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Upcoming Presentation to Canadian Aviation Historical Society

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!

September 1976 Ceremony in Toronto

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.

Probus Club

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!

Exile Air: Book of the Month – Veranda’s August Newsletter

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.

Many thanks to Gravenhurst Rotary!

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!

Upcoming visit to Gravenhurst’s Rotary Club!

I’m looking forward to speaking about Exile Air at the October 2 meeting of Gravenhurst’s Rotary Club — a Club that’s responsible for lots of good works in the community!

The Secret History of the Cottage

It was great to take part in this Cottage Life TV documentary!  My comments about the Gravenhurst TB sanatoria begin at about 15:26 minutes.

Great evening at the London Central Library!

I really enjoyed speaking about Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka as part of the London Central Library’s “My Canadian Life” Speaker Series last night. Many thanks to Librarian Anita Christopher-McCallum for inviting me and for all her hospitality!

“My Canadian Life” Presentation

Looking forward to taking part in the London Central Library’s “My Canadian Life” Speaker Series!

I’ll be speaking about Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka: Canada’s First Sanatoria on September 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Here’s the location:  Wolfson Performance Hall, London Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London.

Hope to see you there!