FEBRUARY 2005
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Mural on 102 Colchester Wing’s building located on Cottage St.

(only 5 houses) Truro N.S. 
B2N 4P3 Ph: (902) 897-9421

Blow up (pardon expression) 
of Mid-upper.
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These pictures were kindly provided by Dr. Lynne Moyles, Truro.
The Wing has been given a copy of our 
COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE – SHORT BURSTS 1983 – 1993. 
We hope to encourage some of their WAG and AG members 
to send us articles for the Newsletter.
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BOMBER COMMAND
A nostalgic pictorial trip down memory lane.
These pictures were taken from ROUNDEL April 1963.

Briefing on tactics given by A/V/M G.E. Brooks and G.C C. R. Slemon

Cleaning mid-upper guns

Bombing up

Over target

Waiting for crew’s return.
Counting the bombers

Debriefing – showing the strain.
F/o H.H. Zellen, F/o L. Peters, Sgt. D.H. Ayers

Ground crew, LAC H.P. Ramsay and
LAC W. G. Inch examine battle damage.

Quieter moments 
when tomorrows were uncertain.
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Taken from the BURMA BOMBER ASSOCIATION newsletter, Winter 2004.
MURRAY DUNCAN – Navigator 159 Sqdn.

Our crew; Herb Andrea, Pilot, Bill Head, Co-pilot, Ray Pink, Bombardier, Jack Dungavelle, WAG, Air Gunners Jack Gordon and George Sprecker, and yours truly, Murray Duncan, Navigator; the first crew from 5 OUT Boundary Bay, Abbotsford, to commence Operations in SEAC flying out of India????

We were actually Course #5 from OUT but when we graduated we were told we would be flying to India.. We waited at Lachine for the Libs to come up from the U.S. and after 10 days they finally arrived. We left Dorval on November 3, 1944 and flew to Gander. Just after midnight on November 4, we started out for Lagens in the Azores, listening to Foster Hewitt in a rebroadcast of a Leaf game. That is the rest of the crew listened but the navigator, of course, worked.

From the Azores we flew to Rabat in French Morocco, then to Tripoli, Cairo, Sheiba (Iran) and then to Karachi for a total flying time of 42 hrs. 42 min. From Karachi, where we were in tents for two or three days, we went by train to the big transit camp at Woprl on the outskirts of Bombay. We had a pleasant four days in Bombay area, (remember the posh Willingdon Club and the diving board that broke with the weight of four Canadians piggy-backing off the end of it and who played knock rummy in that 36 hour marathon?

However,back to business. A signal was received at Worli from 231 Group in Calutta. They urgently required one crew immediately. Our ten crews now at Worli were all slated for a jungle survival course at Mahabaleshwar, near Poona. Somehow, Herb Andrea’s crew was selected to fill the urgent request. Thinking back, memory tells me that we were by far the fittest crew and didn’t need the conditioning of the survival course. Take that, Gordie Slark!

Despite the urgency (had the Japanese made a break through or was there a need for some precision flying, navigating and bombing?), we were routed by rail to Calcutta. My recollection is that there were four gauges of rail lines in India, so we had to keep changing trains and somehow it always seemed to be at two in the morning..

When we finally arrived in Calcutta five days later, we were a hungry and dirty group. Reporting at 231 Group, just off Chowringhe, we learned that Wing Commander James Blackburn the CO of 159 Squadron, had initiated the urgent signal. We were soon off by train to Chandrakona Road (Digri). We arrived at 159 Squadron on December 5th. and on December 8th. Herb and I went on our first op., a screen trip. Herb was with W0 1 Bretherton’s crew as Co-pilot and I was with Johnny Poag’s crew as Navigator (F/L John Brennan was the Nav. Leader and was Poag’s Navigator but he let me handle all the navigation, so there was pressure).


#99 Squadron B-24  Liberators over Burma 1945 (painting)

The target was Victoria Point. There were three crews mining the approaches to the docking area and 13 crews bombing the docks and the rail lines. There was also a float anchorage and planes sitting there. They were left burning from 159 machine gun fire – everyone took a “go” at them. There were Japanese LMG’s in the underbrush near this float plane anchorage and Bretheton, with Herb aboard, had to land at Chittagong because they were hit several times. We also were hit with only one bullet which came through the nose wheel door and sliced the throttle cables to numbers 3 and 4 engines. Jettisoning all of our machine guns, ammunition, our bomb bay tank and everything else that could be thrown out, we finally reached 1,500 feet from the 200 feet level at target. Total flying time 14 hrs, 35 min. Some baptism!

