(almost opposite the "London Eye") Above pictures courtesy of the RAF Newsletter, THE TURRET,
Editor, Ron Bramley

By Ted Hackett 

If you travel up Kingsway Avenue in the  City of Edmonton, Alberta you will come to the Edmonton Municipal Airport, or as it is now known, Blatchford Field.  On the west side of the airport is a familiar sight to a Royal Canadian Air force veteran of WW2, a green and white wooden hangar.  What is now called Hangar 14 was built in 1941 as part of the facilities to house the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).

Edmonton was chosen as the location of No.4 Initial Training School (ITS), No.16 Elementary Flying School(EFTS) and No.2 Air Observers School(AOS) and the hangar was used to store the Avro Anson aircraft used by the AOS.  An interesting fact is that the AOS was run by W.R. "Wop" May whose exploits during World War 1,  World War 2  and in the North earned him a place in the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. 

The hangars built for the BCATP were of a standard design, however, they could be doubled in size depending on the size of the school and facilities required.  Hangar 14 is both double wide and double long and is the only remaining hangar of that type left in Canada and represents the  important role of the City of Edmonton in the BCATP.  The hangar became the home of No.418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron RCAF in 1946 and it  remained their home until they moved to RCAF Station Namao just north of the city.  From 1957 until 1961 it  was used by Pacific Western Airlines who were heavily involved in the construction  of the Dew Line Radar Stations in northern Canada during that time. The Department of National Defence released the hangar to the City of Edmonton in 1961.

Volunteers at work
The following year it was rented to Western GMC as a car and truck dealership and was used for that purpose until 1983.  The hangar was essentially abandoned for several years only occasionally being used as a car sales lot.  The Alberta Aviation Museum Association was searching for a home at that time and they approached the City of Edmonton regarding use of the hangar.  The Association , with a number of other aviation oriented groups, had formed the Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society (EAHS) in 1990  The City finally gave them  approval to use the hangar in 1991 and in 1992 an initial five year lease  at $1.00 per year, was granted.  In 1997 the EAHS exercised an option to extend the lease for an additional 20 years .  The current lease is set to expire in the year 2017.  The Society spent approximately One Million dollars on restoring the hangar installing a sprinkler system, fire alarms, new windows, etc. and the building looks as good as the day it was built.

The Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society was formed to preserve the history of aviation in Edmonton both military and civilian. It now has 15 member groups, including the local chapter of the Ex-Air Gunners, each group having two members on the Board of Directors.  A report by the Alberta Community Development Historic Sites and Archives Service sums up the hangars place in history.  It states, "The significance of this hangar cannot be overstated.  Its status as the only remaining hangar of its type from the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and its association with "Wop" May and 418 Squadron, gives it unparalleled  importance in interpreting the history of aviation, not only in the Province of Alberta, but in Canada as a whole". 

Curtis Special Fuselage. Volunteers, Jim Fern, Ray Miller, Dennis Loiseau

A visit to the Museum should be a must for any visitor to Edmonton.  The restoration area is visitor friendly and an outlet for the passion the members feel for the legacy of flight.  There are a number of aircraft in the process of being restored by some of the many volunteers at the Museum including a Lockheed Ventura and a North American B-25.  The Learning Centre introduces a new generation of aviation enthusiasts to the mystery and marvel of flight.  The role of aviation in building Western Canada and the North is taught here by many of those who actually lived the experience many years ago.  Large numbers of school students visit the Museum every year and are thrilled by what they see and hear there.  There is a well stocked gift shop and a well run coffee shop where you can sit and have refreshments while you discuss what you have seen. 

Fairchild 71. It became a “Movie Star” when it flew in the Hollywood movie 
“Captains of the Clouds” featuring James Cagney and Dennis Morgan.

I want to thank the staff of the Edmonton Aviation Heritage Museum for their co-operation and assistance  in writing this article and Svend Jensen for shepherding me around the place. 

 Avro Anson. A familiar aircraft to many BCATP student

DeHaviland Mosquito

More Museum pictures below.

