DECEMBER 2003
The next issue will appear in February 2004


 


Frazer Nash (FN) 20A four gun tail turret in Wellington 111,
X3763 KW-E 425 (Alouette) Squadron RCAF,
which failed to return from a sortie to Stuttgart on 14/15 April 1943.

 
ONTARIO CHAPTER AIR GUNNER’S ASSOCIATION

Dear Members,
It goes without saying that without your support and coming to our meetings when possible our organization wouldn’t survive. So it was great to see a good attendance at our last meeting. A good start for the coming year.

I spoke with Paul Cabot, the Curator/Manager at the Toronto Aerospace Museum, and he was delighted with our decision to have our Turret’s final resting place on their premises. He thinks warmly of our group and his friendship for us goes beyond a business relationship, making you feel very welcome at the Museum.

Bill Milne has mentioned the location and time for our next meeting which will include the ladies and we are looking forward to a good turnout. There will be lunch and an opportunity to see the many artefacts on display with something new always being added. This makes it interesting for those who have been here before, for there is always something new to be seen, or something you missed o the first visit. You will also see a fifteen minute video: a tribute to Canada’s oldest flying instructor and licensed flight examiner. He was a bomber pilot during WW11 and had over 18,000 flying hours to his credit. I don’t think I’ve had that much “sack time”. Sorry Comrades, I’m still yawning over that one.

As Charley Randall would say, I’ll leave you with this old chestnut. This is for those who couldn’t make it to the last meeting. A famous lady therapist was on a radio talk show when a caller asked, “Doctor, why is it men always want to marry a virgin?” Doctor, “to avoid criticism.”

Ken Hill, President
 

OUR FN TURRET HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO THE AEROSPACE MUSEUM AT DOWNSVIEW, TORONTO ALONG WITH FOUR BROWNING .303 MACHINE GUNS. THE TURRET WILL BE ON VIEW WITH OTHER EXHIBITS.AS A GROUP WE WILL BE ATTENDING A THEATRE SHOW AT THE NORTH YORK LIBRARY...CHRISTMAS ON BROADWAY...THENCE TO THE LA DOLCE VITA RESTAURANT FOR A TASTY MEAL AT 5PM. ( DECEMBER 21 03!)THESE ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY OUR ENTERTAINMENTS CONVENER...ROSS ELLIS.WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF ELWOOD BURNSIDE ONE OF OUR RESPECTED MEMBERS. ELWOOD WAS ACTIVE IN INTERVIEWING EX AIRCREW AND FILMING SPOKEN EXCERPTS OF THEIR WARTIME EXPLOITS.
BILL COCKBURN

NORTHERN ALBERTA AIR GUNNER’S GROUP

A Remembrance Day service was held on November 11 at the Edmonton Aviation Heritage hanger, the only remaining double hangar from the BCATP. The service was attended by a group of members from the Edmonton Branch of the Ex-Air Gunners, they have been attending this service for a number of years now, the organizing committee always reserves the front row seats for them.    The numbers were down this year mainly because of illness (the Flu) and the fact that some members from outlying areas attend the service at their local Legion.  Dave High, former WAG and POW, laid a wreath on our behalf.  The service was well attended, the hangar being almost full with members of the Armed Forces, mainly 408 Squadron, and civilians from the surrounding area.   When the service was over the members retired to the snack bar for coffee and the usual tour of the museum.

 
Sorry, no names were supplied

Good evening John.
I received my copy of the Nanton Lancaster Society newsletter today and it has some interesting news.  To quote the newsletter "Our special 2004 event will focus on the contribution of the air gunners to the successes of Bomber Command." They expect to have their display of turrets, Bristol, Fraser-Nash and Martin, completed for the event.  Final details for this event will be placed in the Spring-Summer newsletter in May, 2004.  I thought you might want to mention this in the current issue of Short Bursts, perhaps some of our members will plan on being there.  I think I can drum up some interest in attending among the Edmonton gang, we really haven't attended any of their events for a couple of years.   I will keep you informed of any other news I receive.  Cheers,
Ted Hackett


B.C. Ex-Air Gunner’s Branch

HI John: Another fine addition of Short Bursts. Stan Sullivan printed it out for everyone without a computer to read. We had our monthly meeting a week early this month because our regular day would have clashed with the 11th November. I am sending you something different here and I hope you will be able to give this some space to help Mike Garbett. Thanks John.

