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A message from The Foundation President

Hello to all our SAMF Members out there in the wilds of this Covid 19 business! My first thoughts are to all of you, hoping that you are managing to adjust well to the once a week shopping trip to Superstore, talking to the grand kids on the phone as often as you can, hoping that that they aren’t trying to get away from you. Mom, how come they call so often?! They never used to! Can’t you just hear it now. It makes you feel so helpless doesn’t it. We all have to do out personal bit to ensure safety for everyone, but it sure gets old in a hurry. My wife has been cleaning the kitchen cupboards. It almost passes the old boys test, with the peas all sized right to left, next the corn niblets, the various sauces that I don’t think I’ve ever noticed before…there must be a lot of sauce in what we eat! Then the chips stacked neatly in their brand new wicker box in the basement, the fridge in the kitchen has never been this organized, the burned out lightbulbs in the garage are all replaced now with brand new ones (I never knew there were that many shades of curly cue light bulbs before), and tomorrow, believe it or not, we’re going to clean out the freezer in the garage. I wonder how many different sizes of turkeys there will be resting on the bottom of it!?

But seriously folks, even if you just want to gab, give a call to an old friend. These are the types of activities we should all be engaging in. Get out your old telephone lists and see if how many of them you can find at the end of a telephone. I will bet you dollars to doughnuts you will find quite a few, and they will be overjoyed you called. Just tell them you are spending the time catching up with old friends. They will appreciate it.

Seriously though folks, don’t let this thing get you down. We have been through hard times in the past, and we persevered. This isn’t any fun, but we’ll persevere again I dare say. And come next fall the sunrises and sunsets may even be a different sort of a colour, as there isn’t as much pollution from car exhausts in the air. If you’ve got something on your mind museum wise, just give Karen or myself a call and we’ll see what we can do for you. But the most important thing to do is to stay safe folks. We want you around for as long as the good Lord wants you to be. Don’t let any of these nasty little virri get you down. It’ll all be over soon and we can all tell our stories down at the golf course towards the end of summer.

Take care all. And be kind to your grocery store clerks. Give them a wave and say hello and that you appreciate them.

John Cody
PRES SAMF


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navy blue front page thumbNavy Blue Fighter Pilot, by Michael Whitby – a three-part (6 page) series on the Second World War career of Corsair ace Lieutenant Donald Sheppard, who was stationed here at Shearwater at one time.

"Canadians like their fighter pilots. Perhaps more than any other figures in our military heritage they are a source of pride and admiration that even transcends generations. Bishop, Barker, Beurling, Collishaw and Gray are amongst those who receive the most acclaim — in the typical understated Canadian way — but there are many others whose names, if not celebrated, still ring familiar and are held with respect. Donald John Sheppard is one of those lesser lights: “A gallant young fighter pilot with plenty of dash and enthusiasm”, according to his superior officer."

Reproduced with permission from Dave O'Malley at vintagewings.ca/

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A wartime military story - George Gordon Borgal pdf
ROYAL WATERBIRD - Colonel Sam Michaud pdf
McEwen Field of Dreams - Sea Furies - Doug Fisher pdf
“NAVAL AIR” - - Or Tales from the Lower Deck. - Joe Carver pdf
Sea Kings in the Persian Gulf - Ernie Cable pdf
List of Attendees of the Naval Aviators Mess Dinner pdf

 

BEN VANEK, LARRY ASHLEY, [ in background], DAVE TATE, MACGREGOR 
MACINTOSH, SHEL ROWELL



GORDON LONGMUIR, TOM [PINKY] TURNER, JOHN TRURAN



PETER BEY, BILL HOOD [with beard], ALVIN JASPER, DAVID BAYNE



COLIN CURLEIGH AND HIS SONS, JAMES, GEORGE AND JON



BILL PARK, JAKE KENNEDY, GEORGE LAFORME, ED ABBOTT



BILL PARK AND JAKE KENNEDY, THE MAGNIFICENT



PETER BEY, AL JASPER, LANCE OLMSTEAD, STU MCGOWAN



TOM BYRNE, MIKE SHAW, SHAWN BYRNE



JACK TUCKER, JAN SILINS



GARY WHITE, BILL PARK











JACK MCGEE WITH JOHN TANG



DAVE CRAMTON, GEORGE PLAWSKI , JOHN TRURAN AND BUD MACLEAN


Recent Articles

 

The Decline of Naval Aviation. Is Naval Aviation Culture Dead? - John Lehman
pdf
Electronic Warfare in WW1 - Robert Robinson
pdf
825 Squadron - Ernie Cable
THE CHEZZETCOOK AIR WEAPONS RANGE - Leo Pettipas
Flying Lesson - John Thompson
An anecdote or two or three - Dave Tate
Canadian Naval Aces Over Vimy - January to May 1917
THE CASE OF THE SPURIOUS SAWBONES - Les Peate
Canadian Naval Air 1914-1970 - James Stegen
Admiral made war on unification and went down, guns blazing - Buzz Bourdon
Big Yellow Birds - Leo Pettipas
Fleet Air Arm 825 Squadron database of the Fleet Air Arm Archive 39-45
A Very Special Fury - Leo Pettipas
A Navy for the Future - J.L. Granatstein
A Shared Heritage and Future - Ralph Fisher
Canada's Aircraft Carriers
Early US Navy Operations at  Shearwater - Ernie Cabl
Last flight of "The last punch" - Frank Willis
Banshee Aircraft - Frank Willis


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