The Dispatch, Issue # 21,Week of March 30, 2015

The Dispatch, Issue # 21,Week of March 30, 2015


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Issue # 21

Week of March 30, 2015

Cadets of the Week


Weekly Cadet Activities

Date Day Month Activity Location Time
30 Mon Mar Regular Training Central Collegiate 1830 – 2200 hrs
31 Tues Mar Rifle Team Practice Squadron HQ 1830 – 2130 hrs
1 Wed Apr Drill Team Squadron HQ 1900 – 2130 hrs
1 Wed Apr Boot Shining Squadron HQ 1900 – 2130 hrs
2 Thurs Apr Non Comp Band Squadron HQ 1900 – 2100 hrs
2 Thurs Apr Competition  Band Lviv Hall 1900 – 2130 hrs
3 Fri Apr
4 Sat Apr
5 Sun Apr Easter  Egg Hunt Oshawa Airport 1000 – 1400 hrs

For details of the Squadron’s many activities please review the Squadron

calendar by following this link :

The Canadian International Military Tattoo

It’s Coming 30 & 31 May to the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton


Our Band and Drill Team will be there as featured performers at the show.


This past week at our band and drill team practice two members of the Hamilton Tattoo’s organizing staff dropped in to see how the squadron

was progressing with their music and drill displays.


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There is still much to be accomplished before the big day and there will be a lot more practice sessions and rehearsals for both the band and the drill team

as they prepare for the upcoming cadet competitions and the Squadron’s annual inspection.

To encourage interest in our drill team and band  we have  included a video of a band and drill display from Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. The band is Women’s Army Corps and the drill team that they accompany is the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force.  While young cadets cannot possibly achieve the standards displayed in such an event we hope that the skill, precision and perfection evident in such a display will serve as an inspiration for our cadets who are about to enter the upcoming  provincial competitions and then parade at our own annual inspection.

If you watch the video you will learn that the Queen’s Colour Squadron is based at RAF Uxbridge which is close to London. Not many will know that on our first Squadron’s visit to England our cadets spent an overnight at this base.

Royal Order of the Glassy Boot

The following cadets have all been accepted as full members in the special and exclusive society

known  as the “Royal Order of the Glassy Boot.”

WO1/WO2 WO1 Bliss WO2 Boyden WO2 Hembruff WO2 Lloyd, D
WO2 Shaw WO2 Sheppard
FSGT FSgt Barton FSgt Brandow FSgt Dellipizzi FSgt Gagnon
FSgt Katzer FSgt Lloyd, A FSgt O’Brien FSgt Sam
FSgt Travis
SGT Sgt Abraham Sgt Annis Sgt Carson Sgt Davies
Sgt Hewett Sgt Kennedy Sgt Loyst Sgt Mejia
Sgt Milne FSgt Nemeth Sgt Singh
FCPL FCpl Alleyne FCpl Chandler FCpl Hancock FCpl Hayes
FCpl Katzer FCpl Sealy FCpl Talhouk FCpl L. Mastroianni 
FCpl S. Mastroianni
CPL Cpl Anthony Cpl Garroick Cpl Rabjohn Cpl Goss
LAC LAC Boyden

Cadets wishing to apply for membership must first be approved by the Squadron Warrant Officer,

then we will post their name here in our newsletter.

A  Flight Attendants Pre Flight Briefing

As readers might expect we do get a number of emails each week and many of the photos and comments end up in our in our Aviation Photo of the Week section. Most of our Dispatch is reserved for comments about aviation, cadets and all their various activities. Humor is not really the message that we are trying to convey but this week we could not resist a pre-flight briefing by a Southwest flight attendant that we think you will find rather entertaining. Just click on the following link.

Pre-Flight Announcement

Up Coming Cadet Activities

Day Month Activity Location
5 Apr Easter Egg Hunt Oshawa Airport
12 Apr Gliding Mountainview
12 Apr Spring Training Ganaraska Forest
16-19 Apr Fund Raising (Tagging) City of Oshawa
25 Apr EOA Band Comp Kingston
12 May Annual Inspection Legends Center
15-18 May Year End Trip Kingston & Ottawa
30 May Canadian International Military Tattoo Hamilton

Thoughts From the Treadmill

I’ll apologize for the late arrival of the Dispatch this week.  With the excitement of the Mess Dinner on Sunday and then the Squadron Photos on Monday, I fell kind of behind on my thoughts and the final approval of the newsletter for this week.

