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    Dear Member,

    NeWest Press and the CAHS are excited to present Garry Ryan’s new book, Blackbirds.

    headerFor the month of February, NeWest will donate 10% from the purchase of each book ordered through our website to the CAHS. This is a great opportunity to expand your library with some quality reading material while supporting your national CAHS.

    The book will be available for purchase at www.cahs.ca from 1 February until 28 February, so please place your order before the 28th. The price is $23.50 (including shipping and handling) and you will receive your book in March. There is no limit to the number of books you can purchase, so consider ordering multiple copies to give as gifts!

     

    Below is a short synopsis of Blackbirds, the first in Garry Ryan's exciting new series:

    blackbirds-225When young Sharon Lacey travels from Canada to England in the spring of 1940 in search of the father she never knew, she finds herself called to participate in a much larger and more dangerous mission. For at eighteen, she is a gifted flier in an England desperate for pilots to fend off the impending attack from Hitler's Luftwaffe. In the months that follow, Sharon will be tested in ways that will affect the rest of her life—should she survive.

    With Blackbirds, award-winning mystery novelist Garry Ryan turns his hand towards historical fiction, vividly evoking the fear and uncertainty of wartime England, as well as the spirit and camaraderie and adventure shared by the men—and women—who stepped forward to defend it. [Learn more here]

    Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested. For members involved in book clubs, this would make an excellent publication to review so rally your fellow readers! Just remember that the book has to be purchased through www.cahs.ca for the monies to be donated to the CAHS.

    Blue skies,
    Caitlin McWilliams

    CAHS Vice-President
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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History

    January 1940: The First Anti-G Suit is Tested by Canadian Inventor

    tc-capsule4801In 1939, Dr Wilbur R. Franks of Toronto, Ontario, invented a rubber and fabric garment designed to eliminate what was referred to as the "blackout" fighter pilots experienced during high-speed flying and manoeuvres. The following January, Dr. Franks test flew the world’s first anti-gravity suit, or G-suit. The "Franks Flying Suit," or F.F.S., saw its first combat use in 1942 when it was donned by men of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm during an invasion of French North Africa. 

    Soon after the suit was revealed to the public in December 1944, Dr. Franks was honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for giving "the Allied forces a tremendous tactical advantage" and "saving the lives of thousands of Allied fighter pilots." From this time onward and into the jet age, the G-suit became an indispensable tool for pilots who are subject to high levels of acceleraton. In 1984, Franks was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.

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     CAHS National News

    2013 CAHS National Convention

    Plans for the 2013 CAHS National Convention and Annual General Meeting are well underway! This year's conference will be hosted in conjunction with our Chapter in Ottawa, Ontario and will run from 14 - 18 September 2013.

    The planning committee is gathering a wide-range of A-list speakers and has already begun to confirm activities that will highlight some of the seasonal aviation-related sites that Canada's capital city has to offer. The Convention is running on the same weekend as Wings Over Gatineau-Ottawa en vol 2013 and the 73rd Battle of Britain Anniversary Ceremony. You can be sure that attendees to the Convention will be taking in these events as well as some others that are sure to captivate all those who are able to attend.

    Preliminary arrangements are still in the works but keep an eye on www.cahs.ca and the e-Newsletter for upcoming details, schedule, and registration information!

    CAHS 50th Anniversary Celebrations

    The CAHS 50th Anniversary Committee is hard at work exploring ways to celebrate this  year's magnificent milestone but needs your help to make it happen throughout the entire organization! A message from Rachel Lea Heide, head of the Committee:

    "Don't forget that 2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the CAHS. We want the celebration to go on all year long and right across the country.

    Chapters: Do you have a special event planned? Perhaps you will be bringing in guest speakers or dedicating a monthly meeting to the commemoration of the milestone? Let us know so we can spread the word in the e-newsletter and on the web!