Marie “Nipper” Wright

At five foot two inches Marie Wright (nee Sylvester) must have been the smallest pilot to ferry fighter planes and bombers from one base to anther in wartime Britain. Born in Jersey in the Channel Islands in 1924, Marie received her education there and, later on, in Edmonton, Alberta. Her Dad bought the family to Canada where he obtained work as a policeman on the Edmonton Police Force.

Mr. Sylvester had befriended a popular bush pilot by the name of Wop May. Marie had never been up in a plane before, but with Wop May’s encouragement she soon learned to fly and found her self in pilot training in the BCATP.

There were eight girls in the class between the ages of 18 and 22 years. That is, the girls were supposed to be 18 years or older, however, Marie Sylvester was only 16. With the Germans occupying the Jersey Islands, there was no way o check the authenticity of an altered birth certificate!

After earning her pilot’s wings Marie was posted to Hornchurch, near London, England, and was called upon to ferry planes to and from many stations in the UK. Marie flew 65 different Mks of aircraft, single engine fighters, twin and four engine bombers, in Britain, and after D-Day, over to France. There is a record and story here to be recorded for future generations.

Marie Wright beside a 2/3rd scale operational Hurricane in 
The Edmonton Heritage Museum.

Marie had a pleasant experience at the Heritage hangar. During the “Mossie” Viewing get together in 1995, a grey haired gentleman approached her and asked if she had ever flown a Boston aircraft. Yes, she had, and recalled there was not a lot of room in the pilot’s seat. In England she had required assistance in getting a Boston fired up. A large Squadron Leader had squeezed himself into the occupied drivers seat by sitting on Marie’s knees. He got the engines started and then asked, “at what speed do you intend to land this plane?”

“At 110 mph, according to the manual,” Marie replied.

“Make it 120 mph,” said the Squadron Leader, “because those cannon up front are heavy and you will dive into the ground at a lower speed..”

Low and behold this Squadron Leader shows up 51 years later to reminisce and meet again the little lady in the Boston Bomber!

Marie married a British pilot by the name of Wright and they moved to Canada. Mr. Wright passed away in 1956 so Marie had to raise their six children. She worked as manager of the Roxy Theatre for 35 years.

Marie has been involved with the Aviation Heritage Society and spent many hours at the hangar conducting Museum business. Marie is an Honorary Member of the Northern Alberta Branch of the Ex-Air Gunner’s Association.

I recall Marie saying she landed a plane at a British airfield one day and 
a mechanic ran up and shouted, “the war is over.” 
Marie said she had such mixed emotions she sat in the cockpit and wept.

Feedback from March 2006 Page

Don Macfie

So you never did experience fear in the air. I have a definition [of fear].

If you are briefed for an inner patrol on the Bay of Biscay on a nice clear sunny day and you have heard of the latest shenanigans of the JU 88s out there, you go out with dread and you feel it the whole trip.

Now if you are away out over the ocean on a very dark night and suddenly the four engines and your heart stop, your body goes all prickly, you go down on the floor and thrash about, because you know you are going to die. That is fear!

John Moyles

The picture of the Norseman on floats outside the Edmonton Heritage Museum took me back. In 1942 I was seconded from No. 7 BR Squadron, Prince Rupert BC, to be wireless operator and crewman for S/L Gordon flying a Norseman on floats on the mail run between Victoria and Prince Rupert. 

This beautiful picture of a Norseman on the West Coast was
provided by Ted Hackett.

S/L Gordon knew the west coast like the back of his hand as well as the Factors along the coast. We would land at small villages and have dinner with the Factor and his family. A home cooked meal was a plus, as were the brief times in Victoria. 

But all was not well when we had to land in a bay during heavy seas at low tide. Tides on the coast ran from 8 to 15 feet. In such situations, when the pilot landed and approached the bay, he would cut the engine. The WAG had to get out onto the pontoon, release the paddle and, kneeling on the front of the pontoon, paddle the aircraft into the dock. With a wind pushing the aircraft in one direction, the current pulling it in another, and obstacles rising above the low tide waterline, plus flotsam and jetsam, it was difficult to prevent the aircraft from hitting objects. 

