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Bristol Blenheim
Welsh Boys Sacrificed their Lives
By Doug Cuthand, Regina Leader Post Nov. 14, 2006.
(Article is abridged)

William and Claire Welsh were a Metis couple from Lebret, Saskatchewan. Who travelled around the Province working as farm hands. Their roots were in the Red River Colony and their grandparents had travelled West during the 1800s. William and Claire had seven children.

When the Second World War broke out the two oldest boys, Victor and Lawrence joined the RCAF and were trained for Bomber Command.  Victor, the oldest, joined No. 13 Squadron, and Lawrence joined No. 78 Squadron.

Warrant Officer Victor Welsh was killed December 18, 1942. He was a Wireless Air Gunner in a Blenheim Bomber serving in Tunisia.  He was shot down over the Mediterranean. Victor has no known grave but is commemorated on the Malta Memorial in Floriana, Malta.

The Bristol Blenheim light bomber was a twin engine airplane developed in the 1930s for civilian use and converted to a bomber at the start of the war. It didn’t have the speed to avoid enemy fighters and it was poorly armed, especially from attack from the rear.

Lawrence Welsh flew in a Halifax Mk II bomber on 78 Squadron as a bomb aimer. On November 12, 1944, after a bombing mission, Pilot Officer Welsh and his crew ran out of fuel on their landing. The port wing clipped a treetop and the aircraft spun out of control and crashed, killing Lawrence and his five crew mates. He is buried at Stonefall Cemetery Harrogate, England.

Claire Welsh was a double Cross Mother and the family regretted that she was never selected as the Silver Cross Mother on Remembrance Day.

Today the Welsh brothers are remembered in the Saskatchewan geo-memorial project. Close to 4000 landmarks in Northern Saskatchewan have been named in memory of service men and women who lost their lives in the First and Second World War. Victor Welsh is remembered with Welsh Bay in Foster Lake, located about 100 miles North of La Ronge. About five miles down stream from Foster Lake on the Foster River is Welsh Rapids, named in memory of Lawrence Welsh.

Saskatchewan people from all walks of life and all backgrounds joined up and served their country during the war. Their memory is preserved in the Province’s beautiful Northern Landscape.

Ted Hackett

De Havilland Tiger Moth
Dehavilland DH82 Tiger Moth in the Alberta Aviation Museum was once on strength at No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School in Edmonton.

At war’s end, after 1800 hours and hundreds of students it was declared surplus. It has been returned to Edmonton, after an absence of 62 years through the generosity of  Mr. Norman Reid of Sydney, B.C. Mr. Reid acquired the aircraft in Ontario in1996 and flew it back to Victoria B.C. with Mr. Ray Scott of the Calgary Flying Club.

Mr. Reid joined the RCAF during WW II and graduated as a Navigator. He flew operations in Wellingtons from Italy and was shot down twice but avoided capture on both occasions.

The first DH82, G-HBRC, was flown on Oct. 26, 1931. The development of the Gipsy Major engine, along with other improvements, led to DH82A, one of the world’s greatest training aircraft. Initial production took place in Stag Lane, UK, but was transferred to Hatfield in 1941, then to Cowley, near Oxford. The aircraft was also produced by the de Havilland plant in Toronto, Ontario. Thirty were manufactured in 1938-39, but in excess of 1500 were completed prior to 1942. There were more than 8000 Tiger Moth aircraft produced  in Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden. The Tiger Moth became the mainstay of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan serving in elementary Flying Schools and at the Wireless Air Gunner schools.

The Tiger Moth at the Edmonton Museum was dedicated on September 17, 2006, Battle of Britain Sunday, in the presence of representatives from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, and the Armed Services.

We are indebted to the Alberta Aviation Museum and the book, de Havilland, a Pictorial Tribute by Gordon Bain for this information.

John Myles
The following are pictures I took of, and from, the Tiger Moth at Curry Field, while taking Wireless flying exercises at #2 Wireless School, Calgary. 

Tiger Moth aircraft 
equipped for 
wireless training at 
Curry Field, Calgary, 1941


WAG student in rear cockpit
with 1082-1083 radio equipment. 
It was very crowded and made the aircraft overweight. 
In the Alberta foothills, exercises were carried out at
approximately 2000 feet. 
Pilot’s cockpit is in front of the radio equipment.

Leaving base for an exercise. 
Picture taken from rear cockpit focusing down over 
the port lower wing to the hangers on the flight line.


