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Vol. 5, No. 2
Veteran northern civilian pilot lands after flight with two student navigators and R.C.A.F. check officer,
at No. 2, Air Observer School, Edmonton, operated by Canadian Pacific Air Lines.
HEAD OFFICE—Windsor Station, Montreal, Que.
Chairman. President.
Secretary. Treasurer.
GENERAL OFFICE—620 Dominion Square Building, Montreal, Que
C. H. DICKINS,    -
Vice-President and General Manager.
General Superintendent of Maintenance
Assistant to Vice-President and General Manager.
Superintendent of Flight Research.
General Traffic Manager.
Personnel Manager.
WESTERN LINES—Municipal Airport, Edmonton, Alta.
General Manager.
Chief Pilot.
Superintendent of
Assistant to General Manager.
Superintendent of Maintenance.
Regional Traffic Manager.
Special Assistant to
General Manager.
Assistant Superintendent
of Maintenance.
Supervisor of Operations
and Pilot Training.
Chief Inspector.
Chief Stewardess.
AERIAL SURVEYS DIVISION—1011 Confederation Building, Montreal, Que.
Superintendent. Laboratory Supervisor. Chief Pilot.
ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT—1010 Confederation  Building, Montreal, Que.
District Traffic  Manager,
620 Dominion Square Building,
Montreal, Que.
Assistant Superintendent.
Flying Assistant Superintendent.
Assistant Treasurer.
Radio Supervisor.
Superintendent of Maintenance
Superintendent of Maintenance
(Rimouski, Que.)
NORTHERN QUEBEC DISTRICT—807 Confederation Building, Montreal, Que.
Superintendent. Pilot i/c Roberval, Que.
Pilot i/c Senneterre, Que.
Assistant Treasurer.
AIR LINE AGENCIES LIMITED—Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ont.
Assistant Manager.
J. W. TACKABERRY, General Auditor, Airways Building.
W. HALDANE, General Purchasing Agent, 120 King Street.
D. S. ATKINSON, Superintendent of Stores and Equipment,
120 King Street.
CENTRAL DISTRICT—St. Regis Hotel, Winnipeg, Man.
Assistant Superintendent,
Sioux Lookout, Ont.
District Traffic Manager.
Superintendent of Maintenance
Flying Assistant Superintendent,   Acting Assistant Superintendent,
Kenora, Ont. Lac du Bonnet, Man.
Superintendent, Special
Flying Assistant Superintendent,
Channing, Man.
SASKATCHEWAN DISTRICT—Regina Airport, Regina, Sask.
Flying Assistant Superintendent. District Traffic Manager.
Crew Chief.
MACKENZIE DISTRICT—Municipal Airport, Edmonton, Alta.
D. STIRTON,      ,
District Traffic Manager,
C.P.R. Building, Edmonton.
Supervisor of Maintenance.
District Traffic Manager.
Assistant District Traffic Manager,
C.P.R. Building, Edmonton, Alta.
Supervisor of Maintenance.
Superintendent. >
District Traffic Manager
(Hotel Vancouver).
Crew Chief.
Flying Assistant Superintendent
(Fort St. James, B.C.) Published for the Employees of
1AIR a
Office: 620 Dominion Square Bldg.
Montreal, Que., Canada
Editor: A* G. Macdonald
Uol.5, (s)o.2 FeeRuARv 1943
FROM A BASE:  tf  I might add that the new cover, etc.
met with favour in these parts and everyone looks forward
to Honker time *
FROM AN OUTSIDER:  ft My hearty congratulations on
the new dress of the Honker.  I am sure all those whose
privilege it is to receive a copy will, like myself, look
forward with interest to each issue "
FROM A SCHOOL:  "  Flash! The new Honker has just
been received here, all dressed up in its new cover and
printed in a most interesting form. We've heard some very
favourable comments, ..... the face lift is a real improvement.  {This is most encouraging•  Ed.)
He<v)isPH&fltc "Straight" Lines.
To anyone who any longer has any doubts
about what aeroplanes are doing to oldtime geography, we suggest that they have a glance at the
time-table below.  It shows pretty clearly that
there is a new geography in the making and the aeroplane is a pirate of space changing the whole world
picture. C.P.A. employees in the north will be
particularly interested in the air time from Chicago
to Fairbanks as against surface travel. These figures were developed by Consolidated Aircraft Company,
and show the approximate travelling time and distance
as you have known them in the past and as you will
come to know them in the air age.
New York
New York
New York
San Francisco
Chungking China
Moscow, Russia
London, England
Brisbane, Australia
Fairbanks, Alaska
11,300 M.
5,700 M.
3,700 M.
8,200 M.
4,090 M.
31 days
8 days
21 days
8 days
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7,500 M.
4,525 M.
3,462 M.
7,050 M.
2,730 M.
38 hours
23 hours
17 hours
35 hours
14 hours -2-
We have been advised by Mr. C.H. Dickins, under date of January 15, that the
following appointments are now in effect:
H.S. JONES, is appointed Superintendent, St. Lawrence District.
W.H. COATES, is appointed Assistant Superintendent, St. Lawrence District. .
L.J. DALTON, is appointed Superintendent, Northern Quebec District.
F.T. JENKINS, is appointed Superintendent, Aerial Surveys Division.
H.S.  Jones
W.H.  Coates
L.J.  Dalton
F.T.   Jenkins
The following letter received by Captain Russ Baker from the Commanding Officer of the United States Second Air Force at Fort George Wright, Washington, is of
general interest. Many readers will no doubt remember the excellent search duties carried out by Russ Baker in connection with the loss of United States Army Service aircraft in northern British Columbia;
"The excellent service performed by you in connection
with t*he evacuation of personnel of three B-26 airplanes,
which were forced to land approximately ninety miles southeast of Watson Lake, to Toobally Lake, some of whom were
injured, has been brought to my attention.
I have been informed that you displayed expert pilotage in landing and taking off your Junkers ski-equipped airplane from limited areas.
Please accept the appreciation of the personnel of the
Second Air Force for your outstanding rescue services."
CRA, 1943 Pocfec&T Calendar Ground the World'.'
The following letter has been received from Mrs. R.M. Mitchell, Chairman of
the Central Book and Magazine Depot, M.D. No. 4 at Montreal, in appreciation of 6,000
Canadian Pacific Air Lines pocket calendars which were made available to her on request
for distribution to troops overseas. Apparently it is most difficult for the troops to
secure calendars in England and elsewhere because of the paper shortage, and these convenient airline calendars fill the needs very nicely:
"Very many thanks for your splendid response to our appeal
for calendars for the troops overseas.
The calendars you sent us have been packed and sent off
already.  They are such a convenient size that they will be most
acceptable to the boys, and they will be as grateful as we are!
These calendars have gone to various parts of the world." -3-
The Montreal office was visited by Miss Esther Forbes, free-lance aviation
writer, who came to gather a story on Canadian Pacific Air Lines.  Our good friend
"Deek" Lyman, Assistant to the President of Pratt & Whitney at New York, has been
spreading the gospel about the great job the C.P.A. is doing in the north, and only recently addressed the Executive Club of Boston on our operations.
Mr. Larry Gough of the Associated Screen News who recently met many of our
employees north of Edmonton, visited us in Montreal this month and was loud in his
praise of the fine treatment extended to him everywhere. He is now hard at work writing a script for his film and is editing a short colour film taken last summer by Miss
Betty McCowan. This is being put together by Associated Screen News in Montreal now,
and will be ready soon to fill the many requests already received from our Edmonton,
Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Montreal offices.
All were glad to see Leo McKinnon, our highly respected publicity agent from
Edmonton, who made his first visit east.  Leo spent considerable time discussing matters
with the head office officials and also met a number of railway personnel at Windsor
Station and locsl newspaper men.  He took a side trip on our inter-city service to Quebec City, looked over the ancient capital, and secured a lot of interesting dope on our
present greatly expanded operations along the North Shore. While in Montreal, Leo
spent some time in Associated Screen News helping to edit the colour film which was
taken last summer in the north by Miss Betty McCowan, and which has turned out to be an
exceptionally good piece of colour photography covering our airline operations.  We
hope to see more of our western friends as time goes on.  These reciprocal visits between officials of the Edmonton and Montreal offices help a lot to understand each
other's problems and to lay a sound foundation for expansion of our operations.
We were also visited by Messrs. Webster and Bittner of the New York Central
System. These two visitors are employed by one of the largest railway systems in the
United States in making research study of air cargo routes for possible development by
the railway. They were most interested in Canadian Pacific Air Lines and particularly
the record volume of freight moving in the north, and many matters of mutual interest
were covered. The increasing number of visitors to the Montreal office from New York
and Washington indicates that C.P.A. is rapidly becoming known in railroad as well as
air circles.
Fflooo THe Press.
"Sleek new transport planes replace the crates on Canada's Arctic air routes
as "bush" flying grows up", according to H.H. Ramage of the Edmonton Journal in his
article in the January issue of Magazine Digest. He goes on to add that the thunder of
giant air freighters, swift warplanes, and sleek airliners over Canada's northland is
sounding the valedictory to bush flying.  Northern aerial pioneering is almost ended
overnight and flying in the last great hinterland of the North American continent has
come of age. Author Ramage rightly states that in the whole story of pioneering in
this continent no chapter is more thrilling or more adventurous or more heroic than
that written by the handful oif bush flyers who opened up the great northland.
He recites the colourful pioneering out of Edmonton and gives full marks to
such great northern flyers as "Punch" Dickins, "Wop" May, Grant McConachie, Matt Berry,
Walter Gilbert, "Cy" Becker, Hollick-Kenyon, and many others, the majority of whom are
now all working together as a flying team in Canadian Pacific Air Lines. Ramage goes
_i -4-
on to add that these northern pioneers have played a thrilling role in the past fifteen
years and now they are active in a newer and greater story.
Canadian Pacific Air Lines received a nice spread in the Canadian section of
the annual edition of the New York-Herald-Tribune  There is great interest below the
border in what is happening along the northern air lanes, and our Company is receiving
an ever-increasing volume of worth while newspaper coverage.
The December issue of "Canada's Weekly" published in London, England, carried
a full front page map of Canadian Pacific Air Lines, the first publicity which the Company has received on the other side of the ocean.
Arrangements are being made for the establishment of duplicate libraries at
Edmonton and Montreal for the use of all employees. Already a few hundred different
types of books have been purchased classified into the following general types, navigation, maintenance, radio, and general.
The library at Edmonton has been set up in the pilot's room and is already
functioning. An index card system has been provided end full use of the facilities is
being made by flight and ground personnel.  The reference books are also most helpful
to Mr. Hollick-Kenyon in connection with his pilot training duties and class work.
In Montreal a duplicate set of books similar to those being provided at Edmonton has been arranged for and facilities are being made to have them housed at this
point. At the present time the books are in the library room at the head office in the
Dominion Square Building. Arrangements have been made to publish a mimeograph list of
all books for circulation to employees in the various districts,and a mailing system
will be developed whereby they can request books for their use through these two centres.
The management hopes that the employees will take advantage of the wide assortment of books being provided on the air transport industry and every attempt is being made to select suitable types and to keep the libraries currently supplied with the
latest publications off the press.
Post-war plans por Northern Expansion.
Of particular interest to all employees of Canadian Pacific Air Lines is recent announcement from Ottawa that an international planning board is being set up to
study schemes for the peacetime development of a vast area in northern British Columbia,
Yukon and Alaska.
This new international project is said to be the largest of its kind ever attempted.  It covers one million square miles with a population of about 100,000.  It is
argued that the co-operation of the two countries to meet war demands in the north is
indicative that this is the best way to tackle the post-war problems, and it is even
suggested that the joint study should be on the basis without regard to national boundary line,which would mean that Alaska would be lumped in with Canada.
It is mentioned in the despatch that there is a vast transportation expansion
in the far Pacific region and that plans must be made for post-war development so that
these services csn be used.  The Company has already offered its full co-operation to
the Canada-United States Joint Economic Committee, and it is expected that officers
will be called upon to provide information on the country which they know so well as a
result of pioneering important air routes all through this region.
There is a bright future for air travel in the vast Yukon and Northwest Territories according to a prediction recently made by W.H. Chamberlain, author of a new -5-
book called "Canada Today and Tomorrow.^ Mr. Chamberlain sees a great expansion after
the war in Canada's mining enterprises, industries, and transportation of goods resulting in unusual growth in population in the vast Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Signs are shaping up in the United States that the railroads and shipping companies are going to go all out on a campaign to break into the air transport field.  So
far C.A.B. has blocked surface transport carriers from operating planes. However, with
billions of dollars at stake, and the bright future of air transport, there should be
some mighty interesting developments before long. The American situation is quite different from the Canadian for in this country the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific
both are allowed to operate all forms of transport and are already in the field of rail-
air co-ordination.
Recently L.K. Silcox, First Vice-President of the New York Air Brake made the
following remarks about air cargo in competition with surface transportation.
Silcox stated that the railway should be prepared to engage in the flying of
freight when the time comes   suggested that history of all freight transport narrows down to the plain fact that traffic normally moves by the cheapest route or agency
no matter how provided   mentioned that the element of cost if not involved in current air cargo plans but that element will be uppermost in any commercial venture ....
Indicated that speed is not essential in the bulk of freight movements and will not be
the controlling factor 	
Curtiss Wright announces the war's first military cargo plane built of plywood. Powered by twin-row Pratt and Whitney engines of 1,200 h.p. the ship has a retractable tricycle type landing gear allowing for maximum manoeuverability on small
landing fields. When the ship is in a three-point position the cargo floor is only 36"
off the ground facilitating loading. Speed is not an essential factor for the ship was
planned for take-offs from small and undeveloped fields. States that the Caravan is
particularly well suited for use in areas such as Alaska, northern Canada and South
American countries. This new massive wooden cargo plane has very definite interest to
Canadian operators.
