This error must be changed!

A little controversy here…

RCAF 128 (F) Squadron

What’s this all about?

Dear Pierre,

This is my very last story connected with Home War Establishment, Eastern Air Command. This also involves a needed correction in regards to official RCAF history? For the past ten years, I have been attempting to get this problem changed, with people such as the active squadron in Trenton and Vintage Wings of Canada website.  No luck. 
In May 1935, No. 19 Bomber Squadron was formed in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1937, they were re-numbered and became No. 119 Sqn. which left for Jericho Beach, B.C. on 9 Jan. 1940, Western Air Command. Then on 21 July 1940, they flew across Canada to join Eastern Air Command to hunt and protect Canada from German U-boats. This is where the official RCAF Badge and motto came to be, and the name “Hamilton Tigers”. They are disbanded at Sydney, Nova Scotia, on 15 March 1944, and that…

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The Disney “Flying Nightmares” of the R.C.A.F.

A bit of history from Clarence Simonsen’s passion for researching…

RCAF 128 (F) Squadron

From Clarence Simonsen…

Again this is important for the art, and the pun on the name selection
During WWII, 28 USO performers were killed all over the world. They provided shows for the troops in the most dangerous and cold places, which also included Bob Hope.
These three American girls had entertained the Canadians and were returning to Annette Island when their Norseman crashed. The pilot’s body washed up on shore but I believe the crew members [and girls] were never found.

The Disney “Flying Nightmares” of the R.C.A.F.

When Canada declared war in September 1939, the RCAF’s Home War Establishment operated under an Eastern [formed 15 November 1938] and Western Air Command [formed 1 March 1938], with seven under strength squadrons flying a variety of obsolete aircraft. Due to the German U-boat threat, top priority was first given to Eastern Air Command to re-equip with modern…

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Who remembers HMCS Athabaskan?

Darla does…

My father, who is still alive, (93) was a gunner thrown clear on that fateful day and taken prisoner. I think the G-07 is with him every day. We cannot imagine the horrors of what they went through, but luckily, he told us the stories, and they live with his children and grandchildren for perpetuity.

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prisoners returning to Canada