Jaye Edwards: A woman pilot in wartime Britain

As a child, Stella Joyce (Petersen) Edwards was always pushing boundaries. She grew up in Kent, England, the third daughter of an Australian trader, and whether it was scaling walls, climbing trees or riding her bicycle off into the countryside, Jaye, as she became known to her compatriots, was an adventurer. “I think I...
  • European Union
    re-evaluates defence capabilities

    August 8, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canada has reaffirmed its support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) while the European Union weighs its limited options after United States President Donald Trump launched double-barreled criticisms of both the 69-year-old military alliance and the EU. In a recent column for the National...
  • Winston wets his whistle: Churchill’s indulgences

    August 1, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    In December 1941, just days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, United States president Franklin Delano Roosevelt informed his wife Eleanor that a guest, or guests, would be coming to stay at the White House. “He told me I could not know who was coming,...
  • It’s telling that the finalists for the most prestigious prize in photojournalism were all connected to some form of conflict, yet the principal subjects in all six photographs were civilians. For the first time in its 61-year history, the esteemed World Press Photo (WPP) competition...
  • Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

    July 18, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The Jack Tars of the Royal Navy may have ruled the seven seas in the 19th century, but Royal Air Force pilots owned the skies over Britain in the 20th. Indeed, Britain’s “finest hour,” as Prime Minister Winston Churchill called it, came mainly thanks to...
  • Reinhard Hardegen: Last of the U-boat aces

    July 11, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    He ranked No. 24 on the list of Germany’s Second World War U-boat aces but, in sheer chutzpah, few could compare with Reinhard Hardegen. Hardegen died in Germany on June 9 at age 105, the last of a breed both reviled and respected for preying...
  • The Snowbirds backstage

    July 4, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It’s July 1. Nine pilots are seated around the table in a small boardroom at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, 18 kilometres from Parliament Hill as the Snowbird flies. The room is a sea of Canadian red, for these are the iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431...
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