Current controversy over future air cargo developments has brought out many
interesting angles. "American Aviation" states, "Too much talk about air cargo plane
replacing the railroad" and thinks this due to difficulties of statistical comparisons.
Stated greatest weakness in discussion of air cargo is inclination to place air transport smack on top of existing surface transport systems. Airplane is essentially the
most flexible means of transport and development will not necessarily be tied down to
surface routings. Well to remember that North American and Continental Europe are the
only major areas in the world where goods and people are transported cheaply and easily
by surface means. This leaves huge areas of the world for the airplane.
Air traffic supplementary to surface and will not affect steamships and railroads as all operate to each other's advantage.  Good example is Alaska Highway where
air service was the only transport means, but has not been displaced by new road by any
means.  Good point made that cost is never real barrier when public demand is the broad
ruling factor and this most important in the future in air travel.  The airplane has a
tremendous future in opening up vast new areas of the world not now served by surface
transportation, and developing of sound air industry will bring many benefits and more
traffic of a different type to surface units.
Lieut. Gen. H.H. Arnold states that B-17 and B-24 types are the last of the
"small" bombers.  New fighters and bombers on the way which will startle the public as
well as the enemy. -6-
Airline mergers are also taking place south of the border and soon the name
of Mid-Continent Airlines will disappear.  It is to join up with Northwest Air Lines
and the official name of the new company will be Northwest Air Lines.
Lockheed's new Constellation will cross the continent in less than nine hours
or fly to Honolulu in twelve. Will give United States Army Air Force greater troop and
supply carrying potentialities than can be matched by any other nation on earth. Many
engineering refinements made so that Constellation with 2,000 h.p. in each nacelle has
no more drag than Lockheed Model 14 of 17,500 pounds gross weight had with 800 h.p.
New ship is a high speed and high performance transport with room for fifty-seven people and crew of five.  It is a war plane now but originally developed for luxury air
travel in record time.
C.A.B. has granted Pan American permission to conduct flights between Seattle
and Whitehorse without stop at Juneau, and latter point will be served by shuttle service from Whitehorse.
Few people realize that the airline network in South America is 2^ times
greater than in the United States. There are forty-four operating companies with 750
stops as compared with eighteen in the United States and 260 stops. However, the total
mileage flown and passenger traffic is one-quarter and one-sixth respectively of the
United States figure, but commercial cargo transported by South American lines is 6jg
times greater than United States.
Captain E.V. Rickenbacker believes one company should be given the route between the United States and England while another, for example, should receive the
route between United States and Russia, and so on. Under this scheme anywhere from one
to a dozen air transport companies will be taken care of in a fair manner.  He also
favours reciprocal franchises for foreign lines operating in United States.
In Rickenbacker's opinion air transportation has only scraped the surface and
after the war all transportation of passengers over 100 miles will be via air, including first class mail, express, and like freight. He added that based on mile per hour
there is no safer means of transportation than air in the world today.
From Canada's Air Cadets will come many of her future flyers. More than
20,000 boys are enrolled in 240 Air Cadet Squadrons. Strength of the Cadets will expand to 35,000 within the next few months.
For Cadets who attain a satisfactory standard in training, summer camps are
provided.  Boys who join the Air Cadets must pass an examination similar to that set up
for aircrew duties in the R.C.A.F. Equipment is provided by the R.C.A.F. Training is
given in navigation, map reading, aircraft recognition, signalling, target shooting,
first aid work and foot drill.
It is with deep and sincere regret that we announce the death of
Pilot B.A. "Bun" Paget while on operation in St. Lawrence District.  Interment took place at Huntsville, Ont. on January 9. We wish to extend our u-
nited sympathy to Mrs. Paget and his daughter, as well as to other members
of his family.
In these columns last month we mentioned Squadron Leader N.E.
"Molly" Small who had just received the D.F.C. at the Governor General's
We have since read with regret that on January 10, the plane carrying Sqdn. Ldr. Small and six other men crashed in Newfoundland on routine
operations, killing Sqdn. Ldr. Small and four of his companions.
To Mrs. Small we express our most sincere sympathy. -7-
Yhel Shi pshaw Power Project.
Personnel and planes of companies now part of Canadian Pacific Air Lines
played a major role in developing the mighty one million horsepower dam almost completed on the frozen northern rim of Quebec, along the Saguenay river.  Only recently the
censor relaxed his ruling on this vital new power development being provided to meet
Canadian Aluminum requirements, and the public now has had an understanding of one of
the war's greatest construction jobs.
This giant power plant located in the wild and previously untamed resources
of northern Quebec near the continent's second largest aluminum plant at Arvida, Que.,
is now half a year ahead of schedule, and the almost fantastic project is being rushed
to completion in record time.  Newsmen claim that it out-boulders Boulder Dam, producing more power than the Colorado river project does at the present time.
To get the water where it was needed, the company made its own river, and the
mighty Saguenay had to be diverted over a mile and a half through a man-made channel
300 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
The aerial surveys division of Canadian Pacific Air Lines performed record
tasks in photographing contours of the land and laying out many mosaics.  River diversion routes were photographed far into the north and the story pieced together would
help engineers in their work.  The power site dam itself was photographed in detail and
also the water pipe-line was caught through the camera eyes of Canadian Pacific Air
Lines Aerial Surveys Division.
"C.A.L." City at Beauchene, Lake Onatchiway, Que., from where air freighting
operations to the Lake Manouan dam site commenced.
Not only did Canadian Pacific Air Lines assist materially in the photographic
work, but this huge power development also brought into being the largest single air
freight contract in the history of Canada - about 800,000 pounds.  Back in 1940, this
immense task was commenced. Much of the traffic was moved either by skis in winter or
floats in summer, and the company established its own loading and fuelling base at
Beauchene, Que., where there is a large lake which could be reached by road from Chicoutimi.  The material had to be freighted in to Lake Manouan in north-eastern Quebec,
some hundred miles north of the nearest railroad point.
The contract called for the movement of some of the oddest shipments in air
history, including a motor boat SO feet long and weighing approximately 1,600 pounds,
three tractors, caterpillar treads, tractor engine, air compressors, Diesel engines and
an electric generating plant, and a complete steam shovel.  There were also many kinds
of tools, narrow gauge dump carsf hose and fittings, pneumatic drills and all the many
hundred other items required on ^construction work.  In addition, the eight planes on
the job looked after staff provisions, men's baggage and bedding, and many other miscellaneous items.
The strangest cargo carried consisted of eight horses and four live bulls. -8-
Loading the horses presented quite a performance as there was nothing on record to show
how they would react to air travel. The first
horse was carried neither doped nor asleep,
merely well tied, but as a result of the many
trials and tribulations, the balance of the
shipment had to be doped for successful movement. Peculiarly enough, the bulls were quite
docile and were carried without difficulty, as
they were loaded into the cabin and packed
around with bales of hay to keep them from moving in transit.
In the Montreal Star of January
30th, there is a full page feature on this giant war industry, and it is stated that there
is nothing in the fairy tales of the Arabian
Nights more fantastic than this air freight job
of housing the contractors and moving juicy T-
bone steaks for workmen in the wilds of northern Quebec, and a lighter touch is given in
the statement that "the romantically-minded
company even accommodated the lovelorn labourers, flying them out to keep a date with their
girl friends."
Once again Canadian Pacific Air Lines
scores in a record war air freighting task.
The company has long played an important role
in the movement of supplies along the Alaska
highway and other defence projects in northwestern Canada. Now it is performing similar
work for war plants in north-eastern Canada.
a winter view of construction
work at Manouan, from the air.
Loading a
20-foot inboard motor boat
the cabin of the plane.
A tractor part being manoeuvred
through the cabin door.
"Mr. Bull goes to Manouan".
One horse - duly doped and securely
tied to sliding platform, being eased
through cabin door. -9-
We are advised by Mr. E.L. Smith thst effective
February 1, 1943:  C. WESLEY BUDD is appointed District
Traffic Manager for the Montreal and St. Lawrence District.
Mr. Budd will be located at 620 Dominion Square Building,
Montreal. C.-W. Budd
During the month Fred Stone visited the personnel department of American Air
Lines at New York and United Air Lines at Chicago to study their shop training programmes. Mr. Stone received fine co-operation at both points, and our airline friends
in the United States were extremely interested to hear of our expansion plans in the
Mr. Clarkson left on a familiarization trip to Winnipeg and Edmonton, a sojourn which will last for about six weeks.
Mr. Siers made an inspection trip to Rimouski, later leaving for Ottawa and
all points west.
Miss Howard and Miss Sears left our employ during the month, and Miss Home
returned from a pleasant holiday, having spent Christmas and New Year's in the old home
town of Winnipeg.
Mr. Carlisle, superintendent of flight research, left for Winnipeg and Edmonton on January 24, closely followed by Messrs. Dickins and Troup.
Mr. Smith spent about a week down on the North Shore looking over the traffic
set-up. He reports having been as far as Goose Bay during his travels.
We had the pleasure of a visit from Leo McKinnon from Edmonton.
C.S. Pratley, a C.P.R. employee of long standing, but now office manager at
the P.A.L. Aircraft Plant at Moose Jaw, dropped in to meet the members of the staff in
general, but particularly to renew acquaintances with his many ex railway associates.
We welcome to the staff, Gordon Lloyd, ex C.P.R. and formerly with Colonial
Airlines for two and a half years.  Gordon will act as reservation chart clerk at Dorval.
R.T. McCully, chief storekeeper, was around town for a couple of weeks looking over the railway stores system, after which he proceeded to Rimouski.
J.W. St. John has been taken on as research assistant, but it is expected
that he will soon get back to his first love - flying.
Miss M. Murray and Miss J. Lewis are additions to the filing staff, and Miss
M. Ashley is our new multilith operator, replacing Miss R. Raitt, who is also working
on the files.
Aerial  Suruevs   Dtvisioeo.
Nothing whatever has happened this month - that is, nothing except a paltry
order for some 8200, 7x9 inch prints.  Of course, that's not too bad.  This being an
addition to completing work in hand puts some 10,000 odd contacts on the books for best
possible delivery. -10-
At the moment this work is being knocked off at the rate of about 250 prints
per day, and if your slip stick is handy you will note that the photoproduction plant
has thus hibernated to the dark rooms for something like a two months' stretch. So
long as the weather hangs on like recent samples, this ddes not sound like too bad an
idea anyway, and besides, it is another surveys contribution to the war effort, and as
such, the means is justified by the end - same, of course, being the delivery of the
prints, and the end - probably the end of March.
As this order needed an extra lift in the P.P. Plant, momentarily short handed, versatile E.S. Barbeau was elected to lend a hand there, leaving Norm Forester
still holding down the front office, taking the oblique department enquiries, doing the
odd spot of clerical work.  It has been obvious, however, of late that so far as Norm
is concerned, the "stick" is mightier than the "pen", and me thinks that the news that
his services are urgently required on the North Shore for a spell of bush flying, has
not been unwelcome.
Norm awaits only the completion of some miner repairs on the Barkley-Grow
which he brought down the other day from Quebec, before taking it down the shore to do
his bit there. Meanwhile Herb Lovett is going ahead steadily with camera overhaul and
already has a good stock on the shelf with the O.K. tag*
In anticipation of a busy season ahead much badly needed work - repairs alterations, clean-up - has been carried out and is still under way, but we expect that by
the time surveys work begins rolling in, the plant will be in A.l shape and we can devote our full time to its disposition.
St LftwaeNce District.
Snow and heavy winds have badly blocked roads to the airports and have drifted airports to such an extent that much grading and compacting has been necessary at
Rimouski,Baie Comeau and Seven Islands before service could be resumed by wheel aircraft into Goose Bay. However, on January 5, Supt. Jones delivered Boeing BVZ from
Montreal to Rimouski and continued for the next few days with mail delivery to Goose
Bay. Capt. Anten took over from Supt. Jones to handle the Boeing on this operation for
the rest of the winter.
Fairchild BVK with Pilot Munroe and Engineer Kass were borrowed from Northern
Quebec District base at Roberval to assist with inland transportation of a survey party
from Havre. St. Pierre at the end of the first week in January.
North Shore traffic continued heavy after New Year's due to many holiday passengers returning to thfeir homes at various North Shore communities. Two hundred and
thirty passengers were accommodated during the first week in January.
Ray Roy took over Fairchild AXE for inland freighting trips out of Seven Islands while Pilot Godfrey was assigned to a Dragon Rapide at Rimouski and J. Pipe assigned to the mail and passenger route east of Seven Islands. Pilot W. Willadsen joined us at the first of the month, flew down to Rimouski with Mr. Jones in BVZ, and later
on filled in as spare pilot on one of the Rapides. Pilot Henry Gates,formerly a test
pilot with the St. Maurice Aircraft Overhaul Plant at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, joined our
ranks during the latter part of the month and will be handling a Rapide on the North
Shore, working from Rimouski base. "Booming" Austin Currie has been going full out
with Rapide BFP, his favourite, while still enjoying the social life at Baie Comeau.
Mike Beaudoin, after being checked out by Marcel Boisvert on Beechcraft BQH,
will act as relief pilot to Marcel while continuing mostly with a Rapide.