Returning after exercise. Landing at Curry Field. 
Picture taken from rear cockpit. 
Note proximity of a radio dial on left. 
Radio equipment was approximately
18 inches from the students face.
I graduated from #2 Wireless School November 6, 1941, and four days later, one of our Tiger Moths crashed with the loss of Pilot and Student.

Karl Madder Gravell was born in Norrkoping, Sweden, September 27, 1923. He joined the RCAF on March 15, 1941, at his home in Vancouver, BC. After Manning Depot he was posted to #2 Wireless School, Entry 21, Calgary. 

On November 10, 1941, during a training exercise, the Tiger Moth, occupied by Pilot, F/O Robinson, and Karl Gravell, student, age18, crashed into the yard of Bighill Springs country school in Simonds Valley, Alberta, and immediately burst into flames. LAC Gravell managed to extricate himself from the wreckage.

In spite of the intense shock from the loss of one eye, and severe burns, LAC Gravell’s first thought was for the welfare of his pilot. Ignoring the fact that his own clothes were ablaze, he went back to the flaming wreckage and tried to pull his pilot clear.

Mrs. Walsh, the local teacher, at great danger to herself, ran up and dragged him away. Mrs. Walsh rolled him on the ground to extinguish the flames, which had by this time enveloped him totally. Despite her efforts LAC  Gravell succumbed to his injuries. Flying Officer Robinson was a veteran pilot having been a member of the Royal Flying Corps. In WW I.

Mrs. Walsh was awarded the George Medal for her unselfish act in attempting, with the aid of her students, to save the life of an airman. Mrs. Walsh was the first woman in Canada to receive the George Medal.

Karl Madder Gravell, Wireless Air Gunner Trainee, 
for his attempt to save his pilot, was awarded the George Cross.

Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)   Progress Report No.15 ~  November 7, 2006 
Registered Charity  84586 5740 RR0001

RCAF HALIFAX LW170  before she sank off the Irish coast
These are the Hali-Facts:
During the time of the annual celebration at the Nanton Museum on August 26 Directors Karl Kjarsgaard and Jim Blondeau were able to make renewed acquaintance with all our supporters of the Halifax Project who are also supporters of the Nanton Museum and their great Bomber Command Memorial. 

We were especially pleased to meet with Minister David Coutts of the Alberta Cabinet who attended and was a guest speaker at this function. The Minister continues to be a most stalwart supporter of all our endeavours including the Halifax Project.

Jim Blondeau and Minister Coutts talked about the importance of passing on our great RCAF heritage and sacrifice to all Canadians and the world, especially the young people of our nation. David Coutts graciously consented to a video interview at the Museum with Jim and he was able to record Minister Coutt’s comments about the saving our air force history and other important issues. These videos will be used in future developments for the Halifax Project and promoting the Nanton Museum’s aims as we proceed into the future on our joint projects.

Once again Father Harry Schmuck, mid-upper Halifax gunner, joined us from Ontario on his third pilgrimage to Nanton. His presence and eloquent addition of Grace before the luncheon  was greatly appreciated. The fact that he represents both the RCAF veterans and the Almighty in one package is a wonderful addition to all of those gatherings he attends with us. 

Jim Blondeau, Director, multi-media expert, and creator of the great musical ballad  “The Wall at Nanton”  performed his musical tribute twice for the audiences attending on August 26. There were many misty eyes after the luncheon as he performed the song for all the audience. Not only this but Jim’s tribute song about our RCAF Americans, personified by the song about Tom Withers Jr., called “American Eagle and the Proud Maple Leaf , was also played, with Jim’s great musical video on the big screen enhancing this Canada-USA tribute of the RCAF. Well done, Jim, for all your efforts on our behalf

We have been able to keep the momentum going for the Halifax Project with political support of our MP’s, Senators, MLA’s, and high level officials. Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) directors has been able to open several lines of communication with all these officials and this will help us as we proceed in our efforts for the fund raising to start the Halifax Project in the summer of 2007.

Dag Ammerud of Norway, our brilliant salvage master who raised Halifax NA337 in 1995, has just contacted us with some very good news. Dag has acquired a large sonar vessel to do deep water sonar searches ( operational to 3000 Meters! ) for several jobs he has planned. He has offered to meet with us in London in December to plan for a search of Halifax LW170 next summer. This could be very good news for our future plans as Dag, along with his vessel and team, could be an efficient company to work with to find LW170. These are very positive developments that Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) had not planned on last year and it is a wonderful opportunity to complete Phase 1 of the Halifax Project. On the next Progress report we will have more information on this new technology offer by Dag Ammerud.

