Newsletter Of The
Canadian Naval Aviators &
N.B. - Please note that information herein is as accurate as possible, but may contain errors. For up-to-date information, especially dates, please check with the persons or organizations noted.
SHEARWATER'S AIR SHOW, NOVA SCOTIA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW 2000
The dates for the air show are 9 and 10 September. More information on the 2000 NSIAS may be available on-line at:
SHEARWATER AVIATION MUSEUM FOUNDATION (SAMF)
Bill Gillespie, the president of SAMF, is asking for your generous support to the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation. Financial support to the foundation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Consider becoming a full member, buying a copy of 'Bonnie", or ordering a granite tile.
The tiles for Ralph Symington and our allied friends were mentioned earlier in this newsletter. They cost $600 for a full foot-square tile, $300 for a half, and $150 for a quarter tile, 6 x 6 inches. Since contributions for the tiles are tax-deductible, the real cost would be decreased considerably. They also make a great gift. Mine was a gift from Deborah.
Some ships, CNAG Chapters, and possibly air squadrons are placing tiles on the Wall of Honour. If you are in a group with some affiliation with Shearwater, your group might consider doing the same thing.
'The Bonnie', AL SNOWIE's fine book, is in a second and limited printing. It costs $50, [plus $5.75 P & H] but is well worth it. All profits from the book will go to the museum, thanks to Al's generous gift of allowing the museum to print 1,000 copies.
The address for any of these is:
Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation
PO Box 5000 - Stn Main
Shearwater NS B0J 3A0
TEL: 888-497-7779 [tel & FAX] or 902 461-0062, FAX 461-1610
Make cheques payable to SAM Foundation.
The SAMF AGM will be held in the museum at 0900 8 September, near the date of the air show.
SAMF ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. The tournament will again be run by the Shearwater International Airshow, with some proceeds going to SAMF. WALLY SLOAN, one of the tourney reps, said that information will be available from the internet [address above] or in the SAMF newsletter.
CANADIAN NAVAL AIR GROUP ANNUAL REUNION - Ottawa 2000
The Ottawa Chapter of Canadian Naval Air Group, Hampton Gray VC Chapter, has been chosen to host the 30th annual CNAG Reunion .
The reunion will be held in Ottawa at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from the 6th to the 8th of October, 2000, i.e. over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. They are expecting approximately 400-600 CNAGERS from Canada and abroad to attend this auspicious gathering titled, "Millennium Melee - come Join the mayhem"
CANADIAN NAVAL AIR GROUP [CNAG]
30th Annual Reunion, 6th-8th October, 2000
Crown Plaza Hotel [formerly the Citadel]
101 Lyon St, Ottawa ON K1R 5T9
Tel: 800-2CROWNE or 416-237-3600
The Ottawa contact is:
Don Hunter, 1348 Matheson Rd, Ottawa ON K1J 8B4, tel:
The Reunion Chairman is Bob Mofford,  830-0339, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The hotel is right downtown, newly renovated, and despite the difference in names, is the same hotel that hosted earlier Ottawa reunions. Details will be available to CNAG Chapters and at SAM later this summer. The hotel rate is $105 per day - I think.
The 2001 reunion probably will be held in Edmonton, with further reunions tentatively planned in Halifax in 2002, and British Columbia mainland [Vancouver area] in 2003. The 2004 reunion might be somewhere in southern Ontario, i.e Trenton or Toronto.
[Reunion sites are not confirmed until one year prior to the event.]
ALS CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. June is ALS campaign month. Readers are urged to contribute generously to help eradicate this disease that has struck many of us. Contributions can be sent to your provincial organization or to The ALS Society, 1665 Russell Rd #1, Ottawa ON Canada K1G 0N1. Proceeds from Shoppers' Drug Mart's Blue Jays calendars also go to the ALS Foundation.
ANNUAL NAVAL AVIATORS' DINING-IN, B.C.
The dinner usually is held on the first Friday in December. The last two were in CFB Comox. Details are available from GEORGE PLAWSKI, (604) 738-7543.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. Many thanks to those who contributed financially to this newsletter; ANONYMOUS, CHARLES BARTER, BOB BISSELL, ALF BRISTOW, AL BROWN, GLENN BROWN, STAN BRYGADYR, DOUGLAS BUCHANAN, JR BURNS, SEAN CARRIGAN, DON and PAT COOPER, SHEILA DAVIS, TED DAVIS [who also assisted the CNAG Toronto Elton/Watson remembrance ceremony], PHYL LOWE, OK 'BUD' MACLEAN, LORNE MCDONALD, JACK MCGEE, JACK MOSS, BILL MUNRO, A.W. 'NICK' NICHOLS, GEORGE PUMPLE, BILL RICKLEY, DON SHEPPARD, 'JAV' STEVENSON, GENE WEBER, and ROLLIE WEST. If I missed your contribution, please accept my apologies.
