RAF stained glass window at Scampton Church

The Ministry of Defence have announced that they intend to decommission RAF Scampton in 2022. Whether this happens or not, a project to commission a stunning RAF stained glass window at Scampton Church to mark 100 years’ relationship between RAF Scampton and Scampton Church (1918 – 2018), and thereby also create a lasting memory to all who served in squadrons at the base, both in peacetime, during the two world wars and the cold war, is now up and running. RAF and aviation organisations have agreed to be non-funding community…

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408 Helicopter Squadron readies for Iraq mission

CH-146 Griffon from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron kicks up dust at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, located in the Mojave Desert in California, during Exercise Striking Bat. The squadron is practicing flying operations and helicopter maintenance in an austere and challenging desert environment, similar to what they will face during their upcoming deployment to Iraq. Photo: Corporal Desiree T. Bourdon, DND RCAF Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, from Edmonton, Alberta, are completing their training for an upcoming deployment to Iraq. Operating…

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Memorial to 408 Squadron LL720 Unveiled

Relatives, representatives of Wings to Victory, the Assistant Military Attaché from the Embassy and Aircrew Remembrance Society from UK unveiled the Lancaster LL720 memorial at Paal, The Netherlands on Saturday November 9th, 2019. There was an honour guard, pipes and drums as well as a band that played both the Dutch and Canadian national anthems. Seven relatives spoke a word of thanks and laid flowers. The Mayor of Hulst and two relatives of crew members (Dramnitzki and Bonneville) unveiled the stone by removing the Canadian flag that was covering it.…

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Sgt Robert “Scott” Hanna

Scott lost a short but heroic battle with cancer on November 2, 2019. Gone to soon but never forgotten. Predeceased by his mother Arlene Hanna, Scott leaves behind his wife Dawn Parlby, stepchildren Kendall DeVries (Kyle Petrik) and Gabrielle Parlby, his father David Hanna (Doreen Todd), sister Dawn (Mark) Kuzemski, nephew Cole Pethybridge, niece Lara Pethybridge, and favorite Aunt Faye Acton. Scott devoted most of his life to the Royal Canadian Airforce. He spent 39 years in service to his country as an AVN technician, recruiter and too many other…

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Ophir native was veteran, head of medical association

Credit: Brian Kelly Sault Star Ophir native Dr. James McPhee survived being shot down in the Second World War, helped found a southern Ontario hospital and led an Ontario association of doctors. He worked at Algoma Steel before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force and serving with 408 Squadron. During his second mission in November 1944, McPhee’s Halifax bomber was shot down during a mission to bomb an oil fabrication plant in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany. He died Oct. 8 at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ont. McPhee was 94. continued

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New Memorial to be unveiled in The Netherlands. (Lancaster Aircrew Memorial)

The Aircrew Remembrance Society has been cooperating with Dutch Historian Jaap Geenson for many years. In 2014 our chairman David King was able to identify items recovered by Jaap on the Dutch coast line, as coming from a Lancaster aircraft. A memorial to the crew of this Lancaster II, LL720 408 Sqdn, will now be unveiled on the 9th November 2019. The relatives of two of the crew members have been located, those of F/O J. Bonneville, RCAF and  P/O E. Dramnitzki, RCAF. The search continues for relatives of the other five.…

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LAST FLIGHT TO STUTTGART: SEARCHING FOR THE BOMBER BOYS OF LANCASTER EQ-P

A woman’s journey to uncover the fate of seven RCAF crewmen who perished in the Second World War. For most of her life, Lisa Russ knew little about her second cousin, Robert “Bud” George Alfred Burt. All she had were two grainy photos, a poem Bud had written shortly before his death, and the knowledge that he was a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber during the Second World War. It was only when Russ—a self-described “discouraged modern-day war bride”—found herself displaced, unemployed, and homesick in Australia that she began…

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Consul General of France honours a World War II Bomber Pilot at Victoria’s Veterans Memorial Lodge

September 29, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Consul General of France honours a World War II Bomber Pilot at Victoria’s Veterans Memorial Lodge. September 29, 2019 Victoria BC – Broadmead Care’s Veterans Memorial Lodge was host this afternoon to Consul General of France for Western Canada located in Vancouver, Mr. Philippe Sutter, as he acknowledged resident Mr. Edward Vaughan for his contribution in liberating France during the Second World War. At 96 years old, Mr. Vaughan has been inducted into the French Legion of Honour. The Legion d’Honneur is the highest…

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Crash site WW2 Bomber found in Germany, 408 Sqn RCAF, Halifax NP711

Dear Madam/Sir       My Name is Erik Wieman. I am co-founder of IG Heimatforschung Rheinland-Pfalz/Historical Research Community Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. We are connected to the archaeological services of Speyer. I am a dutch national, living in Germany since 1992.        I want to inform you about the fact we have found the crash site of Halifax NP711, 408 Sqn. RCAF/Royal Canadian Air Force. It crashed in the night 21st/22nd. Feb. 1945 near Leistadt/Germany, close to the City of Worms, its main target. After I heard about the…

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