Anyway, the point of all this is that we flew our first Op on December 8/44. If there were any crews from 5 OUT that went on operations in SEAC prior to December 8, I will send $10.00 Can. to the earliest reported. Come on, lets hear from you. 

Incidentally, the only Canadians that I can remember in the mess when we arrived were Johnny Poag from Hamilton and Bob Martin from Timmins or North Bay.

Ed. At press time we received a letter from Murray Duncan and you might find this paragraph interesting. Each theatre of operations had its own rules.)

I've still got my $10 but it's early yet.  Our tour consisted of 300 hours and as we were doing long trips down into Malaya and French Indo China, we were able to complete the tour in only 23 trips.  On January 24, 1945, 159 completed the longest Op to that date.  Sixteen aircraft mined the channel between  Penang Island off the coast of Malaya.  The Japanese used this channel between the mainland and the island in trying to get supplies to their army in Burma and northern Malaya.  The trip was 3,162 miles and the flying time for our Lib was l8 hours, 35 mins. This was written up in The Hindustani Times(?) in Calcutta and it was stated that it was equivalent to bombers flying from England to Moscow and return with bombs up.  This was a world record to that time but within a month or so the U.S. Superforts beat it.  Fame is fleeting!

Good to hear from you and I will watch for SHORT BURSTS from now on so you've got a new reader.

Cheers and regards,
Murray Duncan


S. Edward Matheson DFC -162 Squadron 
passed away December 27, 2004.

A BRAVE FLYER DEAD AT 89
Former Leader Post Printer won the Distinguished Flying Cross
By Will Chabun
Regina Leader Post December 30, 2004. (Abridged)

Ed MathesonEd Matheson, one of the few Canadians to actually see – amid brutal conditions – the wining of the Commonwealth’s military award for courage, he died at 89.

In Late June 1944 Matheson was the Navigator on the doomed flight that resulted in F/L David Hornell receiving a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Raised in Nelson B.C. he worked on a compositor at the Leader Post from November 1945 until his retirement in March 1981.

He joined the RCAF in 1942 and trained as a Navigator. Nicknamed “The Professor” for his ability to make rapid, complex, calculations, he was assigned to the RCAF’s 162 Squadron, which in the late spring of 1944 was sent from Iceland to Wick, near the Northern tip of Scotland, to keep German submarines from threatening the Allied landing in Normandy.
 

So inspiring was Hornell’s story that for many years it was included in the elementary school’s reader. In 1997, Matheson attended the unveiling of a new stamp saluting Hornell and his crew.

Predeceased by his wife, Helen, whom he married during the Second World War,

Matheson is survived by his daughter, Sydney. A memorial will be held in the spring.


Faroe Islands location of attack 6300N 0050W

Andrew Hendrie gives a detailed account of Matheson’s Canso crew’s sinking of U-1225 in his book Canadian Squadrons in Coastal Command  pg. 128 ff.

………….No. 162’s entry for 24 June 1944 gives six aircraft on operations and two in transit from Wick to Reykjavik. Canso A 9754 captained by F/Lt Hornell was one of those on operations and detailed for an anti-submarine sweep. At 1900 hours a fully surfaced U-boat was sighted and Hornell closed to attack. At ¾ mile range the U-boat opened fire with severe and accurate flack; at 1200 yards F/O G. Campbell in the front turret responded but one of his two 303 guns jammed. At 800 yards the Canso was hit and one engine dropped into the sea. Hornell continued with his attack and straddled the U-boat with his depth charges.

The Canso was unable to maintain height and Hornell ditched about a mile from the U-boat survivors. No signal was received from the Canso but by chance a Catalina from 333 (Norge) Squadron captained by Carl Krafft sighted the U-boat survivors and then the Canadians in their dinghy. Despite severe weather conditions with cloud base at one stage down to 50 feet, the Norwegian circled the dinghy for 12 hours transmitting homing signals. The Norwegian Catalina was relieved by a Norwegian Sunderland captained by S/Lt Ole Evensen who witnessed the pickup of the survivors by an ASR launch.

