Aviation Losses

Canada has recently lost two outstanding aviators in Ronald Peel and Daryl Smith.

Ron Peel, DFC, served with the RCAF during the Second World War as a navigator and bomb air aimer. Following his air force service he became the first Chief Navigator for Trans-Canada Airlines and continued with a long and successful career, retiring in 1989. Born in England on March 10, 1922, Ron died on February 10, 2020. He was inducted as a member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 1991. His biography at the CAHF web site can be seen when you click here and scroll down to his name.

Daryl Smith, the founder of Pacific Coastal Airlines, known as a pilot and entrepreneur, is particularly know for his contributions to aviation in British Columbia. Born on July 29, 1939, Daryl died on February 1, 2020. He was was a recipient of the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) Robert S. Day Trophy in 1998, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Read more about Daryl when you click here.