Wes. Budd, newly appointed district traffic manager, spent about two weeks
familiarizing himself with the North Shore operation and had, we are told, an enjoyable
vacation at Baie Comeau as a result of no flying for a period of three days, due to one
of the .heaviest blizzards of the winter which took place between January 19 and the
22nd. This storm was so bad, according to our genial Bill Kahre, that even the birds
were walking and snow-mobile drivers positively refused to risk taking the three mile
trip from Rimouski out to the airport. -11-
Our company was entrusted with the job of flying supplies and equipment from
Goose Bay to the location of Al.Cheesmanfs forced landing south of Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Food supplies were dropped by parachute with landplanes operating out of Goose
Bay, but as it was necessary to take in some equipment and mechanics to repair slight
damage to the Norseman, a skiplane was required.  Consequently Capt. Ray Roy with AXE
successfully carried out this rescue mission with his ususl despatch and efficiency.
Mail and express deliveries to Goose Bay have now become speeded up with
weather conditions being more settled and with both the Boeing and Beechcraft in good
shape and being attached particularly to this operation. As far as possible, passengers outcoming from Goose Bay have been landed at Rimouski the same day so that they
might catch evening trains to either the Maritimes or Montreal.  Thus our service compares quite favourably for passengers to the Douglas trips being operated between North
Maine and Goose Bay.
Assembly of the Barkley-Grow BMG was finally completed at Quebec Overhaul Depot and it was flown by Supt. Jones and Norman Forester to Montreal for final electric
and radio attention on January 19.  Norm Forester will be taking over this aircraft at
the end of the month for service in north-eastern Quebec and Labrador. With the Bark-
ley gone, rush overhaul work at Quebec has been completed, so all equipment is being
forwarded to Rimouski and the overhaul staff transferred, partly to Dorval and partly
to the North Shore. Eddie Aubin has handled the situation very well under difficult
conditions this winter, and will likely be proceeding to Seven Islands shortly as engineer in charge at that base.
We were pleased to have a visit from Mr. L. McKinnon of the Publicity Department, Edmonton, during the month and to accommodate him on a round trip with the Beech-
craft between Montreal and Quebec.  George Willoughby, formerly with our company at
Rimouski, dropped in to see us while en route to the east coast.  George is now with
the R.C.A.F. in the radio division and appears very fit and happy with his new work.
Our old pal and associate Charlie Lambert of the Overhaul Depot at Cap de la Madeleine,
also dropped in to say hello on one of his frequent visits to his home in Montreal.
Bftic Cqooeau, Que.
Operations for the winter season commenced on December 15 and have been proceeding very well throughout the season.  The station has been improved considerably
with the addition of a new waiting room, comfortably furnished and attractively painted.
This also applies to the office and staff quarters at the station, with the result that
we have now one of the most, if not the most, attractive stations on the North Shore
circuit.  The ticket office at the station has been put on a regular airline procedure
and the system operates very efficiently, with a resultant speed-up in the receiving
and despatch of traffic. We are very proud of our efficiency at Comeau.  Our down town
office is due to open on February 1; this will enable us to give greater service to our
customers and will speed up our reservations and express service.
Visitors during the past month included Messrs. W. Budd, Blondeau, W. Irwin
of D.O.T. with aircraft CF-CCA en route from Seven Islands.
Aircraft BFP is based at Comeau with Captain A.J. Currie as pilot in charge.
He is assisted by H.R. Cummings, traffic agent; S.D. Roumbanis, radio operator; J. Jaw-
orski, air engineer; A. Othot, transport driver; R. Langlais, helper;. Mrs. P. Imbeault,
Northern Quebec District.
January, as usual, started off with a bang, and the customary visiting of old
friends was carried out in regular fashion.  There was work, however, on the following
Saturday morning and consequently precautions had to be taken to ensure that end. The
office was open.
Business from the northern points started slow due to a combination of weath- -12-
er, ice conditions, and slow business. However, before the end of the month we were
looking for aircraft to help us out of a spot.
On January 8, BVX with Pilot Munroe and Engineer Kass left Roberval for a
period of ten days to give a helping hand to the St. Lawrence District, and the last
we heard they were still at Seven Islands. It is our guess that the crew are trying
desperately to figure out how we count at this office.
A distinguished visitor during the month was Ralph Sykes, en route to Sennet-
erre from Roberval to install a new transmitter at that base. Probably the next time
Ralph comes to town he will have a "tent" concealed in his excess baggage, as he was
compelled to make the rounds of the city from door to door, begging for space to hang
his hat while awaiting a train from Montreal to Senneterre. Sorry for the ordeal you
experienced, Ralph, and we shall most certainly take the matter up with the housing administrator in an endeavour to avoid a similar recurrence. Probably you can arrange
your next visit to arrive here in the summer, as accommodation, at least in the parks,
will then be available without much trouble!
SEMMEYEBflE.Qufc. B06EflUAL,Quc.
Our local scribes have been weather-bound on operations and the train service
to and from these points has been curtailed due to most "unusual" weather.
Something unusual in the way of news is promised for the next issue of the
The most important yet saddest news of the month is that Bert Crawford has
left us and gone out to the land of sunshine and warm breezes (not to mention fog.)
We hope, Bert, that you will like Vancouver, as we are quite sure that Vancouver will
like you.
Miss Marie Sanborn of Edmonton is the new addition to our staff. She is
gradually getting used to the noise and the "wolves that lurk in the lobby",, and is
learning the intricacies of reservations and expense waybills and such stuff in the
saner intervals.
Just one western visitor this month, Leo McKinnon from Edmonton. He was here
for three days in the middle of a blizzard - Toronto at its worst. We'd be scared now
to visit Edmonton for fear of the weather Leo would order.
Bananas suddenly appeared in this banannless world the other day. One of our
customers is a fruit importer and he brought us in a nice large bunch, which was much
appreciated. The only trouble was we had to sit and look at them for a few days while
they ripened.
Our staff is now entirely feminine, but we will try to carry on with the good
work begun by the masculine contingent, and the "Welcome Mat" is still out for all
visiting "C.P.A. Firemen."
GeNeflAL Auditor's Office.
The staff of our Norwood office is rapidly diminishing.  In December and January we said our goodbyes to Bernice Knutson and Rita Hill, both of whom returned to
the Edmonton office. Sadie Robinson, Tessie Bushbell and Catharine Mclnnes are now
with the C.P.R. at Calgary.  News received from these girls shows that they are pleased
with their moves.  Bert Frankham departed for Edmonton after attending one council
meeting as councillor after his election in St. Vital.  Bill Herringshaw, the last -13-
leaning post for the rest of the "boiler gang" deserted us for Calgary around the first
of January. Still others are looking forward to seeing Montreal and so are reading
their First French Readers over and brushing up on their school French. Enid Wertheim
left the Company two weeks ago, and, although we miss her friendly grin, we wish her
the best of luck in her new venture.
Mr. W.R. Patterson from Montreal spent a couple of weeks at our office, returning east toward the end of the month.
L/AC Bert Flack came to Winnipeg to visit his old comrades-at-work, after
successfully passing the first round of examinations in a particularly intricate branch
of radio.  The Air Force certainly agrees with him and so does that ten pounds he has
put on.
Centrai District.
Although there may be much to report this month, Honker time coincides with
moving time, as we are moving from the C.P.R. Depot and the Royal Alexandra Hotel to
283 Smith Street. Needless to say, both offices and the moving firm have been attacked
by TRAFFIGREMLINS who are busy mislaying records, express, wires, phones, and even personnel. Watch our smoke in next and future issues of the Honker.'
On Speciac Assignment.
From W.E. Catton as superintendent,
accompanied by Captains S.J. McRorie and A.J.
Hollingsworth, and ably supported by Co-pilot-
Engineers R.A. Mclnnes and C. Mills, and backed up by Ernie Strange in charge of maintenance, we have had the following report:
"To date AWR is on the job with Capt.McRorie.
BKV is expected on the line momentarily.
The following routes have been covered by
AWR since January 14: From W to P, to I, to
A, to D, to A, to Mo, to A, to Gx, to W, to
P, to Cn, to If, to P."
The footnote reads, "Sorry Ed. can't give you
any more specific information."
Schickelgruber: "Gx to W.' What
does that mean,
Musso: "I donta know, but I
donta like it! What you
tink, Hiro?"
Hiro:  "So sorry please!"
Brandon Ave Shops.
Bellanca Aircruiser AWR arrived in Winnipeg this month from the Western District and, after minor repairs and a complete check-over, left for points north.
On January 15, we received from Vancouver a wing off Junkers AMZ in a seriously damaged condition. The wing was accompanied by a rush order for repair of same. A
double shift was put on and the wing was repaired and shipped back in less than two
weeks. Credit for this goes to the tin bashing department under the competent direction of Joe Elkin.
Visitors during the month included, CH. Dickins, D.B. Wallace, C.R. Troup,
T.W. Siers, E.G. Carlisle and A.G. Clarkson. Mr. Clarkson was here for a few days and
left a very favourable impression with the Brandon Avenue personnel.
W. McBeth left us to join the Air Force.  We were sorry to see him leave and
the whole gang join in wishing him the best of luck.  We'll be stuck for an organizer
for the next Christmas party unless we can find another as willing and ambitious as he.
_' -14-
By the time this issue of the Honker is circulated, we believe that P.K.
Peturson will have taken his marital vows.  The gang joins in wishing him success and
good fortune.
Rrdiq   DtVJIStQN.
Homer Hackensack, our ace news gatherer, disappeared from our midst for quite
awhile and we thought he had been drafted or joined the "Wacks" or something. However,
on strolling into the Mall Hotel one night we discovered him sitting alone at.a table
and gazing mournfully into a solitary mug. He seemed to be in a very uncommunicative
mood, and in a dismal frame of mind, snd therefore did not welcome us with his usual
air of "Hail Fellow, Well Met!" A few well placed questions by your scribe revealed
that Homer had just returned from Kenora where he had been making a survey for the WCTU.
Homer reported that while visiting one of the swankier night spots in Keewatin with
Russ McLean, Russ sat down on one of the chairs there and it collapsed, a mass of mangled and twisted chromium. He says that now when they see Russ framed in the doorway,
the waiters immediately rush over with a brace and prop the chair up so that it won't
meet the same ghastly fate as the other. This is only a temporary arrangement, however,
because we learn that they are building a special chair with Russ' name on it from
battleship steel. Bert Brereton has told us some tales of chair busters, but this is
a new angle.
Eagle arrived the other day with his face scratched and his arm burned.  On
being asked what had happened, he mumbled something about getting tangled up in a radio
transmitter. We didn't know radio transmitters had claws - or is this something new?
Regarding radio operations - 4755. Kc. sounds like one of these get-togethers
that women have - or the Mall Hotel on pay-day.  Some days it takes slmost an hour before we can get a word in, and then, when we do, there's usually somebody waiting like
a vulture till you are through. If you make the slightest break in a transmission,
somebody else is in there blabbing away, and it's another hour before you can get in
again. This is one of the reasons why radio operators have the reputation for being a
bit whacky, and if it continues, we will all be enquiring about what priority we can
get on a straight jacket or padded cell.
Kenora, Qnt.
We were very much surprised to have "Bus" Brown drop in for a visit during
the first week of the month. For a "cripple" still under the doctor's care, Bus seems
able to navigate all right but is still a little slow in the"take-off", but mighty glad
to be back on his feet minus his "cement overcoat". Shortly after entertaining Bus,
Stan Wagner, District Superintendent, made his initial visit to this area.
The weather around here has been terrible during the whole month and we have
lost a good many flying days. For a period of five weeks the temperature never rose
above zero and at one time went to a low of fifty-two below, with snow just about every
other day.
We are getting our decks cleared for the handling of a fifty-ton ball mill
which is being flown into Werner Lake, and as the heaviest single piece is around two
and a half tons, we will be using the "Flying Box Car" ARM on the job.
A.M. Delamere made a "mercy flight" during the month to Allie Island, and according to all reports the patient was very pleased to see Del. arrive with medicine
and the doctor,  (the patient being a very sick horse) - Good work, Del!
This base has a team entered in the Kenora Broom Ball League, and to date we
are tied with the "Wolverines" for first place, with three wins and two losses each.
Our team goes by the name of "The Air Bubbles". We meet each Thursday night at the
Lake of the Woods Hotel for a banquet, sing-song and story telling, etc., and then adjourn to the rink for the battle of the brooms. The team looks snappy in their white
"streamlined" uniforms.  It has turned out that Captain Kiteley is the dark horse of
the league - but not the horse that Del assisted! -15-
Sioux Lookout Ont
Our correspondent at this point has his ups and downs.
This is one of the times when the "downs" have it, as we have no
notes this month.  (Come on fellows - get in the swim!"  Ed.)
Since our last literary efforts we have lost our chief, W.E. Catton, and our
ace pilot "Holly" Hollingsworth.  Bill and Holly have been transferred to a special
project on behalf of the government and their place has been taken by J. Waldo Carrion.
Wally is now flying assistant superintendent.  (Flies all day, part of the night, and
then computes such things as mileage revenue, weekly reports, and so on, after that).
"Shorty" Holden has been transferred to this area to assist Carrion in the matter of
keeping the freight, mail and passengers moving, and there has been lots of each to
move every day since freeze-up. The schedule to Favourable Lake and Gods Lake calls
for two trips weekly, but we have averaged five each week since before Christmas, and
no let-up in sight yet.
Lome Coddington of the maintenance staff accepted a transfer to Kenora, but
someone crossed him after his acceptance was received, and he now finds himself at
Sioux Lookout.  Great thing, chum!
Wally was really sizzling one day last month; part of his load to Favourable
Lake in Junkers TF consisted of two crates of live chickens, four cartons of live rabbits, one billy goat, and a Reverend Father.  Wally was mad about something and wanted
to use some of his choice adjectives, but in deference to the "cloth" he managed to restrain himself, and instead of cutting loose he just spat, and where he spat the ice
melted (so help me)!