From F/O Denomy’s account the Canso suffered two 2 feet diameter holes in the starboard wing and a 1 and ½ feet diameter hole in the fuselage. The aerials were shot away and when oil from the starboard engine caught on fire, fabric on the aileron and trailing edge burnt off.

They bounced three times before the aircraft remained down; the two pilots escaped through the hatches, the remainder of the crew through the blisters. St. Laurent launched the starboard dinghy and it drifted away. Cole, although wounded and weak, jumped into the water and attempted to swim back for the dinghy radio but was restrained by the others, who feared the petrol tanks might explode.

Hornell, Matheson, and Denomy slipped into the water to propel the dinghy to St. Laurent’s, but one of the dinghies exploded. Those three remained in the water for an hour when it was decided all should enter the remaining dinghy although it was found necessary for one to be in the water to allow room for baling. This was done by using Hornell’s trouser with the legs knotted, plus a flying helmet. It was thus for twelve hours

Four hours after the ditching LT Kafft’s Canso was sighted and Campbell released flares; the last was seen by the Norwegians who reported also forty men spread over a mile and whom they took to be German. Waves were then 8 feet high with a wind of 2 knots. Kafft released markers periodically to keep the dinghy in sight.

After about eight hours, the Canadians saw one of the bodies from the U-boat pass 50 feet away followed by one of the deck boards. They would have been from U-boat 1225 which, captained by OLErnst Sauerberg, had sailed from  home port on 17 June only to be sunk in position 6300N 0050W.

The waves reached 25 feet high with winds of 30 knots and both Hornell and Campbell were sea sick and Hornell suffered from cold. When the waves increased further, the survivors shifted their weight from side to side as the dinghy went through the crest and down again. Hornell and St. Laurent began to weaken, with the latter becoming delirious before he passed away. “We slipped his body out of the dinghy and made way for Scott who had remained partly in the water.”

After 16 hours a Warwick dropped an airborne lifeboat which drifted away; Hornell would have swum for it but was stopped by Denomy. Scott had been in the water for a long time and had grown weak and died. “We also slipped his body out of the dinghy.”

After 25 hours and 35 minutes under such conditions, the ASR launch arrived and, from F/Sgt Bondoff’s report, Hornell was then unconscious; Campbell and Matheson very weak, and only Cole and Denomy were able to board the launch without help; the others were winched up. Hornell did not regain consciousness despite prolonged effort

F/O Denomy paid this tribute to his co-captain: “outstanding ability in flying such a badly damaged aircraft especially in the face of strong enemy fire. His courage and bravery throughout marked him as great man. Words cannot do justice to the fine job he has done.”
 

On the 28th of July the BBC announced that a posthumous VC had been awarded to F/Lt David Hornell.



PRESS ON REGARDLESS (Canso)...© Rich Thistle 
Under intense fire from U-boat 1225, the Hornell crew
bring their Canso down to required height of 50 ft. for successful attack 
Painting by Rich Thistle

David Hornell’s Victoria Cross has been placed in Air Command Memorial building in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The following is an excerpt from General Sutherland’s address at the dedication;

“Those of us who wear, and have worn, the light blue uniform enjoy a bond which is exceedingly difficult to describe to those outside the military community. This bond is not confined to the bounds of distance, time, or technology. Nevertheless, few of us here this morning can ever come close to comprehending the intensity of the ordeal which David Hornell endured on that fateful mission so many years ago. There are, however, three with us today who know only two well that terrible test of survival. It is with great admiration and humility that I would like to welcome the crew of 9754 to Air Command this morning: Graham Campbell, DFC; Ed Matheson, DFC; and Syd Cole, DFM. Gentlemen, your courage and resolve in the face of insurmountable odds have become legendary, an integral part of our Air Force heritage.”


Back row left to right: -- Lawrence, Ed Matheson, David Hornell, W.F. Bill Poag
Front row: -- Fernand St. Laurent, Donald S. Scott, Graham Campbell, Joe Bodnoff

On the flight June 23, 1944 the crew consisted of St.Laurent, Scott, Matheson, Hornell, Campbell, Sydney R. Cole, Bernard (Joe) Denomy, and Joe Bodnoff.


The Canso postage stamp illustrates F/L D.E. Hornell’s aircraft. 


