Avro Lancaster KB882 Found a New Home

Argunners Magazine As Warbirds News reported back in February  the combat veteran Avro Lancaster KB882 which has long been on outside display in Edmundston, New Brunswick was set to move to a new home. The local town council, which owns the former RCAF bomber, had come to the sad conclusion that they no longer had the means to care for the rare aircraft in its deteriorating state, and decided they had to pass the torch to another group, even if that meant that KB882 had to leave its home in…

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408 Squadron officer wins Ironman World Championship military division

408 Squadron officer wins Ironman World Championship military division  News Article / January 14, 2015 Major Joel Maley is the squadron aircraft maintenance and engineering officer at 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton, Alberta. He has competed at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA, for three consecutive years. 2014, however, will go down as the most memorable because he won the military division in the first year that the Championship opened the military division to countries other than the United States. “This is…

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408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron crew rescues seriously injured hiker

By RCAF public affairs Members of Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) rescued a seriously injured hiker near Cline River Heliport on Monday, September 22, at approximately 3:45 p.m. MDT. A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 408 THS was conducting a Landing Zone (LZ) reconnaissance flight in support of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Basic Mountain Operations Course when it received a radio request from the nearby Cline River Heliport to assist a seriously injured hiker. Responding to a life-threatening situation, the Griffon…

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408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron practices interoperability with local health authority

News Release / August 27, 2014 The aircrew of a CH-146 Griffon Helicopter from 408 Tactical Squadron take time to get a group photo with staff from the local hospital in Trail British Columbia as part of Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014 on 22 Aug, 2014.   Trail, BC – A CH-146 Griffon helicopter landed and practiced patient transfer operations at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, British Columbia, on August 22, 2014. Four Griffon helicopters are supporting Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014, a training exercise involving roughly 400 Reserve Force…

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CH-146 Griffon helicopters in Trail area for Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014

A CH-146 Griffon helicopter landed and practiced patient transfer operations at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, British Columbia, on August 22, 2014. Four Griffon helicopters are supporting Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014, a training exercise involving roughly 400 Reserve Force soldiers from 39 Canadian Brigade Group from August 18-28, 2014. Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014 is a culmination of training that has gone on throughout the year, and confirms soldiers’ skills and readiness to respond to domestic emergencies or international operations. “It’s rare to have a chance like this, to…

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408 Squadron’s Last Casualties of WW2

408 Squadron’s Last Casualties of WW2 and The Final Flight of EQ-U Lancaster Mk X KB993 18 May 1945 RAF Station Linton-on Ouse The war in Europe had ended 10 days before and life at 408 Squadron was good.  With only 4 weeks remaining until the Squadron redeployed to Canada, the wartime alert levels had been stood down and daily operations took on a training and maintenance role.  While the air war against Germany was over, 408 Squadron was one of eight squadrons selected for redeployment to the Pacific Theater…

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Stewart Edwin “Stu” McGOWAN March 1, 1938 – February 17, 2014

McGOWAN, Stewart (Stu) Edwin OStJ, CD BGen Retired March 1, 1938 – February 17, 2014 With great sadness the McGowan family announces the unexpected death of Stu while in Lima, Peru. Paddy and Stu were on a glorious cruise through the Panama Canal. His last days were spent enjoying the seas in a magnificent ship, lying in the sun on the pool deck with a rum and coke in hand. Stu was born in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec, the son of Muriel (Muffet) Stewart and Edwin Archibald (Mac)…

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408 Returns home from their Mission in the Philippines

News release from the CF: EDMONTON – Members of Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) have begun returning home from their mission in the Philippines just in time for the holidays. The first 408 THS personnel arrived this morning where they were greeted by family, friends, squadron members and VIPs. Additional members of the Squadron will be returning to Edmonton over the next several days via Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CC-177 Globemaster III transports. On 10 November 2013, the Government of Canada deployed the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST)…

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Supplies reach Phillipines

By Jerome Lessard, The Intelligencer Sunday, December 1, 2013 9:17:23 EST PM ILOILO, PHILIPPINES – Aviation technician with 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton, Mast. Cpl. Erik Estrada, received what he asked for when Canadian Forces air-bridge flight ‘CFC 4009’ touched the ground here Friday afternoon. Helicopter parts to maintain three CH-146 Griffon choppers used to reach hardly-hit areas in the typhoon-ravaged country, that was. Estrada arrived at Iloilo Airport Nov. 19, two days after a pair of army-painted choppers left 8 Wing/CFB Trenton on a C-17 Globemaster from 429 Transport Squadron.…

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2013 Battle of Britain Parade

2013 Battle of Britain Parade 2Lt Catie Keyser   On Sunday the 15th of September, Canadians paid tribute to the selfless acts and bravery of the many Canadian and Allied nations’ members who, back in the summer and fall of 1940, defended skies of England against the Axis Forces.   The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust details that the “last major daylight raid on London took place on 15 September, now commemorated as Battle of Britain Day.” Several Edmonton individuals were a part of the approximate 700 Allied aircrew that defended…

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