Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 2004

Deborah and I are still in Toronto but we have just moved all of three kilometres. Our new address is:

E. Cruddas and D L Davis
1804 – 10 Kenneth Avenue
Toronto ON M2N 6K6 Canada

Tel: 416.224.5477

With respect to the return address label on your newsletter, we had a large surplus with the Finch
address on them, and we knew that any returned would be redirected here; so decided to use the
old address labels. Our real address in the Kenneth Avenue one.

Our telephone number is unchanged at 416.224.5477, but we have abandoned the facsimile number,
which seemed to generate junk mail all day AND all night. Our email address is also the same:

We have been doing lots of travelling since the last newsletter, including 26 days aboard the flagship
of the Celebrity fleet, GTS Constellation. That consisted of two cruises back to back, with the second
one a re-location cruise from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. We now know that we can live in 175
square feet for almost four weeks without ruining our marriage. Our best trip last year was a week in
Tadoussac, Quebec, as part of an ‘intergenerational elderhostel’, accompanied by our granddaughter Jill,
then 11 years old. Tadoussac, at the junction of the St Lawrence and Saguenay rivers, is noted for
whale-watching, marine research, and fine scenery on both rivers. Two and a half hours east of Quebec City,
it is well worth the drive from almost anywhere in Eastern Canada. The elderhostel address is elsewhere
in this newsletter. Alternatively, arrangements for guided tours can be made through travel agents,
especially those in Montreal or Quebec City. Package deals can be made through Hotel Tadoussac at 165,
Bord-de-l’eau, Tadoussac QC G0T 2A0, tel. 418.235.4421, or 800.561.0718,
or or email

For October 2004 we are planning a trip to New Zealand to visit relatives and friends there, including
newsletter readers. We shall keep an eye out for Fordo and Sam while there.



John ‘Stretch’ Arnold reported on the bi-annual ‘Up Spirits’ in June 2003 in Victoria organized at the Uplands
Golf Club by Jack Walter and promulgated by Stu Soward.. Among the ‘good crowd’ were Red Atkins,
Hank Bannister, Dick Bartlett, Bill Black, Graham Bridgeman, Norm Bridges, Stan Brygadyr,
Derek Chandler, Dan Coakley, Al Collins, Frank Dayton, Jim Dodds, Les East, ‘Pop’ Fotheringham,
Bob Gibbons, Gene Gosh, Herb Harzan, George Laforme, Deke Logan, Kam Maxwell
, Gregor MacIntosh,
Robbie Robertson, Stirling Ross, and Robin Thoms.
Stretch noted that there were only a few from the
Comox area, and some who declined because of minor or other health problems.

Concorde Flights. Last year I asked if any reader had flown in the Concorde. Dick Bunyard was one who had
flown from Toronto to London on 27 June 1991. Dick writes:

Being an ex-Swordfish and Walrus pilot, it was quite a wonderful experience. The following is a slightly
abbreviated log [my own] of the flight.

1440 - Take-off weight 180 tons! Take- at off speed at lift off was 240 MPH! After burners off 300 MPH at 4,000 feet.
1445 - 12,000 feet, 550 MPH over Midland, Ontario.

To supersonic corridor NE across NE Ontario and Quebec

1447 - 20,000 ft 620 MPH ground speed.
1449 - 24,000 feet, mach. .92; ground speed 640 MPH
1515 - 27,000 feet, mach. .95; GS 690 MPH
1526 - 30,000 feet, mach. 1; GS 800 MPH
1533 - 41,000 feet, mach. 1.5; GS 1050 outside temp -56C
1545 - 52,000 feet, mach. 2; GS 1340 MPH
1645 - GS 1350 MPH; tiny windows warm, almost hot, from friction
1720 - 55,000 feet, mach. 2; GS 1370 MPH, 830 miles to London
1730 [1030 GST] - mach. 2, 56,000, GS 1370 MPH
1045 GST - Mach. 2, 60,000 feet, GS 1380 MPH
1115 GST - landed London airport [Heathrow] 3 h 35 minutes take off to landing.

Dick described the aircraft as follows. "Interior, two seats, very comfortable, either side of centre aisles.
Super first-class service - champagne, etc, with a wonderful dinner at 50,000 feet.
Oddly enough, I waited a long time for the luggage. Heathrow was partly closed down at 11;30 at night."
He explained that a London-Toronto travel agency was running Concorde charter
flights for one-week trips to Canada, hence there were flights returning from Canada.
They returned via British Airways 747 business class, with a total fare of about $2,250.

From Carl and Peggy Hinch came a much different story.


‘On the advice of a fellow pilot and former squadron mate, Ray Sherk, who had flown
on the inaugural flight of the Concorde, my wife and I decided to experience it as a "once
in a lifetime thrill." We booked on the Concorde one year later while British Airways was still
in the process of trying to convince travellers it was the best way to fly. Well, it certainly was
all it claimed to be, but we got a little more than we bargained for.

‘From the moment we arrived by cab at the airport, everything was done for us,
and we were ushered into a special Concorde gate that was all decked out in white and linen
and silver with champagne and a "lavish spread" of food. It was without parallel to anything
we had ever experienced before with any other airline.

‘Ray had advised me to reserve well in advance to be sure to get the first two seats on
either side of the cabin so that, from the aisle seat, I could see right into the pilots’ compartment,
[there were no doors or curtains in between] and out through the ‘windscreen of the needle nose,
while Peggy enjoyed the foremost window seat in the aircraft. The feeling of excitement
began to mount we were pushed back from the gate.

‘As the pilot swung his huge plane into take-off position, I found myself looking straight down
what seemed like and endless length of runway ahead of us. With take off "clearance" given,
the pilot held the plane stationary with the brakes and I could
see his hands advance the throttles as he "spooled up" the engines to several thousand RPM.
The feeling of enormous power was very evident.

‘Then came the moment we had been waiting for. The pilot released the brakes and moved the
throttles forward. Within seconds we were literally hurling down the runway, the acceleration pushing
us gently back in our seats. I tried to guess the actual moment of rotation, but just as I was sure
we had reached flying speed, it was a shock to suddenly see the pilot’s hands pull the throttle of,
push on the reverse thrusters, and abort the take off! Now I had another interesting thing to try to
guess. Could they get this giant plane to stop before we reached the end of the runway that was
now clearly in view? The answer?!

‘Lady luck was with us. Just short of the end of the runway a taxi-way angled off to the left, and
somehow the pilot managed to swing this beautiful giant onto it, and bring the Concorde to a halt.
It was quite a "gasper" from where I was sitting watching the entire occurrence. Peggy didn’t
seem to be the least bit alarmed, but the people opposite were really terrified. When we taxied back
to the terminal, they left and never came back.

‘The flight, which was only delayed about 45 minutes, was really fabulous. At 60,000 you could
actually see the curvature of the earth, and looking up everything was black. We felt that we were
on the edge of Space.’

Thank you both for your stories.

While on the subject of the UK, here is a story about politics in the days of Prime Minister Margaret

The Iron Lady took her cabinet members to lunch at a posh London restaurant. The waiter
asked her first for her order. ‘Roast beef,’ she replied. ‘What about the vegetables?’ asked
the waiter. Thatcher answered, ‘They’ll have roast beef, too.’

Mel Babcooke has sold ‘my old horse farm and moved into the city of Florence, Alabama.’ See his new address
in the annex. He sent ‘best wishes to all of you up north where the weather gets cold.’

Dick Bone wrote a letter to the editor of the Halifax Mail Star in May 2003. It was entitled ‘Cut the propaganda’,
and had some insightful things to say about the war in Iraq.

Frank Buckley was honoured by membership in the Order of Canada in recognition of his charitable work. His
Buckley’s Mixture commercials were also honoured by being parodied by two of the country’s best comedy shows,
‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ and ‘The Royal Canadian Air Farce.’ It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Congratulations on both counts, Frank.

Ken Bullock is a former member of the RCN and the Air Branch. He emigrated to Australia years ago, and has
had a second career as a writer. His latest book is ‘The Fixers’, a comic novel about senior citizens trying to save
their retirement community from developers. Its ISB Number is 187 608774 9. His address is in the Annex.

Perfect pitch’ is achieved when an accordion is thrown into the trash and lands on a set of bagpipes.

An article in the National Post dated 29 November 2003 featured Leonard Birchall, then 87, in a series celebrating
the 100th Anniversary of the Wright Brother’s first successful powered flight, and also Canadian Aviation pioneers.
The ‘Saviour of Ceylon’ reminisced about his early flying days in Montreal. He said that he still dreamed about being
shot down in the Catalina after reporting the approach of the Japanese fleet toward Ceylon.

