Written by Caitlin McWilliams on 26 September 2012.

CAHS Newsletter #23: September Celebrations, Conversations, and Congratulations!

Dear CAHS Member,

This year's convention in Saint John was a remarkable success! Members came from across the country to see the sights, take in some superb presentations, and enjoy some great company. A big 'thank you' to all those involved in organizing and hosting the event, especially our friends from the New Brunswick Convention Committee and members of CAHS National. To all members who attended, thank you for making our 2012 convention such an outstanding success. See you next year in Ottawa!

CAHS President Gary Williams took some time to write up a brief overview of the Convention and its events. Here's a short teaser, but be sure to read his full comments here (especially if you were unable to make it!) - PDF, 1 page
"There is a truth that says that time flies when you are having fun. This couldn’t be more accurate for the 2012 CAHS National convention in Saint John, New Brunswick earlier this month. It just ended way too soon! Every aspect and event of the convention was fantastic... It was indeed great to see old friends and make many more personal contacts with all those members that were there. The conference was over way too quickly and I know planning has already started for our 50th convention and AGM next year in Ottawa. I’ll be there; I hope you will be as well.”
Even the media were in on the hype, especially in regards to the cenotaph dedication at the Wade-Myles Aviation Park (6 September). Click to read a couple of news stories covering the event:
Below are just a few of Jim Bell's fantastic photos from the convention. Click on the collage to view the individual photos on our Flickr page, and look for more in upcoming issues of your monthly CAHS e-newsletter!

Blue skies,
Caitlin McWilliams
CAHS Vice-President & e-Newsletter

This Month in Canadian Aviation History
1 September 1937 - Trans Canada Airlines Inaugural Flight

This year Canada’s largest airline celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Seventy-five years ago, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), Air Canada's predecessor, inaugurated its first flight carrying two passengers and mail between Vancouver and Seattle aboard a Lockheed L-10A Electra.

Since then, Air Canada has grown to be "the world's 15th largest airline and Canada's flag carrier serving over 150 destinations across Canada and worldwide on five continents," according to Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.

In honour of their anniversary, Air Canada has launched an interactive website online, complete with videos and a sleek timeline detailing its 75-years of operation.

Check of these amazing infographics detailing Air Canada's 75 year lifespan in numbers, from the NHL Teams that rely on Air Canada's charter service, to shipping live lobster from the east coast for Chinese New Year, to how world events have shaped routes.

Be sure to visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum's new photographic exhibit, "People, Places and Planes: Air Canada at 75." Bonus fact: The museum is home to an Air Canada Douglas DC-9 which flew in on 26 September 2002. Read more here.

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Visit to view our rotating blog feature. This month, Bill Zuk explores the fascinating 2005 underwater discovery of a lost Canadian Airways Fokker Universal transport aircraft.
Bill writes: "July 4, 2005, in a survey vessel on Charron Lake, the five members of the search team peered into the monitor. The ghostly image was unmistakable, the lost Fokker Universal, G-CAJD, was resting on the bottom, 40 meters below the gently swaying boat. It was the realization of a quest that had spanned over 70 years."
Read the full story on the blog! Note: All featured blogs are available as downloadable PDF's for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet, or saving for future reading.

CAHS Member News
Mention in "Wise Women Network"

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail recently mentioned the CAHS in an interview with the inspiration website Wise Women NetworkWise Women Network. Read about why she chose a career studying and writing about Canadian aviation in the interview here.

Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Chapter Date Speaker / Topic
Ottawa 27 Sept
Randy Wakelam

"Cold War Fighters"
Calgary 18 Oct
Manitoba 27 Sept
Alan Parkin & John Perrin

"Recovering Kelvin High’s history"
& "Boys of Kelvin High" (excerpts)
Montreal 18 Oct

11 Oct

Howard Leyton-Brown

"Recollections of Active Service in the RAF from 1940 to 1946"
Toronto 13 Oct
Peter Dixon

"The Unknown War / Battle of the St. Lawrence"
Vancouver 9 Oct

: Your local Chapter needs YOU! If you have something unique and aviation-related to share, contact your local CAHS chapter and inquire about becoming a speaker.
More details are available on our website at

Events and Announcements

Guest Speaker - British Columbia Air Museum

The Canadian Aviation Historical Society invites you to attend a guest speaker event at the British Columbia Air Museum on the evening of 27 Sept. Richard de Boer, President of the Calgary Chapter of the CAHS and member of the Calgary Mosquito Society, will present on the tragic story of "F for Freddie," a de Havilland Mosquito which survived 213 wartime operations only to crash in Calgary while on a victory tour, killing its crew.