Did you fly in Lancasters?

If you did, you are probably familiar with the names Mike Garbett and Brian Goulding.

These two gentlemen are the authors of Lancaster, Lancaster at war etc. and now “Lancaster at war: 5 Fifty years on” is in the works.

Recently, I have had some correspondence with Mike Garbett and he says that he looking for help from the old Lanc boys. In particular he would like to receive copies of all of your logbook pages to add to his extensive and ever-growing library of vivid slices of history.

Mike has been collecting stories on Lancasters and those who flew in them. He would welcome any stories, photos of wartime exploits or tales of returning to visit the old squadron stations. As Mike says “Nothing surrounding the Lancaster is boring, be assured”.

Mike promises faithfully to promptly return any photos as soon as he has copied them.

Please forward you contribution to
“Lancaster at war: 5 Fifty years on”
Mike Garbett,
10 10    Northbrook Road,
Shirley, Solihull,
West Midlands, England,
UK B90 3NT

Dave Sutherland
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NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN BRANCH

Smokey Robson reported that their monthly luncheon attendance is still good and that the Branch are having their Christmas Dinner December 15th.

Bill Cockburn
piperbill@rogers.com


IT WAS ABOUT THE TIME OF THE VON RUNSTEDT PUSH AGAINST THE ALLIES IN EUROPE AND I WAS POSTED TO METHWOLD AFTER COMPLETING 12 HOURS OF TIGER MOTH PILOT INSTRUCTION AT FAIROAKS NEAR WINDSOR CASTLE. ABOUT THIRTY OF US, ALL DESIROUS OF BECOMING  PILOTS, WERE NOW DESTINED TO BE AIR GUNNERS. BUT....THERE WAS A HOLD UP IN TRAINING SO WE WERE ASSIGNED TO ASSIST 149 (INDIA) SQUADRON AT METHWOLD IN NORFOLK. 218 (GOLD COAST) SQUADRON  WAS ALSO ON THE AIRFIELD...ALL EQUIPPED WITH LANCASTERS. MY JOB WAS TO HELP ON THE BOMB DUMP!  AN EXCITING PLACE TO WORK, FUSING BOMBS AND LOADING SPECIFIC 'RECIPES' DEPENDING ON THE TARGET... ON 'STRAUSERS'SPECIALLY DESIGNED  'BUGGIES' TO TRANSPORT THE LOAD TO THE AIRCRAFT.


Wellington 11 W5476 (LQ-H of 405 Squadron being bombed up.
This a/c was lost on a raid to Hamburg Nov. 30, 1941