According to Roger Campbell, the JAOBTC Course 6 Reunion in Victoria in October went well, attended by Bob Baird,
Hank Bannister, Ken Brown, Roger Campbell, Fred Hawrysh, Jim Stegen, and Pappy Weiss.
Hank did most of the
organizing, and a good time was had by all. They hope to hold another get-together soon, and hope that for a few more
attendees: Several who had planned to come cancelled out.

Chuck Coffen managed the completion of the Shearwater Aviation Museum’s Atrium ‘brilliantly’, according to
Curator Christine Hines in the Spring 2004 edition of the SAM Foundation Newsletter. Don Cash was also cited for
his architectural design work, as were ‘all involved in the raising of the Atrium.’

Bill Davey sent a tale of a ‘bad trip’, without any reference to drugs. Last winter he and his wife decided to travel to
Ontario by train to visit relatives. After barely making it through the snow to the train station, they found that the same
snow had delayed the trains coming in from Montreal. They were eventually able to make it as far as New Brunswick,
where they found that they were alongside the eastbound train, the one would take them to Montreal -- once it reached
Halifax and turned around. After due deliberation, they decided to quit their trip and return home. On arrival in Halifax,
they found that there was no public transportation, not even a taxi, to take them back to their home. Eventually they
did get back home, where they needed a vacation after the trip. Later they headed for sunny Cuba.

Their train trip coincided with the worst snow storm to hit Nova Scotia since records have been kept. The province
suffered two natural disaster in a few months, the other being Hurricane Juan, with the highest wind speeds ever recorded.
Point Pleasant Park in Halifax was so badly damaged that it has opened only this month.

Sheila Davis is still trying to accomplish everything she wanted to do at home since she moved to Victoria fourteen
years ago. However, she feels that she is still ‘just reading and filing volumes of paper in cabinets and boxes.’ Nevertheless,
she enjoys seeing and reading about old friends, and especially attending the Uplands Golf Course annual party and the
Naval Officer’s Association and RUSI lunches. From time to time she feels she is ‘lurching around with permanent vertigo.’
It sounds to me like a normal retirees life. How did we ever find time to work 40-hours plus weeks
for all those years? When will the paperwork stop? Anyone with fewer than five volunteer jobs is under-employed.

Ted Davis is in his 27th year as a volunteer, driving seniors to appointments and bringing meals-on-wheels to other seniors.
Often those he is helping are younger than he. But he also finds time to travel and to visit old friends and old haunts.
Last fall he was in Kent attending the air show at Duxford:

‘A morning was spent wandering through hangars full of a wide variety of aircraft from a SPAD XIII of World War 1 vintage
to a giant B32 of the Gulf War era. In the afternoon there were aerial displays featuring British, American, and Russian fighter
aircraft from World War II as well as a varied assortment of historic and modern aircraft from the ageless Tiger Moths to
turbo-prop and jet trainers in use by the RAF today

Ted also tries to get to the monthly Fleet Air Arm meetings in Toronto at the Rose and Crown pub in the Eglinton area.
He also wrote the obituary for Leonard B Page in the FAA’s News Sheet.

Marsh Dempster sent along good information on the Naval Aviation Dinner that he had attended at the Old Orchard Inn
in Kentville on 23 September 2003. Others there included Bob Arthur, Bruce Baker, Rod Bays, Dick Bone, Glenn Brown,
Ken Brown, Red Chandler, John Cody, Chuck Coffen, Don Cumming, Colin Curleigh, Eric Edgar, Gord Edwards, Ted Gibbon,
Bud Jardine, Ted Kieser, John Lehmann, Jim MacIntosh, Bud MacLean, Gerry MacMillan, Mike McCall, Mal McCulloch,
Hugh McNeil, Barry Montgomery, Ralph Nelson, Jack Ouellette, Wally Sloan, John Shee, Ed Smith, Jim Stegen,
Sweeney Todd, Bob Timbrell, Gary White, and Frank Willis
. The prime organizer, Mike McCall, wrote to say that the event
had been expanded to include both golf and a luncheon, so that ‘dinner guests might enjoy a longer visiting opportunity’; and wives
and companions were included in all events. He also remarked that some of the attendees had,

‘spiffed up...if you have a Cinderella at your side, you probably prefer to look more like Prince Charming than
the Terminator. ... Due to poor planning ... the cost of the dinner was $1,244.49 less than the amount received,
[so] the overage would be donated to the Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation.’

He felt that the amount of wine budgeted for was more appropriate to that which would have been consumed by the same group
forty-some years ago. Mike expected that there would be another dinner in two or three years time, possibly sooner if someone
else wished to organize it.

Harry Dubinsky sent along the following, attributed to ‘a retired Alaska Airlines Captain.’ who heard it on a flight between from
Seattle to San Francisco. The Flight Attendant spoke over the PA System before take-off.

‘Hello, and welcome to Air Alaska Flight ... to San Francisco. If you’re going to San Francisco, you’re in the right place.
If you’re not going to San Francisco, you’re about to have a really long evening.

‘We’d like tell you about some important safety features of this aircraft. The most important safety feature we have
aboard is ... the Flight Attendants. Please look at one now.

‘There are five exits aboard this plane at the front, two over the wings, and one out the planes rear end. If you are
seated in one of the exit rows, please do not store your bags at your feet. That would be a really bad idea. Please take
a moment to look around and find the nearest exit. Count the rows between you and the exit. In the event that the need
arises to find one, trust me, you’ll be glad you did. We have pretty blinking
lights on the floor that will blink in the direction of the exits. White ones along the normal rows and pretty red ones at the
exit rows.

‘In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, those baggy things will drop down over your head. You stick it over your nose
and mouth like the Flight Attendant is doing now. The bag won’t inflate. But there’s oxygen there, promise. If you are
sitting next to a small child, please do us all a favour and put your mask on first. If you are travelling with two ‘or more
children, please take a moment to decide which one is your favourite. Help that one first, then
work your way down.

‘In the seat pocket in front of you is a pamphlet about the safety features of this plane. I usually use it as a fan when
I am having my personal summer. It makes a very good fan.

It also has pretty pictures. Take it our and play with it now.

‘Please take a moment to make sure your seat belts are fastened low and tight about your waist. To fasten the belt,
insert the metal tab into the buckle. To release, it’s a pally thing - not a pushy thing like your car because you’re in
an airplane –HELLOOO!!

‘There is no smoking in the cabin of this flight. There is also no smoking in the lavatories. If we see smoke coming from the
lavatories, we will assume you are on fire and put you out. This is a free service we provide. There are two smoking sections in this flight,
one outside each wing exit. We do have a movie in the smoking sections tonight ... hold on let me check what it is ...
Oh here it is: The movie tonight is "Gone With the Wind."

‘In a moment we will be turning off the cabin lights, and it’s going to be really dark, really fast. If you are afraid of the dark,
now would be a good time to reach up and push the yellow button. The yellow button turns on your reading light. Please don’t
press the orange button unless you absolutely have to. The orange button is your seat ejection button.

‘We’re glad to have you with us on board this flight. Thank you for choosing Alaska Air, and giving us your business and your
money. If there’s anything we can do to make you more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to ask.

‘If you all weren’t strapped down, you’d have given me a standing ovation, wouldn’t you?’

After the landing, she spoke on the PA again,

‘Welcome to San Francisco International Airport. Sorry about the bumpy landing. It’s not the Captains fault; it’s not the co-pilots fault.
It’s the asphalt. Please remain seated until the plane is parked at the gate. At no time in history has a passenger beaten the plane to
the gate, so please don’t even try. Please be careful opening the overhead bins because "shift happens."’

John Eden is in the process of reducing markedly his involvement with the Canadian Naval Air Group as Secretary, on the advice of his family doctor.
We all hope that you are returned to robust good health very soon, John; and we thank you for all your good work over the past several years.

Gord Edwards wrote from Ottawa to say that, since the death of his wife Claire, he has been doing a lot more travelling in Canada, including attending
both the east and west coast naval aviation dinners. While in Victoria, he took the opportunity to visit his daughter and grandchildren there. He later
scheduled some time in Mexico and possibly the southern USA ‘to break the back of winter.’ Later plans involved train travel through Europe,
and visits to places that he had not been allowed top visit while in the forces. The complete itinerary included Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Vienna,
Venice, Nice Barcelona and Madrid.

