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Canadian Aviation Moments

The Canadian Aviation Moments were submitted by Dennis Casper from the Roland Groome (Regina) Chapter of the CAHS. Good luck and have fun!

The Canadian Aviation Moments questions and answers for November are:

QUESTION: What All-Wood advanced Trainer was the British Equivalent of the Harvard during WWII?

ANSWER: “Designer F.G. Miles Innovative All-Wood Advanced Trainer was the British Equivalent of the Harvard” “While no examples of the Master ever flew in Canada, the type has a strong Canadian connection. Most Canadian fighter pilots destined to fly single-engine fighters overseas, whether in the RCAF or RAF were given time on the Master. They were the principal equipment of the Advanced Flying units (AFUs) to which fighter pilots were sent from the RCAF Personnel Reception Centre at Bournemouth prior to being posted to an Operational training Unit or to a squadron. With more power, the Master offered marginally better performance than the Harvard and was a good transition to the Hurricanes and early mark Spitfires used on Operational Training Units OTUs.”

SOURCE: The? Class, by David W. Godfrey, CAHS Journal, Summer 2003, Page 56

QUESTION PART 1: What was the name of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society when it was formed in January 1963:

QUESTION PART 2: What was the name of Vol. 1 No 1 newsletter of the association that is now known as the Canadian Aviation Historical Society

ANSWER: January 1963.The Canadian Aviation Historical Society was formed and issued its first Journal. (Original name was Early Birds Association of Canada and Vol 1, No. 1 only was issued under the name of The Early Bird Enthusiast.)”

SOURCE: 1. 125 Years of Canadian Aeronautics – 1840 – 1965 – Page 295
2. Vol 1 – No. 1 – Journal of what is now called the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal

QUESTION: What were Roland Groome and/or Richard McCombie’s achievements?

ANSWER: “The end of World War 1 saw the return of military pilots and ground crew, notably Roland Groome, who gained a place in Canada’s aviation history in the spring of 1920 when the federal government’s new Air Board, which was traveling across western Canada, issued Canadian commercial pilot’s licence No. 1 to him. Groome’s business partner, Robert McCombie, received aero engineer’s licence No. 1; their airfield (in Regina’s Lakeview district) became Canada’s first licensed “air harbour”; and their Canadian-built JN-4 (Can) Canuck was registered G-CAAA—the first licenced aircraft in Canada..”



Research Inquiry

Neil Robson of Doncaster, England, has contacted the CAHS to see if anyone can be of help in locating family members of the late F/L (Ret.)Jack G. Brown. Jack was a Typhoon pilot in the RCAF, attached to 193 RAF Squadron and wrote an article called, “Recollections of a Typhoon Pilot” in the Vol. 22, No. 2 Summer 1984 edition of the CAHS Journal. At that time, Jack was living at 26 Easton Road in North York, Ontario.

Neil Robson’s uncle, F/O James McCartney, flew Hawker Typhoons with Jack Brown in 1943 and 1944, and was killed in action on August 10, 1944. Neil has been researching the story of his uncle and would welcome information that may help him find any family members of Jack Brown. Neil can be reached at .

193 Sqn Typhoons

Hawker Typhoons of 193 RAF Squadron. Photo via internet, source unknown.