One had to run back and forth across the spar from one pontoon to the other. S/L Gordon would lean out of his window and shout warnings “watch your port wingtip on that pylon, come into the dock broadside, easy, easy.” Then, with mooring rope in hand one would leap from the bobbing pontoon onto the dock, hoping that a wave would not suddenly lift the aircraft and double the distance to the dock.

On a number of occasions we flew over the Northern portion of the Queen Charlotte Islands, sometimes below tree top level - on floats! S/L Gordon confided in me that he was looking for a location to construct a runway to be used by the fighter squadrons on Annette Island, Alaska. This was the origin of the Massett landing strip. 

Ross Hamilton

There must be a million Air Force tales out there, if only some people would put pen to paper. The following is an RAF article sent to me by our late colleague, Bert Dowty. so I pass it along.

It was shortly following the Malaysia incursion, in which the British SAS, the Army, and the RAF, were involved from 1950 to 1954. At the time the R.N. were also involved, and had an aircraft carrier on standby in the nearby Indian Ocean. It was believed to be no less a stalwart of the R.N. than the “Ark Royal” itself. At this time one of the RAF Transport Squadrons was deployed in the Malaysia area, tasked to fly out the British troops and return them to England via Singapore, Gibraltar, etc.

One military transport, a DC-3 Dakota, had just taken off with a load of troops, when the Pilot apparently spotted the Ark Royal in the area, and decided to stir up the navy a bit just for the hell of it. With this dominant urge in his system, he levelled out a few miles back of the carrier, and began a calculated approach in complete landing mode. As he came within the area of the carrier, the wheels came down, along with the appropriate degree of flaps, and the approach began for a landing on the carrier’s flight deck.

One can only imagine the sight of this monster aircraft, approaching for a landing, on a  runway that was even hard pressed to handle small fighter aircraft! According to the article this action was the cause of great consternation on the carrier bridge. The only rebuttal at hand therefore, was the firing off of a barrage of warning flares, mostly red, until the approaching DC-3 finally enacted “wheels and flaps up”, and the landing was aborted. But not before the Pilot retaliated for being unable to effect a landing, did an masterful shoot-up of the Ark Royal, before heading off into the sunset. 

There is no further word of the RAF Pilot's fate, but apparently he got away with it, the navy being to concerned at the time to take down the number or lettering of the airborne antagonist who caused them such great stress and consternation.

Another general view of Heritage Museum.

CF 101 Voodoo


Good Day,
I am not sure if you are the person I need to talk to with regards to this but I would like some assistance and if you could pass me on to who would be the correct person it would be greatly appreciated.

I am Cpl Holmes 407 Sqn 19 Wing Comox BC Canada looking for two 407 Sqn members who joined closest to the forming date of 8 May 1941 (at Thorney Island) who are still presently living, I am looking for one aircrew member and one ground crew member, any assistance in this venture would be greatly appreciated. If you could send me an email of a newspaper clipping from May 8 1941 about our unit it would also be useful. On another note the reason we are looking for these members is 407 Sqn is holding a 65th anniversary to be held on the weekend of 23-24 Sept 2006 all and any interested personnel are encouraged to contact us for more information and to attend. 1-250-339-8211. Thx for your help in advance.
Cpl Holmes 
407Sqn Comox
"To Hold on High"
x8417 or x7028

Ross Hamilton passed Cpl Holmes the information that follows:

Greetings to Cpl. Holmes, and your message of March 10th, which was passed on to me by John Moyles.
Firstly, I personally am of little help to you in that I did'nt get to 407 until late 1943. Unfortunately, one who could have helped would have been S/L Cam Taylor, DFC & Bar, one of the original pilots on the Sqdn. when it was formed at Thorney Island in April, 1941., but who has passed away.

I know of only a couple of other originals, and will provide their addresses. (I do not know of any e-mail addresses)
(1) Kim Abbott, Pilot. Highland Farm,  RR-1 Balderson, Ont. K0G 1A0, (613) 267-1269.
(2) George White (WAG) 869 Chapman Blvd. Ottawa. K1G 1V1.  (613) 731-4505.
(3) Eric Tipping, Secretary, 407 Assn., 72 Midland Ave. Scarborough, Ont. M1N 4A1.  (416) 261-2512.