N.B. Please make any cheques or money order to E. Cruddas, since I do not keep a separate account for the newsletter.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS 2000
1. Bob Falls [see Canada's Naval Aviators p 104.]
2. Ed Gigg [CNA page 128.]
3. RNAS Twatt [CNA p 105, under Farrington.]
4. Frank Willis, who was born in Flin Flon MB, where the statue stands; and possibly others. [CNA p. 335].
5. Roy deNevers [CNA p 86]
6. TREK question. Nicole DeBoer, who played Ezri Dax in the last season or two of 'Deep Space 9.' This was Ms DeBoer's second space series, the other being 'Deepwater Black', which ran for about a year on YTV; she has also appeared in 'The Twilight Zone'. She said in an interview that somewhere she had suddenly and unexpectedly become a 'space girl.' Last summer she starred in a CBC Series set in St. John's Newfoundland, 'Dooley's Gardens.' Although not a space series, it was sometimes quite 'spacey'.
The following poem is reprinted from the NOAC's winter 1999/2000 issue of Starshell.
'To An American Soldier Seen to Fall on the Dawn of D-Day, 6 June 1944' by Hugh Campbell, DSC, RCNR, Baie-de-la-Seine, June 1944.
Perchance your random feet have trod Miami's sands.
Or rocks on Maine's rough coast have felt your hands
Questing for limpets, to lure the hungry cod
So surely waiting in the deep - yon line and rod.
Or were you wont on Coney Isle to play,
Escaping City's heat at end of day;
Or beaches where Pacific breakers roll:
Or was your beach the nearest swimming hole?
How distant is that happy beach from this
Cold Norman beach, whose reddening sands you kiss;
Whose pebbles scar your unconcerning brow;
This foreign beach is yours forever now.
You fought and won it in the early Dawn,
And when your eager comrades hurried on,
You lay so still - a token of the cost,
The beach was won - your youthful life was lost.
You'll never see the Hills of Home again,
Nor feel the warmth of sun, the cooling rain;
Nor know the glad return, the glorious bliss
Of tender lips responding to your kiss.
But soldier, though your voice be stilled,
Your loves, your hopes, your promise unfulfilled,
From this, your beach, a loud clear call proclaims
That Freemen come to break the Nazi chains.
And as the glaze of death bedims your eyes,
I would that I could say your sacrifice
Is not in vain; but that throughout the world
When Victory comes, a Flag will be unfurled;
A Flag of Peace, and of the freedoms four,
To banish War and Want forever more.
Will they keep faith with you who fell,
I am not wise - I cannot tell.
The poem was written by A/LCdr Hugh Campbell, DSC, RCNR, who commanded HMCS FORT WILLIAM as part of the Canadian 31st Minesweeping Flotilla on D-Day, under CDR [later RADM] AHG Storrs at Sword Beach.
BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY READERS
PHYL LOWE recommends 'Warplanes to Alaska' by B.W. Smith, published by Hancock House, at $47.95. It is the history of the Northern Route airway from Montana to Siberia, used initially to bring fortune seekers to the Yukon and Alaska, then later as a secretive route for lend-lease aircraft from the USA to Russia. The short-legged fighter aircraft changed from US to Russian pilots in Fairbanks, Alaska. Canadian participation involved the maintenance of airfields and facilities along the route.
FRED FREWER recommends 'Sea Fever' by John Liftler, published in 1995, for its account of his pre-WW2 experiences in the Royal Navy.
During a TV awards ceremony last year, the presenter of the award for best mini-series mis-named the series 'Horatio the Hornblower'!
A TV series called 'Babylon 5' showed an episode called 'A View From the Gallery', in which the camera follows two mechanics who are not assigned to a specific watch, but are on call for any repair job that may be required: 'Floaters.' They move from place to place in the Babylon 5 station, encountering various people and problems. This episode reminded me of the VX 10 Banshee picture, in that its perspective was that of the engineers and mechanics view, an aircraft [or in Babylon 5 a station] under repairs, rather than the usual aircraft in flight. In the case of the TV show, they all were under attack, but the repairmen just kept doing there jobs, albeit with many unusual incidents to enhance the dramatic effects. Former engineers, technicians, and other 'support' people might find this episode a refreshing change. Although the 'Babylon 5' series is now over, it appears to be one of those shows that will continue for decades in reruns, and could even spin off new series.