Gord was one of several readers who answered the my question about the Saunders Farm, featured on the Map Art map of Eastern Ontario, and
whether Gus Saunders was involved with it. Unfortunately, half the answers said ‘yes’ it was Gus’s place, and the other half said that it wasn’t. I guess
that I’ll have to settle that one myself with a visit.

‘Fighter makes night landing on carrier.’ From ‘The Chronicles of Aviation.’
Valletta, Malta, 26 November 1929. ‘Last night a Royal Navy pilot from HMS Courageous, Owen Cathcart-Jones, carried out one of the of
the most difficult flying manoeuvres: landing on an aircraft carrier in darkness. It is the first time a fighter has made a night landing on an aircraft
carrier. For this experiment, he flew one of the Royal Navy’s best established fighters, a Fairey Flycatcher. He took off from Hal Far airfield
and touched down uneventfully on the carrier’s deck while she was at anchor in Valletta harbour. Jones’s most celebrated flying exploit to
date took place earlier this year when he bombed the bridge of flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth with lavatory paper.’

This was passed along by Eric Edgar from an email received by way of the Navairgens. It is entitled >A Salute=. It has been edited for length.

'I sat in the back of the Boeing 767 waiting for everyone to hurry up and stow their carry-ons and grab a seat so we could start what I was
sure would be a long uneventful flight home. ... I was anxious to get home and see my loved ones, so I was focussed on Amy@ issues, and
just felt like standing up and yelling for some of these clowns to get their act together . ... With everybody finally seated, we just sat there
with the cabin door open and no one in a hurry to get us going though we were well past the scheduled take-off time. AEO wonder the airline
industry is in trouble@, I told myself. Just then, the attendant came on the intercom to inform us all that we were being delayed. The entire
plane let out a collective groan. She resumed speaking to say, awe are holding the aircraft for some very special people who are on their
way on a connecting plane, and the delay should=t be more than five minutes.@

The word came, after six times as long as we were promised, that I was finally going to be on my way home. Why the hoopla over These@ folks?
I was expecting some celebrity or sports figure to be the reason for hold-up. JUST get your butts in a seat and let=s hit the gas@, I thought.

The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud voice that we were being joined by several Canadian soldiers returning
home from Afghanistan! Just as they walked on board, the entire plane erupted into applause. The men were a bit taken by surprise by the
340 people cheering for them as they searched for their seats. They were having their hands shook and touched by almost everyone who
was within an arm=s distance of them as they passed down the aisle On e elderly woman kissed the hand of one of the soldiers as he passed by.
The applause, whistles, and cheering done=t stop for a long time.

>When we were finally airborne, I was not the only civilian checking his conscience as to the delays in getting home, finding my easy chair, a cold
beverage, and the remote in my hand. These men had done for all of us, and I had been complaining silently about me and my issues.
I took for granted the everyday freedoms I enjoy, and the conveniences of the Canadian way of life that I took for granted while others paid the
price for my ability to moan and complain about a few minutes [delay because of] those heroes going home to their loved ones.

>... Minutes before we landed, I suggested to the attendants that she request that everyone [else] remain in their seats until our heroes were
allowed to gather their things and be first off the plane. The cheers and applause continued until the last soldier stepped off, and we arose
all rose to go about our too-often-taken-for-granted everyday freedoms ... I felt proud of them. I felt it an honour and privilege to be among the
first to welcome then home and say Thank you@ for a job well done.

>I vowed that I would never forget that flight [or] the lesson learned. I can=t say it enough, THANK YOU to those veterans and active servicemen
and women who may read this, and a prayer for those who cannot, because they are no longer with us. God bless! Welcome home! And thanks for
a job well done!!!!=

The writer was not identified, but our thanks to him/her too.

Laurie Farrington forwarded some additional information about Pat Ryan’s death in December 2002. Pat had had extensive heart surgery in Montreal after
a series of heart problems. There had been no warning of further problems when he went for a morning walk near his Ottawa home; but he felt unwell, and
sat down on a curb to rest. There he collapsed, and was dead on arrival in hospital. He is survived by his wife, Francine, who lives in Ottawa. Her phone number is 613,749.5552.

Laurie passed along the names of those who attended the Naval Air Rendevous in May 2003 at Bytown, and he included a comment that ‘the demographics appear
to be changing.’ The list included Bob Armstrong, Bill Babbitt, Peter Berry, Bruce Baker, Glenn Brown, Doug Cale, Bill Christie, Bill Cody, Glenn Cook,
Bruce Cormack, Gord Edwards, Bob Falls, Laurie Farrington, Ted Forster, John Frank, Fred Frewer, Seth Grossmith, Robbie and Di Hughes, Rod Hutcheson,
Norm Inglis, Roy Kilburn, Ed L’Heureux, Bud MacLean, Al McIntosh, Butch Miller, Peter Milson, Gord Moyer, Bob and Elizabeth Murray, Stuart Murray,
Roger Piper, Ken Roy, Richard Taylor, Rod Wade, Gene Weber, Bruce Wilson, Pat Whitby, and Vic Wilgress.
Thanks for sending the information, Laurie.

Alistair Gillespie would be proud to see that another well-known Scottish-Canadian, John Kenneth Galbraith, is still publishing late in life. His newest book came out
last month. John Kenneth is 95.

Kit and Bob Geale sent this update from Australia.

‘It has been quite a year. I [Bob - ed] started off by getting my eye sight back and regaining the driver’s seat when I had a cataract operation.

‘It has been a year of drought, and the fire season was bad. Around here in January and February, the stench of fire, the black smoke, and flames at night kept us all on watch.
Across the road from our home is the bush, and it was tinder dry. A cigarette butt thrown by a passing driver started one off. Fortunately, with the cooler weather fire dangers
lessened, but the drought continued, and it was not for some months before water rationing was cancelled.

‘Around mid year we got the word that we were going to be GREAT GRANDPARENTS,

At our young age, too! Kellies, our eldest grand daughter and he husband Joss are expecting in [January 2004].

‘As for the remainder of the family, our eldest, Sara, is still in Saudi Arabia and has recently been promoted to managing a new hospital. It meant a move
from the Aramaco Compound to a city two hours away. Although a worry in these times, she figures she is reasonably safe.

‘Bev is the Persona Assistant to the Captain of HMAS ‘Albatross’, the [RAN] Fleet Air Arm base outside Nowra, while Peter has recently been promoted to a
demanding job in his company. Robyn and Myall live not far from us and our doing well. Nick and Julia have both been busy in Sydney and now his eldest son,
Liam, is an apprentice at Nick’s marine engineering firm.

‘For us, we keep busy. I still ride my bike most mornings, while Kit does a three-mile walk. I am still giving a day a week as Curator to the [RAN FAA] museum, but for
my sins usually end up with a week’s work answering queries. We are both well and enjoying life.’

Thanks for the good news, and we all hope that Sara is safe and sound during these trying times.

Si Green and a few others have been trying to find Andy Rioux, who lives somewhere in the Caribbean. Andy may be in Laguna Izabel, Guatemala. Although Andy
seldom returns to Canada, his former wife, Aline, has returned to Canada and lives in the Ottawa area. Does anyone have his address?

Si attended the funeral of George Merkley, who died on Christmas Day 2002. Si wrote,

‘The service was held in a small but quaint church in Indian Point [NS] on the shore of Mahone Bay, a location that I would say was perfect considering
the circumstances. [George loved the sea.] The place was packed with local residents and old navy buddies. I had a brief chat with Lee Myrhaugan, Frank Willis,
Bill McKinney, John McDermott and Noel Murphy,
all accompanied by their wives. The eulogy was delivered by Commodore "Boomer’ Cocks who held
the congregation spellbound with his powerful, humourous, but serious speech. He closed by stating that he had lost a dear friend. Hadn’t we all.

‘A few other old shipmates I ran into during my visit, all ex-OMs, included Knobby Clark, who lives in Hubbards, Doug Robinson, who has been mayor
of Parrsboro for some time, and Carl and Gloria Laming who retired to Truro. Also in Truro and just a few doors from the Lamings are Ray and Jane Doucette.’

Ray was admitted to hospital when Si was there, but is believed to be okay now.

In a long email, Casey Hale said that he was going to Victoria for the welcoming of HMCS ‘Victoria’ last September. There he would be presenting an ensign from HMCS Victoriaville,

‘the "last frigate", given to me by an uncle ... who was Yeoman of Signals when Victoriaville took the surrender of U190 in May 1945. [He passed it on to me 25 years
ago and asked me to find a home for it.’]