Perhaps another source who might be able to help, is right on your doorstep. 
i.e., Capt. Tom Procter (Ret.) Author of the "407 Sqdn. History" book.  2089 Murphy Ave. Comox.  (250) 339-2668.
Incidentally, another fine book, A Gathering Of Demons, was written by Kim Abbott, and chronicles the early days of the Sqdn. and its ops on Hudsons. Hope the above may be of help. I look forward to the re-union in Sept. 
Per Ardua.
Ross Hamilton, ex- 407 Wartime

Restored Dehaviland Cirrus Moth
You will recall we reviewed two of Allan Coggon’s books, WATCH and WARN, and FROM WINGS PARADE TO MANDALAY. We wrote Allan asking how sales were going. Here is his reply.

Hello John :
S _ L _ O _ W --   However have another Review in C.O.P.A. due out soon, Now have a web site ( Like yourself) Perhaps I have too much. Have a look at

Have reviews or mentions on book in the UK next month or so. I hope to bring out a 2nd edition as soon as I flog the 200 copies in my basement. This will add 50 pages of new unpublished stuff of the ground troops (in Burma); but also to clear out all the mistakes!

Now writing (the KLM SAGA) the first part of "TRILOGY + TWO"

Gd nite John and Doreen,

If you are interested in Allan’s works, click on  or contact:
In Canada:  Trafford Publishing,  6E-2333 Government St.,  Victoria, B.C. V8T 4P4 
Tel. 250.383.6864 or 1.888.232.4444 
In Europe:  Trafford Publishing (UK) Limited  9 Park End Street , 2nd. Floor,  Oxford, UK. 0X1 1HH 

Hi John--
This is just to let you know that after long arduous years of work, my novel, Icebergs, is going to be published with Bloomsbury USA on April 4, distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.  I owe a great deal of thanks to you, Glen Clearwater and Ross Hamilton for your help in writing the first section of the book regarding the Liberator.  I hope to have copies to send you soon, and Ross and Glen.  As you'll see from my web page below, the B-24 features pretty prominently on the cover!

Thanks again, and I'll be in touch.
 Rebecca Johns (Trissler)
Iowa City, IA

Ross Hamilton, Glen Clearwater, and myself, replied to Rebecca’s request for information, when she was writing this book. We hope to review this work in May.

In the March 2006 Page we printed a request from Joan and Gary Gauthier  concerning information regarding his Father.
David Kinton was kind enough to reply.

Good afternoon Gary, 
I saw your note in Short Bursts and have some information that may be of use.

My father was a WAG who was killed with all the crew when their Sunderland flying boat crashed and burned near Invergordon, Scotland on November 26, 1944. I was able to order (by fax) a copy of his service record from Ottawa through the following contact:

National Archives of Canada
Textual Records Reproduction Services
Fax:    613-995-6274

If he is still alive, you may have to get him to make the request.  My wife tried to get her father’s records (also RCAF aircrew, but who survived the war after a crash in England in which all the rest of the Anson crew were killed) several years after he died (2001) but the National Archives were not prepared to release the information at that time.

David Kinton

John – My wife and I will be going to Scotland and England in May and would like to visit the crash sites.  My father’s crews’ deaths are detailed in the memorial book “They Shall Grow Not Old (Gary – I have a copy if you wish to see it and I am in Calgary) but we have been unable to determine neither the date my father-in-law crashed nor the names of the airmen killed at that time.  Do you have any possible contacts where this type of information might be located?  Joe (Joseph Lorne Staples from Kindersley) would never talk about his experiences.

Heritage Museum Gift Shop. If you are visiting Edmonton,
the Edmonton Heritage Museum is a “must” visit. 

Good Morning John,

I spoke to you by telephone when my wife and I were going through Regina a couple years ago on holidays.  We stayed in Brandon a couple days and checked out the Air museum, which was excellent.  My wife’s father and uncle both trained there and we found their signatures in the book that the local barber kept for all his “guests”.