We had a second "Ball of Fire" in this area for a time when we learned that
our Superintendent Stan Wagner was forced down half way between Favourable Lake and Lac
du Bonnet while flying Stinson ZV with two elderly lady passengers on board. According
to the story, Stan landed his machine and then built a shelter of boughs, banking the
whole thing with snow. The temperature was 55 below zero with a strong north wind blowing.  The passengers were wrapped up in eiderdowns, and pie plates were warmed over the
fire and used as hot water bottles to take the chill out of their bones.  Stan said he
spent his whole night running back and forth with hot pie plates for the ladies' feet,
and turning the aircraft battery around at the edge of the fire so it would have enough
juice left in the morning to start the machine.
Plans for a thorough search had been completed, in fact two machines were
ready to go when Stan landed, at Lac du Bonnet the next day, quite surprised to learn
that the temperature was as low as it was reported.  The toes of both of Stan's overshoes were burned out, his nose and cheeks had been frozen and thawed out several times
and all in all he looked as though it had been quite a session.  But Stan and the ladies felt a great deal better after a hot dinner, and were soon on their way to the city
During the month we Have had some excitement, the weather has been cold rsng-
ing from thirty to sixty below; radio reception has been bad.  Caribou are very plentiful, about 100 miles north, and the Indians in the district should have no shortage of
meat. The local staff here have enjoyed some nice juicy steaks and the odd tongue -
a most delicious dish!
Mr. R.A. Talbot, district manager of H.B.C., made an inspection tour, taking
in Pelican Narrows, South End Reindeer Lake and Brochet. -16-
We had a visit from the inspectors of civil aviation from Winnipeg. They, of
course, did not stay long, as they were anxious to get back to the banana belt around
Portage and Main.
Trips have been made to service the H.B. Posts at South Indian Lake and Puka-
tawagan; also the fish camps at Reindeer Lake. Fishermen at that point are getting
anxious about their fish as the tractors have been dogged by bad luck, bad ice, and
breakdowns on the long haul. There are over two million pounds of frozen fish mostly
trout and whitefish, all choice export fish, waiting to be moved.
In the January Honker we mentioned that our bowling team was making good progress in the Regina Airport Bowling League, with C.P.A. being in second place. Unfortunately, however, the favourable trend has not continued.  Conditions have deteriorated
and now C.P.A. is in fifth place, or another way of putting it, is second from the bottom of the league. Some of the boys now think the future of the team is gloomy, unless
they get extra practice. Frank McNair thinks the future of the team is gloomy!
FLASH! (Exclusive to the Honker) -"Despatcher W.A. Andrew has relieved the
help shortage at Saskatoon despatch office by producing an 8 lb. 4 oz. despatcher yesterday (step) father doing well, all staff enjoying House of Lords cigars.
DX Saskatoon Jan 23-43.n
We welcome two new members to the maintenance staff, Bill Whittleton and Len
Christie. Len is a newcomer to the game, while Bill was on our staff last year and in
the interum was connected with maintenance at #3 A.O.S., Regina, Welcome back, Bill!
One evening last week our crew chief at Regina found it necessary to set his
alarm clock for an early p.m. hour, so as to be at work at an early a.m. hour. Nearby
neighbours, however, had an entirely different type of programme mapped out for that
evening. About 2 a.m. they started hooping it up with racket galore.  Frank could not
sleep through it, of course, so 'phoned the "leader" of the gang requesting them to
pipe down. He was advised they would, but in less than five minutes the fanfare opened
up again "right in der crew chief's face." This was too much for Frank, so he 'phoned
the police who arrived at the scene a few minutes later and abruptly quelled proceedings.
A flight plan was received at Regina office last week covering a ferry flight
from Winnipeg to Edmonton via Regina by C.P.A. Boeing BVT.  It just happened that at
the time our district was short one aircraft for operations, so Cspt. Jim Davidson and
Jack Green, district traffic manager, conceived the brain-wave of asking for authority
to hold the Boeing at Regina upon its arrival and then have it operate one of the Saskatchewan District flights until our own machine returned from Edmonton. Things looked
swell, until a reply to our suggestion reached us from Edmonton office as follows: BVT
UNSERVICEABLE! Needless to say, faces dropped, hopes shattered, and morale generally
slumped to an 8ll-time low.
The captain on BVT, when it arrived, was that congenial poet laureate-pilot-
mechanic-radio announcer-musician-and-generally-versatile Charles R. Robinson, writer
of such works as "Ballad of a Bush Pilot" - "Norway House Memoirs" - "To Monica" and
others.  Charlie, who was accompanied by First Officer H. Gammon, is no stranger to the
Regina gang, and it was a real pleasure to have seen him again. Reminiscing and comparing notes of bygone days went back as far as 1934.
We still boast the he-man type of pilot in the Saskatchewan District.  For
example, Capt. Howard Weiben while entering the cabin of one of our aircraft recently
turned the door handle, and bingo, down dropped the Beechcraft door handle.  Less than
twenty-four hours later the same thing happened to the door handle of the Barkley-Grow.
Capt. Jim Davidson is also in the he-man category, but,in spite of this, he froze his
knee the other day while walking to work.  Saskatchewan has had her share of the real
cold weather, so this slight casualty can definitely be blamed on old man weather and
not through Jim being a tenderfoot. -17-
Frank Holland, station manager at Moose Jaw, reports a serious fuel shortage
in his city. He has one bucket of coal left for the Moose Jaw waiting room and says
that tomorrow he is starting on the table legs.
T.W. Siers arrived in Regina on our Trip 22 of January 30, just in time to
have his name included in this issue of the Honker, as a district visitor.
Late in January Mr. CH. Dickins paid Edmonton a visit on his way to Vancouver and the western states. He was accompanied by E.G. Carlisle and C.R. Troup. The
party spent a few days in Edmonton and then left for the coast by way of Calgary.
H.B. Porteous has been appointed office manager on the general manager's staff,
Western Lines, Edmonton. Harry is a former C.P.R. employee and is well known because
of his infinite capacity for work. We understand also that Harry has a fair knowledge
of the ancient and honourable game of poker. Congratulations, Harry!
A prominent and always welcome visitor to Western Lines offices during January
was Mr. L.B. Unwin, our president.
As spring looms on the horizon a goodly number of the personnel may be seen
in attitudes and poses similar to advanced cases of arthritis. This, however, is not
the case. Jackson's Gymnasium is again resounding to the grunts and groans of aspiring
and perspiring would-be athletes. Under Mr. McConachie's urging and the advice of our
medical director Dr. Harris, the boys are taking their gym classes very seriously and
after a comparatively restive winter the results of the first few days are very saddening. We still wonder, though, why we have to feel so bad to feel good!
Fred V.Stone has been in Edmonton ironing out personnel matters. He was a
little longer on the job than at first anticipated as the problem was a little larger
than he thought. The Chinese have an expression which says, "He who rides a tiger may
not d i smount."
A new accounting office has been set
up in the second floor of the C.P.R. Station
in Edmonton, under the supervision of G.W.
Hardy. Rita Hill and Bernice Knutsen originally Edmonton girls who had been transferred
to the Winnipeg accounting office, have returned and are on Mr. Hardy's staff.
W.A. Chambers, travelling auditor
for Western Lines, has moved his base to Edmonton and his office is now at 207 C.P.R. Building.
Miss Doris Eddies, formerly of the
Palliser Hotel, Calgary, has joined the traffic
staff in the Edmonton city ticket office.
Hugh Johnston left for Winnipeg where
he was to meet E.L. Smith, general traffic manager, and proceed to Montreal.
Terry Steinburg of the city ticket office, has been transferred to the airport ticket office and will split shifts with Helen Graham.
Incidentally, both these girls have Theresa for
a name, that is Theresa Ann and Helen Theresa.
Jean Fryer is a new addition to the
general office stdff in Edmonton.
Air Cargo - North!
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Donald Herring, assisted by J. Collins and Miss M. Cox, has set up a statistics bureau in the Administration Building at the Edmonton Airport.
Captain Mel. Knox has recently become a proud father. Mrs. Knox and the newcomer, Linda Joan, are expected home from the hospital early in February.
Art Norrie who joined the old Yukon Southern Company some four years ago to
work in traffic is about to have his dream fulfilled. While with the Company, Art has
been in charge of stores, fuel supplies, relief man at stations along the line, and
lately in charge of flight, reports at the Edmonton office.  He now goes on a full time
traffic job as agent at Watson Lake.
A. Hunter, formerly agent at Watson Lake, has been transferred to Fort Nelson.
Mrs. Hunter, now living in Edmonton, expects to join her husband there early in the summer.
W.T. Bunn, flying assistant superintendent, Saskatchewan District, was in Edmonton during the month and returned to Regina with a twin-motored Beechcraft for use in
his district. The plane, formerly in use on the Prairie Airways run, had been seeing
service in the Yukon. Note: Service referred to in the Yukon is not Robert W. Service!
This was added to forestall any puns which might be forthcoming.
Capt. D.V. Patry, chief pilot for Yukon sector, has been posted to Vancouver
where he will take up permanent residence.  Captain North Sawle has been named Check
Pilot for the Saskatchewan, Mackenzie and Yukon Districts.
Ted Field, supt. at Whitehorse, has sent down some interesting souvenirs of
the early gold rush days in the Klondike. Faded property deeds, mine shares and pay
slips bear mute evidence of the hectic times in the Yukon at the turn of the century.
One interesting item was a pay voucher for a police constable, issued in 1902.  The
amount of his monthly salary was $55.50. And we think we're abused.'
Our good friend Barney Phillips spent considerable time in B.C during January attending to the details of re-opening the field at Williams Lake, a former mainline stop on the Vancouver-Whitehorse run. Mr. Phillips had the field reconditioned
and arranged for fueling facilities at that base.
Doug. Ireland, air engineer at the Edmonton base, has applied for leave of
absence to join the R.C.A.F. He will enlist in the air crew at an early date.
Adolph Murta, maintenance expert for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, spent
part of January in Edmonton at the C.P.A. hangars conferring with N.E. Dennison and
T.W. Siers. A.G. Clarkson, aeronautical engineer, is setting up house in No. 1 Hangar
at Edmonton and laying the ground work for a competent engineering department.
A scene in front of the Administration Building late in January was reminiscent of the early days in northern flying. Late in January, George Gilmour brought a
Barkley-Grow aircraft into Edmonton with a full load of furs. We would hate to estimate the value of such a load, but we are assured it amounts to more than we usually
carry for spending money.
High winds in the Mackenzie District played havoc with the plans of the maintenance department at Fort Smith recently, when two nose hangars of the portable type
were flattened and rendered unserviceable. The boys are rebuilding the hangars on a
more stable basis.
Express and mail shipments in the Mackenzie District are being systematically
moved and serious bottlenecks avoided by the splendid co-operation of the ground staff
and flying personnel in this region. Although weather and other elements strove to upset operational plans, the boys kept whittling at the ever-mounting stacks of goods and -19-
prevented any great accumulation at one spot.
Freddie Miller, formerly of the Central District, has been transferred to the
agency at Yellowknife. While awaiting his arrival, travelling agent Mills held down the
fort and acquitted himself in a fine manner. While Catsy Mills was away from his own
base at McMurray he found that the army had moved his buildings.  They were apparently
in their way and now the base is undergoing another period of readjustment.
Joe Freedman, traffic clerk at McMurray,was in Edmonton for a few days near
the end of January.  It is rumoured that wedding bells may soon ring for Joe.  It seems
as if Joe didn't wait till spring for his fancy to turn!
Sam McKnight, crew chief at Fort McMurray,is a proud father. We understand
that his new income tax exemption will be a candidate for the army, navy or air force,
but not in the women's division.
Bert Brereton, communications chief, was down for a look-see at this end of
his territory. He has set up a new office in No. 2 Hangar at Edmonton in order to keep
his finger on the pulse of the western communication system.
Lute Veiweger, supervisor of truck transport, was down the Mackenzie visiting
several bases and helping to iron out the transport problem as best he could.  Lute has
been instrumental in getting some good trucking equipment and distributing it to the
most vital points, which is no small assignment when good equipment is as scarce as the
proverbial "hen's teeth".
A PROPHECY: From time immemorial the greatest part of the territory covered by the Yukon District has been one about which very little has been known.  It is a territory of
great mountain ranges and peaks, of large verdant valleys, cruel swift rivers and vast
stretches of rolling hills and muskeg. Its first bid for publicity occurred just before
the turn of the century with the discovery of gold in fabulous quantities in the Klondike river.
In 1898 what was probably the greatest gold rush in history was under way.
People from all parts of the world flocked to the Klondike. The following few years
brought forth many a story of great hardship, courage and heartaches, as the gold-crazy
people rushed into the hazardous and unknown Yukon. As the impetus of the gold rush
passed, the Yukon returned to a quiet, simple and staid existence, which was not shattered until the present war made it necessary to build airports and highways through it to
The development through the Yukon, as well as through the part of British Columbia which our route passes, during the past year has been so tremendous that it has
surpassed hundreds and hundreds of times that of the gold rush.  It is unbelievable to
one who has known the country well.  It is a far cry from the days of 1820 when York
boats fought wearily up the mad Liard river from Fort Simpson to Fort Yukon. Three
years were required to transport a trading outfit from the outside to Fort Yukon. After
spending a year trading for fur it then required three more years to carry these furs
back outside, through rivers that have to this day remained unnavigable, covering country that we now cover in a few comfortable hours in a warm, luxurious aeroplane, following modern radio ranges and landing with air mail at numerous places along the route on
the most modern airports, complete with modern buildings and conveniences.
