The Dispatch, Issue # 3, Week of Sept. 27, 2015

The Dispatch, Issue # 3, Week of Sept. 27, 2015


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Issue # 3

Week of Sept. 27, 2015

TAG DAYS – Thurs. 1 October to  Sun. 4 October

This coming weekend Thursday October 1st until Sunday October 4th , Chadburn Squadron will be holding our fall Tag Days. A reminder that although Chadburn Squadron does not charge an annual fee for membership, the “cost of belonging” is active participation in our fund raising activities.  Every cadet up to and including the rank of Flight Corporal is expected to tag 2 shifts while Sergeants and up are expected to tag 3 shifts. 

Sign up lists will be posted again on Monday night at the school.  Please note that although you may have put your name on a specific location for a specific shift, if we need you somewhere else for that shift you will be told to report to a different location. Phone calls will be made later in the week to inform all cadets where they will be tagging and at what time.

New this year for tagging is the opportunity to reduce the price of your year end trip with both tag days.  In previous years we have taken 10% of the cadet’s  Spring tagging proceeds and used it against the cost of the trip.  This year, we will take 5% of the Fall and 5% of the Spring tagging off the price of the trip. This will hopefully give all cadets an equal opportunity to reduce the price of their trip.  Thanks to all the staff and local merchants who do so much to make these fund raising weekends so successful.

Presentation of Summer Camp Course Graduation Certificates


Three Week Cadet Summer Course Graduates Now Receive A High School Credit !!!

It has just been announced that cadets who complete a three week cadet summer training program will now be eligible for a high school credit.

Just another good reason for youth to be a part of the Canadian cadet program.

Royal Order of the Glassy Boot

LAC Boyden


Future Cadet Activities 










Cadet Tagging






Cadet Tagging






Cadet Tagging






Cadet Tagging






Halloween Dance

420 Wing RCAFA





Outdoor Training






Outdoor Training









The Battle of Britain Parade

Oshawa Municipal Airport

The Battle of Britain Parade and ceremony for 151 Squadron actually starts on the north side of Oshawa Municipal Airport. The airport management allows our Squadron the unique opportunity each year of marching across the airport runways to the south side of the field for the Battle of Britain remembrance service. All this is accomplished while the airport is fully operational. In the photo our cadets are shown lined up in front of the main terminal building and then as they march across the active runway and on to the taxi way which leads to the south side of the field.






Battle of Britain Ceremony – Airmen’s Park

“The Debt to Our Airmen”

“The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world except in the abodes of the guilty goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, un weakened by their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and their devotion.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Winston Churchill

Address to the British Parliament

Wednesday, August 21, 1940

“They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them”


Lest we Forget

Wing Commander Lloyd  Vernon Chadburn DSO & Bar, DFC


As we remember the Battle of Britain and its impact on the history of the free world we should also take a moment to remember our Squadron’s namesake W/C Lloyd Vernon Chadburn,

a pilot and an inspirational leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force who lost his life in a collision over the beaches of Normandy on June 13, 1944.

Squadron cadets have now proudly carried the name Chadburn on their uniforms for over 70 years.


Lloyd Chadburn’s burial service in France 1944.


Chadburn’s Grave in the Ranville Military Cemetery 


In recent years a number of cadets who were on school tours have had the opportunity to visit Chadburn’s grave in France and we actually have a rubbing of his grave marker (made by former cadets) on display in our cadet hall. In the photo above a member of our Squadron, Lt. Mastroianni had the opportunity to visit his grave in France and leave a small memento from our Squadron.



Chadburn’s  Medals Including, The DSO and Bar, DFC, Campaign Medals

and two medals awarded by France, The French Legion of Honor and The Croix de Guerre


Thoughts From the Treadmill

(Or from the back of a canoe)

A bit of a long title this week, but I must be honest, the treadmill was just about the last thing on my mind last week.  My seniority at my civilian job does not permit me to take vacation during the summer months typically.  Taking the last weeks of September and planning a canoe trip for one of them can be pretty dicey sometimes, but that is what I did.  I’m glad to say the weather was as perfect as anyone could hope for, the canoeing was great and I was able to enjoy our amazing country.

I planned my trip on the advice of a friend from the cadet world who actually is a canoe instructor for the military.  It is incredible that a person doesn’t have to travel very far to be out in the wilderness in this province.  I have travelled around this province quite a bit with work and for enjoyment, and I still find it surprising how beautiful and rugged our country is.  I also remembered that although a map may say a portage is 250 metres,  1) I am not a crow and have to follow trails; 2) I am not as young as I once was and a 48 pound canoe sure seems a lot heavier than that at the end of “250 metres”;  3) As good as things are when cooked in a cast iron skillet, a light weight version would be much more appreciated.

I also appreciate more the discipline and environmental stewardship we practice with cadets and this program we are involved in.  As I arrived at some of the camp sites that are on crown land and not serviced by any of the park services, I was surprised and dismayed by the mess some people leave behind.  I thought on more than one occasion that as big as the groups we typically take out to the field are, we have so much less of an impact than a very tiny group of people can have who just don’t care.  Please keep caring.

While I was on my trip, Captain and Mrs. Chandler took a group of Bronze Duke of Edinburgh cadets to Algonquin Park for their expedition.  The weather stayed good for them and we should soon have three more Bronze awards to present.

Please remember that the lottery tickets you received last week are very valuable and need to be cared for and returned as soon as possible.  If you would like more tickets, please see Captain Chandler or Mrs. Chandler.

There is a fair amount of talk about our tag days in the Dispatch this week, I would just like to add that if you have signed up, please make sure you do your part and show up at your assigned location, it is only for a few hours and you can certainly be without your phone and texting for that time.  Please remain professional and courteous at all times.

The numbers for last week’s recruit intake were quite a bit lower than we normally have, we will still take new recruits tonight.  If you know of anyone who is interested, please have them come to the hall tonight.

That’s all for now.

Stay Safe and Have a Great Week

Maj. Bliss

Aviation Photos of the Week

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

A fly-past to honour “The Few” with 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes took to the skies once more on 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

One of the aircraft flown during the anniversary flights was a Mark 5b Spitfire with the call sign of AEA. This aircraft  was flown at least 22 times during the war by W/C Lloyd Chadburn.


W/C Lloyd Chadburn and S/L Jeff Northcott With AEA

The aircraft which belonged to 402 City of Winnipeg Squadron and was credited with the destruction of 9 enemy aircraft.

If you would like to learn more about the history of this aircraft go to;


AEA  with another 23 restored Spitfires and Hurricanes which joined in the memorial flights


AEA Flying over England to as part of one of the memorial flights that were held to commemorate the Battle of Britain.



AEA is part of the fighter Collection at Duxford in England. Our Squadron did visit Duxford but unfortunately AEA on the day of their visit was away and flying as part of an airshow.

However several members of the squadron have also been to Duxford and taken photos of this historical aircraft. These include Maj. Forbes, LCol Gilbank and WO2 Heidi Gilbank.

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