Archive for the ‘Air Force’ Category

Story: Eight-Four Aircraft Restoration


The preservation of military  aircraft is both  an  expensive undertaking and a  labour of love.  Only two Lancaster Bombers  are certified to fly in Canada  they have been restored which  are the BOBM and the Mynarski Memorial Lancasters.  Only four exist in the world.

The Avro Lancaster was a heavy bomber introduced in 1942 and used by the RAF and RCAF and 7,377 were built at a cost of 45,000  pounds

Listen to BBC  Broadcast aboard a Lancaster over Berlin

It delivered 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties ued mainly at night and is famous for the Dam Busters precision bombing.(  See  Story Sevety Two: Engineering feats


The Malton  Ontario plant produced the Lancaster B X a  total of 430 units using Packard built Merlin engines.

See:   http://en.wickipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Lancaster

for more information


CanadianWarplane Heritage Museum

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a living museum featuring the aircraft used by Canadians or Canada’s Military from the beginning of World War II up to the present. The Museum’s collection includes aircraft that really fly and several that remain on static display and are interactive workshops.


Canadian Warplane Heritage
9280 Airport Road
Mount Hope, Ontario
L0R 1W0

Contact: museum@warplane.com
Phone: (905) 679-4183

Fax: (905) 679-4186


A short slideshow of the Liberty Belle  B17 bomber which has been restored and is flying in various parts of the US demonstrating the “Fighting Fortress”  capacity



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Story Eight-Three: Honour Roll of Oshawa Veterans


The Silver Cross Women of Canada, Oshawa Branch complied a list of Oshawa Veterans  who served in the First and Second World Wars

Honour Roll

World War  One-    139  Armed Forces Personnel


World War Two   182  Armed Forces Personnel


For  a complete list click on More


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Story Seven-Eight: British Commonwealth Air Training Plan


The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) was an ambitious program to train air crew members in Canada for the Allied war effort.


Graduated 131,533 pilots, observers, flight engineers, and other aircrew

2,000 French,
900 Czechoslovakians,
680 Norwegians,
450 Poles, and about the same number of Belgians and Dutch.

Statistics by Force
72,835 graduates joined the Royal Canadian Air Force
42,110 graduates joined the Royal Air Force
9,606 joined the Royal Australian Air Force
7,002 joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force

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For more detailed information


Oshawa Training Site


Oshawa businessman Alexander G. Storie, president and general manager of Fittings Ltd., assisted by George Hart, Haydon McDonald, Samuel Trees, and T.K. Creighton, organized the Ontario County Flying Training School. The Brantford and Kingston Flying Clubs added $5000 each to the fundraising campaign headed by Robson Leather Co. Ltd. owner, Charles Robson. The three clubs established No. 20 Elementary Flying Training School (E.F.T.S.) under the model of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Robson became the first manager of the School.

During the war period, about 25002 student pilots completed the basic flying training course at Oshawa. Every six weeks, two classes graduated sixty students each.

The No. 20 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) was located in Oshawa from June 1941 to December 1944. Student flyers used Tiger Moth aircraft and were trained by civilian instructors from the Oshawa, Kingston, and Brant-Norfolk flying clubs. The airport is still in use as the Oshawa Airport.

Watch Video flying in an original Harvard aircraft

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Story Sixty-Six Parachute Experiences


Parachute Jumping- commonly called Flying Boxcar, because of jumping was possible from two sides of the bomber, in contrast to the Lancaster which had  a hole in the floor to leap.


Parachuting was an important activity

Sam’s stories

Story One:  Leo’s Leap, a Parachuting training technique

Story Two: 5000 foot Winterdrop Drifted 5 miles from drop

Story Three: 1st Water Drop: 1st Cdn. Peacetime Drop

Story Four: Jumping out of a Lancaster Bomber

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Story One  CNE  Horse Palace

Home for Canadian soldiers during training before being shipped overseas to the European theatre

At it’s opening in 1931, the Horse Palace was hailed as: “The finest equestrian facility in the country”. It’s also a nice bit of Art Deco.

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Story Sixty-Two: Misdemeanors and More

magee_005 William “Sam” Magee discusses  two examples of his WW 2 experiences  which demonstrated  how he bent  the rules.

Story One   Two 5 gallons cans of gas liberated  in exchange for a Great Meal This story is how  Sam liberated two cans of gas, caught and charged,then  released due to no evidence while in Southern France

Story Two: Stolen Convey Truck with Rations After hitching a ride upon  a  US  Convoy truck, he recalls a story when the driver  slowed  his vehicle down,  out of sight of  the other drivers , he quickly left the convoy,  drove into to a  enclosed courtyard,  doors opened, drove in and  sold the truck and all it’s  rations, then took off.

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Story Fifty: Ferry Command

PA Daniels and Chick Hewett talk about the Ferry Command which involved the flying of the US made planes ( produced under the Land-Lease agreement) from Manitoba to Montreal to Gander, NFLD directly to Gatwick, UK. An eighteen hour flight without radar.

Monument in Gander Nfld

Ferry CommandListen  to Audio Slideshow


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