AS YOU WERE
WAR YEARS: MOTES & QUOTES
February 2001 Edition
Compiled by Bill Hillman
Please send your ideas and
contributions to the
Wherein we share an eclectic
assortment of items
- whacky and wise -
gleaned from the
Internet, media and contributing
H.M.C.S. Prince Robert painting by Bill Sloan
a major contributor to our
RCN / HMCS PRINCE ROBERT
Bill Sloan of Etobikoke, Ontario,
has completed a watercolour of the
Bill Sloan is a vet of HMCS MORDEN and his paintings have
long been appreciated in the naval fraternity. The PR painting is a great
piece of work, with impressive colouring and detailing as seen in the very
small reproduction displayed here. A limited number of prints are available
on 11x17 heavy, glossy 28lb paper. The price is only $10 to cover the cost
of printing, packaging and postage.
Purchasers of the print are also asked to make a small
contribution, on an honour basis, to the
Comfort Fund (for ailing and hospitalized vets) of the
Naval Club of their choosing.
Your orders may be placed through
Gary McGregor at: email@example.com
HUMOUR IN UNIFORM
CATP MUSEUM GUEST BOOK
WHILE I WAS stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in
North Carolina, one of the airmen smuggled a pet rabbit into the barracks.
"Fred" became our mascot. When we learned that the administrative
officer, a gung-ho captain, was to inspect our quarters, a new home had
to be found for Fred. Someone suggested the captain's house. He lived on
base with his family, and Fred would still be part of the unit.
That evening the captain was to be out of
town. We put Fred in a box, wrapped it and placed it on the front porch.
After ringing the doorbell, we hid and watched the captain's youngest son
jump with delight when he saw Fred and read our note: "To my sons with
all my love. Dad."
-- Contributed to Reader's Digest "Humor
in Uniform" by Dave Reuter
For our readers who may not have noticed our Guest Book at:
we have collated some of the entries from over the past year.
We invite all of our visitors to take a moment to sign the book.
Wednesday 11/10/1999 3:36:34am
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Welcome to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. We look forward
to reading your comments... come back and visit us often.
William G. Hillman: CATP
Wednesday 11/10/1999 5:29:49pm
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Greetings from the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum!
Welcome to our web site. Please let us know what you think and how
we can serve you better. Visit us often and enjoy!
Stephen Hayter - CATP Museum Director
Tuesday 01/18/2000 3:39:26pm
Wings For Freedom
You guys have a great site, found it very interesting - keep up the
Cheers ~ We Can Never Forget
Wednesday 11/24/1999 3:14:43am
Saturday 11/13/1999 6:49:15pm
This site is very interesting and well presented. As a Vietnam Veteran
I always applaud that which memorializes our fighting men. Through such
sites as yours the deeds and lives and memories of such men, and women,
will not be lost.
Friday 11/12/1999 7:29:57pm
Pretty homepage pictures. Love the flag and shield thingy. Good job?
Monday 02/28/2000 5:54:32pm
Riding Mountain MB
Wonderful site! The virtual tour is excellent, but to really "feel"
the full impact of the CATP museum, you have to see it in person. I encourage
everyone who visits this site to take a personal tour. You won't be disappointed.
Tuesday 02/08/2000 4:51:49pm
Capt V. Goldman
I enjoyed looking at your site. My dad was ground crew for the programme.
I grew up hearing many stories both humorous and tragic about the pilot
trainees at Bagotville.
Monday 02/07/2000 11:01:45pm
SQN.LDR. Eric Robinson,OBE.
Arendal,Heswall, Wirral, Cheshire, England
I received my Wings at 37 SFTS Calgary 5th Nov.1942. FIS at TRENTON,ONT.
and Instructed for two years on HARVARDS at 34 SFTS Medicine HAT.Flew 2000
Hours in CANADA on Commonwealth AIR Training Plan. Enjoyed every moment.
Good Luck and Best Wishes. Eric Robinson.
Saturday 01/22/2000 2:31:50pm
Brian P. Smith
Greetings. My mother's cousin, Leading Aircraftman Patrick Ernest Maguire,
RCAF, from Montreal, was killed at Yorkton service flying training school
on 7 OCT 42. My research has revealed that he was involved in a midair
collision while flying a cessna crane. I have requested a copy
of his service records from the National Archives of Canada. Anyone having
information about Yorkton, etc, please respond. I would be most appreciative.