DON MACFIE
THE LITTLE RASCALS
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The gremlins always had devilish little tricks to pull on unwary aircrew.
Our aircraft (Sunderland flying boat) was up on the slip for a minor inspection. Terry Reeves and I had planned a nice day in the town of Invenstown in Northern Ireland. 

Gremlin #1. This was suddenly depth charged by the S/L in charge of training who put our crew on bombing practice in “K” the training aircraft. So, with the usual moaning we went out to do the pre-flight take off check.. We had to put old “K” u/s. Wizzo, this time off to town.

Gremlin #2. Three of us are heading for the gate. “You, You, and You,” that was me, Don Macfie, radio operator, Terry Reeves, Flight Engineer, and Roy Snelus, Rigger,, the chaps needed for skeleton crew. “You are on night flying circuits and bumps for three sprog Pilots on “K”, she has been fixed up.” Boy, all night circuits, worse than Ops.

It is the darkest of dark nights. On board I find that the R/T does not check out, no communication with shore. I get real busy checking the equipment in the stowage for loose connections.

Gremlin #3. The Training Instructor comes on board with the three new Pilots. He is a S/L DFC New Zealander I had not seen before. I reported the u/s radio. He says, “just sign the form #700 and report a snag after we are finished.

I start working on the radio and was about to change batteries when I was ordered to take the aldis light up front as we were slipping moorings. I get there and we have just slipped. The S/L has the Port inner and Starboard inner running.

Gremlin #4. Who ever steered a Sunderland through the maze of stuff in the inner trolts anytime, and at night, on the ‘inners’.

Gremlin #5.  He must have come out from our a/c W6000 to join in the fun and aggravate me more. I plug in the Aldis light and it comes on and immediately goes out. I fiddle around and find a loose socket, tighten it up and ‘goodie’, I have a roving light. Good heavens there are trees ahead! As I shine the light on the shore we are moving ahead at a pretty good rate, the engines having reved a bit.

Gremlin #6. The Skipper, instead of trying to steer off with one engine, shuts down both. Suddenly there is a great grinding noise below and behind. We drift free and I hear water coming in. I go up to the stowage again which is ahead of the Second Dickie’s feet and continue to change batteries in the R/T. When finished I gather up spare batteries, flashlight, and volt metre and jump down. The Rigger had just lifted the floor boards and I went right down through the floor and the gaping hole in the hull. He grabbed me and hauled me back out.

Gremlin #7. He must have gone into hysterics. I lost all the stuff through he hole. I went above to get my Mae West. It wasn’t there.

Gremlin #8.  Hunting around the radio I found an out of the way switch in the “off” position. Gremlin #1 must have been there first.

The R/T worked and in no time I had a refuelling barge, dinghies and fire-boats out in short order, as well as S/L Hughes, our Flight commander. Hughes ordered all movable equipment removed. We stepped off a wing into a dinghy and went ashore. It was nearly morning.

I didn’t get any time for my logbook and I never did see that Training Instructor around any more.

Hey! Maybe those little rapscallions prevented a deadly prang on the flare path that night!


The distracting lady Gremlin

Ed: Don, she still turns my head.


 N. Alberta Report
The annual Christmas Party for the Northern Alberta Group was held in the Norwood Legion on December 16, there were 36 present and a good time was had by all.  The kitchen staff put on a good spread as usual, turkey and ham and all the trimmings and several fine desserts to finish off the meal.  Everything was washed down with some of the fine refreshments from the well stocked bar.  This particular Legion is known as the Ukraine Legion so there was a fine array of pierogy, kielbasa, cabbage rolls, etc. There were plenty of prizes to be won, in fact, so many that everyone seemed to win one. 

The plans for the memorial benches at the Nanton Lancaster Museum in Nanton, Alberta is moving right along.  We now have to try and get an estimate of the cost and then go to the Museum and see if they can find a contractor to do the work. We will keep you informed of our progress through Short Bursts.

We wish all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

The photograph shows a bench and walkway outside the City Hall in Spruce Grove, Alberta.  This is the kind of setting we would like for our memorial benches at the Nanton Lancaster Museum.  We plan, at the moment, to have two benches and perhaps a small planter in between with a small plate stating that the benches were presented to the museum by the AG/WAG association in memory of fallen comrades. Once the plan is finalized and the cost determined we may ask for donations.