Casey said that it had nothing to do with naval air, but might be of interest to some fishheads. It is of personal interest to me, since I was in Victoriaville when she commissioned
again in 1959, along with Peter Drage and Hugh McNeil who also have naval air affiliations.

Peter Holmes has been doing some research on the Internet, and has found several references to the term ‘goofing stations’ and the short form ‘goofers.’ There was one
reference from Al Cooper writing in Maritime Command’s Trident newspaper, claiming that the origin was the RCN in ‘Maggie’; but Peter found other references to ‘goofing’ going
back to WW2. The earliest specific reference was from HMS ‘Kenya’ in 1943, and another was from the prestigious British authority on the English language, Eric Partridge, who
classified is as ‘Naval [1939-45], anyone who watches the flying is known as a goofer.’ The term ‘goofer’ itself seems to be a combination of ‘goof’ and ‘gaper’, and also referred to
people who ‘gaped at enemy bombers instead of talking shelter.’ In an even earlier reference, the RAF used the term ‘goof’ to mean ‘a man ever running after women.’

Peter notes that modern carriers with closed-circuit TV probably have eliminated the need for goofing stations. And surely age and infirmity have at least slowed down most goofs
from a run to a walk. Thanks, Peter, for sharing your research.

In their 2003 Christmas letter, Robbie and Diana Hughes reported that they were ‘in great health despite our galloping aging. Di has had one eye overhauled by a de-cataract
operation. ... Ian and Sandi have been transferred to Florida so we can add a 500 mile detour coming and going between residences to see them. It has been many years since
we could inter-visit on a regular basis.’ [Ian has been stationed in places like Moose Jaw, I think, Ed.]

Mike Langman sent a Christmas card that was a copy of an original painting by C.E.A. Willson, sold in aid of the Royal Navy Historic Flight. It was in the style of the great British
cartoonist, Giles, and showed Santa Claus dropping Christmas packages of small swordfish on the Swordfish aircraft belonging to the Historic Flight. In his card, Mike mentioned
that he ‘was very much involved flying Swordfish in the Western Desert between March 1942 and June 1943.’ He also wondered how long Swordfish would remain flying.
‘For some time to come, I hope.’

During Hugh Laughland’s brief stay in Canada as an RNVR officer on Observer Training in 1955 and ‘56, he flew with several Canadian pilots, most from VU 32, which supplied
the aircraft and pilots for the Observer’s School. Last year while golfing at the Royal Dornoch Golf Course in northern Scotland, Hugh encountered Dan Munro, also golfing their,
and they, and they realized they had flown together almost fifty years ago in Canada. Dan and Hugh were able to reminisce over some mutual friends from the Gunroom in Shearwater.
Another RN member of that course is Bill Kavanagh, also a Scot, who has recently retired after selling his own company in Hartford, Connecticut. Bill is considering returning to
Scotland, after about thirty years away in Germany and the USA; he plans to build a log house for himself and Margaret.

Deb and I hoped to meet Hugh in London is March, but he was vacationing in France during the week we were in England.

On Canada’s favourite theme, ‘How cold was it?’, it was so cold that the lawyers had their hands in their own pockets, and so cold that the girls were
wearing turtle-neck bras

John Lehmann is still working here in Toronto as Registrar of the Canadian Forces College. As mentioned earlier, he attended the naval aviation reunions in Kentville and Victoria last fall.
His son, one of Canada’s top photographers, received the first Commonwealth Photographers’ Award last year. John’s grandson was also featured in an article on families in the Globe
and Mail April this year. John is about to enter his FIFTIETH year with DND, something of a record no doubt. He has no immediate plans for retirement, but may reduce his working hours
next year so that he can enjoy more golf and travelling with Isabel. They plan to travel to the west coast in September for the Venture Association’s’s 50th Anniversary.

A nice card and photo came from Phyl Lowe in Vancouver. She doesn=t march very often in her clown persona, but did participate in the West Vancouver Community Day parade on a lovely
June day last year. Those readers who live outside Canada may not be aware that 2003/ 2004 was very difficult time for British Columbians, with a terrible drought, floods, extensive forest fires,
and continuing problems in the farming community. Even home gardeners like Phyliss were affected, losing flowers and shrubs that had taken years to bring to full potential.

Phyliss sent along some information that would be of interest to the naval historians in the readership, a large group. Most of us remember reading about the WW1 sea battles of Coronel and
the Falkland Islands. The German navy=s East Asia Squadron won the former battle, but the Royal Navy avenged that loss by virtually destroying the German navy=s forces in the South Atlantic
and South Pacific at the Battle of the Falkland Islands. The one German ship that escaped was the cruiser Dresden, which escaped from the Falklands to eventually take shelter in
Cumberland Bay, Ila de Juan Fernandez, Chile, where she attempted to take on coal. Three British Cruisers, HM Ships Kent, Glasgow, and Orana found her there. Although the Germans tried
to surrender under a white flag, the British fleet attacked the anchored ship and sunk her, aided by the Dresden=s actions in scuttling herself. It was alleged that the Royal Navy=s flag officer had
ordered the Dresden to be sunk even if they surrendered, and that the on-site commander complied, knowingly violating Chilean sovereignty in the process. Evidence from recent underwater archeology work
on the Dresden seems to confirm those allegations.

The only Canadian connection to the story is that the RCN, fearing an attack on British Columbia after the Battle of Coronel, bought the first submarines that Canada had ever owned, since there were no surface
ships on our west coast capable of facing the Germans.

One other historical and literary significance is that the island where the sinking took place was the model for Daniel Defoe=s classic >Robinson Crusoe=. In real life, a Scottish seaman and privateer named
Alexander Selkirk was left on the island by his privateer shipmates when he refused to leave the island, originally believing the privateers’ ship was not sound. At the last moment he changed his mind only to be
rebuffed and marooned by his captain. He had a few tools and his Bible, and was able to stay on the island for more than four years until rescued in January 1709. Selkirk retired with a small fortune from his
privateering, and settled back in Scotland. In 1960, Chile re-named the island Ila de Robinson Crusoe. [Taken from a Special Report in the Vancouver Sun, 12-14 March, 2003.] Thanks, Phyll for that information.

Jack McGee wrote from West Vancouver in a new address. See the annex. He said that he had

'met Terry Lynch, an Observer who flew on Harry Hollywoods crew with me and Fred Illingwood or Al Downie. It had been a long time since we last met, but what great memories came back.
Terry is incredibly fit and so youthful looking it is hard to believe we flew together that long ago.=

Jack and Doreen Moss, like myself, have been hunting for a new place to live, having found that four bedrooms were more than they needed as empty-nesters. Jack says, ‘We have searched for a bungalow or condo
from coast to coast and locally. We have found the right location but not the right home, or vice versa, many times’ but nothing better than their current accommodation. As well, they ‘enjoy our time spent with old friends
living in the area. Maybe some day!’ Jack added,

‘We frequently join Mary and Dave Tate for lunch, dinner, drinks, or whatever , and reminisce about years gone by. Dave and I first met when we played football for the Flyers in ‘52, and Mary and
Doreen are from the Halifax/Dartmouth area ... In May [2003] the Tates, together with their daughter and son in law, headed back to the coast on an RV holiday. Their daughter, Judy, hadn’t been
there for years, and their son-in-law. Dwight, had never been east. Prior to their departure, Dave mentioned that he couldn’t wait to tour Shearwater with Dwight, and would also like to go aboard
one of the ships. Our son, Derek, was the Combat Control Officer aboard HMCS ‘St. John’s’, so a quick email was all that was needed to arrange a tour of the frigate. ... He also arranged for a friend
of his from the Hel Air Det to meet Dave at Shearwater and show them around. ... Derek was delighted to have the opportunity to spend some time with such a long-standing friends of mine. It was a good feeling.’

Retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie told a conference on ‘world conflict and the military’ that Canada could revitalize its military by acquiring aircraft carriers like HMS ‘Ark Royal’, according to an article in the
Halifax Chronicle Herald of 31 May 2004. MacKenzie agreed that the $1.8 billion cost would be a ‘tough sell.’

