419 Squadron remembers HCO Alex Sim

Alex Sim

Alex Sim

419 Squadron

On July 9, 2017, 419 Squadron’s Honorary Commanding Officer (HCO) Alex Sim passed away in Kamloops, BC at the age of 92.

Alex was a veteran of the PPCLI and the Regina Rifles and served in World War II and the Korean War. During WWII Alex stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. During the Korean War, at the Battle of Kapyong, Alex was presented with the US Presidential Citation.

As the Moosemen are Freemen of the City of Kamloops, Alex Sim was appointed to the unique position of Honorary CO (HCO) of 419 Squadron in May 2010. For the next seven years he held a critical role in keeping 419 Squadron and the City of Kamloops connected through the 886 Overlander Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.

Alex made deep connections with members of 419 Squadron and was an important human link to the history of the Canadian Armed Forces. The creation of the position as Honorary CO was kept separate from the designation of unit Honorary Colonel to highlight the special place that Alex Sim had held for 419 Squadron over an extended time.

419 Squadron attended the memorial in Kamloops on July 15 with a “Moosemen Honour Guard.” Commanding Officer LCol “Moose” Grover presented Alex’s spouse Dina and daughter Sandy with a 419 Squadron flag that had been flown over Kamloops during the unit’s 75th Anniversary in 2016. Also in attendance were local distinguished family, friends and guests from the Rocky Mountain Rangers, 886 Overlanders, Royal Canadian Legion, and city officials.

“Alex was a great warrior, hero and friend to everyone,” LCol Grover said. “The Moosemen will sincerely miss the many annual visits together where we would listen intently while he recounted his wartime era stories with amazing detail and accuracy, all while sipping his favorite after dinner beverage, a single malt scotch.”

Moosa Aswayita, Alex.