AIR SHOW 50th ANNIVERSARY DORVAL AIRPORT
"MY BROTHER AND HIS LANCASTER BOMBER"
Picture was taken in England of my brother PILOT OFFICER LAWRENCE ( LARRY) DUBOIS and his plane.
He was killed shortly after this picture was taken.
"HISTORY OF DORVAL AIRPORT ( MONTREAL)"
Pictures of the AIR SHOW held in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the airport and they also celebrated the ROYAL AIR FORCE FERRY COMMAND who were the first Tennant's of the airport in 1941. Pictures of that period also.
( I worked as a civilian for the R.A.F.F.C. from 1942 to end of 1945 and served in Bermuda, Nassau, Dorval and London Ont. ( pictures on these pages)-------- Lucky me, my brother-in-law was one of the chief organizers. There was a banquet that proceeded the AIR SHOW and I got to sit with him( his wife could not attend) at the head table . I sat beside Mr. Gérald Lagrave ( who lived in Rawdon 5 miles from me)( a great Honor for me) who was Honored for his 60 years of implication in Canadian Aviation He helped form the Ferry Command and worked with them all through the war. He was a pilot and engineer for air.He made many ocean crossings Ferrying aircraft to the troops. He was later in charge of all maintenance of Aircraft at Dorval. At the age of 91 he flew, above the speed of sound, in a CF 18 with a Canadian Airforce Pilot at Baggotville. He was honored by the R.C.A.F for his lifetime contribution to flying. I have inserted a newspaper clip about this exploit.
Lots of interest in this one.
The pilot of this plane in spite of the cold weather flew in expressly for the show in an open cockpit.He was dressed in a leather coat (brown) and matching helmet and had a white silk scarf tied around his neck and fluttering in the breeze. Just like in the old days.
"A GREAT WAR FIGHTER 1914 to18"
The pilot flew this in and the weather was cold. He had on the old type of helmet and flying clothes.
Flew in for show.
We had all types
"BUSH FIREFIGHTER PLANE"
Firefighting Plane for bush fires built by Bombardier in Montreal The Canadian Government has a good number of these for fighting forest fires. It is world famous and in demand all over the world. It flys over a lake or river and touching the water scoops up tanks full and flys off without stopping to dump the water on the bush fire and returns again and again. Very fast and does a great job.7 of these flew to Australia this year(2001) to help put out the fires there ( a 7 day trip) They had a re-fueling plane with them so that they could cross the great distances between landing locations.
Amphibian lands on lakes and rivers ( Canada has many lakes and rivers). It can also land on land.
Famous Canadian SNOWBIRDS in a fly past after their stunts.
"Royal Air Force Ferry Command Crest"
The Royal Air Force Ferry Command later known as the RAF Transport Command and later as 45 Group consisted of hundreds of civilian employees world wide and The headquarters was Dorval but we had many "Out-bases" world wide. Civilian air crews intermixed with Air Force personnel from all the Allied Countries example--BRITISH Air Crews, civilian air crews from all over many from the Airline Company's who had ocean flying experience. American air crews who volunteered before th USA entered the war, Polish. Free French, New Zealanders. Australians Canadians etc. Many of these air crews in the later years had completed several tours of duty in the front line of battle ( many decorated with "DFC and BAR") and were now flying the ocean to deliver planes to the battle fronts. This was at great risk to themselves as many were lost over the ocean or in crashes. The Book " OCEAN BRIDGE" BY CARL.A. Christie TELLS THEIR STORY
Canadian Army team. They can land on a dime.
HERE THE PARACHUTIST IS LANDING ON HIS SMALL TARGET. HE WAS RIGHT ON TARGET
"MEMORIAL TO MY BROTHER"
My brother Lawrence in his trainer. He actually sits in the back as he was a radio operator, gunner and you can see his transmitter is there.
"Students and trainer"
"Ready to take off"
"Crest of Alouettes Squadron"
ALL FRENCH CANADIAN SQUADRON
"Another Lancaster Bomber"
"Lancaster in Flight on a bombing mission."
Picture was found in my brother's personnel effects so presume it was his plane taken from another in his SQUADRON.
"THE WAR YEARS (1939--1945)"
WAR PLANES BEING SERVICED AT DORVAL AND WAITING TO BE FERRIED TO THE FRONT LINES OF ACTION.1941to1945
"Lancaster another view"
RCAF PHOTO of a preserved Lancaster. ONE OF THE ONLY ONES IN EXISTENCE IN cANADA
Killed Dec, 18th, 1944 on his 30th bombing mission.
LEST WE FORGET
My brother is in this group and it appeared in a Montreal newspaper after his death. FACE CIRCLED
"THE WAR YEARS 1939to1945"
WAR Planes being serviced at Dorval
One of the American made bombers that was Ferried to the troops in great numbers, Stripped down models were also used to transport returning air crews from overseas to Dorval where they could pick up another plane to ferry across the ocean.
The work horse it was often called because it transported so much material and people. It was also used to pull gliders and for paratroopers on D DAY.
Read this book if you want to appreciate how and why today you are able to fly around the world safely to your VT destinations
At "91 years of age" he flew over the speed of sound from Baggotville in a CF 18 Fighter plane. He was flown from Rawdon Quebec, (where he lives,) in a Helicopter of the ARMY to Baggotville for the flight.The "ALLOUETTE SQUADRON" Was HIS HOST. My brother who was killed on Dec. 18th 1944 ( on his 30th bombing mission over Germany) was a member of the 425 "ALLOUETTE( FRENCH CANADIAN) SQUADRON"( I show pictures of him and his planes below) as a memorial to him
"THE AIR SHOW 1st A VOODOO Fighter"
CF 101F VOODOO From The 425 Allouette Squadron. They did acrobatics with this plane at the show at Mirabel Airport.