    Aviation authors and artists: Have you thought about doing something to mark the CAHS' anniversary? How about a book launch or painting unveiling? Could you offer a CAHS Members discount on a title, or do you have some prints you would like to offer for sale to the membership?

    Members: Do you have a great story to tell about the CAHS, how it has developed over the years, a seminal milestone event, or a special individual who has made a significant contribution to aviation or aviation history?

    Please put your pen to paper and help record our history! We want your stories for the website and the journal. Contact Rachel Lea Heide (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with you events, ideas, and articles. Thanks! - Rachel"

    Journal Update

    The 50-3 (Fall 2012) edition of the CAHS Journal was shipped one week ago, so it should be arriving in your mailbox any time! We have received reports of bundles arriving across the country, so be sure to check your mail before the weekend to see if your copy has arrived yet. We hope you enjoy this latest edition of your national Journal and appreciate your patience as we continue working hard to catch up to our cover dates.
     
    Terry Higgins and his editorial team expect that 50-4 (Winter 2012) will go into the proofing stages by the first week of February. At right is a little "teaser" of the cover art to tide you off until you have this next issue in your hands!


    CAHS
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    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. For January, Hugh Halliday took us flying "In Korean Skies":

    "It was not until the Korean War that jet versus jet combats took place. Then, the Sabres of the USAF won against Mi G-15s with a kill ratio of 10 to 1, despite heavy odds. Among those Sabre pilots was a score of Canadians who contributed their share, shooting down at least nine MiGs and damaging many more."

    In February, Bill Zuk will take us through "Canada's Rotary Wing Heritage."

    Read the full blogs on the CAHS website!

    Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.


     CAHS Chapter News

    CAHS Manitoba will be sponsoring and participating in the Women Fly! event on 9 March 2013 at St Andrews Airport. The event, which is supported by a number of aviation organizations, will offer free flights to women of all ages who are interested in aviation. Read more on the Women Fly! website here.

    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    Chapter Date Location
    Calgary  21 February
    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Manitoba  28 February
      Western Canada Aviation Museum
    Montreal   21 February
    Royal Canadian Legion
    New Brunswick  March 2013 TBD
    Ottawa  28 February
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    PEI  2 March Charlottetown Airport Terminal
    Regina  7 February
    Royal United Services Institute
    Toronto  9 February
    Canadian Forces College
    Vancouver  12 March
    Richmond Cultural Centre
     
    Further Chapter meeting details - including speaker listing and meeting times - are posted to www.cahs.ca when they become available. Be sure to check your Chapter's personalized meeting webpage and event calendar for the most up-to-date information!
     

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     Museum and Restoration Initiatives

    British Columbia Aviation Museum

    The British Columbia Aviation Museum and CAHS recently hosted an evening with Doug Rollins. Doug presented on the story of Sydney Pickles, who was a pioneering aviator with many early accolades and exploits. For more information on upcoming talks at the BCAM, contact Allan Botting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Canadian Air and Space Museum

    There is just over one month left to participate in the Canadian Air and Space Museum campaign to raise $500,000 to build a new museum at Toronto Pearson Airport. So far they have reached just over $23,000, so spread the word or donate online here. All donations over $5 receive a 'thank-you' in return (admission tickets, books, DVDs, etc). For updates on the campaign, join the Museum's mailing list here.

    Canadian Museum of Flight

    On 2 February, the Canadian Museum of Flight will present "TechTalk II", a technical workshop revolving around the 1937 Waco AQC-6 Cabin. The session is three hours long and includes presentations on aircraft design given by experienced Museum members. To reserve your seat, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 604.532.0035. Visit their website here for more information.

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

    In addition to a stellar Facebook page, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum also runs a regularly updated blog called "Plane Talk." Check it out to get the latest updates on the Museum, their plans for the 2013 airshow, and much more!

    Vintage Wings of Canada

    Vintage Wing's Warbird U second Technical Groundschool will take place on 9 and 10 February. The aircraft of choice this month is the Supermarine Spitfire. Register today!

