Bill Hillman Presents
Forces: Land ~ Air ~ Sea
A MILITARY TRIBUTE WEBZINE
. . . AS YOU WERE . . .
Compiled by Bill Hillman
Wherein we share an eclectic assortment of
items gleaned from the
Internet, media and contributing readers.
Please send your ideas and contributions to
. . Editor and Webmaster: Bill Hillman: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2001 Edition
H.M.C.S. Prince Robert painting by Bill Sloan
a major contributor to our
RCN / HMCS
PRINCE ROBERT Site
Bill Sloan of Etobikoke, Ontario,
has completed a watercolour of the
Bill Sloan is a vet of HMCS MORDEN and his paintings have
long been appreciated in the naval fraternity.
The PR painting is a great piece of work, with impressive
colouring and detailing
as seen in the very small reproduction displayed here.
A limited number of prints are available on 11x17 heavy,
glossy 28lb paper.
The price is only $10 to cover the cost of printing,
packaging and postage.
Purchasers of the print are also asked to make a small
contribution, on an honour basis, to the
Comfort Fund (for ailing and hospitalized vets) of the
Naval Club of their choosing.
Your orders may be placed through
Gary McGregor at: email@example.com
HUMOUR IN UNIFORM
COMMENTS SENT TO OUR EARLY GUEST BOOK
WHILE I WAS stationed at Seymour Johnson Air
Force Base in North Carolina, one of the airmen smuggled a pet rabbit into
the barracks. "Fred" became our mascot. When we learned that the
administrative officer, a gung-ho captain, was to inspect our quarters,
a new home had to be found for Fred. Someone suggested the captain's house.
He lived on base with his family, and Fred would still be part of the unit.
That evening the captain was
to be out of town. We put Fred in a box, wrapped it and placed it on the
front porch. After ringing the doorbell, we hid and watched the captain's
youngest son jump with delight when he saw Fred and read our note: "To
my sons with all my love. Dad."
-- Contributed to Reader's Digest "Humor
in Uniform" by Dave Reuter
we have collated some of the entries from over the
Tuesday 01/18/2000 3:39:26pm
Wings For Freedom
You guys have a great site, found it very interesting
- keep up the great work.
Cheers ~ We Can Never Forget
Wednesday 11/24/1999 3:14:43am
Saturday 11/13/1999 6:49:15pm
This site is very interesting and well presented. As
a Vietnam Veteran I always applaud that which memorializes our fighting
men. Through such sites as yours the deeds and lives and memories of such
men, and women, will not be lost.
Friday 11/12/1999 7:29:57pm
Pretty homepage pictures. Love the flag and shield thingy.
Good job? Eh?.
Monday 02/28/2000 5:54:32pm
Riding Mountain MB
Wonderful site! The virtual tour is excellent, but to
really "feel" the full impact of the CATP museum, you have to see it in
person. I encourage everyone who visits this site to take a personal tour.
You won't be disappointed.
Tuesday 02/08/2000 4:51:49pm
Capt V. Goldman
I enjoyed looking at your site. My dad was ground crew
for the programme. I grew up hearing many stories both humorous and tragic
about the pilot trainees at Bagotville.
Monday 02/07/2000 11:01:45pm
Arendal,Heswall, Wirral, Cheshire, England
I received my Wings at 37 SFTS Calgary 5th Nov.1942.
FIS at TRENTON,ONT. and Instructed for two years on HARVARDS at 34 SFTS
Medicine HAT.Flew 2000 Hours in CANADA on Commonwealth AIR Training Plan.
Enjoyed every moment. Good Luck and Best Wishes. Eric Robinson.
Saturday 01/22/2000 2:31:50pm
Brian P. Smith
Greetings. My mother's cousin, Leading Aircraftman Patrick
Ernest Maguire, RCAF, from Montreal, was killed at Yorkton service flying
training school on 7 OCT 42. My research has revealed that he was
involved in a midair collision while flying a cessna crane.
I have requested a copy of his service records from the National Archives
of Canada. Anyone having information about Yorkton, etc, please respond.
I would be most appreciative. Patrick's only other sibling, was killed
in the Netherlands while serving with the Governor General's Foot Guards.