Those attending included Linc Alexander, Herry Alix, John Arnold, Bob Baird, hank Bannister, Dicker Bartlett, Dave Benton, Peter Bey, Bill Blake, Irv Bowman, Stan Brygadyr, Jim Burns, Tom Byrne,
Murray Caldwell, Derek Chandler, Ivor Cooke, Dave Crampton, Geoff Craven, Dave Critoph, Wayne Dannhaeur, Les East, Gord Edwards, Don Fair, Sid Fairbairn, Hugh Fischer, Gary Plath,
Jack Ford, Ted Gibbon, Gareth Gwilliam, Hal Hallaran, Herb Harzan, Jon Hewer, Bert Jarrett, Tim Kemp, Jake Kennedy, Viljo Kippel, Arnie Lambert, John Lehmann, Andre Lemeux, Deke Logan,
Lorne McDonald, Brian Moorhouse, Ian Muir, Gregor MacIntosh, Bud MacLean, Malcolm McCulloch, Jack McGee4, Bob McNish, Bob McPhail, Eric Nielsen, Brian Northrup, Dave Oliphant, Ben Oxholm,
Larry O’Brien, Mike Page, Bill Park, George Plawski, Steve Queale, Neil Robertson, Don Robertson, Fred Sander, Mike Shaw, Al Snowie, Joe Sosnkowski, Stu Soward, Ken Stephens, Fin Sterling,
Jim Todd, John Turan, Jack Tucker, Tom Turner, John Turner, Glen Urquhart, Ben Van Ek, Gerry Van Ek, Larry Washbrook, Lee Weber, and Nigel Williamson.

Robert also sent some information that he had received about how a layman could diagnose a stroke. Not being a doctor myself, I cannot comment knowledgeably on it, but you might wish to discuss it with your family
doctor. Robert wrote,

‘Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer could suffer brain damage when people fail to recognize
the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say that any bystander can recognize a stroke asking three simple questions ;

- ask the victim to smile.
- ask him or her to raise both arms.
- ask the person to speak a simple sentence.

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, phone 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

‘After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness, and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions.
They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association’s annual meeting... Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke, and prevent damage.’

Thanks for all your work, Robert.

[In a ‘death by spell-checker’ situation, Larry Washbrook’s name in the list at the west coast dinner was changed to Larry Washroom! Thank goodness my own name has been added to my word processor’s dictionary,
as has Larry’s now. Has any reader found other unusual names when spell-checking?]

Eric Nielsen has moved from Nova Scotia to the west coast, and left his position of President of SAM Foundation,

‘with a feeling of regret as well as satisfaction. My regret is that I was just getting the "hang of it", and was beginning to have fun at it. My satisfaction comes from the success that SAMF had in raising
money over the last two years. I am pleased that we were able to fund the construction of the ATRIUM entrance on a cash basis while continuing to make payments on the hangar load. Everyone at
SAMF deserves a hearty BZ. Some new projects promise to be lucrative. So everybody please keep up your strong support for SAMF!’

Thanks to Eric for his work on behalf of all of us. See the Annex for his new address.

Ed Smith was instrumental on bringing the Memorial Windows back to the Cornwallis Military Museum, the former Protestant Chapel at Cornwallis. But they won=t be the original ones. Ed said in the Halifax Chronicle Herald,

'The windows are not coming back, which done=t surprise anybody too much ... but the navy agreed to have full-size, plastic laminated replicas of the windows made and shipped to the museum, where
they will be installed. The cost will be about $10,000.=

The navy has promised to deliver them in time for Battle of the Atlantic ceremonies in 2005. For those who don=t remember the background of the dispute between the museum and the navy, the original 24 panels
from the chapel represented navy ships that had been sunk in WW2, and had been taken to Halifax after the closure of CFB Cornwallis in the 1990s. They had not been put to use, though they were kept in the
Shannon Park Chapel, now closed.

If you are visiting the Maritimes in the next few months, the museum is a worthwhile stopping place, and Annapolis is a great place for a meal. A Memorial Park is in the works for Cornwallis, >memorializing the sailors who
trained at the base, many of whom lost their lives in the Korean War=, according to Geraldine Conway of the Cornwallis Parks and Recreation Society. A rose garden is also in the plan. The park is the size of a city block,
and already has a gazebo built by the navy. [From the Halifax Herald 3 September 2003.]

Jean Veronneau has ceased his Venture Association duties as editor of >the Signal= and Registrar for the organization. Venture=s President, Joe Cunningham, wrote in >the Signal@ of April 2004,

'This will be the last Signal under the aegis of our loyal and faithful servant Jean Veronneau. Volunteers for his job [and mine] have been as scarce as rocking horse manure. So I will be taking over
the tasks of the Editor of the Signal, and Association Registrar -- as well as the fundamentally activated broom. ... I would like to thank Jean for all his efforts... I think that he has done an
amazing job, maintaining meticulous records and created a system even I should be able to follow. On behalf of all of us, thank you, Jean.@

My thanks go out to Jean for keeping me in touch with the goings-on of this large segment of the naval aviation community. Jean and I first met here in Toronto in 1965 when we were both students on the first course of
the RCAF Staff School to take in RCN students. Three of us were naval aviators, including Al Horner. One of the naval officers won the only individual prize given out on the course: The prize for worst volleyball accident,
awarded to yours truly. I was in a cast longer than any other injured. The late Surgeon Commander [P] Chick Oliver was a member of the Institute of Aviation Medicine, which was collocated with the School on
Avenue Road, and he an I occasionally crossed canes, since he, too, was on the limp.

Bruce Vibert phoned from the UK to talk about the BBC mini-series on the Battle of the Atlantic, and it’s lack of recognition of the Fleet Air Arm’s contribution, The series was mentioned in last year’s letter, and since
then has been redone after negative feedback from many veterans. Unfortunately, the BBC has not made sufficient changes to satisfy the veterans concerns, according to Bruce. As well, they have ignored the
USN’s contributions with respect to the ‘jeep’ carriers. The arguments are ongoing, but the BBC is not expected to do much more in the way of changes.

It is of interest that ‘the Beebe’ has recently been criticised for lack of accuracy in its reporting during the recent Iraq War.

Cards, notes, letters, e-mails or telephone calls were were also received from Norm Cash, Don Crow, Jacques Cote, Trix Geary, Ivor Hamilton, Lorne McDonald, Eddie Myers, Gene Weber,



Future of Shearwater. DND is planning to buy back some of the property that it earlier had sold to Canada Lands. The long-term situation is still as murky as ever, but it seems that there will be a military presence at
Shearwater for years to come.

Venture Reunion 2004 - This will be the 50th anniversary of the first Venture Class and the reunion will be held in Victoria BC from 7 - 12 September 2004. Those attending MAY also be able to join other Venturites in an
Alaskan cruise starting 15 September. Registration should be made before August 2004. For details you can contact:

Venture Association
PO Box 53507 - Broadie RPO
Victoria BC V8X 5K2

The group organizer is Phil Johnston [class of ‘62], tel 250.652.0264 or email -- .

CNAG Reunion 2003 - BC Main Land. The reunion was hosted by ‘Swordfish’ Chapter, and held at the Executive Airport Plaza in Richmond, i.e. Vancouver International Airport. Approximately 160 people attended the
Saturday-night banquet, with even more people attending the ‘meet and greet’ on Friday. The banquet featured ‘BC salmon and other West Coast delicacies.’ The guest speaker was Ben Oxholm who spoke about his days
as hangar Officer in ‘Maggie’ On Sunday about 80 CNAG members travelled to nearby Steveson for an Oktoberfest event at the Army Navy and Air Force Club. Bob Murray of Hampton Gray Chapter was awarded the
‘Tul Safety Equipment/Fred Lucas Trophy for his 15 years [2000 volunteer hours] as a volunteer researcher with the Canadian Aviation Museum, mainly ‘furthering and promoting naval aviation interests.’
[From ‘Across the Flight Deck’, December 2003.]

New Combined Mess in Halifax. Halifax is following the trend by building a combined mess for officers, and chief and petty officers that will cost $32.4 million. It will retain parts of the current officers mess in a twelve-storey
structure that will house 160 people, mainly those in transit or on courses. The older messes will remain in use until January 2005, when the new structure is scheduled to be completed. After that, the former messes will be
demolished. If my memory is correct, this will be the third mess for each group in 50 years. "According to a navy spokesman, the existing quarters are not up to today; standards." Collocation will save the navy almost one
million dollars yearly.

Shearwater Aviation Museum And Foundation

The museum's web site is:

Their other addresses are:

13 Bonaventure Avenue
PO Box 5000 Stn Main
Shearwater NS B0J 3A0
Tel. 902.460.1083; Fax 902.460.2037

The museum is interested in adding to its permanent collections, as well as to improve the quality of reference material available to their patrons. If you own any photographs, slides, films, manuals of documents, or other
artifacts you feel may help the museum tell a chapter of Shearwater=s story, consider a donation to the Shearwater Aviation Museum. They are especially hopeful to find memorabilia from the technical trades.

If a donation is made, donors will receive an acknowledgment and display credit. A receipt for a charitable donation for income purposes can be issued on request.

