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Story Ninety-One: 2009 Calendar


Courtesy of William Sam Magee,  a  2009 calendar with pictures from the First Special Service Force,  an elite group of WW 2 Americans and Canadians.

Sam provides an entertaining story of his first dispatch with the force to Kiska

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Story Seventy-Three: Tommy Prince Canada’s Most Decorated Native Canadian Soldier


Sgt. Thomas George “Tommy” Prince,

Source: http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=history/other/native/prince2


Memory of Tommy Prince

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Story Seventy: Playing Hockey against Turk Broda of the Toronto Maple Leafs


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turk_Broda

In 1941 he won the Vezina Trophy and was be selected to be on the All Star Team. The next year Broda had another great season leading Toronto to a Stanley Cup and being selected on the second all- Star team. From 1943 to 1945 Broda left hockey to serve in the military during the Second World War. When he came back he later led Toronto to three more Stanley Cups and won another Vezina Trophy and to be selected on the 1948 first All star team. In 1951 he won his last Stanley Cup with Toronto and retired in 1952.

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Story Sixty-Eight: Unpleasant Memories

Unpleasant memories  can haunt a soldier such as these two stories. This is two such stories

Story One:   Robbing the Dead:

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Story Two: Death of Child by passing train

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Story Sixty-Nine: Canadian Firefighters in Britain


Source: http://www.firemuseumcanada.com/fire-fighters-overseas.html

Canadian Fightfighters in England

A total of 422 men volunteered from across Canada to form the Corps of Canadian Fire Fighters under the direction of G.E. Huff of Brantford, Ontario.

The Corps arrived in Britain in May, 1942, and manned six stations.

  • London – HQ
  • Southhampton – 2
  • Portsmouth – 2
  • Plymouth – 1
  • Bristol – 1

In a 2 1/2 year period, Corps members worked countless times at risk in perilous conditions to effect rescues and battle fires started by bombing.

  • 422 men volunteered for the Corps. Only half of these volunteers were professional firefighters; the other half had no experience.
  • The volunteer firemen received $1.30 pay per day from the Canadian government. They received no training other than what the Veteran firefighters could teach them.
  • There were 11 casualties, including three deaths, in the Corps of Canadian Firefighters overseas.

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    Listen to a BBC broadcast about firefighters by Herbert Morrison in 1940





    Canadian Fire Fighters Museum
    95 Mill St. South in Port Hope, Ontario Canada
    Mailing Address: Box 325, Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3W3
    Telephone/Fax: 905-885-8985 or

    Email info@firemuseumcanada.com

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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

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    Story Two: 5000 foot Winterdrop Drifted 5 miles from drop

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

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    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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