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Tag: History – The story of the CAF

The Office of the JAG celebrates 100th anniversary of the Legal Branch

– The celebrations commenced in earnest with the Centennial Ball on March 1, 2018, which was followed by many key commemorative events during the year.

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What I learned in church about aviation

– Author John Chalmers reflects on what he learned about aviation in church and the research he undertook that lead him to discover interesting books and history facts.

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Siblings visit grave of RCAF father 57 years after his death overseas

– Kerry Balcom and his sister, Anne Marie Pearle, recently visited the grave of their father, RCAF Sergeant Gordon R. Balcom, in France, for the first time in more than 50 years.

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Second World War Navy veteran recalls wartime service

– Hedley Whitfield Lake grew up in Fortune, Newfoundland. After the war broke out, he was recruited as part of the 10th contingent of Newfoundlanders destined for service in the Royal Navy (RN). He signed up on July 28, 1940. Lake sailed for 21 days in a convoy to England where he landed in South Hampton, and was assigned to HMS Ganges for training…

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Gallant four remembered 40 years on

– Three American, one Canadian aircrew gave their lives in a rescue 40 years ago.

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Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

– Henry Langdon enlisted in the RCAF in 1939, even though regulations did not permit the enlistment of Blacks. Working in predominantly white environments in the RCAF, Air Canada and in his union, he was highly respected for his abilities his efforts to improve race relations.

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Lieutenant-Governor Lincoln Alexander was one of first blacks to serve in RCAF

– In celebration of Black History Month, we look at the life of Lincoln Alexander – Ontario’s first black lieutenant governor and one of the first blacks to serve in the RCAF.

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Commemorating 100 years of Canadian military in the Rhine Valley

– On December 12, 2018, precisely 100 years to the day after Canadian military forces first crossed the Rhine, an exhibition was unveiled at the Wahn Kaserne Museum in Germany, commemorating the anniversary.

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Recruits of Quality

– The quality of Black Canadians recruited to the RCAF during and after the Second World War – even before Blacks were officially allowed to join the Air Force – is reflected in their achievements during and following their military service.

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Farewell to Canada’s last Dambuster

– Canada’s last living Dambuster, Fred Sutherland, died on January 21, 2019. Now only one person who participated in the daring raid to destroy German dams nearly 76 years ago is left alive: Great Britain’s George “Johnny” Johnson.

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