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    Western Canada Aviation Museum

    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays in February, the Western Canada Aviation Museum will be hosting guided tours with a "Legends of Canadian Aviation" theme exploring the stories of Fred Stevenson, Wop May, the Mad Trapper, and more.

    Researcher to Researcher

    Kevin, a researcher from Belgium, is looking for information and photographs of a Vertol 44 helicopter (N74058, cn 438) which went to the Canadian aviation register as CF-NVC. If you know where to find photographs of this aircraft wearing its Canadian registration and colours, please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

    The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association is looking for help choosing a new set of RCAF/BCATP markings for their Boeing Stearman. Ideally they would like to honour a specific Canadian who flew a Stearman or a specific Canadian known to have lost their life in one. If the individual had a connection to Windsor or vicinity, that would be even better! Additionally, they prefer an aircraft in the serial range FD968 through FD999. If you can provide any guidance or assist in their search, please contact William Burns of CanMilAirDecals at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Jay Liddell is looking for information on a lost Avro York, registration CF-HMV, which was flown by his grandfather who was forced to ditch on the Thoa River. He is looking for photographs of the wreck and for any information on its current whereabouts. Contact Jay atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text8478); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Denny May is looking for a photographs of the 1921 Canadian Air Force metal wings. Please e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.


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    Dear Member,

    In early February I was sent to the two-day 8th annual Military Studies Conference held in my hometown of Windsor, Ontario. With me I brought copies of the CAHS Journal and our pamphlet to entice new members, but I was pleasantly surprised to meet a handful of current CAHS members too! My table was also right next to the display set up by the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association whose enthusiastic volunteers were very excited about the possibility of working with the CAHS in mutually beneficial ways. In between chatting with CAHS members and the great people from the CH2A, I spoke with many potential new members who came to the table eager to take home copies of our printed materials. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking face-to-face with people interested in the CAHS and am hoping we recruited some new members from the region!

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    This month’s newsletter outlines some of the recent initiatives CAHS National and our Chapters have organized to promote the activities of the organization both in-person and online. Even a cursory glance at the list shows that the CAHS has an ambitious team of Executives and Directors and an enthusiastic membership, but our challenge continues to be finding the financial support to make our vision, and the vision of our members, a reality. Individual members can do their part by getting involved in their local Chapter, spreading the word about the CAHS to friends and family, and by keeping their membership current.
     
    • Members: A reminder that the year that your membership expires is printed in the upper right hand corner of the address block on your Journal mailing envelope, and it is important that you do not let your membership lapse or you risk missing upcoming Journal issues. You can renew your membership either online or by mail.
    Please see below for details regarding some of the great work our Chapters and membership are doing, including the extended promotional offer for the purchase of the book Blackbirds, an update on CAHS Journal production, information on a new membership category for Canadian aviation museums, recent awards and give-aways, and upcoming Chapter functions.

     

    Blue skies,

    Caitlin McWilliams

    CAHS Vice-President
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    CAHS National News

    NeWest Press Blackbirds Promo EXTENDED to 15 March!

    NeWest Press and the CAHS are excited to present Garry Ryan’s new book, Blackbirds. NeWest has agreed to donate 10% from the purchase of each book ordered through our website to the CAHS. We have extended the offer until 15 March and encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to pick up a great read and support the CAHS at the same time! The book is available for purchase at www.cahs.ca. The price is $23.50 (including shipping and handling) and you will receive your copy in March.

    New Membership Category for Museums

    Attention Canadian aviation museums!

