Bill Hillman's Monthly Military Tribute

April 2013 Edition
(Continued in Part II)

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1. Orville Wright in flight.
2. Selfridge & Orville before takeoff on demo flight. 
3. Lost propeller causes a crash.
4. Bloody bodies pulled from wreck. Only Wright survived.
Wilbur and Orville Wright were the first pilots flew
the first successful manned flights at Kitty Hawk, NC, in Dec 1903.
Orville Wright was the pilot of the first flight in history
where a passenger, Lt. Thomas Selfridge, died on Sept. 17, 1908.

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Winston Churchill’s Life Pod

To protect the precious bulk of Winston Churchill in wartime a special one-man pressure chamber was built for the personal plane which carried him many times across the Atlantic and to Casablanca, Moscow and Yalta. 

Churchill was warned by his doctors that it was dangerous for a man of his age and physical condition to fly above 8,000 feet. 

The solution was a pressure chamber complete with ash trays, telephone and an air-circulation system good enough to prevent smoke from the ubiquitous cigar from fogging the atmosphere.”

- LIFE Magazine, 1947

Submitted by Paul McKay
"The crest my dad bought when he graduated with his wings at what 
I believe was the second last class 
to graduate at RCAF Brandon in March of 1945."

Diamond Jubilee Flyover. Great view of Buckingham Palace, 
the Mall, and Wellington Barracks to the right.

Submitted by Gretchen Haines Harris

Carry On - Reflections from a War

Poetry of Jim Cameron. WWI Veteran published this collection in 1975.
He suffered a grave injury during WWI but returned to become a School Inspector for the government of Manitoba.
Poet: James McLennan of Russell and later Winnipeg,  Manitoba ~ Illustrator: L.J. McVarish.

A Spitfire made out of egg boxes has been created to raise money
for wounded service men and women returning from conflict

Stamps commemorationg the 75th Anniversary of the RCAF in 1999
"Be An Airman " was an actual game created in 1942, 
and approved by Air Marshall William A. Bishop
From the rules: Starting at the Recruiting Depot, 
players move through the Manning Depot to the Initial Training School, 
where they are classified as Pilots, Observers or Airgunners.
Each player then follows his course through its various stages till completed
--- goes overseas --- serves with the Fighting force and finally returns home.
The Hong Kong Memorial Wall, unveiled in Ottawa, Canada on August 15 2009, honours the Canadians who fought to defend Hong Kong during the Second World War. The wall is located on National Capital Commission property at the corner of King Edward Avenue and Sussex Drive. It is a six-metre granite wall, etched with the names of all the Canadians who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong. On one side are the names of the 961 members of the Royal Rifles, and on the other side are the names of 911 Winnipeg Grenadiers. The 106 members of brigade headquarters, including doctors, dentists and chaplins, are listed on either end of the memorial. A complete list of the names can be found here:

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The 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, took up their positions at Kapyong,April.1951. At Kapyong, in Canada’s first major battle in the war, about 700 soldiers in the 2nd Battalion The attack on Kapyong was part of the Chinese “Fifth Phase” offensive that took place in April 1951. While many historians may not be aware of Canada’s role in this battle, they most likely have heard of the desperate fighting that engulfed the Gloustershire Regiment of the British Army further to the west, or even the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment that also retreated following the bitter fighting. Where these units were turned back, the Patricias held their ground and prevailed. Bjarnason compares the defense, and more importantly, the victory, to fabled stands: notably Custer at the Little Big Horn and the Spartans at Thermopylae. While not as widely known as the British part of the battle, the PPCLI held out against an onslaught of roughly 5000 Chinese “volunteers”, thwarting the attack at a loss of ten of their own.
From Dan Bjarnason's 2011 book, 
'Triumph at Kapyong: Canada’s Pivotal Battle in Korea '

The Princess Patricias in Korea

Liberation of the Netherlands ~ May 1945
Ecstatic Crowd in Utrecht Welcomes Canadian Liberators

Battle Stations - B52 Stratofortress

History of bomber aircraft evolving into the giant B52

 The Conscription Plebiscite, 1942. Canada Goes to the Polls, Again.
Prime Minister King listening to Canada’s response to the question:
"Conscription if Necessary, But Not Necessarily Conscription"

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