Richard recently did a piece for Vintage Wings on the crash, "Fleeting Glory: From Victory Tour to Smoking Ruin," and we encourage you to hear him speak on the topic first-hand.
We will attempt to make this a monthly meet with speakers presenting similar aviation historical themes. Please contact Allan Botting at if you have any questions.

Museum and Restoration Initiatives
Alberta Aviation Museum
B-17 "Sentimental Journey" from U.S. Commemorative Air Force visited the museum earlier this month in honour of the North West Staging Route.
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Five members of the Bomber Command Museum were each recipents of a Queen's Jubilee Medal for their efforts to preserve Canada's aviation heritage. Read all about the honour in this piece done by Vintage Wings, "Jubilee."

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

On 4 October a new photographic exhibit, "People, Places and Planes: Air Canada at 75" will open at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in celebration of the airline's 75th anniversary. Read more about the exhibit here.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has announced its "40th Anniversary Gala, Dinner, and Dance." Tickets to the business attire / black tie affair are $50. Click here to view the event poster, and here to view the menu.
Vintage Wings of Canada
Check out this awesome television PSA Vintage Wings put out to advertise their recent Wings over Gatineau-Ottawa en vol!

New on the Vintage Wings Newsreel:
Congratulations also to Vintage Wings' president Mike Potter on his Queen's Jubilee Medal!

Western Canada Aviation Museum
The Western Canada Aviation Museum will host its annual Out of the Blue Gala Fundraiser on 13 October. Find more details here.

If you have a research question or are looking for information on a topic, send the details to - the CAHS community is a great resource!

Harold E. Wright of the Turnbull Chapter would like information on the location of the records of the Magee Trophy Committee from the 1939-42 period. He would also be interested in knowing of any pilots or aircraft with a connection to Saint John, NB, from the 1917-1975 period. Contact him at
Elizabeth Chen is looking for some photographs. She writes: "In 1958/59 my Father Squadron Leader Douglas Leckie RAAF was flying in the Snowy Mountains Australia in the Beaver VH-SMB, this plane now C-FTCW and I have made contact with Ken Cote." Do you have any records or photos of this aircraft? Contact her at if so!

Matt Jolley (for Fred Aldworth)
is looking for help tracking down an individual aircraft history or squadron records for aircraft
DH-82-C, construction number 1339, that flew with No. 33 EFTS in Caron, Saskatchewan then was sold to civilian and registered in the USA as NX82CS. Please contact or if you can help.

Jake McLaughlin is spearheading "
a project inviting anecdotes about Canada’s short-lived history of naval aviation from those who were directly involved or whose friends or family members might have been part of that world. If you know of anyone who fits in either category, would you be kind enough to direct them to the website on which anecdotes can be posted. We’ll collect, review and publish the results. Any proceeds from the outcome will be dedicated to funding a memorial to the story of Naval Air in Canada."

Bits and Bytes
Check out all of these wartime aviation related debates, events, and preservation activities happening across the world!
Harold "Curly" Gordon (1917 - 2012), nephew of Air Marshall Gus Edward, passed away on 22 August. From his obituary (Vancouver Sun, 25 August):
"Harold served in the RCAF with the 487 Squadron in Britain during WWII, flying many missions in Ventura and Mosquito bombers. He retired from service with the rank of Squadron Leader in Vancouver in 1964. He became Civil Defence Coordinator in Richmond-Delta during the '60s and '70s. Curly loved to ride into the hills of the Southern Chilcotins "up country" on ol' Charley and gather in the evenings with his many pals."
Jimmy Essery, a long-time mechanic with Buffalo Airways, was found dead in Prosperous Lake near Yellowknife on 1 September, the victim of an apparent boating accident. Colin Webster writes, "It is a tremendous shock to the whole Buffalo crew, coming so soon after the passing of Arnie Schreder in June. He was 58 years old and had worked in the aviation industry in Yellowknife for 40 years. I had known him since 1980."

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Chapter Date Speaker / Topic Details
Ottawa 31 May
Marc-André Valiquette Debut of his new bilingual history of 425 "Alouette" Squadron (*Note, meeting also includes the Ottawa Chapter's Annual General Business Meeting
Calgary 17 May Bruce W. Gowans The history of the Canadian-built twin-engine Avro trainer in its wartime and civilian roles
Manitoba 24-25 May
"Films Take Flight" Film Festival Featuring The Arrow (miniseries excerpts), For the Moment, and more (see below for details)
Montreal 17 May Major Jean-Paul Peart Pilot training, electronic warfare requirements, and mission planning of the F-35 project
Regina 10 May    
Toronto 6 May    
Vancouver 8 May Dr. Ilya Grinberg (Prof. at N.Y State Collge at Buffalo) & Hugh M. Neeson (Development Director - Niagara Aerospace Museum) "Bell P-39 Airacobra Comes Home to Buffalo"

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