I would especially like to thank all the Royal Canadian Legion branches and their executive for supporting us by the wise selection of our great Halifax print “INVINCIBLE ITEM”. Well over 30 branches of The Legion have heeded our call for support by purchasing our Halifax print. We hope to hear from many more Legions from across the country who want a quality print of our famous bomber, RCAF Halifax LW170. 

Director Chris Charland attended the annual Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association (CAPA) conference in Greenwood, Nova Scotia in October. Chris has highly recommended that we should join this progressive organization for all the valuable contacts and restoration information available through CAPA. We will be reporting back to you on these developing contacts for Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)

Please note that the digital encyclopedia of the Handley Page Halifax, "HALIFAX B. Mk.III EXPLORED," produced by our friends Flyingzone Publications has just been released. This CD-ROM has got to be THE definitive source on the Halifax with over 2000 pages and diagrams on our good old Hallie. For those of you who wish to see more  go to the Flyingzone Publications website at for more details on "Halifax B. Mk. III Explored." 

Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) will be selling these Halifax CD-ROMs for Flyingzone Publications in North America in the very near future (by Nov.15) so for you Canadian and U.S. customers standby for a sales sheet with prices and order addresses on our website on this new digital source of  Halifax information. This CD is highly recommended.

We cannot think of a more unique and better Christmas gift for Halifax veterans and fans than either (or both ! ) a print of "INVINCIBLE ITEM" and a copy of the CD "HALIFAX EXPLORED." This would be the ultimate “Hallibag” bundle for Christmas. 

There are several very positive developments for both Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) and our partners, the Nanton Lancaster Society, as we move forward in the coming months of 2006 and 2007. Please check our official website at for all the latest events and happenings during these exciting and formative times.

Warmest regards to all our members and supporters from the Directors of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)                 Phone - Eastern Canada  613 835 1748
email:               Western Canada 403 603  8592


Oct. 27, 2006 
301-204 Watson St
Winnipeg, MB
R2P 1Z6

Mr. Joe Geurts
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place Private
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 1C2

Dear Mr. Geurts: 
RE:  New Canadian War Museum – Ottawa
Strategic Bombing

On Aug 9, 2006, I wrote a letter to The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, to express my displeasure, concerning the wording of the above noted PLAQUE.  It does NOT convey the true or complete picture, to the uninformed.

On Aug. 31, 2006, Minister Oda, answered my letter, suggesting I contact you and supplied your address and telephone number.  I have tried to contact you by phone on two occasions, without success.

I am forwarding a copy of my letter to the Minister and also additional information concerning Allied aircraft Strategic Bombing of Germany.  It is my opinion, with the information I have provided, and the professional thinking of David Bashow, Professor of History – Royal Canadian Military College, Kingston, Ont., the Plaque can be reworded, to portray the truth of history, so all military personnel will have respect.

I feel that a man with your integrity and position will remedy this emotional situation.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

 Howard J. Elliott
 Ex-Air Gunner - R.C.A.F.


"the glue that bound us together"

John Moyles

In response to Charley Yule’s ad in a newspaper inviting ex-air gunners to form an organization for fellowship and remembrance, a group of eight, plus Charley, in March 1983, formed  Ex-Air Gunners Association of Canada Inc. From this modest beginning the membership increased until by September 2000 the last recorded membership number was #1269.

Charley took on the task of Secretary Treasurer, keeper of purse and records, as well as editor of the, then unnamed, quarterly newsletter. I asked Charley to give us some background on the Newsletter.

 Here is his reply.


 "The name 'SHORT BURSTS' was suggested by one of our early members -- in fact I think we ran a sort of a contest and awarded him a Life Membership.  I have searched my records and cannot, now, come up with his name.  But I do seem to recollect that he is now deceased!!

At the time of helping to give life to a Canadian Air Gunner's Association, I had absolutely no knowledge that an Air Gunner's Association existed in Great Britain.  After this discovery I decided to join that group and learned the name of their Newsletter was 'The Turret'.