To discuss your donation, please contact Christine Hinds at your convenience, Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Atlantic Time. [From an insert from CNAG.]

Toronto Aerospace Museum /Downsview. The Toronto Aerospace Museum [TAM] is up and running, and would welcome any visitors from Monday to Saturday. It has a restored Tracker, and is currently restoring the
Lancaster that was on a pedestal in a waterfront park here in Toronto for many years. The museum is on the site of the former RCAF Downsview/CFB Toronto site, now and urban national park. Although many of the RCAF
buildings on the site have been torn down, some of the former DeHavilland buildings still stand, including the one where the Trackers were built. The long-term fate of the museum is still in the hands of Canada Lands, the
federal organization formed to look after former CF property. The museum can be reached from Sheppard Avenue just east of Keele Street. Its street address is 55 Carl Hall Drive.

Also on the site is a new Army building officially know as >The Denison facility=, AKA the >super armoury=, that replaces many of the smaller armouries in the city. It also houses Land Forces Central Area, the >aid to civil power=
organization for Ontario.

NATO Flying Training in Canada [NFTC] Programme. Advanced training is still being done in CFB Moose Jaw. Fighter training is being held at CFB Cold Lake. The German Air Force has decided to pull out of CFB Goose Bay,
Labrador, after 2005. The Germans are phasing out their Tornado jets and reducing flying tours.

Engagement Bonuses. An advertisement for MDs that I read in my family doctor’s’s office offered an initial ‘bonus’ of $225,000 for MDs who would commit themselves to four years of service in the CF. A two-year engagement
would be rewarded with an $80,000.

Sea King Replacement. Lee Myrhaugan was interviewed by CBC TV in Halifax last November, and he made the point quite clearly that the cancellation of the programme in the 1990s should now be put behind us, and
we should concentrate on ensuring that the replacement aircraft is the best that can be had. Nevertheless, more recent information [May 2004] suggested that until 2012 the Sea King will still be flying, given the long lead times
for the training of maintenance and flight crews.

Built-in parachute. In an article entitled ‘In Case of Emergency, Pull the Plane’s Rip Cord’ by Chris Wattie in the National Post of 17 April 2004, the author introduces us to the Cirrus Airframe parachute [CAP] made by the
manufacturers of Cirrus light aircraft. The device is a giant parachute that,

‘Pops out of a hatch in the back of the aircraft’s fuselage ...set off [by] a magnesium charge, which ignites a solid-fuel rocket just behind the passenger compartment. The rocket blows out a hatch that
covers the parachute compartment and slows the plane’s forward momentum. Harness straps will unfold from both sides of the fuselage, and the parachute will begin to unfold ... the stricken plane will
stop flying and start drifting gradually down, within seconds landing with an impact equivalent to jumping off a three-metre ladder. Specialised landing gear and a roll cage around the passenger compartment
produce what the company calls "a survivable landing."

‘Albert Kolk of Picture Butte Alberta was flying over [a] scenic mountain range with his grandson ... and two friends when "for some reason one wing dropped and it started to get out of control." Kolk pulled
the rip cord at 2,800 metres above the ground, and he says that the system worked exactly as described.

‘We came down safely and sound and just stepped out of the plane ... It did substantial damage to my plane, but nobody was hurt. Not even a sore muscle or a bruise. It’s amazing.

‘The parachutes, which can be bought separately and added to other small aircraft work at altitudes as low as 100 metres above ground."

Anyone who wishes to read more of Mr Wattie’s work can find him on the Internet. He is a prize-winning reporter -- and a self-declared ‘naval air brat’, who, as a child, watched Bonnie enter Halifax Harbour for the last time.

FAA in Canada. The Canadian branch of the Fleet Air Arm Association, which usually meets in HMCS York Officers= mess twice yearly, has fallen into difficulties since three of their hardest-working organizers have fallen ill:
Ken West, Don and Pat Cooper.
Pat and Don recently moved from Kitchener, Ontario, to Stratford to be nearer their daughter, but suffered some major set backs involving hospitalization shortly after arriving.
After being released from hospital, they have moved to the Ann Hathaway retirement home in Stratford, and are doing much better. They would be pleased to hear from you or see you, especially if you are in Stratford
for the Summer Theatre Festival. See the annex for their new address.

FLEET AIR ARM NEWS. [Taken from The Fleet Air Arms Officers’ Association’s News Sheet, March 2004, edited by John Shears.]

Some upcoming events in 2004 -- Culdrose Air Day 14 July, Plymouth Navy Days 29-30 August, Yeovilton Air Day 18 September, FAA Squadrons 8th Annual Dinner 20 November.

The New Zealand FAA Association Convention will be held in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island 10-12 February 2005. The convenor is Alan Lane, 31 Frank Wilson Tce, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

The Canadian First of the Month meeting is held in the Rose and Crown pub on Yonge Street north of Eglinton on the first Wedneday of the month, at noon. For more info contact John Bailey at 416.755.7628.

Personal Column -- Jim Temple wrote about one of his experiences in Canada while on the way to Pensecola for flying training with the USN in 1941.

‘We had arrived ... after a long and dirty overnight train jouney from Halifax and were billeted in the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, which had been opened by the Duke [of Kent] earlier
in the day. In trying to avoid him because of our grubby appearance, we encountered him quite by chance in the Grand Ring, where prize cattle had been on show earlier in the day.

‘The press photographers got busy and the photograph appeared on the front page of the Toronto Evening News on the very same day.’

The picture showed Jim, Jack Sisley, Les Farthing, and Johnny Lowdes [Royal Marines.]

Colin Watkins wrote about his experiences in the FAA, and later running the London Sea Cadets.

‘I think that with my retirement after 36 years and two months I was the last Gannet Looker to leave the mob [but I bet that somewone will correct me]. Looking back, it was all great fun, Gannets,
SeaKings, Lynx, carriers, cruisers, frigates etc., and of course sailing; but working with the Sea Cadets was most rewarding.

‘Thanks to the FAAOA and Bertie Vigrass, a lot of youngsters, many from strained circumstances, are given the chance to experience the FAA and even if they do not eventually join our branch,
there is a fighting chance that they will join the Navy. In any readers are ever asked to give their local SCC unit a hand, better still a gung-ho lecture, please say yes. Many of you may not appreciate
that the cadets look up to the RN and in particular the FAA with admiration and awe.’

Bryan Wood has tendered his resignation as the RN Historic Flights’ General manager after showing ‘early signs of heart failure.’

‘This was not a decision that came easily, because I have thoroughly enjoyed my work, and my 47 years of direct association with the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm. It has been a huge privilege
to be the "Custodian" on behalf of you all, for our priceless collection of historic naval aircraft, to lead my most enthusiastic and skillfull team at Yeolvilton, and to act as one of the key links between
"Naval Aviation Heritage" and the public, especially the Ex-Service Asssociations.

‘Thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me in different ways during the eight years that I have been privilged to be the Flight’s General Manager.’

Brian Randall weighed in on an ongoing discussion on who was the first National Service aviator to volunteer for the Korean War. Derek Green had some claim to the title, as did Jim Hopkins, and Jeremy Wailes,
Jeremy was put back a course for a close encounter with a cottage chimney.

‘[In May, 1952. As we anchored in Tor Bay, Lieutenant Commander Pete London asked for two volunteers to join 802 Squadron aboard HMS "Ocean" in Korean waters to replace two casualties.
I now had 17 deck landings and 363 hours.

‘Lieutenant Johnnie Jones and I stepped forward. I was within two months of the end of my 24 months NS [National Service] and I wanted the experience and the hours that a Korean tour who provide.
Pete London demurred at first because of the lack of remaining time, but when I suggested that I voluntarily extend my NS to cover the rest of "Ocean’s" tour he said that he imagined Their Lordships would be
very pleased to have an extra pilot, and so when he signalled the Admiralty, it proved to be the case.’

Later, when Brian joined ‘Ocean’ he found another RNVR pilot already aboard, having risen through the ranks to take flying training. He was Nick Cook. Brian thinks that Nick was clearly the first NS pilot in Korea,
but Brian can claim second place.

Mike Simpson writes about his time with the Sea Otter, after a very noisy party in the wardroom.

‘Early next morning I [found] that someone had used one of the pots of marking paint to paint down the port side of the Otter:

"Bollocks to Cdr Air."

‘Obviously a cunning plan, as this was the side which would not be seen from Flyco on takeoff. I got to work with thinners, and before breakfast the slogan was gone. About half an hour later,
Commander [Air] Bungy Bracken burst into the hangar, examined the clean Otter closely, and left. Although my prime subject was Irvin Bowman, our Canadian Otter pilot, the incident
was never mentioned.

