Exile Air tells the story of Little Norway

It was a real treat to chat with Sue Kelly on December 17, 2017, when she interviewed me for her Hunters Bay Radio program, “Sweet Spots!” Here’s a link to the interview:

It was great fun to talk with Sue Kelly on her Hunters Bay Radio program, “Sweet Spots.” The interview will be broadcast on FM radio channel 88.7 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. and on Wednesday, December 20 at 11:30 p.m. A podcast will follow!

It was a great pleasure to speak to the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society about Exile Air on December 2, 2017. Thanks to my fellow aircraft aficionados for the invitation!

I’m very excited to be speaking about Exile Air at the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society on December 2, 2017 at 1 o’clock. The location is: Canadian Forces College, 215 Yonge Blvd. at Wilson Avenue, Toronto, Lt.- Gen Guy Simonds Auditorium. All aviation enthusiasts are welcome!

Thanks to Larry Milberry of CANAV Books for these wonderful photos of a special event in the history of “Little Norway.” In September 1976, the first commemoration of RNAF wartime air training in Canada was unveiled at Toronto’s waterfront. Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Jacques Dextraze, faces towards the camera in the photo on the left. Member of the Norwegian Parliament, Per Hysing-Dahl, a veteran of Little Norway who flew with the RAF’s “Tempsford Taxis” during World War II, wears the dark suit in the photo to the right.

I’m very pleased to have been invited to speak to Gravenhurst’s Probus Club on October 17, 2017, about Exile Air. It’s been about three years since my last presentation to the Probus Club, and I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces!

Book of the Month — Exile Air:
World War II’s “Little Norway” in Toronto and Muskoka

After Germany invaded Norway during World War II, Norway has been left overwhelmed; but the government, treasury and many citizens make it to the UK. By June 1940 arrangements are made to establish a Norwegian air training plan in Canada where “Little Norway” is established at Toronto Island Airport. With almost a hundred aircraft initially assigned — Curtiss P-36 fighters included — young Norwegian exiles came to the “Little Norway” training camps in Toronto and Muskoka, keen to learn flight skills and return to battle the Germans overseas.

All the details about planning, contracts, administration, training, housing, sports, social life in Toronto and — sad to say —  accidents are part of this outstanding book, including the expected growing pains and how Little Norways dovetailed with the BCATP. Many personal profiles (based on in-depth research and interviews) are interwoven and everything is carefully covered to war’s end, including important events such as unveiling the commemorative monuments in Toronto and Muskoka. This book is one of the most important Canadian aviation stories in recent years, and is not to be missed.

To see some very kind thoughts about Exile Air from Toronto Aviation History, please follow the link below:

Link to The Toronto Aviation History Website

It was wonderful taking part in yesterday’s Gravenhurst Rotary meeting, to speak about Exile Air! Very nice to meet members of this hard-working service club, and to say hello to some old friends there. Thanks to the Rotary for inviting Candis and me!