THERE WERE TARGET INDICATORS, 500 AND 1000 BOMBS, COOKIES, INCENDIARIES ALL TO BE FUSED AND LOADED ON THE LANCS.WE HAD LONG DELAYS...DELAYED ACTION BOMBS WHICH WERE A BIT TRICKY. THEY CONTAINED AN ANTI TAMPER DEVICE THAT WOULD EXPLODE THE BOMB IF THE ENEMY ATTEMPTED TO UNSCREW THE PISTOL! INSIDE THE BOMB WAS A STRIKER BEARING DOWN ON A GLASS PHIAL CONTAINING A CHEMICAL. ON THE WAY TO EARTH THE STRIKER WOULD BE RELEASED AND ON INPACT WITH MOTHER EARTH THE CHEMICAL WOULD BE RELEASED AND START TO EAT THROUGH A PLASTIC OR PERSPEX MATERIAL THUS DETERMINING THE LENGTH OF DELAY...IT COULD BE FOUR OR SIX HOURS. THEN THE BOMB WOULD EXPLODE! ONE NIGHT A 500 LB BOMB FELL OF THE STRAUSER AND THERE WAS NO WAY  WECOULD DETERMINE IF THE GLASS PHIAL WAS BROKEN. THE BOMB  WAS REMOVED TO AN AREA IN A REMOTE PART OF THE BASE... AND FORGOTTEN!SOME DAYS LATER WE WERE ALL SUMMONED TO A  HANGAR ...AIR CREW GROUND STAFF ET AL TO ASSIST IN LOADING INCENDIARIES....THOSE LONG HEXANGULAR DEVICES WHICH WERE SET IN LARGE 'COFFINS'.WE WERE ALL BUSY AT WORK WHEN THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS EXPLOSION . WE RUSHED OUT OF THE HANGAR TO SEE A LITTLE FOX TERRIER COMING DOWN A SMALL HILL...YELPING WITH BLOOD STREAMING FROM IT.OUR DELAYED ACTION BOMB HAD EXPLODED AND TRAGICALLY TWO MEMBERS OF THE RAF REGIMENT...UNAWARE OF THE LOCATION, WERE KILLED.THE SITE HAD NOT BEEN POSTED, AND OF COURSE THERE WAS AN INQUIRY.IT WAS HARD WORK ON THE DUMP...ABOUT FIFTEEN HOURS A DAY BUT OUR MORALE WAS GOOD AND THE MESS HALLS PROVIDED US WITH EXCELLENT MEALS.I MANAGED TO GET THREE DAYS LEAVE AND ON RETURNING WAS INFORMED THAT A HALIFAX AIRCRAFT HAD CRASHED ON THE DUMP, RETURNING FROM A RAID. I WENT DOWN TO VIEW THE AIRCRAFT AND GOT A LAUGH WHEN OBSERVED THE ENTRANCE TO THE AIRCRAFT PAINTED LIKE THE DOOR OF A PUB NAMED 'THE COCKWELL INN!'.A FOG CAME DOWN OVER EAST ANGLIA AND THE SQUADRON OPERATED FROM WOODBRIDGE IN SUFFOLK...MORE EXCITEMENT! MYSELF AND ANOTHER SCOT WERE GIVEN ACCOMMODATION IN A NISSEN HUT WITH GROUND STAFF FROM A CANADIAN SQUADRON...THEY WERE VERY GENEROUS IN SHARING THEIR XMAS CAKE!FIDO (FOG INSTANTANEOUS DISPERSAL OF!) WAS IN OPERATION AT WOODBRIDGE...WHERE THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF PETROL WOULD BE ALIGHT TO LIFT THE FOG ALLOWING RETURNING AIRCRAFT TO LAND.HAPPY BUT DANGEROUS DAYS. I LATER WAS POSTED TO DALCROSS  (5 AIR GUNNERY SCHOOL) TO COMPLETE MY GUNNERY TRAINING AND WAS AWARDED THE COVETED AIR GUNNER'S BREVET FROM CAMERON OF LOCHIEL, CHIEF OF CLAN CAMERON.I FLEW WITH XV SQUADRON AT MILDENHALL JUST PRIOR TO THE END OF THE WAR. THIS SQUADRON IS A RESERVE SQUADRON AT LOSSIMOUTH ,TRAINING TORNADO CREWS.EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER MY CREW FLEW UP TO LOSSIEMOUTH TO PICK UP A BRAND NEW LANCASTER EQUIPPED TO CARRY THE GRAND SLAM BOMB WHICH WAS SLUNG OUTSIDE THE AIRCRAFT...NO BOMB DOORS.WE FLEW TO MILDENHALL BUT WERE DIVERTED TO...WOODBRIDGE AND WHAT A CHANGE FROM THE NOISY BUSTLE OF WARTIME DAYS!BUT THE LARGE GRAVEYARD WAS STILL THERE WITH CRASHED AIRCRAFT FROM ALL THE ALLIED AIR FORCES!
BILL COCKBURN CD
Ross Hamilton 407 “Demon” Sqdn. RCAF (War Time)
We had our regular Wartime Aircrew Luncheon today, and I advised the guys that there would be no More issues of Short Bursts forthcoming, and why. In the event, those who subscribed were glad to get what they did, and appreciate it.

Les Perkins talked to me after, and put forth a suggestion. (I believe Les sent you a copy of his book "Flight Into Yesterday"?) With a similar thought in mind, i.e., of creating yet another book, in co-operation with John Moyles etal, to be made up of the many stories that have appeared over the years in Short Bursts, also the British A/G Assoc. newsletters of a similar vein, of which has most copies, and any other first-hand sources.

What do you think. Les has a publisher, and is of the opinion that if we don't do this now (Les and I both just turned 80) a lot of the stories could be lost forever.