    The CAHS has just recently created a new membership category exclusively for museums. For the annual cost of $100, a Museum Member gains access to these exciting benefits:

    • Baseline CAHS National membership rights
    • Donation tax receipt for $60
    • Special rates for selling the CAHS Journal in their gift shop
    • Invitation to place one pre-printed flyer in each of our quarterly CAHS Journal mailings for free (up to a $100 benefit)
    • Museum’s name displayed on our Museum Members webpage with a descriptive paragraph about the museum and link to the museum member’s website
    • The CAHS will work to schedule at least one museum related speaker at the annual convention
    • Invite Museum Members to schedule a Museum Members session in conjunction with the CAHS annual convention to discuss museum related issues
    • Display space for free at our annual convention
    • Ability to advertise in a Museums Member column of the CAHS e-newsletter

    In return, the CAHS requests that Museum Members would:

    • Put a link to the CAHS website on their website
    • Include CAHS information items in newsletters
    • Permit CAHS membership brochures to be displayed on-site
    • Inform their members that the CAHS Journal seeks articles on aviation history

    This is a $240 value, available to Canadian aviation museums for only $100. If you or the museum you are associated with might be interested in becoming a Museum Member of the CAHS, download the form here and return it to the address stated. We are looking forward to working with Canada's aviation museums in such a mutually beneficial capacity!

    Membership Giveaway at RCAF Luncheon

    The CAHS donated a one-year membership as a door prize for the 11th Annual RCAF Yuma (Arizona) Luncheon that was held on 8 February. CAHS member Roger Beebe (at right) was the host of the event and is pictured presenting the certificate to the winner, Joseph Macauley of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Congratulations Joseph, and welcome to the CAHS!

    2013 MacRitchie Scholarship

    On 20 February, the CAHS presented the Douglas MacRitchie Scholarship to Jesse Proper, a student at Centennial College in the Aeronautical Engineering degree program. The scholarship is supported by the CAHS through funds donated by the MacRitchie family. Although the MacRitchie family was unable to attend the banquet, Caitlin McWilliams represented CAHS National and CAHS Member Scott Maclagan attended on behalf of the Toronto Chapter. Photos to come!

    2013 CAHS National Convention and Annual General Meeting

    A short reminder that the 2013 CAHS National Convention and Annual General Meeting will be held from Wednesday September 11 until Sunday, September 15, 2013 and hosted in conjunction with our Chapter in Ottawa, Ontario. Preliminary arrangements are still in the works but keep an eye on www.cahs.ca and the e-Newsletter for upcoming details, schedule, and registration information!

    CAHS 50th Anniversary Celebrations

    The CAHS continues to brainstorm ways to celebrate this year's magnificent milestone and needs your help to make it happen throughout the entire organization! Please put your pen to paper and help record our history. We want your stories for the website and the journal. Contact Rachel Lea Heide (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with your events, ideas, and articles.


    CAHS Journal Update

    The 50-3 (Fall 2012) edition of the CAHS Journal arrived in your mailbox in early February. We hope you enjoyed reading about the DHC-2 Beaver, the Royal Flying Corps Winter Ops, the 2012 Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame inductees, and His Majesty's Airship R-100! I guarantee that 50-4 (Winter 2012) will have as well-researched material and equally fascinating material.

    Terry Higgins and his editorial team have been on a roll with Journal production and are working hard to keep up the momentum to get 50-4, which is in the proofing and layout stages, into your hands as soon as possible. Terry and his team are also working on content development up through to edition 51-3 (Fall 2013). This means that it is very likely that we will have 50-4 and 51-1 out in quick succession, with 50-4 through early / mid March and 51-1 first week in April!


    CAHS Online

    National Aviation Day Twitter Raffle

    Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, our social media guru, held our first ever Twitter raffle on 23 February in honour of National Aviation Day. Users who retweeted the post announcing the contest from our @CanAvHistSoc account were entered in a draw to win a copy of Blackbirds. The contest generated a lot of buzz on our page the winner was Kelly Ouimet of Ottawa. We intend to hold more of these draws, so be sure to keep an eye on our Twitter page and Facebook for more fantastic give-aways!


    New on the Blog

    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. In February, Bill Zuk took us through "Canada's Rotary Wing Heritage."