Patrick's only other sibling, was killed in the Netherlands while serving
with the Governor General's Foot Guards. Thanks.
Wednesday 01/19/2000 6:09:04pm
Canada At War: A Books List
hi, nice site. I'll be updating my links page and will include the
fact that you are selling the Memorial book.
Thursday 07/06/2000 12:37:28am
I am searching for one "Flight Sergeant Ferguson" (given name unknown),
a Canadian pilot at the No. 7 Air Gunner School (25th Air Wing, RAF) near
Cardiff, Wales during the Second World War. He was one of two Canadian
pilots at the school. I am interested in locating him if he is still alive.
Saturday 06/17/2000 11:08:35am
War Time Memories
Great site, would love to visit the museum! I`m researching war time
memories for a project and hopefully a book one day. If you have any recollections
to add please visit my site or e-mail me.
Friday 05/05/2000 0:16:42am
Your website is really excellent. I am currently researching my uncle's
(Pilot Officer Thomas Jones RAFVR)service career - he trained in the CATP
at 33 EFTS in Caron, Saskatchewan, and then 39 SFTS at Swift Current, also
in Saskatchewan between October 1942 and March 1943. Sadly a few months
after posting to 15 Squadron he was shot down and killed with all his crew
over occupied France in May 1944. I am pleased that your site remembers
the intensive training that so many young men went through - and the ultimate
sacrifice that so many of them made.
Wednesday 03/29/2000 4:22:54pm
Florida, now in Brandon,Florida
Very nice sight. Great concept and well carried out. I will be spending
some time here for sure. Looking forward to a in person visit to the musuem
. Keep up the good work. Well Done. Msgt Hal Ammons, USAF, (Ret)p.s.
formaly U S Navy: VA-65,USS Essex,CAG-2,7th Fleet a/c: AD-4B,AD-6
Monday 03/13/2000 4:29:47pm
Mary Beth htmlGEAR Support Team
Just checking to make sure your guestGEAR is working properly. Thanks
for choosing htmlGEAR!
Sunday 01/14/2001 6:08:45pm
I was a pupil on the last course No.122atat Brandon No.12 SFTS
Friday 10/13/2000 4:24:50am
Wally P. Fydenchuk
Keep up the good work!! I am seeking information on Americans who served
in the RCAF during WWII. See my article, "Yanks In The RCAF" in the November
2000 issue of "Air Classics"
Tuesday 10/03/2000 8:16:00pm
Brandon Sun Newspaper ~ Brandon, MB
Nice site and a great museum. Keep up the good work. Thank you to all
who have served our country.
Wednesday 08/09/2000 7:06:43pm
I am one of your Lifetime Members and a contributor to the Museum.
I just found out your website in the latest edition of Contact Vo.17. No.3.
Wish that I had known of this fact before now. I've enjoyed touring
the Museum on the 'net and hopefully one of these days I will finally be
able to visit in person. I really enjoyed what I have seen, and will continue
to visit in this fashion from time to time. Keep up the great work!
Caught In Our Site:
Websites of Interest to our As You Were readers:
Pay them a visit and check out the photos and stories.
Finding and Telling
Your Father's World War II Story
A great storehouse of links and directions
for researching and writing a tribute page
to your dad or family member who served in WWII
Sgt Don Bruce
115 Squadron RAF
The articles in this site have
all been written by my father
and are all copyright to him.
I have convinced him that his
stories should be shown to
keep the history alive.
These are a few of the many
memories that he has.
National Memorial Museum of Canada's Air Forces
Back in October 11th 1929, Trenton was selected
as the site of a major new military airfield,
where combined land plane and seaplane operations
could be carried out. Since then, it was the home
Commonwealth Air Training Plan and later became the
focal point for major taskings in the Korean War,
the Cold War, and the Gulf War.
The famed Avro Arrow made from here mades its
only flights here in the '50s.
Today Trenton continues to provide support to NATO,
UN Peacekeeping, and Search and Rescue Operations.
World War II day by day
German Military operations 1939-1945
by Christoph Awender
Daily reports, maps and scores of photos
from many different sources:
original propaganda-fotos and postcards,
and official Wehrmacht publications.
MORE FEATURED SITES FOR THIS MONTH
1st Canadian Parachute
WWII Fighter Profiles
WWII On The Web
WWII Air Force Cartoon
War Brides Registry
A large collection
of WWII sites
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