From your large armchair seat in the plane you can look down at the Liard river and watch the route which McConnell covered in 1890 flash by as if on a screen. The
route about which he wrote of the dangerous rapids, of Hell's Gate, Devil's Portage and
the Rapids of the Drowned. Further along you can see the route followed by George Dawson as he made his way slowly along to find and give his name to the famous settlement
at the mouth of the Klondike river where it flows into the Yukon river, Dawson City,
long before the discovery of gold and the mad dash of gold-hungry people began. Down
below you can see the new highway with trucks running smoothly along, and there is a
bridge close to where McConnell and Dawson parted before each went his way. A hundred
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yards or so from the straight, smooth looking highway near Devil's Portage, are the
'hot springs' that come from the much rumoured and yet unbelieved 'Tropical Valley.'
Throughout your whole trip undreamed of scenic beauty and a fisherman's and
big game enthusiast's paradise passes quickly along below you. Where almost no one has
been since the beginning of time the air is filled with the solitude shattering roar of
aeroplanes, trucks and tractors. The country which has been resting on its laurels for
forty years has come to life and advanced in one small year a distance that normally
would take a hundred years or more, and after this unbelievable and history-making year
it is never going to stand still again.
Next summer, we confidently believe, will see more development, more changes,
and more great projects take place than ever before, and the marvellous and unbelievable
things of last summer will be far surpassed. The tempo of the development during the
last year has been terrific, but will be exceeded this coming year.
Our genial agent Percy "Juan" Tooley at Grande Prairie has been having the
greatest of trouble lately with his automobile, literally boiling the profits away.
With the temperature hovering around 40 to 50 below zero for quite a lengthy spell, he
has had to resort to many and numerous fillings of his radiator with de-natured alcohol
which the dashed car just insists on boiling away at the most inconvenient times and at
the most embarrassing places. For instance, at six o'clock in the morning, half-way to
the airport with a load of partially frozen passengers and the temperature near the
fifty mark. Percy is going to try fuel oil in the radiator. It is at least cheaper
and could not smell any worse. m
WHAT'S IN A NAME: We have been puzzled lately by Tooley's references in his letters to
the splendid manner in which Warner Baxter heats up the aeroplanes. We know that "PJ"
is quite fond of the movies, but for some time could not figure out what he meant. Finally a light dawned. It must be the Stewart-Warner name plate on the new 'Jeep' heater
that he was referring to. We could have understood better, Percy, if you had called it
the Anne Sheridan heater or the Benny Goodman heater!
MODERN IMMIGRATION PROBLEM: Reg Paull, traffic agent at Fort St. John, has had many
worries and troubles during the past year, one of the strangest being that which occurred a short time ago. A southbound trip from Whitehorse, carrying a load of American
passengers who had come from Fairbanks, was forced to remain overnight in Fort St. John
due to adverse weather conditions along the route to Vancouver. During the evening one
of the lady passengers called on the agent to take her to the hospital.  In the morning
the driver of the car when calling at the hotel for the passengers found that he was
one short. He contacted Reg amongst his worries, and Reg remembering that one of the
passengers had gone to the hospital the evening before, rushed up to the hospital to
see if she could take the trip to Vancouver. Upon arrival at the hospital he was astounded to find that the stork had added to his other numerous worries by making an unannounced night flight and leaving a husky baby boy with his passenger.  Reg was stumped.  The trip went on without the passenger, and then problem after problem developed.
The baby having been born in Canada was a Canadian and could not enter the States. The
mother was travelling on a permit issued by the Alaskan Defense Command which regulates
civilian travel between Alaska and the United States, and there was no baby shown on
the permit. After a week or so, during which Reg pondered the question from every
angle, a reservation to Vancouver was procured for the mother and she departed on one
of the trips, taking with her the fine new arrival.  Reg breathed a sigh of relief but
was heard muttering to himself about many things. Many are the complicated problems
presented to the traffic department these days.
John Rolling arrived at Fort St. John on December 15 and took over the duties of night watchman at the airport. Sleeping all day and refuelling fires in the
hangar and the offices has never seemed like our idea of a particularly joyous pastime.
Hoxvever, John has not the look of a martyr and we think has found the secret of how to
be happy.
The traffic staff at Fort St. John has been augmented with the arrival of
Bob Lee from the Central District. Bob will be e welcome addition to the traffic de- -21-
partment at this station, and we hope he will enjoy living at Fort St. John, as well
as the rest of the staff enjoy having him. His waybilling and checking have been expressly manifest already.  (Who said that!)
"Frenchy" Charpentier arrived at Fort St. John on December 20 to join the
maintenance stsff.  Still somewhat strange to the ways of aircraft and the handling of
trips, he has had his lot complicated with difficulty in finding a bed to sleep in. Accommodation at Fort St. John is NORMAL.
TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY: First Officer Lawrence Dakin has been holding down the des-
patcher's job at the Fort St. John base for the past month.  He has in his time applied
much unabridged language to various despatchers. Now he is having a look at the problems from the other side of the fence.  It is unabridged also. Larry says he never
realized how stubborn pilots could be - as if he had anything to do with making the
Fred Smith from the maintenance staff at Fort St. John has moved to Fort Nelson, taking the place vacated by Tommy Cameron who has moved to Fort St. John.  Since
Fred has been at Fort Nelson the weather has been very cold and he has not had much of
a chance to look around. Tommy Cameron has been temporarily attached to the traffic
department at Fort St. John, but,since the arrival of Bob Lee, is turning toward the
maintenance department. Fort St. John will offer quite a change to him as he has been
at Fort Nelson for about three years and witnessed a great many changes in the place
from the time when he first arrived and ran a small trap line around the back of the
company's buildings in his spare moments.
Art Hunter, the company's agent at Watson Lake, has been transferred to Fort
Nelson where he will take the place of Harvey MacDougall, the Fort Nelson agent who is
transferring to Whitehorse. Art is reported to be pleased with the transfer as it will
allow him to bring Mrs. Hunter to Fort Nelson and things generally will begin to seem
like home again. Harvey will find a great many new problems and troubles to play with
in Whitehorse which will tax his versatility to the limit. Art Hunter's place at Watson
Lake will be filled by Art Norrie who has for the past six months been acting in the
capacity of statistician extraordinary in the general manager's office at Edmonton.
From a life of flight reports and figures, Art is now moving out to see how and why
flight reports and figures are born.
Vic Johnson, the company's genial service man at Watson Lake, became sick during the first part of the month and was flown to Whitehorse during the night by Capt.
Fox. After spending a period of time in the Whitehorse hospital, Vic regained his usual good health and returned to Watson Lake.
Teslin, beauty spot of the Yukon, although not far away from Whitehorse has
been one of the most isolated spots during the winter months along the whole route,seeing only a few planes each winter. Now, with the new highway running almost by the
door, an invitation has been extended to the personnel at Whitehorse by Mr. and Mrs.
Robin McCleery, the company's radio operator and agent at Teslin, to drive over and see
them some day or to come over for a week-end. Seems silly to talk about driving over
to Teslin in around four hours, but that is all it takes for the 150 miles, and the road
is perfect. We are sure that anyone who has had the opportunity of tasting the hospitality of the McCleerys in the past will really appreciate this invitation.  Thank you
Mr. and Mrs. Mac, and we'll be seeing you!
Our despatcher at Whitehorse has been complaining that the rhythm of his despatch messages and flight plans have been somewhat broken up with the changing of crews
by the Edmonton despatch office. No longer can he rhyme fS8wle and Gaul' on his messages, as when Capt. Sawle and First Officer Gaul were flying together. .However, he has
one left in the combination of 'Fox and Knox' who are at present flying together.  The
other night he was quite pleased when Capt. Fox and First Officer Knox arrived with
Stewardess Mannix. Talk about X's - Fox, Knox and Mannix.'
Jack Barber district traffic manager and his wife celebrated the anniversary
of their marriage,the other night, which took place seven years ago.  Several of the -22-
staff gathered at their home for dinner and a pleasant evening.
Pilot Mel Know was delayed overnight and the following day in Whitehorse with
mechanical trouble on his aeroplane. During his stay in Whitehorse another trip arrived and was turning around and proceeding back to Edmonton during the night. The pilot
of this trip offered to change places with Mel, who thought that was nice, and asked
why he had become so big hearted. Mel was informed that the other pilot had heard that
he had become a father that day. Mel nearly collapsed - he hadn't known! Shortly after, Mel was winging his way to Edmonton, high in the clouds, both literally and figuratively.
STEWARDESS LEAVING ON SPECIAL FLIGHT: Stewardess Eileen Butler will be leaving her position on the run between Edmonton and Whitehorse some time during the coming month,trading her job of looking after endless passengers and of feeding petulant pilots for that
of looking after one man, the one and only, who is indeed fortunate, as many can vouch
for her unfailing good humour and cheerful or radiant winning smile. May we extend all
good wishes for a successful flight through married life, and may the skies be clear
and the air smooth.
TRAFFIC SOLVES A PROBLEM:  Jack Barber went to Edmonton before Christmas on a rush* trip.
He intended to be back home for Christmas and tried to get space on a trip around the
23rd. He finally left Edmonton about a week later, was bumped at Fort St. John and a-
gain at Fort Nelson, arriving home on January 5. He was heard telling Supt. Field, confidentially, that if he had to go to Edmonton in the near future to take his advice and
take an aeroplane of his own.
AN OLD SONG IN A NEW TEMPO:  Jimmy "Jit" Blackmer, for the past year acting clerk in
the superintendent's office of this district, has returned to his former love, the maintenance department.  Jimmy has for some time been living on a diet of vitamins and other recommended health builders. His buoyant personality will be missed very much, but
we are sure that although we have lost a swell clerk in the office, we have gained something good in the maintenance department - best of all since he is coming back to Whitehorse.
ESSENTIAL INDUSTRY:  Cecil Pickell and Don 0'Grady of the maintenance personnel at
Whitehorse were flown to Carmacks during January to effect repairs to the wing tip of
Fairchild BVI. The night they arrived the temperature dropped to 60 below and there it
remained for almost two weeks. Cecil thought he was getting away from the wood detail
at Whitehorse by taking the trip, and how he must have loved his new wood job, which
with one axe between them must have been of a chop or freeze variety.
LADY AGENT BAGS A WOLF: The glossy six foot long pelt of a black wolf hangs outside
the home of Mrs. G.I. Cameron, the company's agent at Fort Selkirk, Y.T.  It is a grim
reminder to the northern lady of her attack on the snarling wild animal while armed
only with a broom. Mrs. Cameron was alone at her home for a few days and saw the big
animal skulking in her yard, but thought that it was a stray malemute dog. When she
saw it crawl into one of the dog kennels behind the house she picked up a broom and went
out to chase the intruder away. She was busily banging at the kennel and poking the
broom into the small opening when two Indians came along. Upon hearing human voices
the animal growled viciously and broke out of the kennel past Mrs. Cameron, who rushed
into the house, grabbed a rifle and handed it to one of the Indians who managed to shoot
the wolf a short distance away. Mrs. Cameron is the wife of Cpl. Cameron of the R.C.M.P.
and has been residing at Selkirk, a small settlement on the Yukon river, about 200 miles
north of Whitehorse, for some time.
There is a persistent rumour loose in Vancouver th8t the old custom of "bundling" is in practice once more. We realize that it will give our eastern friends a
laugh when we yell about our zero temp, whilst they have been plowing through 20's and
30's below. However, the old saying, "A headache of your own is more important than a
fractured skull in somebody else" is still more than a quotation.  Our web feet just -23-
can't take the snow and ice. H.A. Crawford recently of Air Line Agencies in Toronto,
who has been touring the coastal agencies with G.A. Scott, is of the opinion that Mr.
Vancouver, who bragged of the address "Canada's Evergreen Playground" must have got his
wires crossed, or else is trying to drag Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" into a White
Traffic has suffered drastically during the past month. Blocks of ice in the
Fraser river hampered our Victoria schedule and even the northern trips suffered the
odd curtailment.  Our latest addition to the traffic department, Miss Alice Francis, is
wondering if the job is always as easy as it has been during the past few weeks.  We
know, don't we?
Our chief mechanic George Wilson requested three mouse traps for the hangar.
On 'phoning for the traps, Mr. Gilbert was amazed and amused to learn that there was a
priority on mouse traps (a fact the mice probably knew right along).  Thinking it rather an item for one of our local scribes who writes a "Things people tell me" column,
Mr. Gilbert passed the information on to him.  The scribe took a very serious view of
the whole thing and his morning column was an appeal to all and sundry to donate anything from stray cats to unused mouse traps in order to save C.P.A. equipment from being demolished by the mouse family. Needless to say, the PBX was deluged with calls
from folks who earnestly wanted us to stay in business and were offering their very all.
After several calls, Mr. Gilbert was seen tearing his hair and muttering something
which sounded very like "That's what I get for trying to be facetious."
The most outstanding bit of news for the month of December was the complete
and varied types of dirty weather which we were subjected to. The old weather man
threw everything at us but the kitchen sink, and probably the only reason that wasn't
included was that it was clean. However, in spite of this we managed to get some flying somewhere around fifty percent of the available days.  Christmas Day dawned beautiful and clear so that spoiled the day insofar as we had to go to work. However, the
weather co-operated on New Year's Day which enabled the staff to catch up on some much
needed shut-eye and to wipe some of the fogginess and cobwebs from fevered brows.  In
other words, New Year's Eve was appropriately celebrated in the time-honoured custom.
The happy event of Coulter becoming a father a few months back seems to have
had a steadying effect on Frank. As compared to the festive season last year, we noticed only a very few excavations in the snowbanks where it was found necessary to dig
Frank and his Ford out from underneath the snow.