    "In 1909, 25 enthusiasts gathered at the Winnipeg Industrial Bureau to form the Aero Club of Canada on March 31, 1909 "in order to assist and promote practical aeronautics by encouraging Canadian Inventors." Their initial ambitious project resulted in the first aircraft designed and built entirely in Canada, the "Aero Car Canada", which was unveiled to the public shortly after the association's inauguration; their second program led to the design of Canada's first helicopter."

    Read the full blog on the CAHS website!

    Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.


    CAHS Chapter News

    On 7 March, CAHS Manitoba will host another night of its Lyncrest Aviation Film Series at Lyncrest Airport in conjunction with the Springfield Flying Club. All are welcome to view Amelia, the story of Amelia Earhart.

    In honour of Women in Aviation week, CAHS Manitoba will also be sponsoring and participating in the “Women Fly!” event on 9 March 2013 at St Andrews Airport. The event, which is supported by a number of aviation organizations, will offer free flights to women of all ages who are interested in aviation. Read more on the Women Fly! website here. If you are available to volunteer at the event, please contact Jim Bell.

    On 20 March, the British Columbia Aviation Museum is hosting an evening on "The F-35 and Canada" with Brigadier-General Don MacNamara. The talk is co-sponsored by the CAHS, and if the turnout for these events in Victoria continue to be stellar we may even consider forming a new CAHS Chapter!


    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    Chapter Date Location
    Calgary 21 March
    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Manitoba 28 March
    Western Canada Aviation Museum
    Montreal 21 March
    Royal Canadian Legion
    New Brunswick 30 March Public Archives Building, UNB Campus
    Ottawa 28 March
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    PEI 2 March Charlottetown Airport Terminal
    Regina 14 March
    Royal United Services Institute
    Toronto 9 March
    Canadian Forces College
    Vancouver 12 March
    Richmond Cultural Centre
     
    Further Chapter meeting details - including speaker listing and meeting times - are posted to www.cahs.ca when they become available. Be sure to check your Chapter's personalized meeting webpage and event calendar for the most up-to-date information!
     

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    This Month in Canadian Aviation History

    3 February 1942: The Canadian Women's Auxillary Air Force is renamed the RCAF Women's Division

    The Canadian Women's Auxiliary Air Force, or CWAAF, was formed in 1941. As it grew it was renamed the RCAF Women's Division and operated under the motto "We Serve That Men May Fly." The purpose of the WD's was to fill in as replacements for the men who left the workforce join an aircrew.

    Women could apply to work in one of three groups: Standard tradeswomen, war emergency training, and cooks. Their duties expanded as the war progressed and women filled over 40 different trade positions. Many were located at British Commonwealth Air Training Plan stations across Canada.

    By February 1943 there were approximately 11,000 women enlisted - more than the number of men in the air force at the beginning of the war. In one year, enlistment figures had grown to become the largest of any one month since the formation of the women's division of the RCAF.

    Over 17,400 women served with the Women's Division before it was disbanded in December of 1946.

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    Skyward

    CAHS member Al McNutt passed away in January. Al was a pilot, mechanic, and successful author. Jerry Vernon writes:

    "Al was one of the RCAF pilots who transferred over to the Navy late in the war, when there was a surplus of trained RCAF fighter pilots, instructors and staff pilots. Postwar, he did many things, including being Flight Engineer on Canadair's corporate DC-3, a factory test pilot on the T-33s, a long career flying Mosquitos, P-38s, Cansos and other survey aircraft for Spartan Air Services, Aero Service Corp., Survair, etc., time spent at Transport Canada, many years flying fire bombers for Conair and Cansos on salmon fishing charters in B. C., etc."