Les does'nt have a computer, but his phone no. here in Kelowna is (250) 762-6180. Incidentally, Les will be sending you an autographed sticker to insert in your copy of his book.

Our best to Doreen and yourself,  Ross & Evelyn.



Don Macfie
Dunchurch, ON.

Any Hudson chaps from the Far East? If so, please check your log books for Hudson FH 444. I have the beginnings of the story for this kite as I was part of the crew that got it from Dorval Que. to Prestwick Scotland via Gander lake Newfoundland.

I would like to hear from anyone who flew in this aircraft. Quite an eventful trip June 4/5 1942.

RAF sources state that FH 444 left for India in July 1942 and twelve days later was at a place called Kemble. This aircraft was struck off strength February 5, 1945.

Sept. 7, 1941, 407 Squadron flew its first low - level anti-shipping missions in Hudsons. Many Hudsons were lost. Early 1943, 407 began receiving Wellingtons.

Don Macfie
RR #1, Dunchurch, ON,
POA 1G0  (705) 389-2479

Ed. You will find an account of Don’s “dicey” ferry flight over the Atlantic with FH 444 in Short Bursts Archives May 2003 – it is worth another look.


Don Macfie sends us the following Statistics

On January 3, 1941,  28 young lads left on a draft as recorder in the North Bay Nugget.

27 graduated as Aircrew;
2 as fighter pilots;
2 as bomb aimers;
3 as Straight Air Gunners;
20 as Wireless Air Gunners;
1 one did not make aircrew.
Their service Numbers were from R69351 to R69378

26 served overseas;
1 put in 2 tours on East Coast Squadrons.

10 were killed in action, 1 was killed at OTU, 1 was POW.
Of the 28 three were awarded the D.F.C.

It would be interesting to know how many tours this represented.
In September 2003 four of these veterans gathered for a jug or two at Sundridge, ON, Legion.

(Ed. Don Provided photo copy pictures of these young lads in civilian dress,  from the 1941 North Bay Nugget, but the pictures could not be reproduced. The important points are the statistics.)



Don sends us the following War Time Christmas Experience.

Joe’s Christmas Story

You see Joe and I were members of a Sunderland crew formed at Oban, on a/c ABA W6000. Now we never heard any former history of this old kite but we helped t0 make some with 423 Squadron flying ops out of Oban and Castle Archdale. We had a few good ops under our keel before it W6000 got up to 360 hrs. and in need of a good overhaul at Wig Bay. Her rivets were sticking out quarter of an inch which dragged her down to 105 knots and bilges need pumping twice a day.

Well, we left her at her moorings in Wig Bay, moved on to Glasgow and train South on our fist Ops leave. We were heading for London to rub shoulders with other types in Captain’s Cabin Nerone, and Crackers Club.

Getting off the train at Euston Station a porter came up to us and asked if we were Canadians off W6000. When we said yes, he gave us the distressing news that she now rested on the bottom of Wig Bay. This shook us up a bit, but not a real lot. We went on to High Holborn and a 2/6 room at Sally Anne (shared) Joe and I.

We had had no mail since coming over 8 months before, so it was down to Knightsbridge to see the postie who happened to be another tree-toppler like myself, just four miles from where I lived back in Canada. He piled the counter up with so many parcels that Joe started to use his rough language. He said, “Geez! Geez! Red, what are we going to do with all this Geez.stuff?”
We went back to High Holborn, emptied our kit bags, and then went back to collect it all. When dumped on our beds, it made a mountain of parcels. Joe said, “Geez, what are we going to do with this.”

I said that I was going to a far out relative Uncle for Christmas so I knew what I was doing with mine. Joe said that he didn’t have any uncles. He walked around the bed, up one side and down the other, cocking his eye like a robin looking for a worm, then he said, “Geez, Red, give me your kit bag.” He then filed his and mine and said, “follow me.”

Going down towards Trafalgar Square in a real dense black-out we suddenly came across a Bobby. Joe says, “Sir, do you know a real destitute family in these parts?”

“Now,” says the Bobby, “I should think that I do.” He told us to make some lefts and rights to a bombed out building. We were to look for some stairs open to the stars and, if we went up two flights we would come to the door of one room saved from the bomb. We found this to be true. At the door Joe says, “Red, rap on the door.”  This I did, no answer. “Rap again,” says Joe. This I do louder. A timid female voice answers, “who’s there.” Joe roars out, “Santa Clause.”