What's in a name! Why the "HONKER"?
Many of our readers will no doubt have cast a dubious
eye upon the name of this house organ.  Combined with
the title is the figure of a Canada Goose in flight.
The Canada Goose (Brent Canadensis) is, according to
naturalists, the most intelligent of all Canadian Game
Birds, and exhibits traits of strategy that are literally astonishing.  One authority writes:  "Noble, game,
intelligent, resourceful, organized, recognized a mile
high by its orderly formation, its steady progress and
its northern destiny.
To the understanding it represents nationality, strength of wing, regularity and organized flight.
The Canada Goose or"Honker" is the name by
which this bird is familiarly known, and is symbolical
of all that is best in Canadian Air Travel - hence the
"HONKER"! -24-
NO. 1   A.O.S.
The chief excitement of the past month
was the big storm which hit these parts last week.
The climax was reached on Tuesday night (19th) and
tied up traffic on the main Toronto-M8lton highway
for about fifteen hours. Two cars containing about
a dozen members of the office and executive staffs
got stuck in a big snow-drift about a mile south of
the school, and for a little while it looked as
though they might all be there for the night. However, one of the snow-ploughs (which, by the way,
also came very nearly being stalled) pulled the
cars back to the camp.  The storm was so severe
that it would have been impossible to negotiate the
trip back on foot.  Once back on the station, however, everybody dug in and put the time to good use
catching up some back work. So once again, the old
proverb, "It's an ill wind that blows nobody good",
proved true. An emergency squad was set to work
later in the evening to find sleeping accommodation
for the "snow-aways" and by a little improvising,
quite comfortable quarters were found. We hear
strange tales of girls hurriedly being outfitted in *
men's pyjamas - whispered coffee parties at midnight!
Miss H. Lorimer of the
General Supervisor's office
staff,attired in the natty uniform worn by the feminine members of the A.O.S.
At our last Wings' Parade, for Courses 60 (Air Navigators) and 65 (Air Bombers)
which took place on January 22, the presentation of Wings was made by Lt.Col. T.F. How-
lett of the Royal Canadian Engineers, Toronto, and he had the pleasant task of pinning
Wings on the breast of a nephew graduating from Course 60 with a very creditable showing.
During the past month we had a visit from No. 1 Visiting Flight, C.F.S.,Trenton, who did a fairly thorough check-up of all our pilots.  Their report on the whole
was reasonably satisfactory and we believe that the results will reflect- a higher standard of efficiency in our future operations.
We now have two Jacobs Ansons which we are using for pilot instruction as a
result of recommendation from the visiting flight.
Flying weather has been extremely bad during the past four weeks, but the
past week has been good, and the smiles are gradually returning to the faces of pilots
and ground crews.
We were very sorry to part company with Sgt. Ken McArthur, who has left our
service to join the fighting pilots overseas. We also regret the loss of Pilot Harold
(Grandma) Dow, who has returned to the United States to lend a hand in his own country's
war effort. Pilot Dusty Miller and Pilot Tom McMurray have recently become proud fathers of baby daughters. Our best wishes go out to Mrs. Miller for a speedy recovery.
Latest reports are that she has taken a definite turn for the better.
The girls of the North Hangar presented a very smart picture in their uniforms
when they gathered last week for a dinner and movie. Congratulations to Mrs. Bell of
our switchboard staff on her recent marriage. Members of the general office staff and
radio room presented her with a silver candelabra. Last week, Ruth Upshaw surprised
her fellow-crew members in "A" Flight by changing her name to Ruth Gardner. We wonder
if Miss Lumbers designed the girls' uniforms with blondes in view? We have a few on -25-
the station who certainly show the navy off to good advantage.
FROM THE MAINTENANCE HANGAR - We hear that Harry Paulson,
A.O.S., has made his first flight for the Ferry Command.
Harry was recently married and we are wondering if he
made the flight alone. What! no honeymoon, Harry? We
are pleased to hear that Doug. Izon's wife is making
favourable progress in Hamilton Sanitorium,  We wish
her a speedy recovery.  Favourite expression of the
erstwhile Joe Quinn is "remind me of that later, will
you!" Albert Cunliffe of Aircraft Crew left recently
to join the Merchant Marine. Best of luck, Albert! A
presentation was made to Herb Young, in the form of a
money belt and toilet case, when he left recently to
join the Air Force.  Just because Ted Jones thought the
runway looked like a river was no reason for him to
dust off his equipment. We hope Harry Harris will soon
be back. He is recuperating in hospital following a
sudden illness. The electrical department is taking up
a collection to buy Johnnie Shearer of the radio department a seeing-eye dog to help keep him on the road.
Okay, Johnnie? Welcome back Junior! We thought you
didn't like the place. What attraction is there in the
"A" Flight Hangar that takes him there each lunch hour?
Is it that plaid skirt, Jimmie? The maintenance hangar
committee seems to be very successful as many of their
suggestions have been approved.
former radio operator at No.l
Pilot being fitted with
parachute at No.l A.O.S.,
MaIton, Ont.
NO. 2  A.Q.S.
No. 2 A.O.S. welcomed the following CP. officials who were here in conference: CH. Dickins, Vice-President and General Manager, C.P.A.; CR. Troup, General
Supervisor of Schools; D.S. Ormond, Manager, No. 5 A.O.S., Winnipeg; W.L. Parr, Manager,
No. 7 A.O.S., Portage la Prairie, and Capt. E.G. Carlisle. Messrs. Ormond and Parr
have been conferring with Mr. May and the general supervisor.
Enthusiastic comments were heard on the school's new radio operating room setup in the second floor of the operations control tower.  The design of the new radio
room was set up by George MacDonald and is a model of how a good radio room should be.
To those who might seek to emulate Mr. MacDonald's set-up it might be known that there
are no wires visible to a person entering the room, and the lighting leaves little to
be desired.
A visitor to the station James Meekan, T.C.A. Link instructor, is enthusiastic also about the new Link Trainer room and the new7 Link Trainers installed in the
Administration Building. It is unreliably reported that one of the new Link instructors is to be none other than a woman, Margaret Littlewood, one of the Flying Seven,
with many flying hours to her credit.
During January, Edmonton experienced the coldest wx in many a day.  For two
weeks temperatures hovered around 30 to 52 below zero. Street car service has been irregular and very few of the crews have been able to operate their cars.  The bus operated by the Company to carry the employees to and from the airport has been of great service.
Quint Moore has been elected president of the Pilots' Association, succeeding
Bill Hodgson, and the following pilots have been elected to serve on the executive:
Frank Buckley, Dave Kennedy, Spencer Addeman, Bruce Wilson, Andy Anderson, King Perry.
Alf Hyam a sgt. pilot on the station was given a good send off into matrimony
when many of the pilots attended his wedding and reception in the Masonic Hall.
A complete Navigator's Course is again being given to the civilian pilots on
the station by red-headed P/0 Brown. This officer has been doing an excellent job of
convincing the pilots that there, is more to navigation than just bushing along, and a
lot of enthusiasm about fixes, position lines and D.F. bearings has begun.
Ken Anderson, flight clerk, has left the school to go into business for himself, and Ed. Bell succeeds Jimmie Kerr who is now in the maintenance hangar. Bill
Milner, in charge of the Link room, has been on the sick list for some time but is
once again in good health and on the job.
Two aircraft have been radio-equipped especially for co-pilot and radio range
WOMEN'S DIVISION: Wedding bells will ring in April for Dorothy Snell, radio department
steno. The lucky man is Sgt. V. Van Buskirk of the Armament Section. We hope this
isn't contagious.
To relieve congestion on the switchboard an inter-communications system has
been installed with amplicalls in various offices. So far no would-be Bing Crosbys
have tried crooning over it.
Temporary quarters have been made for any girls wishing to live on the station. About twenty-five or thirty girls are now in barracks and from all reports they
like it quite well. "Give me those wide open spaces!" Since the payroll department
has moved into its own private office the general office reminds one of the bald prairie.
Mrs. Hammond the new supervisor of women is keeping a motherly eye on the
girls in the barracks. Miss P. Brooks has been appointed in charge of civilian canteen
with Mrs. McKay to assist her.
NO. 5  A.Q.S.
We were pleased to have a visit from the general supervisor of schools.
Our general manager accompanied Mr. Troup to Edmonton to visit No. 2 A.O.S.
Miss Doris Aiken of the payroll office is back to work but not as Miss Aiken.
She was married to Private L.D. Walsh on January 16.  Congratulations, Doris!
We enjoyed a visit from Ray Saunders, now with the R.C.A.F. Ray was a former
member of the Administration Staff and was the first stenographer on the station.
The Stores welcome Fred Nixon a new member of the staff. A presentation was
made to Art McRobie, who is leaving hangar stores to join the Navy.  Les. Conrad has
been transferred to hangar stores to take over his new duties as senior storekeeper.
P/0 Poff of the radio department is going around with his chest stuck out
somewhat further than usual upon becoming the proud possessor of a handsome 14-tube
communications receiver. Lucky fellow! The boys in the radio shop are still wondering
how he did it but were none the less quick to congratulate him on his good fortune. He
hasn't made his acceptance speech as yet, but we presume it will be coming along soon.
Graham More recently became the father of a bouncing baby girl.
The radio department is well represented on the station maintenance hockey
team in the persons of Freddie McNabb and Lloyd Morrison. The team has been doing well
to date winning both games. However, proceedings have come to an abrupt halt due to
the presence of snow in very large quantities on the playing surface and they now appear
to be a cinch to wind up the season undefeated.
MAINTENANCE: The beginning of the year always brings such delightful changes especially in the pictures seen hanging on the office walls, but then we can hardly say they do
not improve the appearance of the rooms.
Seems that hangar stores are leaving us in a body. First Alex. (Sandy) Weir
left on January 23 to become a G-Man in the Income Tax Bureau, and Art McRobie is off
for the "rolling seas". He seems to prefer the blue waters to the blue skies, but we
warn you, Art, it is much harder than bucking the prairie winds. Best of luck to both
boys! H -27-
No. 5 Station has now started with an inter-staff hockey league. Their first
game was on the 15th, Officers vs. N.C.O. staff, with Officers winning 1-0; the civilian maintenance team winning the game against the "Wags" with a score of 7-3; the third
game Officers vs. Maintenance in favour of Maintenance 4-1. The games were quite exciting and we will be able to give you more information about the stars in the next
Harvey Anderson has returned to work after being away sick for about seven
weeks. We are glad to see you back at work again, Harvey. We are sorry to hear that
D. McHardy is on the sick list. Hope to see him back to work soon.
WORKS AND BUILDINGS: Before you read this the snow may have gone, sub-zero is a thing
of the past, but the memory lingers on. Andy and his gang have been kept busy and they
are not singing the old song, "The snow, the snow, the beautiful snow!" They have a
word for beautiful that you won't find in any dictionary and the temperature rises
wherever they go. Andy's big shovel is a model of efficiency.
Quite a number of the boys have been more or less on the sick list lately.
Christmas and New Year's takes its toll usually.  But what makes their cases a little
pathetic is the fact that the medicine bottles are empty and they have had to take to
mustard, which will have to do till next pay. Roll on!
COQ. 7  A.Q.S.
The tragic fire which destroyed the McLenaghen Block in Portage la Prairie on
New Year's Eve had its repercussions at this school. Gwen Montgomery of the flight office, Dalt Treffry of the M.T. Section, and Clint Fraser of the Heating Section, lost
their entire belongings. Their fellow employees at the station donated generously to a
fund to assist them in getting started again.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Maxine Watters of Stores and Betty Watters
of the Flight Office, whose grandmother lost her life in the same fire.
The women's barracks have now been completed and our superintendent of women
Mrs. A.R. Ross had a busy time on the opening day when thirty girls moved in. Since
then another half dozen have also taken up residence at the field. The rooms are laid
out two or four girls to a room, and a nicely furnished sitting room is provided for
their use. The girls are delighted with their new quarters, which are cosy and comfortable.
Our general manager is at present in Edmonton at a western managers meeting.
During the month we had a short visit from W.J. Buchanan, asst. general manager at No. 5 A.O.S,, Winnipeg,
Congratulations to Wing Commander H.G. Malcolmson our C.S.O. on his recent
promotion from Squadron Leader. Before coming to Portage a few months ago, he was
CS.O. at No. 5 A.O.S. for some time.
W.L. Parr addressed the local Lion's Club at their weekly dinner meeting in
the Mayfair Hotel on January 15, telling them something of the work of the schools and
its relation to the war effort.
During the week ending January 23, the Portage Bonspiel was played.  The final of the Hudson's Bay event was contested by two teams from this school; that skipped
by our asst. general manager D.W. Moir was successful over the rink skipped by Lome
McTavish of the maintenance staff. Mr. Moir's rink included F/C Pete Mills and Roy
Witherspoon of the maintenance hangar. McTavish's rink included Barney Barnstable of
the radio department, Bob Eddie, operations manager, and George Anderson, payroll clerk.
Other employees of the school who were on winning rinks in other events were C.W. Hanna,
Asst. Treasurer, and Guard Harvey Sparling. A rink of officers skipped by F/O Marsh
Winram also shared in the prize list.
The twelve team bowling league is still steaming ahead at high pressure. The
first half of the schedule was won by Pilot Manny Shaw's team, with F/Sgt. Kerr's team -28-
in second place and Pilot Bob Wright, third. The second half of the schedule is just
now getting under way with Johnny Swan's team setting the pace. This bowling league is
a highly successful affair with no less than two hundred of our staff participating.
During the month Marguerite McDonald and Dorothy Kilborn left to join the
WRENS, while Ann Colvin has gone to the RCAF (W.D.)