My father and the crew of Sunderland DD____.(the number is in the “They Shall Not Grow Old” book) were all killed when the port inboard engine threw a connecting rod and apparently vibrated the wing off at low altitude just after they took off from Alness (I think) with a full load of fuel and crashed and burned on the railway tracks 2 miles northeast of the train station at Invergordon.  The book says they were in 4OTU but I think the crew had done all their missions and were supposed to be going home but took one more mission. Jack Shand, from Lethbridge, who survived an earlier crash in the North Atlantic when his Sunderland attacked a u-boat was also killed and I believe he was fairly well known.  There are several pictures of him in “Sunderland at War” by Chaz Bowyer.

I bought Chris Weicht’s book “Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Boat Squadrons” a couple years ago and found a photograph of my father with a work crew.  He went to Ucluelet just after Pearl Harbour and was in Stranraers for a while before switching to Cansos (Catalinas?).  He went overseas in late ’43.  I’m planning to condense the records that I received form Archives Canada and will send you a copy of the result when it’s finished.  I have a photograph of his Canso crew dated 13-12-43 and a Canso in the air and have attached a poor tif copy of both photographs.  On the back his handwriting references Crew 15, 110 (or 160) Squadron and the names “D M Strang, self, Alexander , A S Mussen and Hunter in the top row (L to R) and “Mitchell, Munroe, Lambert” in the bottom row.  No first names are given so they would be difficult to track down. Possibly you know some of them.

When we’re in England, we plan to go to the Air Museum near London where they have a Sunderland and number of other WW2 aircraft.

Information about my wife’s father, Joseph Lorne Staples, is much more difficult to find.  He was the sole survivor of an Anson crash in England and lay in the wreckage for nearly a week before they found him.  He spent a year after that recuperating in hospital.  We don’t know the date, where he was based, or the names of the crew members who were killed.  His brother Donald, who was ground crew in England at the time, may have some information.  If you have any possible source of information I’d be very pleased if you could send it to me.

Kindest regards,
David Kinton

Correspondence forwarded by Bill Cockburn 
Dear Bill, 
 I may be on the wrong track here, however if you can take a moment and read on I would greatly appreciate it. I have been trying to do some research on Hagersville No 16 Service Flying Training School and it seems every time I do a search on the net your website (Short Burst) ends up in the findings. You see, my family now owns what used to be this "base" and I'm trying to piece together some of the history of the property and it's past. 

The drill hall, PMQ's and hangers still exist (although part of the property was severed and the hangers are not on our property now) yet some of the "timelines" for these structures don't coincide with old Dept of Defence site plans and I'm told by some of the older "locals" conflicting tales of what this place actually was. I suppose what I'm asking is if there is anyone you can put me in touch with that may have ever served here and may recall a little about the place. 

I know its a tall order as many of our older veterans have passed on and I'm sure SFTS Hagersville wasn't a place that would rate a high spot in the memory of many but I'm taking a shot in the dark here in the remote possibility you can point me in a direction.

What really got me started on the history of the place was when I was doing some work in the old drill hall and found the name of a serviceman (cpl O'Keefe) written in pencil behind a set of shelves I was removing. It was probably 50 years since the scribble had seen the light of day and just kind of got me wondering about the entire history of the property and the people that served here. Any help or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. 

Kirk Berry 
Hagersville Ont 
See Kirk’s letter March 2004 Page

#3 Wireless Training School 1943.  Do you see yourself?
Picture submitted by I. Ferguson
As you look at these young faces the question arises, “how many came home?”

Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) 
424 Squadron
Progress Report No.11     March 6, 2006
By Karl Kjarsgaard (Project Manager)
 Registered Charity 84586 5740 RR0001
 HALI-FACTS.  [abridged]

Since I sent you Progress Report No. 10 in December of 2005, there have been several positive developments for the Halifax Project. Step by step we are moving towards our goal.

Our beautiful Halifax print of LW170, "INVINCIBLE ITEM", has been selling very well since we released it for sale in late December and early January. To date, we have sold almost 100 copies of the prints (both signed and unsigned) to many people across Canada and the U.S.A. We are getting letters and telephone inquiries on a daily basis concerning the purchase of this unique Halifax painting. Everyone is pleased with the quality and accuracy of Michael McCabe's creation of our beloved LW170. It is arguably one of the best Halifax prints of recent times. It finally gives full credit to the Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons of R.A.F. Bomber Command. Remember, every buyer of a signed print of "INVINCIBLE ITEM" receives a free 2006 Membership in Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada).