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    Dear Member,

    When I worked the Ops Desk at the Windsor Flying Club, it was always a huge relief when we put the wing covers away for the season and said goodbye to winter ops. No more braving blizzards to secure wing covers; no more brushing snow off the entire fleet; no more engine and battery pre-heat and warm-up; no more shovelling the club's long taxiway. Anyone with a car and driveway can relate to this daily winter ritual, and by the time March rolls around most of us are ready for some sunshine. Putting the wing covers away for the season was the sign that spring was here, and it was always a welcome sight for our staff and customers (though I think our pilots were even more relieved than the staff since they have to deal with the weather on both the ground and in the air!).

    It seems like spring may finally have made an appearance across the country, and with the melting snow and longer days come the promise of summer on the horizon. I'm sure many aviators across Canada are anxious to shake off their wing covers and start organizing fly-ins, air shows, vacations, and scenic rides with friends.

    Goodbye winter ops - Hello springtime!

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    The CAHS is currently working on a range of initiatives related to our 50th anniversary celebrations, so keep an eye on the website, newsletter, and social media feeds for updates! We intend to celebrate this milestone all year long, and the CAHS wants to hear your ideas for how we can accomplish this nationwide. We are looking for event and initiative proposals, as well as stories and articles for the website and the journal. Help us tell our history! Contact Rachel Lea Heide (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with any suggestions.

    A brief reminder that the 2013 CAHS National Convention and Annual General Meeting will be held 11 -15 September and hosted in conjunction with our Chapter in Ottawa, Ontario. Preliminary arrangements are still in the works but keep an eye on www.cahs.ca and the e-Newsletter for upcoming details, schedule, and registration information!

     

    Blue skies,

    Caitlin McWilliams

    CAHS Vice-President
    Editor, CAHS e-Newsletter
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    CAHS National News

    2013 MacRitchie Scholarship

    On 20 February, the CAHS presented the Douglas MacRitchie Scholarship to Jesse Proper, a student at Centennial College in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer degree program. Although the MacRitchie family was unable to attend the banquet, CAHS VP Caitlin McWilliams (third from left) represented CAHS National and CAHS Member Scott Maclagan (second from left) attended on behalf of the Toronto Chapter. As promised is a photo from the event!

    In April, Caitlin McWilliams will represent the CAHS at the unveiling of a donor wall at Centennial College which will acknowledge the contribution of the MacRitchie Scholarship.


    Membership Giveaway at RCAF Luncheon

    The CAHS donated a one-year membership as a door prize for the 11th Annual RCAF Yuma (Arizona) Luncheon that was held on 8 February. CAHS member Roger Beebe was the host of the event and presented the certificate to the winner, Arnie Macauley of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

    Roger and his fellow co-chair, Gerre Beebe, recently wrote a very nice letter to Gary Williams to express their thanks to the CAHS on behalf of the Yuma RCAF Lunch Committee:

    "We are writing as the chairpersons of the annual Royal Canadian Air Force Retiree's luncheon which is held annually in Yuma, Arizona. The 238 RCAF veterans in attendance were most appreciative of your draw prize of an annual membership. The addition of the CAHS Journals for distribution was well accepted. The CAHS brochures were also distributed.

    A special thanks to Danielle for her taking the time to ensure we received the items on time."

    Make sure to check out Roger's March feature on our web blog here!


    CAHS Journal Update

    Terry Higgins and his editorial team have been on a roll with Journal production, publishing three editions - Spring, Summer, and Fall 2012 - in a mere two months time! They have not given up the momentum and are currently working overtime to get issue 50-4 into your inbox as soon as possible. I have been in touch with Terry throughout the process and can assure you that this will be another stellar edition. This issue will not only bring us up to cover date, but its superior quality will attest to the value of our committed contributors and dedicated editorial team. It is very exciting time for the CAHS, and we appreciate your patience as we strive to produce and deliver a product worthy of being enjoyed by our membership.

    As I mentioned last month, it is worthwhile to note that Terry and his team are also working on content development up through to edition 51-3 (Fall 2013). This means that it is very likely that we will have future editions out in quick succession!