For those of you who attended the dinner on Sunday night, I am preaching to the choir I am sure; to those who missed it for whatever reason, boy did you ever miss a fantastic presentation by our guest speaker. 

I’ll be the first to admit that when the idea of Mr. Ted Barris as our guest speaker first came up I was a bit skeptical, I have read some of his books (there are some in the Squadron library if anyone wants to sign them out), I had never heard him speak though.  I have experienced professors talking in a lecture hall and I have listened to some authors as well.  I was a bit worried that his talk would be dry and more a matter of ticking off some interesting history points.

Well, as soon as I met Mr. Barris on Sunday, it was obvious there was something different lurking there.  I was behind him as the Head Table marched in and saw his reaction to the band playing the theme from “The Great Escape”.  There was a little more bounce in his step and a big smile on his face when he turned around.  His energy level at dinner was only surpassed by his energy while making his presentation. He was non-stop for 45 minutes and I’m sure that he would have gone a lot longer if we had the time.  I was impressed by his passion for the subject and obvious pride in Canada and the Canadians who were the real story behind the Great Escape.  I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t follow every word of this very compelling story.  I wish school teachers and university professors could all see Mr. Barris in action and share their love of a subject the same way he does.  I think there would be a lot more students actually reaching their potential while enjoying learning.

Mr. Barris sent me a very nice email yesterday and we will include some of that in next week’s Dispatch.  As always, I had the honour of making some promotions and some other presentations during the evening but also had the task of saying goodbye to WO Boyden, we wish him well in all of his future endeavours and hope that he won’t be a stranger around the Squadron.  I also had to say goodbye to another long serving member of the Squadron tonight in Sgt Williams.  Both of these young men have indicated that they will be heading off to the military at some point in the future, Good Luck in your careers.

There will be no cadets next Monday night as the school will be closed; I hope everyone has a good Easter weekend.

That’s all for now.

Stay Safe and Have a Great Week.

Maj. D. Bliss

“Rules of the Air”

Some practical thoughts and comments regarding the world of aviation.

“It’s always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.”

Aviation Photo Of the Week

A Computer Generated Presentation of Manfred Von Richthofen’s Last flight.

Few cadets today will know about one of the great aviation legends from the First World War. His name was Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron and he was credited with bringing down 80 enemy aircraft. The events surrounding his death has long been a source of controversy in military aviation history.  So what follows is a description and a computer generated video of that fateful day.

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On April 21, 1918, the day after he had shot down his 80th enemy aircraft, Manfred von Richthofen climbed into his bright red airplane. Around 10:30 a.m., there had been a telephoned report that several British aircraft were near the front and Richthofen was taking a group up to confront them. The Germans spotted the British planes and a battle ensued. Richthofen noticed a single airplane bolt out of the melee. Richthofen followed him. Inside the British plane sat Canadian Second Lieutenant Wilfred (“Wop”) May. This was May’s first combat flight and his superior, Canadian Captain Arthur R. Brown, who was also an old friend, ordered him to watch but not participate in the fight. May had followed orders for a little while but then joined in the ruckus. After his guns jammed, May tried to make a dash home. To Richthofen, May looked like an easy kill so he followed him. Captain Brown noticed a bright red plane follow his friend May; Brown decided to break away from the battle and try to help his old friend. May had by now noticed he was being followed and was frightened. He was flying over his own territory but couldn’t shake the German fighter. May flew close to the ground, skimming over the trees, the over the Morlancourt Ridge. Richthofen anticipated the move and swung around to cut May off. Brown had now caught up and started firing at Richthofen. And as they passed over the ridge, numerous Australian ground troops fired up at the German plane. Richthofen was hit.

Everyone watched as the bright red plane crashed. Once the soldiers who first reached the downed plane realized who its pilot was, they ravaged the plane, taking pieces as souvenirs. Not much was left when others came to determine exactly what happened to the plane and its famous pilot. It was determined that a single bullet had entered through the right side of Richthofen’s back and exited about two inches higher from his left chest. The bullet killed him instantly. He was 25 years old. There is still a controversy over who was responsible for bringing down the great Red Baron. Was it Captain Brown or was it one of the Australian ground troops? The question may never be fully answered. Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, was credited with bringing down 80 enemy aircraft. His prowess in the air made him a hero during World War I and a twentieth century legend.

Now that one has read the story of that fateful day have a look at a computer generated combat film of Manfred Von Richthofen’s last flight.

An interesting note to this encounter is the fact that the seat from Von Richthofen’s aircraft is now in the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto.

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