With all of this newfound knowledge in place we were on our way - with only slight objection from those who thought we were interlopers and 'much too late' in entering into the game!  I had not given my service in the RCAF much attention until after I retired from my workplace and, with some free time on my hands, decided to try and contact as many of those with whom I had shared my early days (1943) - Manning Depot - WetP School at McGill - Tarmac Duty at St. Hubert - and B&G School #10 (Mount Pleasant, PEI).

This venture took on a Life of It's Own, and we began receiving inquiries of membership and steadily grew to number 1267 at the time of disbanding in the year 2000, eventually becoming known as, 'The Ex Air Gunner's Association of Canada'.  It was decided that we should become Incorporated and in choosing a name we had to adopt the criteria of that Government Agency - and so the "EX" was added in order to comply.  We had originally intended to admit only those who were entitled to wear the 'AG' Brevet (as did the Association in Great Britain) but, eventually and after much persuasion and soul searching, agreed to admit that the 'WAGs' of the RCAF were probably our equal.

I met Jim Patterson, living in Vancouver, at one of our early Association Reunions in Winnipeg.  I don't believe it was our first one - in 1983 or '84 - but I do recall that he approached me, knowing that I had been searching for someone to take that task off my hands.  He was a person just 'full of life' and very eager to help.  It seems he was a frustrated writer, and very much wanted to have a 'go' at it - and I was more that willing to relinquish that task.  I thought he was great at it and was more than happy to 'assist' him!!  Unfortunately after a couple of years Jim decided to move to Britain. 

We corresponded for years and he agreed to serve as Associate Editor for every issue of the Newsletter, under the banner "Patterson's Patter"- which I thought was most fitting!  His health began to deteriorate and finally he just seemed to 'fade away' and we lost contact.  I know he had a computer and most likely was on the Internet. If he was I am sure he followed each issue until he was no longer able.  It is one of my many regrets - that I wasn't able (for whatever reason) to maintain that contact.  In his retirement he had availed himself of a 'metal detector' and spend many happy hours tramping around interesting areas where he thought some treasure could be found.  He sent me one of his finds!  A Roman Copper Coin (antinomians) of the Class 'Claudius Gothicus' from the period 268-270ad.  It is probably one of my most prized possessions!

He was a great guy and a true Military Veteran."

Charley Yule 

In the beginning there was little feed back so the first three-page newsletter contained, in the main, members service records. By June 1983 it had expanded to six pages with the membership rising to 21. By June 1984 it was 8 pages with membership of 193. Fast forward to September 1989, the newsletter, now entitled SHORT BURSTS, was 24 pages with a membership of 939 and growing fast. Thanks to Charley’s cajoling, there were many articles from members. There was great discussion regarding wakey-wakey pills on ops., as well as side arms, Benzedrine in escape kits, electric flying suits,  turrets and machine guns.  Headings such as “Return fire”, and “Search Pattern”, began to appear.

The 5th. Ex-Air Gunners reunion was held in Regina August 23 to 26, 1989. On August 21st. disaster struck. Saskatchewan Branch President,  George Tudruk and executive members Steve Young and Grant Wilson were transporting an F/N turret from the Brandon Air Museum to Regina for display when they were involved in an accident and all were killed.

Members Tony Biegler and Cy Huggett stepped in to manage the reunion. This task was made more difficult because, as a result of the deaths of the signing authorities, the bank account was frozen. But Tony and Cy soldiered on to keep the reunion unfolding according to plan.

One incident comes to mind. Cy asked me to accompany him to pick up the bar liquor supplies. When we arrived at the liquor store, the staff said they knew nothing of an order. Panic – a reunion without liquor! After many phone calls Cy realized we were at the wrong outlet. A fast drive across the city and we located the liquor store that had ordered the booze. On our return to the Reunion site we had no trouble getting volunteers to help unload our cargo.

The late Cy Huggett

At the Annual General Meeting , Charley Yule submitted his resignation, but with the suggestion that the added responsibility of the Newsletter Editor be filled by another person, he agreed to let his name stand for Secretary-Treasurer. There were no other nominations. Acclamation.

Being advised previously of Charley’s intension not to continue I, who prided myself of never volunteering, offered to help in any way I could. 

Newsletter Editor – John Moyles was nominated by Tony Biegler. There were no other nominations. Acclamation.  Duties to commence with September 1989 issue #27 of Short Bursts.

Usually when the Last Post sounds, the mind scans the skies of yesterday in search of those lost, but as the 200 members stood with bowed head and moist eye at the Cenotaph, George, Steve, and Grant, were with us.