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    Visit cahs.ca to view our rotating blog feature. In March, Roger Beebe took us through "RCAF Retirees in the Yuma Sun."

    "The RCAF Retiree's Luncheon is held annually in Yuma, Arizona, and in February 2013, celebrated its 11th successful year. [...] The luncheon gives people a chance to renew old friendships and swap stories about their RCAF time and careers. It also allows us a time to honour our veterans and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Last year, we had a Second World War veteran in attendance but he passed on. This year, no Second World War veterans but some from 50s, lots from 60s and 70s and even few from after the year 2000."

    In April, Bill Zuk gives us insight into the life of Arthur Bishop who passed away in February:

    "Despite his own illustrious career as a fighter pilot, journalist, advertising executive, entrepreneur, historian and author, in the public’s eye, Arthur Bishop was inextricably linked to “Billy” Bishop. [...] When war came, at 18, like his father, Arthur enlisted and on July 30, 1942, at Uplands, Air Marshal W. A. Bishop, director of Royal Canadian Air Force recruiting, pinned his wings on his son. The striking resemblance of the two men, was clearly evident but Arthur did not trade on the fame of his forebear, rather he was determined to forge his own way."

    Read the full blogs on the CAHS website!

    Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.


    CAHS Chapter News

    CAHS Manitoba and the Springfield Flying Club continue their aviation film series on 11 April with Always, a remake of a classic Second World War film, and excerpts from the original film, A Guy Named Joe. Also note that their third annual "Films Take Flight!" event is in the works for 30-31 May with more details to come shortly.


    Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    Chapter Date Location
    Calgary 18 April
    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Manitoba 25 April
    Western Canada Aviation Museum
    Montreal 18 April
    Royal Canadian Legion
    New Brunswick 6 April Public Archives Building, UNB Campus
    Ottawa 25 April
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    PEI 1 June
    Charlottetown Airport Terminal
    Regina 11 April
    Royal United Services Institute
    Toronto 13 April
    Canadian Forces College
    Vancouver 9 April
    Richmond Cultural Centre
     
    Further Chapter meeting details - including speaker listing and meeting times - are posted to www.cahs.ca when they become available. Be sure to check your Chapter's personalized meeting webpage and event calendar for the most up-to-date information!

    Notice to Chapter Executives: For purposes of circulating up-to-date meeting information to the national membership, please add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your individual Chapter newsletter distribution lists, or send me a quick e-mail when you have confirmed details regarding your next meeting.


    Events and Announcements

    Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame

    In 2013, Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame will mark its 40th Anniversary since its formation in 1973. The first induction of Members to the Hall of Fame was held in Edmonton in 1974. The Hall of Fame is housed at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta; however, the 40th Anniversary will be celebrated in Ottawa on 30 May at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Four individuals will be inducted as Members, and the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence will recognize the contribution of Canadian Pacific Airlines.

    To be inducted as Members are:

    • Victor R. Bennett, former Innotech Aviation chief executive
    • James “Stocky” Edwards, Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and command leader
    • Joseph Fernand “Frank” Henley, former executive of Maritime Central Airways, Nordair and Hydro Quebec
    • John Sandford, former president of de Havilland Canada

    An invitation for the induction dinner in Ottawa will be available shortly. For more information on this year's honourees and the induction gala, visit the CAHF's website here or download the inductee information sheet here.


    British Columbia Aviation Museum

    On 24 April, the British Columbia Aviation Museum hosts John Laing who will speak on "The Conair Tankers." The talk is co-sponsored by the CAHS. For more information on upcoming events at the BCAM, contact Allan Botting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


    Bomber Command Clasp Application

    The UK Ministry of Defence has authorized and is now receiving applications for the Bomber Command Clasp. This will attach to the 1939 to 1945 Star, which Bomber Command veterans will have previously received. Applications may be submitted by veterans, their widows, or their next of kin. Application forms for the Bomber Command Clasp may be downloaded from the Bomber Command Museum of Canada's website or through this link. If you require additional information regarding the clasp and the application process, please e-mail SPVA-AS&This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information here.