Wednesday 01/19/2000 6:09:04pm
Canada At War: A
hi, nice site. I'll be updating my links page and will
include the fact that you are selling the Memorial book.
Thursday 07/06/2000 12:37:28am
I am searching for one "Flight Sergeant Ferguson" (given
name unknown), a Canadian pilot at the No. 7 Air Gunner School (25th Air
Wing, RAF) near Cardiff, Wales during the Second World War. He was one
of two Canadian pilots at the school. I am interested in locating him if
he is still alive.
Saturday 06/17/2000 11:08:35am
Time Memories Project
Great site, would love to visit the museum! I`m researching
war time memories for a project and hopefully a book one day. If you have
any recollections to add please visit my site or e-mail me.
Friday 05/05/2000 0:16:42am
Your website is really excellent. I am currently researching
my uncle's (Pilot Officer Thomas Jones RAFVR)service career - he trained
in the CATP at 33 EFTS in Caron, Saskatchewan, and then 39 SFTS at Swift
Current, also in Saskatchewan between October 1942 and March 1943. Sadly
a few months after posting to 15 Squadron he was shot down and killed with
all his crew over occupied France in May 1944. I am pleased that your site
remembers the intensive training that so many young men went through -
and the ultimate sacrifice that so many of them made.
Wednesday 03/29/2000 4:22:54pm
Florida, now in Brandon,Florida
Very nice sight. Great concept and well carried out.
I will be spending some time here for sure. Looking forward to a in person
visit to the musuem . Keep up the good work. Well Done. Msgt Hal
Ammons, USAF, (Ret)p.s. formaly U S Navy: VA-65,USS Essex,CAG-2,7th Fleet
Monday 03/13/2000 4:29:47pm
Mary Beth htmlGEAR Support Team
Just checking to make sure your guestGEAR is working
properly. Thanks for choosing htmlGEAR!
Sunday 01/14/2001 6:08:45pm
I was a pupil on the last course No.122atat Brandon No.12
Friday 10/13/2000 4:24:50am
Wally P. Fydenchuk
Keep up the good work!! I am seeking information on Americans
who served in the RCAF during WWII. See my article, "Yanks In The RCAF"
in the November 2000 issue of "Air Classics"
Tuesday 10/03/2000 8:16:00pm
Brandon Sun Newspaper ~ Brandon, MB
Nice site and a great museum. Keep up the good work.
Thank you to all who have served our country.
Wednesday 08/09/2000 7:06:43pm
I am one of your Lifetime Members and a contributor to
the Museum. I just found out your website in the latest edition of Contact
Vo.17. No.3. Wish that I had known of this fact before now. I've
enjoyed touring the Museum on the 'net and hopefully one of these days
I will finally be able to visit in person. I really enjoyed what I have
seen, and will continue to visit in this fashion from time to time. Keep
up the great work!
Caught In Our Site:
Websites of Interest to our As You Were
Pay them a visit and check out the photos and stories.
World War II day by day
Finding and Telling
Your Father's World War II Story
A great storehouse of links and directions
for researching and writing a tribute page
to your dad or family member who served in WWII
Father's Website -
115 Squadron RAF
The articles in this site have
all been written by my father
and are all copyright to him.
I have convinced him that his
stories should be shown to
keep the history alive.
These are a few of the many
memories that he has.
German Military operations 1939-1945
by Christoph Awender
Daily reports, maps and scores of photos
from many different sources:
original propaganda-fotos and postcards,
and official Wehrmacht publications.
National Memorial Museum of Canada's Air Forces
Back in October 11th 1929, Trenton was selected
as the site of a major new military airfield,
where combined land plane and seaplane operations
could be carried out. Since then, it was the home
Commonwealth Air Training Plan and later became the
focal point for major taskings in the Korean War,
the Cold War, and the Gulf War.
The famed Avro Arrow made from here mades its
only flights here in the '50s.
Today Trenton continues to provide support to NATO,
UN Peacekeeping, and Search and Rescue Operations.
MORE FEATURED SITES FOR THIS MONTH
Canadian Parachute Battalion (GPSMH)
Alternate History Page
WWII On The Web
Air Force Cartoon Journals
large collection of WWII sites
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