I have seen our print when fully framed on display and it is simply stunning. We hope you will, as valued supporters and members, purchase a print. It is a truly valuable heritage item for all families. I would like to ask all of you to be our agents for promoting the sale of the print with your local Royal Canadian Legion and Air Force Association Wing.

In January I was invited to speak at the Air Force Association meeting held at the Royal Canadian Legion – Centennial Branch No. 285 on Horton Road S.W. in Calgary, Alberta. After the briefing, I had the pleasure of presenting an artist’s proof signed copy of "INVINCIBLE ITEM" to Claire Anastasio (nee Hannah) of Calgary. This was in memory of her brother Flying Officer Harold Allan Hannah who flew seven combat operations in Halifax LW170. Unfortunately, like so many fine young Canadian servicemen, he was killed in action. Flying Officer Hannah was killed on the 27th of January 1945 while serving as part of an Avro Lancaster crew with No. 405 'Vancouver' (B) Squadron which was assigned to the famous ‘Pathfinder Force’. 

On the political scene; we have both the Federal and Provincial arenas to deal with in order to gain support for the Halifax Project. Unfortunately, we have heard very little from the Alberta government on garnering support for our cause. On the federal scene we have a whole new ball game. During the past year, prior to the recent federal election, one of our most ardent supporters of the Halifax Project was and still is Edmonton-based businessman Laurie Hawn. He is a former Canadian Forces senior officer and fighter pilot. 

I must tell you about a most exciting and recent development that has come about between Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) and a special group in the U.K. called ‘Flying Zone Publications’.

Over the past three years, Flying Zone Publications has produced and is currently selling special CD-ROM 's of historic aircraft. These are veritable digital encyclopedias of everything any historian or collector ever wanted to know technically and historically about a specific aircraft. To date, they are selling their special CD-ROM's on the Lancaster and Spitfire.  The titles are: ‘Lancaster Explored’ and ‘Spitfire Explored’. After reviewing these great CD's, I contacted Flying Zone Director Bryan Atkinson in Maidstone, Kent. I filled him in on our quest for LW170 and asked him if he would consider doing his next historic CD-ROM on the Halifax.  Due to the timely nature of our Halifax Project, I asked him if he would delay the Hurricane and Mosquito CD's he was originally planning to do. Bryan stated that he did not have any data on the Halifax, but would consider doing it as soon as he could get the manuals and photos of the Halifax in his hands.

In early January, I dutifully arrived in Maidstone with a suitcase of Halifax manuals and microfilm, Bristol Hercules manuals and several hundred photos of Halifaxes taken by myself and friends.

Bryan and I brainstormed so that he was able to come up with a basic plan for his next CD-ROM, which I am very pleased to announce will be called ‘Halifax Explored’.  It should be available for sale in late summer of 2006. We sincerely appreciate all the official co-operation by these entities that makes his CD's the most definitive sources of data on these famous aircraft. There will be upwards of 3,000 pages and photos included of the Halifax and will be about the same price range as previous titles ($50. - $60. Canadian).

For our members who donated funds to our cause in 2005, our first year as a Registered Charity, your charitable tax receipts are being sent out this first week of March. 

I am sorry for any delay or inconvenience to those members, but the original tax receipts were printed without proper sequence numbers, which is a requirement for C.C.R.A. The printers are redoing the receipts as we go to press and we will fire them off to you this week. Thanks for your patience.

We urgently need your support in all areas, including donations, print purchases, lobbying locally in your hometowns or on a federal level and your continued moral support as we continue the progress to our ultimate goal.

Please keep the faith and your eyes on the target.
"Press on Regardless..."

Karl Kjarsgaard
Project Manager
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
Suite 212 - 2980 Colonial Road
Sarsfield, ON   K0A 3E0
Phone: 613 835 1748


We thank all those who contributed to this Issue. You will see how the Northern Alberta Branch has joined forces with the Aircrew Association and the PoW Association for their monthly luncheons. Great idea.

