Post Tagged with: "RCAF"

Monument marks where 1939 plane crash occurred.
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Memorial marks crash

November 5, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Joanna Calder As Remembrance Day, November 11th, approaches, we honour those who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Deep in the New Brunswick forest lie pieces of metal wreckage, partly covered in pine needles. They have been there for 80 years. Nearby is a new granite monument honouring the two Canadian airmen who died at the site—the first to lose their lives on Canadian soil during theRead More

4 Wing Cold Lake pilot Capt Brian Kilroy flies the 2019 Demonstration CF-18 Hornet at AERO Gatineau-Ottawa air show in September as Canadian astronaut Col Chris Hadfield flies the Spitfire Mk IX of Vintage Wings Canada.
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Demonstration pilot Kilroy shows the right stuff

October 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

Cliff Kenyon Capt. Brian Kilroy can’t hide his enthusiasm telling you about the fun he had this summer. And for good reason, he got to fly his favourite CF-18 Hornet every weekend in twists and turns as well as represent 4 Wing Cold Lake and the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF) across the country and a stop in the U.S. Kilroy was this year’s CF-18 Hornet demonstration pilot flying at air shows from June untilRead More

In July during the annual Arctic Buoy drop mission, Cpl Joe Gervais and Master Cpl Marc Lapensee push a large buoy carrying a GPS and enough batteries to last five years from the back of their CC-130 Hercules aircraft to the Arctic icepack below. They are from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at 8 Wing Trenton, Ont.
Photo: Ignatius Rigor

RCAF drops meteorological buoys in Arctic

September 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm

RCAF The second week of July, 2019, was an exciting one for some members of 413 Search and Rescue Squadron as they left 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and headed north for the Arctic Buoy drop. This was the first time 14 Wing had been tasked with this annual mission. The crew flew to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, which served as their home base for the two days it took to successfully drop the buoys. ResoluteRead More

RCAF answers call for help

September 10, 2019 at 3:02 pm

Global Affairs Canada Ottawa, Ontario – Canada is providing additional emergency assistance to the communities in The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced Sept. 7. Following the initial deployment of Canadian officials to the affected areas earlier the week, on Sept. 7Read More

401 Squadron’s Flight Sergeant Mehew Zobell of Raymond, Alberta, brought his Spitfire back safely after the Dieppe raid despite being injured by an exploding cannon shell from an enemy fighter. The shell made holes in the cowling of his cockpit and the damage to his rudder can be seen in this photo. Nevertheless, he made a perfect landing. 
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Dieppe raid first major mission for 401

August 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

Major (Retired) William March By the time Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe, France, began in August 1942, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 “Ram” Squadron was an established fighter squadron although, as with most RCAF units, it was a mix of experienced pilots and men fresh training. Ram Squadron was initially formed at Trenton, Ontario, as No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron on September 21, 1937. Mobilized for war at September 10, 1939 after distinguishing itselfRead More

Pilots from the RCAF’s 401 “Ram” Squadron wait for their aircraft to be refueled on August 19, 1942, the day Operation Jubilee. From left: Flight Sergeant Ed Gimbel of Chicago, Illinois (who shared the probable destruction of two FW-190s two days previously), Flight Lieutenant Jim Whitham of Edmonton (who shared the destruction of another FW-190 on the same day and who probably destroyed one FW-190 and damaged another during the operation), Flight Sergeant Bob Reesor of Peace River (who also scored a probable earlier in the week), Pilot Officer B. “Scotty” Murray of Halifax, Nova Scotia (who shared the destruction of a FW-190 with Flight Lieutenant Whitham two days earlier and who scored a probable and a damaged on the day of Operation Jubilee). 
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Allied forces ruled Dieppe skies for “big show”

August 27, 2019 at 10:41 am

Major (Retired) William March Some had slept. Probably the veterans – those fighter pilots and bomber crews who knew what it was like the night before a “big show.” Others, new to combat, likely tossed and turned. It was Wednesday, the 19th of August 1942 and Operation Jubilee was about to begin. The aircrew had been told that Jubilee was to be “raid in force” involving more than 6,000 soldiers and commandos, supported by navalRead More