The Bill Hillman Military Tribute Series
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Canadian Joint Air Training Centre
CJATC RIVERS, MANITOBA
Part IV: Photos from Bernie Rice I

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Montage from the Latham "Bernie" Rice Collection

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C-119


Bernie Rice  beside our best C-119 mock up


An equip layout for a demo in rigging a jeep on a platform in prep for a G-12? (3,500 lb max drop cap) para drop


An A22 container with a G11 parachute on top (2,200 lb) lashed into the back of a C-119 with clams off.
Note Sgts Lou Fontaine (back to camera) talking to Geo Welsh.


Visitors Day ~ Inspecting the C-119


An A22 drop where the dispatchers cut the rope and push the container(s) out the back.
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Light containers (up to 500 lbs) were either pushed out a side door
as Bernie is demonstrating or released by a monorail system.

The A22 containers in the air.
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First C-130 to Land at Rivers
The first arrival was a US Air Force C-130 flown by a RCAF exchange officer. It was parked at the Air Supply School hanger and we took advantage of  putting stuff into the cargo bay, lashing it down, taking pictures and taking it out again.  As far as I can remember, we didn’t fly any of the loads. Those I can remember pictured were: Cpl Al Folk – 2nd left, followed by the USAF cargo master, Cpl Geo Loewen, Sgt Chuck Gibson and me (Pte Latham Rice). Cpl McDougall was in the driver’s seat. Perhaps someone will recognize the chap on the left who I think we called “Willie”.
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The two above  pictures are an aerial view of SW Manitoba and
me with a Brandon Flying Club Cessna 140.
I obtained both my private and commercial licenses while studying and flying there.
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I was promoted Cpl after completing my Air Supply Instructor’s (Group 2) Course.
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MAILSTROM
From: glogan
To: Latham Rice
Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2008 9:22:50 PM
Subject: Re: Rivers Updates

Bernie:... or do you go by Latham.... the group picture is I believe a photo taken in your Air Supply course... I do recognize many of the faces, and could probably help with the names as I sent a photo to the CJATC web site of all the Airborne School instructors during 1955-56,  the reason I say it is Air Supply course is because of a few things, one we started our jump course with 58 people and when it was all finished we were cut down to around 40....  the other thing is on the jump course we didn't wear battledress tunics, web belts, or ties, and didn't have a name tag, as I remember we wore coveralls, boots and putties and always a harness..,  our course began on a Tuesday morning after the Thanksgiving day long weekend as Rivers was lucky enough to have a freak snowstorm the day before,  we had about 6 or 7 inches of snow on the ground,  however when we did the 5 mile run on the Friday morning the snow was gone and the temp was up around 80 degrees, we had reasonably good weather right up until the last day that we were at the high tower in Shilo, it snowed a bit through the day and  they were trying to get us finished at night but a storm was coming up fast and the winds were pretty high for the tower, especially doing a night drop,  I know when it came to my turn they called it off so we went back to Rivers,  you and I were living in quarters so we didn't travel with the rest of the course and you drove us back to Rivers that night, we managed to get our first 2 jumps in, then the weather turned bad and we spent a good 2 weeks trying to finish up with the required jumps, our course took about 6 weeks  when it should have been over and done with in 4.. 

The fellow that you took the photo of landing at the High Tower was Pte Cottnam,  he was with the RCRs, however most of the infantry on our course was a bunch of PPCLI Germans, I remembered when we did the 5 mile run they all ran together and did everything in cadance...

Here are a couple of names for your memory bank,  if you can remember these guys,  Alex Clark,  former apprentice soldier,  came to Rivers in the fall of 1956 and was with Air Supply school,   another former apprentice solder,  Ken Dillen came with Alex Clark  the same time, and Norm VanTassel,  Norm was a tall thin Cpl from the QOR of C, he was in the beginning a runner at GTW, then got his Gp I  Clerk Adm,  and was sent to Airborne School,  he was not a jumper... Norm was in Rivers from 1956 to 1962...   Alex was in Rivers for a good period of time, he passed away about 10 years ago that I know of,  Ken Dillen got out of the Army around 1960 as I ran into him at a militia unit in Brandon around 1961,  he went on to become a MLA for the Saskatchewan Government,  I believe he was a representative for the natives, as Ken was an Indian,  he is now living somewhere out in Saskatchewan in a retirement home but I can never get in touch with him.   As for Norm VanTassel, he took his discharge from the Army around 1963 but always kept himself active with the Legion and was at one time the President of the Korean Veteran's Association, he was living in Winnipeg,   unfortunately Norm died on the operating table last Dec 3, when he was having a tumour removed from his Pancreas.... I tried to talk him into leaving the operation until at least after Christmas just for his family's sake but he went ahead and they ran into a problem with keeping his heart going,  they tried to implant a pacemaker but they couldn't get his heart restarted...

Here is the email address for   Bill and Sue-On Hillman <hillmans@westman.wave.ca>  when you and I were in Rivers Bill was a young Sgt in the Airforce Cadets, and hung around with the sons of one of your old officers Col Saul.  Bill  was into music and had or has a small band, but I believe he did some of the dances in Rivers as well but I'm not sure if it was as early as the mid 50s. [Editor's Note: the 1960s]  If you want to have him add some photos to his CJATC web site you could either send them to him, or to me, try to be as descriptive as you can.... if you have had the opportunity to check out all of the photos you may recognize some of the guys that were in the Signal group in Rivers,  the one picture that I told you about a buddy of mine from the Apprentice soldiers, Rheal Cote on the left and myself standing with one foot on the fender... notice in the background they were building a new hanger at the time to house C119s... great time, this photo was taken in August 1956 I still had the stickers in my windshield waiting for my Manitoba plates....
for now, 
 Gerry Logan

Hi Gerry,
Yep, I believe you're right, which makes the pix I sent you most likely my Air Supply Basic Course. Attached is an Air Supply montage. Pix 1 - me beside our best C-119 mock up. 2 - An equip layout for a demo in rigging a jeep on a platform in prep for a G-12? (3,500 lb max drop cap) para drop. 3. An A22 container with a G11 parachute on top (2,200 lb) lashed into the back of a C-119 with clams off. Note Sgts Lou Fontaine (back to camera) talking to Geo Welsh. The Army/our school used to staff the back of the C-119s in those days whenever there were tactical equip airlifts (airportable or air drops), and the Airborne School would staff pers drops. 5. An A22 drop where the dispatchers cut the rope and push the container(s) out the back. 6. Light containers (up to 500 lbs) were either pushed out a side door as I am demostrating or released by a monorail system. 8. The A22 containers in the air.

I will attempt to put this all together after we are back around end Jan as my son-in-law has a lot of my pix and it would be nice to have it all together so I can uploading the lot at one time.
Bernie
PS. Bernie is a nick for Barnard, my middle name.


 


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