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The death of a poet and fighter pilot

On Dec. 11, 1941, a 19-year-old pilot died in England. He had been in service only 10 weeks, had seen combat only once, and as far as anyone knows, inflicted no damage on the enemy. But he will never be forgotten as long as there are pilots who want to slip the surly bonds...
  • The law reaches Fort Whoop-Up

    October 9, 2019 by Sharon Adams
      In 1873, the people of what is now southern Alberta and Saskatchewan had a serious complaint. With no police force, traders and outlaws who had fled prohibition in the United States had established a well-defended fort where they traded buffalo robes and sold U.S....
  • On this date: October 2019

    October 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 October 1944 Calais, France, is occupied by the 3rd Canadian Division. 2-3 October 1944 First Canadian Army begins its hard slog to clear the Scheldt Estuary in an effort to open the port of Antwerp. 4 October 1957 The first Avro Arrow rolls out on...
  • HMCS Iroquois damaged in Korea

    September 30, 2019 by Sharon Adams
      HMCS Iroquois was on its first tour of duty in Korea, under frequent fire as it patrolled the peninsula’s east coast, itself frequently firing on North Korean rail lines. A tunnel near Songjin on the main rail line carrying war supplies from Russia to...
  • Goggle-eyed lifesaver

    September 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Legion Magazine sat down with Tim Cook, author and historian at the Canadian War Museum, to discuss the introduction of gas warfare in the First World War and the invention and evolution of Gas Masks used to save the soldiers’ lives. The first gas mask...
  • BOMARC missiles come to Canada

    September 25, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In 1957, the United States and Canada signed the North American Air Defence Agreement to place their air forces under joint command to facilitate defence of the entire continent from Soviet nuclear bombers. On Sept. 23, 1958, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced that under that...
  • Pilots Down

    September 20, 2019 by Jim Cougle
    Canada’s most up-to-date aircraft in 1939 was the Northrop Delta, manufactured under licence by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal. It was about the size of a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter—a large, single-engine, low-wing monoplane, powerful and fast. Although noisy and said to be nose-heavy, the...
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