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What I learned in church about aviation

– Author John Chalmers reflects on what he learned about aviation in church and the research he undertook that lead him to discover interesting books and history facts.

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Siblings visit grave of RCAF father 57 years after his death overseas

– Kerry Balcom and his sister, Anne Marie Pearle, recently visited the grave of their father, RCAF Sergeant Gordon R. Balcom, in France, for the first time in more than 50 years.

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Gallant four remembered 40 years on

– Three American, one Canadian aircrew gave their lives in a rescue 40 years ago.

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Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

– Henry Langdon enlisted in the RCAF in 1939, even though regulations did not permit the enlistment of Blacks. Working in predominantly white environments in the RCAF, Air Canada and in his union, he was highly respected for his abilities his efforts to improve race relations.

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Lieutenant-Governor Lincoln Alexander was one of first blacks to serve in RCAF

– In celebration of Black History Month, we look at the life of Lincoln Alexander – Ontario’s first black lieutenant governor and one of the first blacks to serve in the RCAF.

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Recruits of Quality

– The quality of Black Canadians recruited to the RCAF during and after the Second World War – even before Blacks were officially allowed to join the Air Force – is reflected in their achievements during and following their military service.

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Farewell to Canada’s last Dambuster

– Canada’s last living Dambuster, Fred Sutherland, died on January 21, 2019. Now only one person who participated in the daring raid to destroy German dams nearly 76 years ago is left alive: Great Britain’s George “Johnny” Johnson.

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Regulation? What regulation?

– In March 1942, the government approved the lifting of the colour barrier, nine months after the RCAF had recommended its elimination.

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Death came knocking: the search for an Ottawa neighbourhood’s fallen

– Hundreds of residents of an Ottawa neighbourhood known as the Glebe served in the Second World War and 392 or more died. Author and Glebe resident Dave O’Malley took on a Remembrance Day project to map the homes of the fallen.

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“New” military aircraft for Alberta museums

– The ongoing restoration of aircraft by Canadian museums to put them on display for the public continues to add the preservation of our aviation heritage for all to enjoy and appreciate.

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