‘Later on when we were anchored in Portland harbour, there was a requirement one Saturday morning for a water takeoff to fly Admiral Charles Lambe to Lee. I managed to persuade
Irvin Bowman that it was necessary for me to go, on the grounds that this particular Otter [RD 895] was more difficult to start than most. He bought it but stressed that take off on Monday
morning at Lee must be no later than 0800, as the ship was under sailing orders.

‘In the event, the social side of this free weekend went so well that I was very late. Approaching Lee from the direction of Fareham I urged my new girlfriend to drive faster, with the intention of
taking a short cut through Argus Gate at 781 Squadron where the Otter was parked. However, when turning right into the Argus gate road I was dismayed to see RD 895 taxying along the
peri-track on its way to takeoff. With one bound I cleared the fence [only a simple coil of barded wire in those days] and managed to scramble aboard and strap myself in next to Irvin Bowman.
He looked straight ahead, passed no comment and the incident was never mentioned again. In fact, the first time it was mentioned was when Irvin stayed with me in June 2002 fifty-two
In our maturity we concluded that it was a neatly balanced equation.’

New book on the Tirpitz. Cato Guhnfeldt is a Norwegian writer who is producing a new book on the Tirpitz. He needs as many personal reminiscences as possible, so you can help him with a few lines.
He can be contacted at:

C Guhnfeldt
Jaktiia 26A
1361 Osteras

Cato speaks excellent English, and is the author of seven books on aviation subjects. ‘He is most keen to feature personal FAA experiences in this book ‘


Hill, Michael, ‘Duty Free’ Hovellers Press [London] 2003. 214 pages paperback . Nine pounds sterling. ISBN 0 954 6101 3.

A ‘ no holds barred book which describes life as a twenty-year old going to war.’ Hill was an FAA pilot during WW2.

Hobbs, David ‘Royal Navy Escort Carriers.’ Maritime Books [London] 2003, 232 pages price 20 pounds sterling. ISBN 090 777199 8.

‘An excellent reference book on these ships which played such an important part in winning the Second World War.’

Deaths. [Those marked with an * have some Canadian connection though possibly only from having done their training in Canada..]

Dr James F Adams -- *Commander Henry Edwards Randall Bain, RN -- Sub Lieutenant [A] Leslie Barber RNVR -- Sub Lieutenant [A] Thomas Brown, RNVR -- Lieutenant [A] James Victor ‘Paddy’ Brownlee RNVR --
Commander Lionel F Coulshaw RN -- Lieutenant Commander Albert V M Davies RNR -- Lieutenant Alan Peter Frame RN --*Commodore Alexander Beaufort Fraser Fraser-Harris, RCN --
Sub Lieutenant [A] Robert A Freeman RNVR -- Lieutenant [A] Charles Friend RN -- Second Officer Janet Haig Grieve WRNS -- Lieutenant Robert B Hambleton-Jones RN -- Chief Petty Officer Eric Haslam --
Commander Martin Kenworthy Johnson, RN -- Lieutenant Commander W Neville Jones, RNR -- Commander Robert W Kearsley RN -- Lieutenant Commander Mike Kinch, RN -- Commander John Manley, RN --
Captain David Thomas ‘Paddy’ McKeown RN -- *Lieutenant [A] Alfred George McLaren, RNVR -- *Lieutenant [A] Leonard Francis Page, RCNVR -- Lieutenant [A] Roger D P Proudlock RNVR --
Lieutenant [A] John G Sisley RNZNVR -- Commander H R Spedding RN -- Lieutenant Malcolm Lane Soper RN – John Taylor -- Sub Lieutenant [A] D F Vallis RNVR -- APN Ward --
Lieutenant Commander Peter Scott Wellington, RNVR -- and Lieutenant Commander Ronald Stephen Jesse Wightman, RN.

Bill Reeks was one of the sqaudron cartoonists in 852 Squadron. He notes that the Grumman Avenger was originally re-named the ‘Tarpon’ in the RN. ‘It was a rigid policy that bombers were named after
predatory fishes and fighters after birds.’

.CONGRATULATIONS - To Frank Buckley and Latham B [Yogi] Jensen on being inducted into the Order of Canada. Yogi’s award was for contributions to Canadian heritage for his
books and sketches. Frank’s was for his support to various charities. And to Admiral D Piers for receiving the French Legion of Honour for his services in WW2. Congratulation also to Bob Murray as CNAGER
of the Year in 2003.

Terminology Corner - Aviation terms are from >Words on the Wing= by Tom Langeste. Naval terms are from >Origins of Sea Terms= by John G. Rogers.

Half Seas Over - past the point of no return; drunk.

Holystone - a block of sandstone for scouring decks. The origin may be from the RN’s people who were said to use blocks made of headstones, specifically those borrowed from a
churchyard in Great Yarmouth, England.

‘The Hole’ - the underground air defence command and control complex at North Bay, Ontario.

‘Horse’ - nickname for the HO4S helicopter.

‘Hulk’ - both in aviation and marine terminology, a craft stripped of most of its gear and means of propulsion. Some such aircraft are used for firefighting practice. Some such ships were used as prisons.


Questions for 2004.

In what Star Trek: The Next Generation was a Toronto landmark featured?

Thanks also to Tom Copeland, Deborah Davis, Marsh Dempster, and the late Bill Johnson for their help with the newsletter. To all of you I send my best wishes and thanks for your support.
May the next year be a happy, healthy, and prosperous one, and may you all live long.

Yours aye,



For the most up-to-date and accurate information, especially dates and times, you should check with the persons or organizations noted.

Nova Scotia International Air Show [NSIAS] At Shearwater,

Mike Murphy is the Executive Director. The organizers can be reached at:
PO Box 218,
Shearwater NS B0J 3A0
Tel. 902.465.2725, Fax 902.484.3222, or through their web site:
e-mail -
web site -

The SAMF Charity Golf tournament will also be held during that weekend.

Canadian Naval Air Group Reunion Trenton Ontario.

T he dates of the reunion are 17-19 September, 2004, NOT over the Thanksgiving LWE. The change was made to accommodate those folks who prefer to spend Thanksgiving weekend with their families.

The cost of the reunion is $80 per person for members, $95 per person for non members, but those attending single functions may pay a smaller amount. For further information, contact

Sea King Chapter Reunion
c/o John Eden
#303 -- 56 Tripp St
Trenton ON K8V 5V1


John Eden - 613.395.0316 -
Bob Findlay - 613.392.8459 -


Motor Neuron Diseases - ALS Campaign Contributions. June is ALS campaign month. There have been some breakthroughs in the last year or so that could mean a cure for ALS and the other Motor Neuron diseases,
Parkinsons and MS, soon; so it is important to support the campaign in its research and care programmes. Contributions can be sent to your provincial societies, or to:

The ALS Society of Canada,
#1 - 1665 Russell Rd.,
Ottawa, ON, K1G 0N1, Canada.

Some of you living in the USA might wish to donate to the Canadian Parkinson=s Disease society because it conducts research that at present is NOT permitted in the USA. The society=s address is:

The Parkinson=s Society
4211 Younge St.
Toronto, ON., M5P 2B1

Annual West Coast Naval Aviators Dining-in - The dinner is normally held in December in Esquimalt, with George Plawski coordinating. According to George, since the move to Victoria, the attendance
has increased by about one third, from 58 to 77 on average. [They averaged 55 in the two years it was held in CFB Comox.] In addition, ‘The Venture grads enjoy a view of their barracks from the
spectactularly-located wardroom so handsomely decorated with Tony Law’s seascapes.’

Financial Assistance. Generous financial assistance was received from Anonymous, Dick Bartlett, James Bond, Ken Brown, Frank Buckley, Don Cash, Jacques Cote, Bill Davey, Sheila Marie Davis,
Ted Davis, Fred Fowlow, Ivor Hamilton, Mike Langman, Phyl Lowe, Jack Moss, Eddy Myers, Eric Nielsen
, George Plawski and Gene Weber.. If I have forgotten to include your contribution,
please accept my apology. The error was not intentional.

NB Please make any cheques or money orders payable to E. Cruddas: It is not practical to keep a separate bank account for the newsletter.

Book Recommendations. For those who live in the UK, the following book store might be a good source, and it is near Leister Square in London.

Motor Books
Aviation/Naval/Military Dept
36 Martins Court
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AN

Tel: 030 7836 5376, Fax 020 7497 2539

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Peter Holmes makes the following recommendations.

