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Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

It was just six weeks before the end of the Second World War when the telegram arrived for the Lee family in Winnipeg, all capital letters, like someone shouting to be heard above a rising internal wail: REGRET TO ADVISE THAT YOUR SON FLYING OFFICER JIM GEN LEE…IS REPORTED MISSING AFTER AIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS...
  • Servicewomen of WW II: Army, Part 13

    November 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    Remembrance day in our community begins when small knots of people gather at the cenotaph that overlooks a quiet mill pond. The township has built a children’s playground nearby so we share the space with swings and a brightly colored slide. On a cold, crisp...
  • The Role Of Jill Canuck: Army, Part 12

    October 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    History, according to one definition, is a word with three distinct meanings. First it refers to the actual events that took place in the past, then the memory of those events and finally the historian’s attempt to understand and interpret the surviving evidence. The third...
  • The Bomber Command Offensive: Army, Part 11

    September 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    The May 1996 issue offers another in the series of reflective articles addressed to veterans by Douglas Fisher, in which he tries to explain why Canadians take “such little pride in the mighty achievements of WW II,” comparatively less than their American or British counterparts....
  • The Air Over Dieppe: Army, Part 9

    June 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    A visit to Dieppe, France, can be a very emotional experience for Canadians. Others may walk the beaches and enjoy the sunshine and chalk cliffs where Monet and other painters found inspiration, but for Canadians the memorials at Puys, Pourville and Dieppe raise questions that...
  • Paul Goranson

    May 1, 1996 by Jennifer Morse
    The life of airmen during wartime as visualized by Paul Goranson. From top to bottom: Posted to Newfie; Fitters At Work; Raid On San Guisto-Pisa There’s a look of positive acceptance on the face of the young air force corporal as he steadies himself in...
  • Selective Reasoning In WW II: Army, Part 8

    May 1, 1996 by Terry Copp
    Churchill and Mackenzie King Have struggled on for years; What good without psychologists, Are blood, sweat and tears? But now the Bott Battalion’s on its way, So give three cheers The war will soon be won! Who will break the news to Hitler That Bott...