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Day: July 20, 2022

Battle of the St. Lawrence: Airman down
Defence Today, Front Lines

Battle of the St. Lawrence: Airman down

At 3:35 a.m. on July 6, 1942, four P-40 Kittyhawk fighters scrambled out of the air station at Mont-Joli, Que., and went U-boat hunting. One of them never returned.Near the end of their two-hour patrol, Kittyhawk AK915, piloted by Squadron Leader Jacques Chevrier, went down in up to 70 metres of water, less than five kilometres off Cap-Chat, Que. The wreck was never found, a cause was never determined, and Chevrier’s remains were not recovered. Now, 80 years after his disappearance, members of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society are trying to pinpoint the exact location of Chevrier’s plane, find out why it crashed, and persuade authorities to award the Battle of Britain veteran the medals the government acknowledges he’s earned. “We’re not going to find a perfectly preserved air...
Ships battle in the American Revolutionary War off Nova Scotia
Military History, Military Milestones

Ships battle in the American Revolutionary War off Nova Scotia

Back in the days before steam and internal combustion engines, when ships were propelled by wind, strange sails on the horizon could spell trouble—especially in war time. Three months before the last battle of the American Revolutionary War (or War of Independence, depending on the point of view) in July 1781, a British convoy off present-day Nova Scotia proved that point. In escort were five British navy ships. Frigate Charlestown was the largest, but was undermanned and underarmed. Most of the group’s merchant ships were supplying or picking up material from the mines on Cape Breton Island, one was carrying soldiers to work at the mine, and four were headed toward Quebec City laden with salt and flour. In escort were five British navy ships. Frigate Charlestown was the largest, b...

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