    Researcher-to-Researcher

    Robert Britnell is looking for biographical information about Joseph (Joe) H. St. James who trained at the Longbranch - Port Credit aerodrome as a Cadet Wing trainee of the RFC back in 1917. He saw action as a pilot in Vendome, France and was subsequently killed in action. Please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information.

    Nicole Morley is doing some research on her Great Uncle, Arthur James Horrell, and is looking for any information on him or his military career. He was in the Second World War and his squadron number was 443. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Eric Behne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is looking for information or photos regarding the history of his aircraft, a PT-27 Boeing serial number 75-3838, US Army serial number 42-15649 and RCAF number FJ788. He knows that the aircraft was sent to Winnipeg in April of 1942 and returned to Tennessee in December of 1942, but has very little information of where it was based while in Canada.

    Marc Magee is an artist currently painting a scene at the Marine Hangar in Trenton, Ontario. He is looking for help in determining the colors of the Fairchild 71 at that time. Please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can be of any assistance.


    This Month in Canadian Aviation History

    9 March 1942: First graduate of BCATP to command RCAF Squadron

    S/L Lloyd Vernon Chadburn was the first graduate of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) appointed to command an RCAF squadron. He was born in Montréal in 1919 and grew up in Ontario. He graduated from the Number 2 Flight Training School in Ottawa on October 9th, 1940 as a Pilot Officer.

    At 22 years old, Chadburn was the youngest squadron leader in the RCAF when he took command of 416 Squadron in March 1942. He also had only 250 flying hours, and his first victories as squadron leader were over Dieppe during Operation "Jubilee."

    In June 1943, he was promoted to Wing Commander. Because of his age, experience, and humble disposition, Chadburn became somewhat of a celebrity and his military career was closely followed by the media.

    On 13 June 1944, after flying Spitfires for over three years, Chadburn was killed over Normandy in a mid-air collision with another aircraft. He was 24 years old. His record includes 14 enemy airplanes destroyed (4 shared), 6 aircraft likely destroyed (1 shared), 6 aircraft damaged (2 shared), two E-boats destroyed, and another 2 damaged, as well as a destroyer damaged. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the French Croix De Guerre avec Palme and was made a Chevalier (knight) in the French Legion d'Honneur.

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    Skyward

    The CAHS laments the passing of Arthur Bishop: fighter pilot, son of Billy Bishop, and prolific military history writer. Mr. Bishop passed away in his sleep on 21 February 2013 at the age of 89.

    Information and anecdotes on his life, careers, and family can be gleaned from the following links:

    We are sad to announce the passing of aviator and aviation history buff Fred McCall of Calgary, Alberta. From his obituary:

    He served in the Canadian Forces, first as a cadet, then in the RCA (1RCHA) as a gunner until his retirement in 1976. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Fred was an expert in air defence. He was honoured by the Governor General of Canada in 1976 with an Order of Military Merit. [...] Fred was passionately interested in building aircraft. He built a full-sized replica of his father's Curtiss "Jenny" or JN4 aircraft that now is part of the Mavericks display in the Glenbow Museum. He also built a full-scale display helicopter for the Whyte Museum in Banff.

    The CAHS will also miss Ralph Webber, a long-time member of the CAHS Montreal chapter. Ralph played for the Montréal Alouettes (1946 - 1948). He was an Air Canada manager for over 40 years, in Windsor, Toronto, Montreal, Jamaica, London, ON, Bermuda and Saskatoon.

    Lindsay Price, an active member of the Manitoba CAHS Chapter, recently passed away. Lindsay was a retired air force photo technician, and a dedicated volunteer with several organisations, including the CAHS. He was on the CAHS Manitoba chapter executive from 2010 to 2013, and assisted with videography and security at chapter meetings.

     


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