Meet and Greet Reception

As part of the 2017 Convention, we are looking forward to an evening Meet and Greet reception on June 8 at the 427 (London) Wing RCAFA. The Wing, which has a new website,, is rich in history and has much to offer. The Wing is housed in an original 1940 RCAF canteen. One of the features at the Wing is a memorial to LAC Kenneth Gerald Spooner, GC, of No. 4 Air Observer School at London. A student navigator with no pilot training, LAC Spooner, age 20, took over the controls of an Anson aircraft when the pilot suddenly fainted. His action enabled three comrades to bail out. Soon after, the aircraft crashed into Lake Erie. The gallant airman received the RCAF's second George Cross posthumously in tribute to his act of self-sacrifice so that others might be saved.

The Wing is also developing a Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum. In 2015, it planted 100 trees as a "living honour guard" or tribute honouring the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017. We appreciate 427 Wing President Rene McKinnon's support of the Convention and there is little doubt that our continuing efforts to promote the event will result in a most worthwhile gathering in London this year.

427 London Wing

427 (London) Wing is housed in an original 1940 RCAF Canteen and will be the home of the new Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum.

Bill Grahlman and wife Marg May 22 2016

Bill Grahlman, President of 447 (Hamilton) Wing, and wife Marg at 427 Wing during the 67th Ontario Group AGM May 22, 2016.

427 London Wing memorial tribute

427 (London) Wing memorial tribute to LAC Kenneth Spooner, GC, of No. 4 Air Observer School.