CORRESPONDENCE
Dear John,
I am not an ex-Air Gunner, but I was very interested to read the articles on the web site about the S Squadron’s Secret Halifax Bomber which was powered by steam. I find it highly improbable that this really existed. As a recently retired employee of the Toronto Star I have a couple of reporter friends who are also very interested in stories such as this. I passed it along to them and after much emailing between others we have come to the conclusion that this really is some sort of hoax. We also noticed that this article was in the March issue lending credence that it might have been an April Fool’s joke.

In the condominium that I live a fellow neighbor is a retired Halifax and Lancaster mechanic and he is the one who first mentioned this “special” plane to me. Could you please enlighten me further on this? 

As a steam locomotive buff I find it very interesting that a similar concept was used in airplanes.
Thank you for your time.

George Pereira   gspereira@rogers.com

Ed: To view the March 2001 Issue with the article on the steam powered Halifax see:
http://www.airmuseum.ca/mag/exag0103.html 
If you happened to have shovelled coal on this Special Halifax, drop George a line.


Hello John,
I am pleased to tell you that I have found information regarding my Father. Only by talking to other crew members in my fathers squadron, did it 'come to light' that he knew my mother. 

May I take this opportunity in thanking you for all the help you gave me. Good wishes for the coming season.

Sylvia Lister



From Ted Hackett
Good evening John.  Glad you like the photo of the Fury.  I have several photos taken at Trenton in the 30s, my eldest brother was stationed there for a few years.  He had joined the RCAF in 1924 and his Service number was C46. It was a big treat to go and visit with him in the summer.  He would take me into the Station on Sports afternoon and take me around the hangers, I got to sit in the Siskins and the Atlas, real operational types. 

Hawker Fury
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A photo of 3 Siskins I came across. 
It was taken at Trenton by my brother in the 30s. 
They may have been the original RCAF aerobatic team.
You asked if I had ever flown in a Cat.  I did, in a Canso, between December 5 and December 13, 1953.  We did some photo work for the Army flying north from the Lakehead, I can't remember between which two points but I took oblique photos of various points on the instructions of a Major who accompanied us.  A couple of the trips were in the Lake Nipigon area and lasted 2 hours, one trip was to Winisk and lasted 8 hours and 30 minutes.  I do believe that the photos were for use in Mid-Canada Line radar sites. 

The one thing I appreciated, apart from being able to take photos from the blisters, was the fact that the aircraft had a galley of sorts.  The Flight engineer made us hamburgers and coffee for lunch and, I think, a steak sandwich on the long trip, a lot better than what we usually got in a Lancaster with nothing more than hot cups.

There is one little incident I would like to mention concerning a Canso crew.  They used to go to Lake Golden near Pembroke Ontario to practice water landings.  The aircraft was just touching down when the nose wheel doors caved in and a huge column of water (I'm told) shot up between the two pilots.  They had the presence of mind to pour the coals to her and get her off the water but I understand the cockpit was soaked as well as the two pilots.


A letter from Charley Yule reads in part: 

"Reach For The Sky" film
The Producer, Don Young from Frantic Films, has been interviewing Air Gunners from across Canada.  From these interviews they will select 6 or 7 persons who they will then gather to a central location (presumably, Winnipeg) in the near future, where further interviews with these individuals will be filmed for inclusion in the 4 part series. 

Earl Hiscox, George Longbottom and myself met with Don Young (the Producer) and Ryan Fitzgerald last week.  They asked questions about our individual experiences during wartime - no doubt to review our answers and, if found suitable, perhaps one of us will appear in the taped interviews to be interlaced into the film.  None of the 3 of us are expecting to be in the group selected.  We are sure that there are many far more worthy and interesting than us. 

I hope to tape the Series on my VCR - provided I program it correctly.  After all, I am just an Air Gunner, you know! 

Watch the History Channel for programming dates or visit the Hillman feature at the BCATP Air Museum Site:
www.AirMuseum.ca/reach.html



SEARCH PATTERN

Betty Damery bdamery@nbnet.nb.ca
Subject: [Ont] Looking for Hobens 

I am asking for help in finding either Hilda Marie Hoben (nee Duffy) or any relative that may have survived her passing.