NO. a A.Q.5.
The new buildings are still in a state of what is known as "progress", which
is really a state of mind depending altogether on who is looking at them. However, we
are hopeful of getting into the recreation hall early in February, and the Officers'
and N.CO.'s quarters soon after that time.
The school hockey team, which is drawn from officers, trainees and staff of
the R.C.A.F. on the station, is away to a good start in the Garrison League, with such
worthy opponents as the various navy and army units stationed in Quebec, having drawn
the first game and won the second.
The matrimonial virus is still very much at large in Quebec, Lou Russell having joined the benedicts this month.
January has been a pretty cold month down here in Quebec. Miss P. Asselin
decided to face the elements and do a little snowshoeing, resulting in her legs being
badly frozen. Also, Winnie Brown ups and gets tonsilitis, and Babs Gibson had her tonsils removed. We wish both girls a speedy recovery, as this has tied up our switchboard badly. However, Gertie Fitzmaurice carried us over the worst in her usual obliging manner.
Our civilian mess got all dressed up with coloured tablecloths and
curtains on the windows.  The girls of the catering staff helped to hang
curtains and are taking a personal interest in the appearance of the
^ Mess. By the way, two of our charming waitresses, Noela Beauregard and
Adeline Tourgeon are very busy these nights going to school to learn
English, and doing their utmost to practice on all of us during meal
Gertie Fitzmaurice has taken over the dance rehearsals for our Follies and
she and her sister Florence and Giselle Forest along with the boys are hard at work
practicing every time their shifts allow them to get together.  Doris Duchene is a very
busy girl acting in various sketches, even to becoming "mother" to quite a grown up lad.
The GENERAL OFFICE staff have recently been honoured with the presence of
Claire Jones as a permanent guest, so it would seem. He is in his seventh heaven now
with half a dozen damsels to heckle, but we all want to be on hand when they gang up
on him.
We girls appreciated the lovely party on December 24, and want to thank the
management for their efforts.  It was a real pleasure to wish everyone a Merry Christmas personally, and we had a grand time.
We are wondering if our switchboard girls are in on the conversations between
the chief storekeeper and the accountant.  It would seem to be the case judging by all
the endearing terms exchanged.
May we take this opportunity to welcome Hilda Delaney into the ranks of stenos
and also our new office boy Jimmy McGrath.  Since Gaston has left us we certainly have
felt his absence, but we wish him every success in his new job at Stores.
RADIO RAVE: Hello, Honker! No. 8 calling, reporting radio maintenance at last settled
in their new location on the other side of the hangar, considerably nearer the thick of
things - tower, tarmac, Ansons, and Mr. Wamboldt.  The former shop is being enlarged
for radio ops. - to rescue the girls from the noise of warming-up Ansons, pilots and
wags. Latest thing in radio rooms will be the result - individual desks containing
built-in receiver, remote control unit, speaker and emergency batteries.  The frenzy of
the tower will no doubt be missed, but "never a dull moment" will prove true regardless. -29-
Roy of the tower may be leaving us to follow the call of the sea. Off the record,
there's a certain fair operator in No Man's Land, while competition between a sgt.pilot
and a wag carries on. All's fair - in war!
STORES DEPARTMENT, more or less, has been re-born.  Things are looking spic-
and-span. The new colour scheme and set-up of the office arrangement is meeting with
the camp approval in general, as well as our visitors who have graced our domain with
their presence.
In the latter weeks many pleasant additions have been made to the personnel.
Numbered among these are F.M, Saville, Irene Fritze and Franco!se LaRue.  Gaston Cantin
has been transferred from the General Office to Stores. We sincerely welcome all to
our midst.  Stella Griffin has been transferred from our department to General Office,
and we heartily extend to this young lady good luck and success in her new surroundings.
Among the visitors of recent days to the Stores Department was Mr. B. Page
from #12 Equipment Depot. We were sorry his stay was so short, but we hope to see him
soon again.
Like everywhere else in the camp, the Stores Department felt the snow storms.
Maurice Sauve braved one of these on skis and kept Stores working during that time.
Orchids are also offered to the other members of the staff who were marooned here and
who co-operated with the administration during the recent storms. We hope that the
weatherman has gone to war for the rest of the winter, and we think the snow-shovelling
gang agrees with us.
Inez watches the mailman closely, and no doubt you have heard of the 'missing
link!' Well, Cpl. Therese is having her own time watching typewriters.
The male members of the staff held their first "stag" recently. We heard
they attended a hockey match. We wonder! Certain tall men get very much into Irene's
hair. We feel th8t extra dessert which a certain member of our staff ordered has caused the raise in prices in our mess hall. "South of the Border comes to our mind when
one sees mail matter going out with Estelle's penmanship. The girls are trying hard to
get something on Yves, and it will be something hot, but it will only be ready for the
next issue.
MAINTENANCE MEANDERINGS: Gremlins have recently been very much in the news, the R.A.F.
overseas has all kinds of trouble with them and gives them much publicity. What is not
so commonly known is that the R.A.F, gremlins are not as troublesome as ours. We breed
them here and the more considerate ones leave for the European theatre.  Our gremlins
have caused us a variety of headaches. Their favourite trick is to fly with A2 or C3,
and surreptitiously sip at the alcohol in the compass. These are the "drinkin' gremlins", sometimes called gremsouses.
There are the gremlin children also. They love to play merry-go-round and annoy the pilots no end by riding on the directional Gyro and making it spin round-and-
round. They also have been credited with poking their fingers into the pitot tube,
causing the Airspeed to do queer things. Often they ride three or four abreast on an
aileron ,causing the machine to fly wing low. This would not be serious, except that
they change sides for different pilots so that it is never the same wing low twice in
succession. We would be interested to know if other schools have the same or other
gremlin troubles.
The extreme cold weather here must have contracted the meagre brain of this
local scribe, because he very foolishly passed up the opportunity to obtain a snowmobile before they were rationed. You see, a snowmobile is the only vehicle which
could be expected to carry one to and from work now.
We used to adjust our altimeters to 240 feet above sea level, now we must set
them at about 300 feet to get an accurate reading. So help me! At any rate, great
credit is due the snow removal gang as the field is quite level.
But let's not talk of the weather, for however bad it might be, it must suit
"Cupid to a T" because Bill Cochlin decided to start the New Year right and proceeded to -30-
cast off that 'wolf's mantle" when he trod the centre aisle.  Congratulations, Bill,
from the whole gang. Edmonton papers, please copy! Another couple who decided that
two can live as cheaply as one was Stan Huntrods and Helen Turpin, both of the rigging
shop.  Best wishes from the gang!  This, we presume, will be the last "splice" Helen
will make, and the best!
NO. 9 A.O.S.
Nineteen forty-three greeted us with a very severe snowstorm and blizzard,
tying up telephone services and generally disrupting communications. Many telegraph
poles had been blown down by the wind and heavy ice on the wires between Montreal and
St. Johns prevented many who intended celebrating New fear's Eve in Montreal from doing
Holidays over, everyone is back to normal and we were busy for awhile getting
caught up with the schedule lost through holidays and general weather conditions. Luckily the weather turned in our favour and by the end of the period we had clocked 3,260
On Saturday, January 9, Mr. Winkworth, who is personal assistant to Air Marshal Garrod, R.A.F. at the Air Ministry in London, flew in from Ottawa to have a look
at the school. He gave us some first hand news of requirements and appeared to be
quite favourably impressed with our operations.  These personal visits from officials
on the other side are most inspiring.
Another Charity Drive was started in the camp during the month. This time
for the Canadian Aid to Russia Fund. Up to the time of going to press our total has
reached #460.00, and we are hoping to reach the f500.00 mark.
We were delighted this month to receive an Honour Roll Award from the National Finance Committee at Ottawa for the quarter ending December 31, 1942.  A Silver Seal
is attached to the Honour Roll indicating that 90 percent of our staff are supporting
the Victory Loan by way of pay-roll deduction and cash subscription.  The honour certificate is in the form of a scroll, attractively decorated in colour, showing the Royal
Coat of Arms and the crests of each province around the border, and on the outside of
this, a border of gold maple leaves.  The Honour Award will hang in the main hallway of
the G.I.S. Building.
The construction of the extension to our camp has given us many problems recently, especially in view of our trainee increases.  It was a case of "Full House" and
we had to quickly improvise new buildings to receive the overflow. Heating, water and
drainage had to be quickly installed and was quite a problem in view of the low temperature and hardness of the frozen ground. However, eventually we were able to house them
although a few days late.
CHIT CHAT: Gwen Allenby of maintenance was a special guest when Class 60 graduated;
Peter McGregor was the cause.  Our congratulations to Peter who is now a Pilot Officer.
This month we welcomed the following:  Jo. Watson as pay-roll clerk, Margaret Erlendson, radio stenographer, and Lucille Anderson as telephone operator.
The grippe caught up with Mr. Turpin our asst. treasurer, and has kept him
at home for a few weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Muriel Maxwell, telephone operator, is progressing favourably from her recent illness. Mrs. Knowles and the girls in the G.I.S. cheered her up with beautiful
carnations and several visits.
The January issue of the Honker was voted "very nice", and we heartily endorse the new set-up.
NO. 11  E.F.T.S.
The posting to Ottawa of our C.F.I., Sq./Lr. David, A.F.C, was announced
this week. He has been our C.S.O. for the past ten months, and during that time we -31-
have all learned to like him and appreciate the hard work he has accomplished.  Our
best wishes go with him. We feel sure he will do a splendid job at R.C.A.F. headquarters.
J/0 i
Standing left to right, L.H. Power, J. Milne, P/0 L. Allen, F/L L. Caron, F. Vachon,
S/L Burden, F/L A. Morrisette, E.C Thurston, F/L G. Penny, A.C McDermott, F. Reynolds, F/L R. McAllister, F/0 L. Brosseau.  Seated left to right, F/0 L. Lamonthe,
F/L Father Bourque, S/L P.E. David, H.L. Weber, His Worship Mayor R. Morrisette,
F/L Rev. Legge.
The annual meeting of the Canadian Flying Clubs Association was held in Otta-
was in January and was attended by the manager and assistant manager. Many interesting
subjects were discussed both at the conference table and at private parties. The question of uniforms was on the agenda, as usual. The CF.A.'s dinner and reception given
by the Imperial Oil was thoroughly enjoyed by the Royal Canadian Air Force and the managers.  It was grand to renew old friendships and acquaintances and to hear of all the
troubles and tribulations of other schools.
In spite of the weather, we have been able to maintain the flying hours.
The change over from civilian to service instructors has not disrupted the training a
single minute - all goes well.
Despite the lack of heating facilities in the hangar, the maintenance department, assisted by their womenfolk, have kept things up to date. More power to them -
Keep 'em flying!
The ground instructors have not had many spare moments during the past few
months with the regular classes running and with the civilian flying instructors in to
pass ground school tests.  These boys will be leaving us shortly to pass their R.C.A.F.
Wings tests. We wish them all the best for the future and express our genuine regret
that they are leaving. We look back on our long friendship with fond memories,
Will someone at No. 1 A.O.S. give "Sparks" Reaveley of No. 11 E.F.T.S., the
information on George White, who worked there as a wireless operator?
The aerodrome and general maintenance men have had their hands full this winter with the snow removal and heating, but they now have these problems well licked.
We will be happy when we see the last of the Quebec heaters.  Cheer up lads - especially the parachute department - summer will soon be along! What about a station vegetable
The Army took advantage of coach McDermott's sickness and beat us for the
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first time at hockey.  On January 7, we had an exhibition benefit match again with the
Army. No free tickets, even the players had to pay admission to the Arena. Some $400.
was raised to be divided between the Army and the Air Force for comforts for the boys
Rumour has it that there is a romance in the office staff. Can this be confirmed?
Now that the festive season is at an end, we are pleased to roll up our
sleeves and start the new year by overhauling two additional new types of aircraft to
the Fleet Finch overhauled in the past by this plant.  One of these new types is the
Tiger Moth which should arrive in this plant the first week in February.  We have been
advised by the D.M. & S. authorities that we would handle a like number of Tiger Moths
as Fleets.
The following photograph was taken on the evening of the official opening of
our plant.
Left to right, F. Reynolds, L.H. Power, H.L. Weber, Canon A.S.E. Legge, H.E. Brunelle,
M.P., and R. Morrissette, Mayor of Cap-de-la-Madeleine.
The other new type is in fact a rather old one being C.P.A.'s Dragon Four
CF-APJ.  Our plant.superintendent will take particular pride, we are sure, in again
having this aircraft under his wing for complete overhaul. APJ was his "baby" for a
number of years while employed as superintendent of maintenance in the Maritime district.  Incidentally, Mr. Power points out this aircraft was registered in May, 1933.
Pilot Norman Forester, who ferried APJ to this plant, and Leo Power went into quite a
huddle reminiscing old times in Canadian Airways Limited,  These oldtimers really have
plenty to talk about.
Our manager is working on a scheme to inaugurate night classes for our shop
personnel to assist the men in blue print reading. Mr. Reynolds expects a very large
attendance in these classes which will be conducted by the Ecole Technique des Trois-
Rivieres. -33-
We are glad to have Jack Parlee join our staff as test pilot.  We all know
Jack, as many a time he came over from Quebec Airways (Training) Limited to do the odd
test for us last summer.
Mr. Siers and Mr. Reynolds recently went into another huddle with Mr. A.K.
Tylee of D.M.& S. regarding further capital assistance. After the session, the two
sadder but wiser men left Ottawa the same night, Mr. Siers for the west and Mr.Reynolds
for the east, both rather bewildered but pleased to report that they had received "something" on account.
frOiowesT Aircraft.
