Once a Chinthe, always a Chinthe

A senior man sits in the cockpit of an aircraft in a maintenance shop.
Richard Earl, a Second World War Burma campaign veteran, sits in the co-pilot seat of a CC-130 Hercules aircraft on January 29, 2019, during a visit to 435 Squadron, his wartime squadron, at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba. PHOTO: Sergeant Daren Kraus, FW2019-0005-24

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When Richard Earl joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at age 18 in 1942, he never imagined he would end up as a radio operator for one of two brand new Canadian transport squadrons in India. He was placed in 435 Squadron to work on the Dakota C-3, or “Dak”, as it is fondly remembered by its operators. Seventy-five years later, through a chance meeting, Mr. Earl had the opportunity to reunite with his former squadron at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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