On 8 Mar 1941 in Toronto Ont. Hilda Marie Duffy married Gordon Francis Joseph Hoben, at the time a Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Gordon was the son of Elmo Murray Hoben and Lucie Isabelle Hoben (nee Street). Elmo was born in St. John,  N.B. Elmo and Lucie were living in Ottawa at 146 Slater St as late as 15 Jan. 1942.

On 11 July 1942, Gordon Hoben lost his life in a tragic training accident near Topcliffe, Yorkshire, UK. He had been hand picked by the Police Association of Canada to fly a Spitfire fighter aircraft dubbed “The Canadian Policeman” and was promoted to Pilot Officer and posted to 403 Squadron.
Any help would be appreciated.

Betty Damery


 “The Canadian Policeman”



Dear Air Gunners,

I discovered your website and decided to try my luck with you and your buddies.

My research has led me from Ottawa's archives to the German Embassy and over to the site where my father and his buddies Wellington Mk1 crashed on the land of Mr. Komen at Schagen in the Netherlands.

I believe that my father would be pleased with my work. He would however have me continue in my pursuit of gathering more information from his friends and buddies of the Bomber Command. Dad was a wonderful piano player. 

After his death, his Chaplain wrote mother, to tell her of his piano playing in mess halls as well as in chapel.

Mom passed on in February 2003, but hopefully she and dad are enjoying a nice cup of tea, or a cold beer, as we speak.

You may have some thoughts on how I could contact those airman and airwoman who might have had contact with my dad. One person who may be alive is James Moffatt. Mr. Moffatt was included in the CBC production entitled, DEATH BY MOONLIGHT: BOMBER COMMAND.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to you all for keeping the cause alive.

Earle Rheaume
24 Kedgewick Court
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 4M9
Phone: (613)225-6269
E-Mail: earleb@sympatico.ca



Subject: 49 Squadron
Dear Sir,

I found your site very interesting, I noticed 49 squadron mentioned. I am trying to find information about my father, believed to be in 49 Squadron, from England.

His name was HAROLD BLOWER from DONCASTER YORKSHIRE. He was a rear gunner and a flight sergeant in the R.A.F. I wondered if anyone who uses this site would know of him. Can a post be added to the site to see if anyone knows anything about him?

I look forward to hearing from you .

Yours sincerely,
Lynda Blower
Artdeco3050@aol.com


EDITOR'S REPORT

Rod MacDougall reports from BC Branch advising they had made a donation to the CATP Museum. Much appreciated Chaps.

It is interesting the number of people around the world that are reading our Short Bursts Page and, in some cases, asking for assistance to obtain information regarding war time relatives.

For example  “….I recently read an article in the October 2001 edition of Short Bursts regarding the Blackburn Shark and the No. 7 (BR) Squadron at Prince Rupert Station.

I came across this article while I was researching my family history including that of Harold Edwin Phillips 1919-1942, Flt. Sgt. Pilot RCAF.  I have learned that he died on June 20, 1942 and that he was a member of the No. 7 (BR) Squadron and also that he was flying a Blackburn Shark when he died in some sort of accident.  His name appears on a memorial in Ottawa and he is buried in his hometown of Sennett NY which is not far from where I live in Syracuse NY.

The article on the No. 7 (BR) Squadron does not list an author.  Do you know who wrote or submitted the article?  I would very much like to find out more information about this squadron and the accident that resulted in Harold Phillips’ death.  I would think that there was a WAG in the backseat and for all I know, maybe he survived.  Any information or leads you could provide would be greatly appreciated….”        Michael Livingston


We were able to put Michael in touch with our member Harold Penn, a WAG, who was flying in formation with the Phillips and Baum aircraft when it crashed. Penn and Phillips usually flew as a crew but when the crews went to the hangar that day the names of the two WAGS, Penn and Baum, had been switched on the operations board. 

Michael also put me in contact with a chap who has researched Americans who joined the RCAF prior to December 7, 1941. If you are looking for Americans in the RCAF check with Wally
wpf13@hotmail.com

I asked Wally to check on an American RCAF pilot, VanHouton, with whom I was crewed in 1942. Within a day Wally gave me an address and phone number. It turned out to be VanHouton’s son’s number. Unfortunately I was a few years late as Van has passed away. After the war Van became an Orthodontist and practiced in Portland. However, his daughter is researching her Dad’s wartime career and we might be able to help her in that time frame.

So, check Search Pattern section again, you just might be able to help.

