The glory days of the Clunk

 Illustration by Malcolm Jones The legendary CF-100 Canuck was the only all-Canadian jet interceptor-fighter to enter mass production back in the 1950s. Note the careful wording. “Mass production.” The Avro Arrow of course was a revolutionary Canadian-designed delta-winged interceptor, but it was destined for limited destruction rather than mass production. The design work on...
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    March 27, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    A.E. (Bunny) Brown, DFC, of Burlington, Ont., relates an experience from the time he was pilot of a Lockheed Hudson on U-boat patrol in the North Atlantic: “I landed and taxied back to the flight line where the ground crew beckoned me in. The corporal...
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    March 25, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Gordon Thompson of Tide Head, N.B., five miles west of Campbellton and once called Head of Tide, sends us this: A sergeant and a private were court-martialled for kicking a colonel as he was getting into his car.  The sergeant explained that the colonel had...
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    March 13, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Albert Ganser of Provost, Alta., told the magazine he was making his first Anson flight in 1942 at Mossbank, Sask., and asked the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s Division) parachute packer how the chute worked.  She replied: “If you don’t use it right the first...
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    March 11, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Vera Muxlow of Strathroy, Ont., swears that when she joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWACs) in 1942 some of her fellow recruits, obeying instructions on how to keep their buttons clean, went immediately to the canteen and asked for elbow...
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    March 6, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    From B.E. Smith of London, Ont., we hear of a man who fell overboard from His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Nootka in 1946. The ship shuddered as the engines stopped and then reversed.  Helplessness gripped those on deck.  The sun, glistening on a gentle swell, made...
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    March 4, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    During the Korean War, the Canadian destroyer Athabaskan was caught in a typhoon in the China Sea.  A sailor was washed overboard but by one of those great strokes of good fortune, the next wave carried him alongside at brow height.  Another sailor reached out...