‘A Tradition of Excellence, Canada’s Airshow Team Heritage’ by Daniel V Dempsey, ISBN 0-9687817-0-5. Peter describes it as a ‘labour of love ... full of photographs and interesting ... narrative. ..A really great book.’

‘Testaments of Honour, Personal Histories of Canada’s War Veterans by Blake Heathcote, ISBN 0-385-65847-X. ‘One chapter is devoted to Dick Bartlett.’

Peter also suggests that many more of us should be writing our memoirs. The Ottawa NOAC has done a fine job of collecting material and producing it in book and video format.

The Nautical Mind, self-proclaimed as ‘Canada’s largest specialty nautical bookstore’ is located at 249 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto M5J 2N5, tel. 800.473.9951, email,
web site It is in the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Harbourfront. Its local telephone is 416.203.0728.

Elderhostel. The Canadian organization is now called >Routes to Learning Canada= [formerly Elderhostel Canada], and has a fine selection of educational vacations, such as the whale-watch trip mentioned earlier.
They can be reached at:

Routes to Learning Canada
4 Cataraqui St
Kingston ON K7L 1Z7
Tel. 613.530.2222
Toll free 866.745.1690
Fax. 613.530.2096

Web site >

Answers to 2004 Questions

1. According to the A-25 song, ‘a seat in the goofers was worth fifty quid’, at least sometimes.

2. Dr Donald Willoughby, and Richard Warren Winter [Canada’s Naval Aviators, pp 336 and 337.]

3. Bill Keindel [ibid, p 171] and [ ibid p 76] I worked together briefly in 1981. Bill was in External as a management consultant [Organization and Methods classification] for several years, whereas I moved on after
less than a year to become an Operational Auditor with Supply and Services Canada and later Health and Welfare Canada.

4. Lieutenant [O] Brian James Mackay, [ibid p. 197.]

5. Redford Henry Mulock, CBE, DSO and bar, MID, Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur [France], joining 1 Wing on 19 January 1915 [ibid p. 232.] He made the second recorded air attack on a submarine, and
was the first pilot to do night spotting for artillery and to test aircraft flares. He was considered to be the highest-ranking Canadian Airman of WW1.

Answer to Trek question.

According to the Bayview Post in Toronto, December 2003 edition, p.5, in the episode entitled ‘Contagion’ in series ‘The Next Generation’, ‘various locales appear, including the ... unmistakable fountains
of Nathan Phillips Square .

Returned Letters. Many were returned last year. If any reader knows others whose letters did not arrive last year, please advise them that I still have a few available. Change of addresses
would also be appreciated. I assume that some are getting it elsewhere, e.g. the SAM web site.

Gone But Not Forgotten. Peter Bowen, Buck Buchanan, Larry Dunlap [the Last Air Marshall of the RCAF, and also the last Chief of Air Staff prior to unification], Fred Goodfellow, Mary Fotheringham,
Blyth A Mitchell [26-4-02, in Florida], John Riley, Chaplain Gerry Schaus, Wally Sloan, Peter Stavery Tanton [CO of 880 Squadron in P.E.I. from 1986-88], and Robin Watt.

Death of Commodore Alexander Beaufort Fraser Fraser-Harris 23 October 2003.

Last year’s newsletter contained a write-up of Commodores Fraser-Harris’s in life and career in conjunction with his becoming an honourary member of the Canadian Naval Air Group, and induction into the
Fleet Air Arm Hall of Fame. Rather than repeat that information, I’ll include a story that Marsh Dempster sent me from the NAVAIRGEN net, attributed to Dave Shirlaw, the editor of SeaWaves Magazine.
It has been edited for length.

The rescue of Lt [A] ABF Fraser-Harris and crewman LS George Russel, shot down in the attack of 803 Sqn on Trondheim Harbour, Norway, 1940. [At] 0500 ... an aircraft
was flying low against the Soerfjorden [Southfiord]. It was one of the 11 aircraft that had taken part in attacking enemy shipping and enemy forces in the Trodheim area. The pilot had major
problems with the engine and was ditching ... near Trondeim. ["The water was bloody cold" as the pilot said fifty years later.] Their mission ended up 50 metres from shore and they had to
swim. Three of the local people had seen the aircraft and stood off shore and [were] throwing stones at them. [Russel] shouted in cockney to them and they finally understood that they were
not German airmen. They did not understand English and therefore they had to use their fingers to be understood. Finally, ... Andreas Aune arrived and he could talk to them since he earlier
had been 16 years in the USA. He had seen the aircraft from his small farm and understood that they needed help. He had a small rowing boat and sat down in this and had to row 2 kilometres
before he saw them; they were standing with water coming out of their clothes..In the nearest house, two old ladies wanted to make hot coffee for them, but Andreas spoke to them and they
agreed that he could take ‘them to his farm.

‘They walked through a forest to get to the farm, where they got dry warm clothes and a small breakfast and then to bed. The two airmen slept for many hours while his wife was preparing a
huge dinner meal for the "refugees." When they were sleeping, plans were made on getting them to a safe area. Andreas found the phone lines in the area and cut them, so the news about
the airmen would not get around. It was only 20 kilometres to the nearest German fortress. Since there was some snow in the area. They had to learn to ski.

‘When they had finished their dinner, skiing practice started with help from a son on the farm, Anders, 16. There was a lot of laughing when they fell again and again. ... Poor George almost
ended his escape to freedom when he got his feet on each side of a tree. ... Andreas had found two men ... who could help them over the mountain and through the Namos area. The discussion
was [whether] they should get to Sweden or to the Allied Forces. [The two men] had just arrived back from a journey to Sweden with other refugees, but this time they would try to get them
to the British and French forces, since the airmen wanted to get back so they could continue to fight against the German Forces. Their uniforms had been [exchanged] for ordinary clothes,
and they paid one pound as a "thank you" for the meal and shelter as they left the farm.

‘After midnight their journey started and the first kilometres were with horses and sled ... the area they were travelling in was not safe at this time, and .. the sled was very uncomfortable..
built for hauling wood.... In Finnes in Verran the police sergeant was waiting for them. He had obtained a small open fishing boat for them. Then they sailed for Follafoss., [passing] some
German destroyers [that] took no notice of them. At Follafoss they got into a ‘modern’ taxi, [as Fraser-Harris recalls.] Between Malm and Namos, they finally found British forces, who were
firing at them! In the beginning, the soldiers did not believe that they were allied airmen, but when the soldiers found their uniform caps in their back packs, they were convinced.

‘On 2 May [1940] the allied forces left the Namos area and Fraser-Harris and Russel were with them. When they got back [to England], a message was sent [by radio] to the
men who had helped. Some of the local people had heard this message and mentioned it to the men. But Fraser-Harris was worried lest the local people would have major problems
after they had helped the ‘enemy’. In France [the Germans] had shot local people for doing the same thing. ... The Germans did not know about the incident before it was too late.
It was not until 1944 that the Andreas was arrested and was confronted about the incident. After the war, the [Norwegian] family tried to get in touch with Fraser-Harris, but he could
not be found. They did not remember that he was from Canada. In 1986, another pilot ... was in the Trondheim area. ... He mentioned to Fraser-Harris that some of his rescue team were
still alive. In June 1990, Fraser-Harris visited the area and could talk to some of the men who had helped him. They young boy on the farm, Anders, got a nice silver cup from him. He still
had the one-pound note they had got in 1940. Now this rests in the silver cup. Only Anders is alive in 2004. He will never forget Fraser-Harris and the incident.’

Address Changes Or Corrections, Including E-mail*, and New Readers**
Bob Arthurs, Canada Post has changed his address to HERRING COVE vice Halifax.
Other parts of the address are unchanged.

Mel Babcooke, 105 Mayfair Dr, Florence AL, 35630 USA Tel. 256.760.7030, email

*Peter Bruner - email

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Bill Davey, 412–429 Parkland Dr, Halifax, NS, B3S 1L3
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Eric Nielsen, 2090 McNeil Ave, Victoria BC, V8S 2X8, tel. 250.661.6477 email -
Sherry Richardson - 201 Mason’s Point Rd., Head of St Margaret’s Bay NS B3Z 1Y9 [change of place name only]
Gus Saunders - 61 Waterthrush Cr, Kanata ON, - tel. 613.271.4336
**Fiona Smith Hale, c/o Canada Aviation Museum, PO Box 9724, Station T, Ottawa ON
K1G 5A3 Tel. 613.993.2303. FAX 613.990.3655
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