We are all in our 80’s + and sharing the same bodily break-downs. After following doctor’s pill solutions, I feel like the Chief in the following story:

A medicine man gave his Chief a lace of rawhide and told him to chew off a piece each morning. Two weeks later he returned to see how his patient was feeling. The Chief reported, “Well, the thong is gone but the malady lingers on.”
That has been my experience with our medical men/women. However, through the internet, I found an herb, Ganoderma (Asian Red Mushroom) Lingzhi, that is doing what the prescription pills couldn’t. 

There are pages on this on the internet. Due to its alleged anti-inflammatory capabilities it is supposed to slow down dementia and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. If you are interested in learning more, just give me a shout.

Please send us anecdotes, articles, suggestions, for the March Page. 

Keep well.

John and Doreene Moyles
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Please drop us some copy and pictures for the March Issue.
Keep well.
John and Doreene Moyles
Ste. 233 - 1060 Dorothy St.,
Regina, Sask.     S4X 3C5  CANADA
Ph. (306) 949-6112
Email  moyles@sasktel.net
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Regional Meetings


Southern Ontario Chapter
Royal Canadian Legion
Wilson Branch 527
948 Sheppard Avenue West
Downsview,Ontario
We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Legion hall 1:00 pm. 
No meetings July, August, September.
Contact persons: 
Ken Hill  ~  President ~  905.789.1912
Bill Cockburn  ~  Secretary ~  416.492.1024
Email:  piperbill@rogers.com

Winnipeg
Location - Royal Canadian Legion Br.#4 St. James Legion.
Date - Third Thursday of each month.
Time - Luncheon meeting (provide your own lunch).
Contact Member - Charlie Yule Ph. (204) 254-6264.


Northern Saskatchewan
Location - Lynx Wing Ave. C North, Saskatoon.
Date - Third Monday of the month.
Time - Luncheon meetings.
Contact Member - C.A. "Smokey" Robson  Ph. (306) 374-0547.


Northern Alberta Branch
Location - Norwood Branch 178, 11150 – 82 Street, Edmonton, AB
Date -  The first Thursday of each month.
Time - 12:00 hours.
Contact Members - E. H. "Ted" Hackett (780)962-2904 
or Sven Jensen (780)465-7344.


Southern Alberta
Location - Royal Canadian Legion  #264 
Kensington, Calgary
Date: Second Monday of each month.
Time - 11:30 hours.
Contact Member: Dave Biggs Ph: (403)236-7895
or Doug Penny Ph: (403)242-7048.
Note: 
October meeting time moved to third Monday. 
Also there are no meetings in July and August, however, a Barbecue is usually held  at Larry Robinson's ranch in Okatoks during that time.


British Columbia Branch 
Meeting time and local: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 
Firefighters Social & Athletic Club, 
6515 Bonsor Avenue, 
Burnaby, B.C. V5H 3E8 
Super eating facilities 
Contact person - Dave Sutherland       Ph. 604-431-0085 
E-mail distilledwater4@shaw.ca


Members across the Country are encouraged to 
send current information regarding 
regular meeting places, dates, and Contact Members, to

John and Doreene Moyles, 
Ste. 233 - 1060 Dorothy St., 
Regina, Sask.     S4X 3C5  CANADA
Ph. (306) 949-6112

Email moyles@sasktel.net


Members are requested to send their experiences, articles, anecdotes, pictures, etc., to John Moyles and I will forward them to our Web Master in Brandon. Articles and Last Post items will be deleted from the page each month after the designated Member in each region has had an opportunity to copy the material for their Members. Notices of deceased Members are to be sent to Charlie Yule who is still our 'Keeper of the Rolls'. This is your SHORT BURSTS with no printing or mailing costs, and no deadlines! The Brandon Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum has agreed to host our AG page. However, as it costs the Museum $35.00 per month to maintain the Web Page, it is suggested that each Ex-AG group contribute periodic donations to the Museum to help off-set this expense, and to enhance the work they are doing. 

We thank our Web Master, Bill Hillman, for his volunteer time and expertise.

Donations can be made directly to: 

CATP Museum Inc.
Box 3, Grp. 520, RR5,
Brandon, MB   R7A 5Y5
 Phone: (204) 727-2444
 
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41 Kensington Crescent
Brandon, MB  R7A 6M4
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