With thanks to the late Bill Hooper and TEE EMM

Consider assisting those seeking information in our Correspondence section. Also take time to send in memories and anecdotes for future Short Bursts Pages. Without your support we cannot go to press. Don’t forget to pass the hat for our benefactors. 

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, good Lord willin’ and if the creek don’t rise, we will see you in May. 

Keep well.
John & Doreene Moyles – Editors.

DRABIK, ROMAN: MBR. #0033, ARBORG, MB:  It will be noticed that Roman was among the very early members of our Association.  His application form shows the date of June 30, 1983.

It appears he attended Brandon Manning Depot as R134047 in 1941 and was selected for Wireless/Gunnery training during 1943 when he was posted to #4 Wireless School at Guelph, Ontario.  Completing that portion of his training he was then posted to #2 Bombing & Gunnery School at Mossbank, SK where he graduated with his WAG Brevet.

He did not mention any overseas postings, but following his wartime service he joined the Royal Canadian Airforce Association (Ottawa), and Branch #161 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Arborg, Manitoba where he became a Life Member.  Roman was self-employed and owned and operated a farm machinery dealership and became involved in community affairs, having served on the Town Council and in various executive positions in the local Legion Branch.

Predeceased by two sisters and five brothers, he is survived by his wife Helen, a daughter, son and two grandchildren.

Please drop us some copy and pictures for the May Issue.
Keep well.
John and Doreene Moyles
 Ste. 233 - 1060 Dorothy St.,
Regina, Sask.     S4X 3C5  CANADA
Ph. (306) 949-6112
Regional Meetings

Southern Ontario Chapter
Royal Canadian Legion
Wilson Branch 527
948 Sheppard Avenue West
We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Legion hall 1:00 pm. 
No meetings July, August, September.
Contact persons: 
Ken Hill  ~  President ~  905.789.1912
Bill Milne,  Secretary,
392 St. Clements Ave.,
Toronto, Ont. M5M 1M1 

Location - Royal Canadian Legion Br.#4 St. James Legion.
Date - Third Thursday of each month.
Time - Luncheon meeting (provide your own lunch).
Contact Member - Charlie Yule Ph. (204) 254-6264.

Northern Saskatchewan
Location - Lynx Wing Ave. C North, Saskatoon.
Date - Third Monday of the month.
Time - Luncheon meetings.
Contact Member - C.A. "Smokey" Robson  Ph. (306) 374-0547.

Northern Alberta Branch
Location - Norwood Branch 178, 11150 – 82 Street, Edmonton, AB
Date -  The first Thursday of each month.
Time - 12:00 hours.
Contact Members - E. H. "Ted" Hackett (780)962-2904
or Sven Jensen (780)465-7344.

Southern Alberta
Location - Royal Canadian Legion  #264 
Kensington, Calgary
Date: Second Monday of each month.
Time - 11:30 hours.
October meeting time moved to third Monday. 
Also there are no meetings in July and August, however, 
a Barbecue is usually held  at Larry Robinson's ranch in Okatoks during that time.

Contact Person and President
Larry Robinson 
Box 179
Okotoks, AB   T0L 1T0
(403) 938-4105

British Columbia Branch 
Meeting time and local: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 
Firefighters Social & Athletic Club, 
6515 Bonsor Avenue, 
Burnaby, B.C. V5H 3E8 
Super eating facilities 
Contact person - Dave Sutherland       Ph. 604-431-0085 

Members across the Country are encouraged to 
send current information regarding 
regular meeting places, dates, and Contact Members, to

John and Doreene Moyles, 
Ste. 233 - 1060 Dorothy St., 
Regina, Sask.     S4X 3C5  CANADA
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Members are requested to send their experiences, articles, anecdotes, pictures, etc., to John Moyles and I will forward them to our Web Master in Brandon. Articles and Last Post items will be deleted from the page each month after the designated Member in each region has had an opportunity to copy the material for their Members. Notices of deceased Members are to be sent to Charlie Yule who is still our 'Keeper of the Rolls'. 
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