Immediately following the Reunion, Charley went West and Doreene and I travelled to Northern Alberta. I took the membership list and called members en rout. My first call was to Mervin Lewis, Grand Prairie, AB. The call was made with some hesitation but the reception was as if we had known each other in the past. Merv informed me that he had most likely put the first entries in my flying log book at Curry Field, Calgary September 1941. Merv was a clerk prior to transferring to aircrew. Merv’s assistance didn’t help as I added up my months flying time at #2 B&G Mossbank, by putting 100 minutes to the hour.

 Each person I called I asked about Short Bursts. The replies were positive. “look forward to it”; “read it from cover to cover”. As Jim Patterson said, “it is the glue that binds us together”. When we arrived home September 26, the pile of copy was waiting for us.

In the beginning the publication rolled off a typewriter, hunt-an’-peck method. I called it my Huntandpeckerclatter. Our daughter, Elizabeth, helped with the typing until the Association purchased a computer for my use. I edited, and Doreene proof read and censored the 28 page quarterly newsletter. Charley Yule supplied Last Post entries and address labels. Doreene and I stuffed envelopes, applied labels, stamped envelopes, and hauled the mail bags down to our local post office. At peak mailings the number was around 750 envelopes. A lot of stuffing, sticking and stamping.  Living room became mailroom for a few days. It made us realize what Charlie  had to do, along with his many related tasks.

One month Charley put the address label sheets into his printer label side down. A nice job of printing but not on the peel off address labels. We saved the blank labels as they made great markers to stick onto leftovers and home preserves. Just today, November 11, 2006, I saw Doreen labelling some freezer bound soup with one of the labels.

View from our living room window at Kenosee Lake. 
Yes the white tailed deer were alive and hungry.

We were living in the Village of Kenosee Lake, SK., (POP 140) a two hour drive to the closest major centre. At times one felt isolated and remote from the Association. One day the phone rang and a gentleman from Toronto asked if this was the Publishing Company that handled the Newsletter Short Bursts. Publishing Company! That made my day. 

At the 5th Reunion the Association bank balance was $12,310.58. Cost of publishing, including printing, supplies, and postage, was approximately $700.00 quarterly.

Our little Kenosee Lake convenience store/ post office was glad of the business which ran around  $3,400.00 per year.  On one mailing we combined the newsletter with an updated Membership List. This increased postage but, by cutting Short Bursts down to 22 pages that month, we saved $400.00 in postage.

It was a continual struggle to get members to contribute.

March 1992 Issue #37

Mind Boggling Question

Who owned this wiener? 
First four correct answers get a free raffle draw courtesy of your Editor. 
Toss in a service anecdote for Short Bursts for the same postage.

No replies received.

(Answer – comic strip character, Jane. Daily Mail.)
Jane managed to modestly shed her clothes in every strip.

Another contest was a prize to the member who had the most postings during WW II. 
Winner was Malta survivor,
Eric Cameron with 33.

The prize – a carving I whittled out of a birch log.
A little "Son-of-a-Birch Air Gunner."

Eric became a regular and valued contributor to our newsletter.

In a small village rumours fly like wild fire. One December I dragged five stuffed mailbags into the store just when the locals were having their morning coffee. One chap said, “what have you got there John?” I replied in a matter-of-fact manner, “Oh, Doreene and I like to get our Christmas Cards out early.” Dead silence – change of subject. That afternoon at the senior’s centre rumour mill, the conversation was, “did you hear that the Moyles send out five mail bags of Christmas cards?”

We were fortunate to have a very conscientious printer in Regina, Karmen Bernt  of Future Print. In edition # 39, page 13, there is a picture of a Tiger Moth and flags at the Brandon airport printed a little off kilter. I didn’t notice it until we got the publications home Friday evening (this was before scanners, and pictures were scotch taped into the copy. It was most likely my fault.). Karmen offered to drive to Kenosee, pick up the publications, call in staff on a Sunday, correct the page, and have the 650 newsletters back by Monday. We declined his generous offer and mailed them out as printed. There was not one comment from members. However in Issue #52 I erred by making it #51. That generated eight complaints. One Member wrote, “it makes it difficult to file.”

There were other bloopers such as the word, “lives” where I typed “livers”.  The line read, ‘They had long livers’. No one wrote in on that one.