HELP! I would make AN URGENT APPEAL for anyone who is moving and still wants to get the newsletter: PLEASE send along a change of address. More than 30 newsletters were returned last year annotated "moved" or something similar. Moreover, if I do not receive a change of address, I must assume that you are no longer interested in receiving the newsletter.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
BOB AUCKLAND, the first Ground Liaison Officer in HMCS WARRIOR, in Morrisburg Ontario, in about December, 1995 - KEN BENNER, early this year after a long illness. Ken put in a brief appearance at the CNAG Reunion in October - R G [BOB] BONDY, a former 'handler' in Windsor, 1 January 2000 - IRWIN 'RED' BROWN, USN, in August 1999 in Alexandria VA, now buried in Arlington National Cemetery - NOEL 'NIBS' COGDON suddenly of a stroke in February 2000. Don Sheppard gave the eulogy - GORD DICK in BC last spring - BILL FRAYN, in Texas in February - JIM GILES, a former RCAF pilot who flew helicopters from Shearwater from 1972-74 - RADM 'ZEKE' GRATTON-COOPER, RN, who served on loan to the RCN many years ago as a Commander - RICHARD ALLEN [DICK] HARRIS, a former Instructor Officer who later became a pilot, serving in HS 50 and other squadrons, in Bear River, NS, in February 2000 - VERN HOWLAND, a former Supply Officer [Captain] with connexions to naval aviation - Father GERRY JOHNSON, an Anglican priest and brother of Bill Johnson of Toronto, in Ontario after an automobile accident that occurred while he was returning from a pastoral visit late last winter - DUDLEY KING, former Captain of HMCS "Shearwater", in Massachusetts in August, 1999 - CAMERON McINTYRE, known to many as the brains behind the frigate programme's while with Paramax after retirement from the CF; in Perth Ontario in January 2000 - GAY/GABE MacARTHUR, in April 2000 in BC, ALS related - DENIS O'DONNELL in Illinois in April, 1999, of leukaemia - PADRE BRUCE PEGLAR in Guelph Ontario last July - DICK QUIRT in December 1999 after a long illness - LAWRENCE 'LAURIE' SMITH, former FAA TAG and RCN electrical officer who served in Bonnie immediately after she commissioned - KEN WATERMAN, a former Banshee pilot and ADC to the Governor General, on January 1, 2000 in Alberta. Our hearts go out to all their loved ones.
The Shearwater Museum has a memorial page "For Those in Peril on the Sea" at their web site. The site features the RCN Air Fiftieth Anniversary stained glass window with the crests of the four original RCN air squadrons. More crests will be added in due course.
The Canadian Naval Air Group's Home Page also lists many more naval airmen who passed away recently. The address is -
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A [TONY] ARCHBOLD, 12-5900 FERRY RD, DELTA BC, V4K 5C3,
*DAVID BRIGHT, 71 HARDISTRY CRT, DARTMOUTH NS B2V 3K8;
*T M 'MIKE' BRETT, RR #4 BOX 4352 STERLING ON K0K 3E0;
TEL  395-2117; FAX 395-4535;
E-MAIL - email@example.com
GLENN BROWN 57 RIVERSIDE DR KINGSTON ON K7L 4V1 [TEL UNCHANGED]
*JOHN CROFT, 1709 BONAVENTURE TERR, ORLEANS ON K1C 1W2; TEL
 837-2343; E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
HARRY FROST, FLAT 5, 13 PALACE GATE, LONDON W85LS, UK
AL GREER, 24 HERITAGE PL, TRURO NS B2N 6J4,  893-3450
E-MAIL - Algreer@webtv.net ; [WINTER - 7001 142 AVE N LOT 4, LARGO FL 33771, USA, (727) 538-8875 - E-MAIL SAME]
JACK HUGHES - has moved from Toronto, but does not have a permanent address in the Ottawa area. Mail sent to his Toronto address will be forwarded to a temporary address for a few months.
ANDRE JEAN, 473 MARJOLAINE ST, ORLEANS ON, K4A 1X7  830-8829
J K [JAKE] KENNEDY, 2233 MARTIN ST APT 413, IRVINE CA USA 92612
TEL:  261-6881 [H]; 955-2522 ;
E-MAIL - email@example.com
LCDR STEPHAN KING, 2139 MAPLE AVE, SOOKE BC V0S 1NO
[REF: THE GUT BUCKET FIVE PROJECT]
JOHN D KYLE, 1-3127 QUADRA ST, VICTORIA BC V8X 1E9,
Wm LANDYMORE, 611 - 5959 SPRING GARDEN RD, HALIFAX, NS B3H 1Y5
J J LEHMANN, C/O CFC, 215 YONGE BLVD, TORONTO ON M5M 3H9,
R N D MATHIESON, 324 SUNSET DR, SALTSPRING IS BC V8K 1G2
 537-8791, FAX 537-8792
E-MAIL - firstname.lastname@example.org
GERALD McGAUGHEY, 6497 BRADFORD PL, DELTA BC V4E 1G4
GEORGE MERKLEY, 267 INDIAN POINT RD, RR2, MAHONE BAY NS B0J 2E0
TEL:  624-6289
STAN MITCHELL, 104-3244 SEATON RD, VICTORIA BC V8Z 3V7;
TEL:  386-4438
LOREN REYNOLDS, GENERAL DELIVERY, SIOUX NARROWS, ON P0X 1C0;
TEL:  266-5615; [WINTER ADDRESS - APDO 732-45920, AXIXICA JALISCO MEXICO]
ROSS RIDDELL, E-MAIL email@example.com
FRED ROL, E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
MADELEINE RYGH, 236-2740 KING EDWARD W, VANCOUVER BC V6L 3H5
JIM TATEISHE, 60 BEDDING DR NE, CALGARY AB T3A 1A1; TEL & FAX
GEORGE WEST, E-MAIL email@example.com