Aircraft Division. Engine  Division.
The news from these plants reminds us forcibly of the opening lines of a very
well known and historic poem:  "Not a sound was heard Not a funeral note  etc.
We regret the temporary loss of Ernie Strange by the Company transferring him
to Churchill, but all employees wish him lots of luck in his new undertaking.
Believing that two can live as cheaply as one, two girls in the shop jumped
at the chance to say "I will".  Lots of luck, Daisy and K8y!
Mr. Thompson is fluttering around on the main floor now more than ever. Must
be the added responsibility, eh,George?
There is a new addition to the steno staff in the inspection (2x4) office and
all the lads in the shop are in and out on some pretext or other. Welcome to the clan,
Short, stout and handsome Sid Logan was transferred down town to King Street.
We heard it rumoured that Sid was initiated into his new job by receiving a "Bop on the
nose" by a crankcase, which gave him two beautiful shiners. Stick to that story, Sid!
J.D. Vaughan's blue-coated ironmongers or termites are sure busy checking up
on the condemned material that the inspection bench has thrown away. What is the percentage, Johnnie?
Mr. Filmore our engineer in the boiler room has come to grips with a thirty-
year old monstrosity in the shape of an air compressor. The last time he was seen, he
was standing to one side scratching his hair and muttering something about "He haint
got no hair."
Welcome, Messrs. Lauman and Beatty into the fold!
Bert Parsons became the proud father of a baby boy lately.  Start him off
right, Bert, let him cut his teeth on a torque wrench!
Another of our occasional "For Men Only" was held on Friday evening, January
8th, on the mezzanine floor of the Grant Hall Hotel in honour of R.A. (Bob) Eastman, who
resigned as manager of our planning department to join the Ferry Command at Montreal.
Many officials and employees of the plant were in attendance. After a period of community singing and a very enjoyable floor show, Mr. Frank Young spoke and in his address commented on the splendid assistance rendered by Mr. Eastman during his term at
the plant. Heads of the various departments also delivered words of farewell. Bob replied fittingly and expressed his regret at leaving the plants where he had made so
many friends.
On Wednesday, January 13, Mr. Burke presented Mr. Eastman, on behalf of the
employees, with a "Clipper" Travelling Case and billfold containing a sum of money.
In his presentation address, Mr. Burke stated that to both the management and the employees, from the inception of the company, Mr. Eastman h8d been a real assistant. -34-
Mr. Burke also mentioned some of the many accomplishments Mr. Eastman displayed while
at our plant, and expressed his best wishes on behalf of himself and of the employees
for Mr. Eastman's continued success in his new phase of assistance in the war effort.
In replying, Mr. Eastman expressed sincere thanks for the much appreciated gifts, and
also mentioned the pleasure it had been to work for the Company. On behalf of the personnel of the planning department, Mrs. M.A. Mercer presented Mr. Eastman with a pen
and pencil set.
Mr. Eastman left for Dauphin where he spent a few days visiting his parents
before proceeding to Montreal.
H.S. Whitton, chief aeronautical engineer, has succeeded Mr. Eastman as planning manager. Another promotion in the past month is that of 0. Olson as plant superintendent.  H.S. Whitton has also assumed the duties of daddy, as on January 19, Neil
Sutherland arrived. Congratulations, Hec and Betty, and thanks for the cigars!
The switch-over from #16 A.I.D., Edmonton, to #15 A.I.D., Winnipeg, is practically complete with the recent additions of the resident technical officer F/0 Town-
ley and his sergeants and test pilot.
Bertha Newton, stenographer in the A.I.D. office had planned to leave on January 27 for Vancouver to become the bride of a sailor. FLASH! Bertha's boy friend was
waiting at her home on January 25, so the marriage took place in Moose Jaw on January
30th and the happy couple left for Vancouver.  Congratulations!
Weather conditions have to some extent slowed up flying.  Our test pilot Don
MacLean can recount a hair-raising story of his experience in the past week.  What do
you think of the Oxfords, Don?
We welcome back Mr. Burke who was absent for a short while due to illness.
The same to our switchboard operator Peggy Smith who was also on the sick list.
C.S. Pratley left on January 21 on a business trip to Ottawa and Montreal.
And now, let's have our Chinooks, please, because most of us just can't take
it any longer!
Wings from a Cessna undergoing repairs at P.A.L. Aircraft Repair Plant, Moose Jaw. -35-
AT LAST! We have arrived and are more or less settled in the new plant at
New Westminster.  The plant was moved in sections, mostly without anyone apparently
knowing anything about it. The timekeeping staff were about ready for their strait
jackets trying to keep track of 750 odd men and women when some were supposed to be in
one plant and were not, and vice versa.
The new plant is very fine, and nothing has been spared to make it the best
of its kind in Canada. The offices are splendidly fitted up and everyone but the janitor seems to have his little private office.
Frank Bacon has been appointed chief plant supervisor.  Congratulations,
Frank! We hope that the new burden of responsibility will not add too many grey hairs.
George Johnston has been made Frank's chief assistant. All the best, George, and we
hope you continue in the upward swing.
Transportation is still quite a major problem, and, what with shift changes
and employees moving, it is always bound to be a sizable headache both for those whose
task it is to attempt to operate a satisfactory plan and also those who are dependent
upon its smooth functioning for getting to and from work. The shop stewards and Bill
Showers, plant transit comptroller, had a get-together recently and we hope that from
this may evolve some satisfactory compromise for all.
Repair job on a Hampden spar, being done at
the CP.A.L. Repair Plant, New Westminster. -36-
Alas! We can no longer hold up our hands and brag about our wonderful B.C.
winter weather. No Sir! Things are just getting back to normal after some of the
worst weather known here for many years. Starting January 18 in the afternoon the temperature dropped appallingly low (for this part of the country) and it started to snow,
and we do mean snow. Awakening Tuesday morning we were horrified to find almost two
feet of crisp snow (not our usual wet kind) and traffic both private and public was
virtually at a standstill. We are ill-equipped to deal with snow in any large quantities.  It is greatly to the credit of the employees of C.P.A. that absentees, even on
the first bad day, were very small, although many did not arrive until 10:30 a.m. or
after; at least they eventually got here although they were not sure just how, or when
they would be able to get home. Those who managed to get their cars through were more
than generous in giving lifts to the less fortunate. Due to the cold and the snow,
some of the costumes worn were quite remarkable. Informality was the keynote of dress,
and as long as one's feet were dry and the body warm, to heck with being well-dressed.
As if the weather alone was not enough, we had a fuel shortage at the same time, and
many a sack of coal was taken home in some felderly' car, together with the driver's
regular quota of passengers.
"A.A." the dynamic planning genius was the victim of an unfortunate mishap
recently, and while, as is usual at any outstanding event, eye-witness accounts differ
a little in the narration, substantially the story is this: A painter of inoffensive
mien was, as painters will, leisurely painting one side of a swing door, at peace with
the world and little dreaming of his fast approaching Nemesis,  "A" in his usual impetuous way,, charged through the door, flattening the aforementioned painter between door
and wall, with disastrous results to both painter and door. As was only natural, the
painter felt that he had a right to feel slightly aggrieved and made a few remarks
anent opening doors, to which "A" took exception.  Then, one of those things happened
which most of us have always longed to do but have not had the inspiration or opportunity. The painter had in his hand a large paint brush, dripping with paint, and
something must have snapped in his brain, because he brought the brush across "A's"
countenance in one all-embracing sweep.  Over the subsequent few minutes we will draw
a veil   except to add that the painter is still alive.  Nomination for 1943's Man-
of-the-Year has been suggested for the painter, for doing what so many of us have wanted to do at various stages in our lives.
The employees of this plant were fortunate and privileged to hear a thrilling
and poignant address by Frank Laskier, British Merchant Seaman and heroic survivor of
three U-boat sinkings. His message was a challenge to all of us here safe at home. We
feel certain that we shall all bring to our work a new vigour and enthusiasm and a
greater determination to do our utmost, sparing ourselves not at all, so that the Victory so dearly bought may come the sooner.
Recent proud fathers in the plant - Larry Larsen, sub-assembly; Bert Brown,
dismantling; Al Young, sheet metal, and Jack Muir of inspection.
Shop stewards extend a most cordial welcome to the following new members: Mac
Burnette, sub-assembly; Viola Bridger, electrical; Anne Neilson, wings; Agnes Kullman,
tool crib; Wilf Grant, sub-assembly; Sylvia Lauritzen, splicing, and Annette Paget of
the machine shop.
Best of luck to Private Ernie Carpenter. Sorry to see you leave.
Machine shop may shortly lose one of its feminine members to be a nurse in
the Navy.
The Canadian Aid to Russia Fund, which was canvassed throughout the plant,
did not achieve such good results as might have been expected, considering the cause
and the relatively good wages made. However, approximately $450.00 was collected, of
which $131.00 was taken in by one department.
We extend sincere welcome to Cpl. A.C Swartz and L/AC M.J..Wsslenki of the
R.C.A.F., who are now attached to this plant. AIR OBSERVER AND ELEMENTARY FLYING
C. R. TROUP, General Supervisor of Schools, 620 Dominion Square Building, Montreal, Que.
J. A. M UN ROE, Assistant to General Supervisor of Schools, 620 Dominion Square Building, Montreal, Que.
W. WOOLLETT, Supervisor of Schools (Eastern Canada).
W. R. MAY, Supervisor of Schools (Western Canada)).
Asst. General
No. 1 A.O.S.,
Malton, Ont.
W. A.
G. E.
J. F.
W. R.
J. F.
S. B.
No. 2 A.O.S.,
Edmonton, Alta.
W. R.
G. H.
A. N.
A. L.
L.   C.
No. 5 A.O.S.
Winnipeg, Man.
D. S.
W. J.
A. M.
C. R.
H. D.
H. G.
No. 7 A.O.S.,
Portage la
Prairie, Man.
W. L.
D. W.
A. R.
C. W.
F. R.
A. C.
W. L.
Ell wood
No. 8 A.O.S.,
Lorette, Que.
G. R.
E. S.
R. B.
S. J.
F. L.
G. L.
W. R.
No. 9 A.O.S.,
St. Johns, Que.
E. B.
J. F.
G. H.
J. H.
S. L.
S. B.
No. 11 E.F.T.S.,
Cap de la
Madeleine, Que.
H. L.
J. G.
Chief Ground
Chief Flying
E. C.
A. G.
T. W. SIERS, General Supervisor, 620 Dominion Square Building, Montreal, Que.
F. REYNOLDS,                          C. P. LAMBERT,                           G. D. WYND,                             L. H, POWER,
Manager.                                   Office Manager.                                 Accountant.                            Plant Superintendent.
J. DERY,                                                                                                                                           G. LAVERDIERE,
Purchasing Agent.                                                                                                                                           Chief Inspector.
M. E. ASHTON,                            W. CHICKEN,                           T. MAGNUSSON,                      P. W. HARCOURT,
General Manager.                            Office Manager.                                 Accountant.                            Plant Superintendent.
G. ANDERSON,                        B. L. JOHNSTON,            .                                                                 E. E. BOWLES,
Purchasing Agent.                         Personnel Manager.                                                                                  Chief Inspector.
M. E. ASHTON,                           G. ANDERSON,                          F. PATTERSON,                          J. CRAYSTON,
General Manager.                          Purchasing Agent.                           Chief Inspector.                        Plant Superintendent.
C.A.L. ENGINE OVERHAUL DEPOT—Stevenson Field, Winnipeg, Man.
M..E. ASHTON,                         C. M. FORREST,                              J. GUILD,                           W. G. THOMPSON,
Manager.                                   Office Manager.                                  Accountant                            Plant Superintendent.
J. A. WALKER,                                                                                                                                           S. E. OUGH,
Purchasing Agent.                                                                                                                                           Chief Inspector.
H. H. BURKE,                               F. YOUNG,                             C. S. PRATLEY,                              0. OLSON,
Manager.                                Assistant Manager.                           Office Manager.                         Plant Superintendent
H. N. HODGE,                             E. V. PRATT,                               G. GRIEVE,                                M. SCOTT,
Accountant.                                Purchasing Agent.                         Personnel Manager.                         Chief Inspector.
G. A. THOMPSON,                        R. F. BASSETT,                             A. E. HUTT,                                R. RAVEN,
Manager.                                   Office Manager.                          Plant Superintendent.             Chief Aeronautical Engineer.
H. MACNEIL,                            R. F. BASSETT,                          T. L. WINDSOR,                             L. J. COOK,
General Foreman.                          Chief Accountant.                          Purchasing Agent.                           Chief Inspector. LAST   FRONTIER...
JUST as Canadian Pacific's steel rails
once opened up the West, so, today,
sleek silver planes bearing the insignia
of Canadian Pacific Air Lines are rolling
back the map of Canada's new North,
the world's last great frontier.
Regular routes flown by Canadian
Pacific's large fleet of modern planes
reach Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska and the Arctic.
Today, these northern air routes are
vital links in the continent's defence
chain and form part of the aerial supply
paths across the "Roof-of-the-World''
to our allies in Asia—and beyond.
The company is working closely with
the Governments  of the United  States
and Canada to provide air transport to
meet essential war needs. Canadian
Pacific planes played a major role in the
construction of the Alaska Highway and
are daily carrying an ever-increasing
volume of mail to the troops, equipment
and supplies to contractors,engaged on
far northern defence projects, and moving large numbers of priority passengers
engaged on war business. More than
90% of the total traffic handled is connected with the war effort.
When victory is won Canadian Pacific
Air Lines will be ready to assist in the
further development of Canada's great
natural resources and to provide air
services for a world grown smaller by
virtue of the speed of air transport.
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