March, 1993, was the tenth anniversary of the Association and we began thinking of how the stories that were appearing in Short Bursts could be preserved for future generations. The idea for the  book, 

It took us six months to edit the 190 page book which rolled off the presses in May 1994. 

As I was personally on the hook for the printing costs, we crossed our fingers and mailed out order forms to the membership. The members came through with flying colours, Within a month we hit the break even point. Some members ordered two and three copies to be given to family or placed in local libraries.  The book can be obtained through Canadian public libraries under ISBN 0-920436-48-X. 

Member Ray Stoy of Bradenton Florida, designed the cover, As a matter of interest, Ray was an illustrator after the war and designed the Coca Cola logo we see today.

Ray Stoy at 2000 Reunion

At the Reunion AGM in Edmonton,  September, 8, 2000, a call was made for nominations for executive positions, National President, Secretary Treasurer, and Editor of the newsletter. Weldy Moffatt of Regina offered to let his name stand as Editor. The other positions were not filled. A motion to disband the National Association was proposed and passed.

The last quarterly Short Bursts Newsletter  Issue #71, covering the National Reunion was mailed out in September 2000. The following is from The Editor’s Dining Room Table.

"It is with regret, melded with relief, that Doreene and I lay down the quill. The past eleven years spent publishing Short Bursts renewed old friendships and created new ones. It is said that life is a process of making memories, and our work and play with the members of the Ex-Air Gunners Association has certainly been memorable. Thanks to the many who contributed to the Newsletter. Keep in touch."

Cheers, John and Doreene.

We thought Short Bursts was dead, but it was only resting.  The CATP Museum in Brandon , MB., breathed new life into the publication by offering to host a Short Bursts web page, and the services of their web master, Bill Hillman. Our first monthly web page newsletter hit the World Wide Web on March 1, 2001. Our publication was going around the world at no cost to the Ex-AG Branches now operating autonomously. As many members were not computer literate, each Branch has someone print out the page and take it to their monthly luncheons. 

Correspondence to the Editor came from people searching for information regarding relatives who served. The Baby Boomer generation, computer literate, and with more time on their hands, began delving into family history. 

There was the chap from New Zealand whose father had been a tail gunner and he was trying to locate the Canadian mid-upper gunner in his father’s crew. Short Bursts was able to bring them together. Then there was the English lady of 60 years who was looking for information regarding her birth father. Her mother, who had passed away, did not give her much information regarding her father, except that he was tall, blond, and an RCAF Pilot. We managed to trace him to a Squadron, get photos and information from the Squadron web page, which led to a major Canadian city. Unfortunately he had passed away. The comparison of the daughter’s picture and the Squadron picture, left no doubt.

After we went on the internet, Charley Yule presented a complete set of the printed Newsletter to the CATP Museum in Brandon.

L to R  Charley Yule, the late Earl Hiscox, Bill Hillman, John Moyles 

On our Short Bursts web page there is a link to all copies from March 2001 to December 2006.

The Short Bursts publication was created to reunite AGs and WAGs for fellowship and remembrance and to honour Andrew Mynarski VC. Over the last 23 years it has met its mandate. 

Gradually the newsletter has become a vehicle for the younger generation, and researchers, searching for wartime information.  Two reasons for this change is the internet, and the fact our Ex-Air Gunner ranks are thinning, age is taking its toll.

Letters were sent out to a number of contributing members across the country requesting direction on the future of our newsletter. Some thought the newsletter had served its purpose and should be put to bed, but it would be missed. The general consensus was, if it was serving a purpose helping provide information, and be the duct tape to keep us in touch, it should continue.

A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to Bill Hillman for his financial support and encouragement. 

By publishing a shorter, modified, Short Bursts Page, we will attempt to assist those searching for WW II information. If you can assist in any way, direct your information to the party involved or to your Editor. We will also print any stories, anecdotes, memories, Branch information, and Obituaries, so take time to send in your material. There is also the option of running articles from our 23 years of publishing. 

Doreene and I wish you good health, and may you be surrounded by family and friends this joyous season. In the words of Tiny Tim, 

"God Bless us, everyone."

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:
Harry Thompson, 702 Mckercher Dr., Saskatoon, SK  S7H 3W7 Phone: (306) 374-6036

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
Ph. (306) 949-6112


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'. 

This is your SHORT BURSTS with no printing or mailing costs, and no deadlines! 
We thank our Web Master, Bill Hillman, for his volunteer time and expertise.

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