Archive for December, 2012

  • 12/31/1943 The Royal Canadian Air Force is at its peak with 215,000 people, including 15,000 members of the Women’s Division. 12/31/1999 Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigns. He is replaced by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. 01/1/1916 Prime Minister Robert Borden promises to field an army of...
  • Clifford writes about the burning of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Rumours abound at the time that it was an enemy action. My Dearest Mother, They sent me to the big military hospital Friday with my terrible sciatica, so will most likely be here for...
  • Dear Mother and family, I received your welcome letter today. I am feeling a great deal better now. Sciatica all gone but my hip is still a little stiff. I think I will go on parade tomorrow and see how it goes. You were asking...
  • 12/24/1944 The Canadian minesweeper Clayoquot is torpedoed by U-806 off Halifax. Seventy-six survive. Eight perish. 12/24/1968 Apollo 8 safely orbits the moon. 12/25/1941 Hong Kong surrenders to the Japanese. 12/25/2009 An al Qaida-trained operative attempts to blow up a U.S. passenger plane with explosives hidden...
  • Dearest Mother, Here goes a few lines to let you know I am alive although at present in the hospital here. I have been in since Wednesday but hope to be out in a few days. I have sciatica in my right hip and leg....
  • Dear Fred, Your letter received last night, so I will answer same now. As I am off duty this afternoon but am on duty tonight. I am indeed very glad to hear of your and Jim’s enlistment. Accept my heartfelt congratulations, Fred, for believe me...
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