The voice tells us to come in, so we do.

Now I would like you to pause a minute and try to put in your mind what I saw. A young woman, maybe in her late twenties, two small kiddies, one on each side, all sheltered against the cold  under one blanket. There was no bed, no furniture, except a table on which stood a sturdy candle lighting the room. Joe said, “Red, hold the candle.” He dumped the kitbags on the table until it was heaped and parcels spilling over onto the floor.

Joe roared, “Merry Christmas,” and we left on our merry way down to Trafalgar Square. Christmas Eve 1942.
 

HAL SISSON

Members will recall that in our November 2002 issue mention was made of the Ex- Armourer on  #135, and #422 Squadrons, Hal Sisson, and his retirement writing career. 

Here are his humorous works to date. 

Contact Salal Press 

E-mail
 salal@horizon.bc.ca 

These books would make excellent Christmas gifts
for old Curmudgeons like us.

Hal was an armourer who served at Annet Island Alaska with #135 Hurricane Fighter Squadron and then with 422  Sunderland  Flying Boat Squadron in Northern Ireland and Pembroke Dock South Wales. Hal kept the guns and turrets operating.  Post war Hal was a lawyer and Judge in Peace Country, Alberta.

Since retirement Hal has written the following books:

  • A Fowler View of Like
  • Coots, Codgers, and Curmudgeons
  • The Big Bamboozle
  • Caverns of the Cross
  • And his latest (June 2002)  A Fat Lot of Good   ISBN 1-894012-06-2
STOP PRESS NEWS!!!
Hal has just published his sixth missal, MAQUILADORA MAYHEM, and I know it is a barn burner.

MAQUILADORA MAYHEM is a sequel to A FAT LOT OF GOOD, a continuation of the exploits of characters Figg and Fowler. For $10.99 (Can.) It is a barrel of chuckles and belly laughs. Well, what can you expect from an old armourer whose hobby is collecting marbles - Hal Sisson has not lost any of his!

Information on books can be obtained from:
Salal Press
Box 36060
Victoria, B.C.
V9A 7J5

salal@horizon.bc.ca



THEIR NAMES LIVE ON - by Doug Chisholm
ISBN 0-88977-121-9
Canadian Plains Research Centre,
University of Regina, Regina, Sk.
S4S 0A2 Canada.

Autographed editions can be purchased directly from:
Doug Chisholm
Box 846,
La Ronge, SK
 S0J 1L0
(306) 425-3186
woodland.photos@sasktel.net
http://www.woodlandaerialphoto.com/

During the Second World War, over 91,000 men and women from Saskatchewan enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces, and served in the army, air force and navy.  In active service for their country, over 3800 servicemen from Saskatchewan lost their lives.   During the 1950's and 1960's the province of Saskatchewan, named geographic features in memory of these individuals, who made the supreme sacrifice.

The 3800 northern lakes, islands and bays named after the men who gave their lives in the war are a perpetual sign of our indebtedness to those who gave their lives in defence of democratic ideals.

As a bush pilot in northern Saskatchewan, I have long been intrigued by the many lakes and islands which were named in memory of the Saskatchewan servicemen who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Over the past years, I have been taking aerial photos of the sites and have now recorded aerial photos of over 3500 of these geo-memorial locations.

I am continuing to research the names of these servicemen, establishing an extensive database regarding home communities, military service, and burial location and remaining family.

The naming of the lakes and islands was a fine tribute by our province, in memory of Saskatchewan servicemen who made the supreme sacrifice for our country.

For some families, with supporting text, I have prepared framed tributes utilizing an aerial photo of the lake, and a service photo of the individual.



Doug Chisholm

THEIR NAMES LIVE ON contains, in part, the stories of Eighty-nine young Saskatchewan men that gave their lives that the future world could be free.  Well written by Gerry Hill, these stories and bountiful pictures have been collected by Doug Chisholm from his personal contact with the many family members he has communicated with.  There are also coloured aerial photographs of some of the lakes, rivers and islands that have been name after Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen from Saskatchewan that did not return when the war was over.

