I was honoured to speak to the Probus Club of Central Muskoka about Exile Air on November 13, 2019. Thanks to the Club for the invitation, and for their warm welcome on a wintry day!

I’d like to thank the members of the Durham Lifelong Learning group, for inviting me to speak to them about  Little Norway and my book, Exile Air, at their meeting on October 8, 2019 in Whitby. I’m grateful for their warm hospitality, and for all the interesting conversations with members after my presentation.  Many thanks to all!


Here are some photos taken by Candis Jones at a commemorative wreath-laying on October 11, 2019, at the Little Norway Memorial, Muskoka Airport, Gravenhurst.

I’ll be attending the October 8, 2019 meeting of Durham Lifelong Learning members to speak about Exile Air. The location is the Hebron Christian Reform Church, 4240 Anderson Street, Whitby, Ontario, and the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.  I’m really looking forward to meeting the organization’s members and chatting with them about World War II’s “Little Norway!”

Many thanks to the Combined Probus Club of Scarborough for a warm welcome at their meeting on September 5, 2019.  I enjoyed speaking to the Club about Exile Air, and hearing some interesting personal recollections of “Little Norway,” afterwards!

On June 6, 2019, we honour the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when 156,000 Canadian, British and American troops landed on five beaches in Normandy, France, to liberate Europe from Nazi control. Overhead, Allied aircraft, including those from the Norwegian Squadrons of Britain’s Royal Air Force, flew missions to protect the disembarking troops. The Normandy landings are said to have been the beginning of the end of war in Europe. On this 75th anniversary, we honour all those who took part in the Battle of Normandy, and thank them for their courage and sacrifice.

Canadian troops land at Juno Beach, France, on June 6, 1944.

The Royal Norwegian Air Force in Canada, WWII, Fairchild PT-19 and pilot.
Photo courtesy of Larry Milberry

On March 9, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on behalf of the government, issued a long-overdue apology for mistreatment of Canada’s Inuit community during tuberculosis outbreaks in the past.

Between the 1940s and late 1960s, Inuit suffering from tuberculosis were taken to hospitals in southern Canada for treatment. Many of those who died in the hospitals were buried locally in unmarked graves, rather than having their remains returned home. Very often, Inuit families never learned what had become of their loved ones.

As part of its apology, the federal government is planning to release database information to help the Inuit locate gravesites of family members who were taken to southern Canada for treatment.

However, Inuit communities are still plagued by tuberculosis–and at a rate of infection which far exceeds that in the south of the country. Here’s a CBC News report with more detail: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/cbc-explains-tuberculosis-banerji-tb-1.5046336

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Thanks to the Scarborough Historical Society for inviting me to speak about Exile Air at their January 2019 meeting. After my presentation, it was a treat to meet many Society members, and chat about our shared interests in World War II history, the Royal Norwegian Air Force, and beautiful Muskoka. Many thanks to the Society for a great evening!

On January 22, 2019, I’ll be speaking to the Scarborough Historical Society about Exile Air: World War II’s “Little Norway” in Toronto and Muskoka.

The meeting will be held at the Bendale Public Library, 1515 Danforth Road in Scarborough at 7:30 p.m. I’m looking forward to talking with Scarborough Historical Society members about the Royal Norwegian Air Force wartime training camps, and the brave recruits who learned to fly there!