This book is also Saskatchewan's Honour Roll from World War II.  Approximately 3800 names appear complete with their Branch of Service, Rank, Hometown, Casualty Date, the Geo-Memorial named for them and it's location in Longitude and Latitude.

This book makes a beautiful interesting read, is a good reference and  would make a fine addition to anyone's library. 

As Doug stated above, he is still researching the history and relatives of the men so honoured. If you have or obtain a copy of,  THEIR NAMES LIVE ON, and can help Doug in his endeavours, give him a call.

(306) 425-3186


OBITUARIES
BURNSIDE, E.G. #0976, TORONTO, ON:  Informed by Member Bill Cockburn of the Ontario Chapter, we regret to announce the passing of Elwood.  His enlistment number was R292777 and he attended #1 Manning Depot, Toronto where he was selected for Gunnery training.  Posted to #3 B/G at MacDonald, MB where he described his activities as 'joe jobs', he eventually arrived at #10 B/G at Mount Pleasant, PEI, to begin training with Course #95 with whom he graduated with his Brevet on February 16th, 1945. Proud though he was at having accomplished this goal, he was deflated when he was released from the service on March 23, 1945, subject to recall.  Elwood was pleased to become a member of our Association and was a respected member of the Ontario Chapter (Toronto) where he was active in interviewing ex aircrew and filming spoken excerpts of their wartime exploits.

PAWLAK, E.G. #0266, CALGARY, AB:  Edwin, who passed away Sept 4/03,  joined the RCAF and  was selected for WOAG training at #2 Manning Depot, Brandon, MB.  He attended Wireless School at #3, Winnipeg and #8 B/G at Lethbridge, AB.  He served with #547 Squadron in an RAF Group.

SHEPHERDSON, W.J.E.  #0268, CALGARY, AB:  'Bud' was born in Expanse, SK on May 22nd, 1923, and passed away peacefully at the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary on Oct. 15th, 2003.  He attended Manning Depot at Brandon, MB and was selected for AG training which was accomplished at #3 B&G MacDonald, MB.  Following service overseas as a tail gunner with 425 Squadron in 6 Group, he earned a law degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1950.  In living memory of Bud, a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley.

SPANKIE, D. #0138, INNISFAIL, AB:  'Don' was born in 1922 and passed away April 8, 2003.  He joined the RCAF in 1942 as R202711.  At Manning Depot in Edmonton he was selected for Gunnery and received training at #3 MacDonald, MB from August to October 1943.  Posted to #44(Rhodesia) Squadron in 5 Group at Dunholm Lodge he completed his tour of 33 Ops 6/10/44 with an Op to Breman.



Editor’s Report
We want to thank the members from across our fair land who contributed to this Page. Also a bouquet to Charley Yule who looks after the Obituaries for us.

We lost my brother in November. Desmond was a career RCAF officer, enlisting in September 1937. However we are having out-of-Province guests for Christmas week. It will be a time of mixed emotions.

Under the circumstances there will not be a January 2004 Page, unless someone wants to put it up. We will try to get the ball rolling again in February 2004.

Doreene and I have been Editing and publishing the SHORT BURSTS Newsletter since Sept. 1989. At peak periods we were mailing out from 700 to 800, 28-page newsletters quarterly.

When we lived in the small Village of Kenosee Lake, SK, I recall dragging 5 official Canada Post mailbags down to the local store that subbed as a post office. One December we arrived with our mailbags and deposited them at the counter. The morning coffee crowd had gathered to get the local scuttle-but. 

“What have you got there,” one asked.

“Oh, Doreene and I are just getting our Christmas cards out,” I replied.

That day the rumour went around the village, ‘the Moyles mailed out 5 bags of Christmas cards!’

We feel that we now have to pass the torch. If anyone, or any group, would like to take over the job of editing this monthly Newsletter, please contact myself, the CATP Museum, or Bill Hillman, our volunteer Web Master.

CATP Museum: 
http://www.airmuseum.ca

Stephen Hayter - Museum Director
Box 3 – Grp. 520 – RR5
Brandon, MB  R7A 5Y5
Tel. 1-204-727-2444

Bill Hillman – 
Email – Hillmans@westman.wave.ca

Keep well.

John & Doreene Moyles
 

This is for those chaps who got sand in their boots

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



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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