Toronto Aviation History - Meetings and Events - Events


Al Wallace - Lancaster Flight

Al Wallace, ex-PoW,seen here post Lancaster flight Aug. 28, 2016 with some of the CAHS Chapter Executive. L-R Sheldon Benner, John Bertram, Neil McGavock, Al, Paul Hayes & Gord McNulty - Photo- Gus Corujo

Second World War veteran Albert R. Wallace was an air gunner in the RCAF’s 419 Squadron who spent almost two years as a prisoner of war, mostly at Stalag Luft III, after his Halifax II bomber was shot down in May 1943 over Germany. He aided in operations culminating in the now famous “Great Escape” and was ultimately freed on May 2, 1945, more than 71 years ago. Al has since devoted more than 25 years of service as a volunteer at Sunnybrook Veterans Residence and Care Centre and has been featured in the National Post. Based on his dedication, the Toronto Chapter selected Al to take a commemorative flight in the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, on behalf of his fellow RCAF veterans and all the Sunnybrook veterans with whom he continues to serve.

Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Donor Wall Unveiling

On August 29, 2016 Centennial College held a Donor Wall Unveiling at Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough. The names of donors who are publicly recognized includes “the MacRitchie Family and the CAHS,” in appreciation of donations to a deserving student in Centennial’s Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program. Of special interest to the CAHS and other aviation organizations, Centennial is developing a state-of-the-art Aerospace Campus at Downsview Park that will facilitate the relocation of aircraft maintenance programs, aircraft and equipment from the Ashtonbee Campus. We look forward to hearing more about this project. On hand for the unveiling were Sheldon Benner, CAHS Toronto Chapter President, and Gord McNulty, CAHS Vice President.

Photo:  Sheldon Benner

8th Annual CAHS Toronto Chapter Dinner May 1, 2016

Dr. Galway and Sheldon Benner in conversation

Mary Gordon & John Bertram

Diane Sandelands

Chapter Treasurer Paul Hayes

Jack Phipps and Bill Wheeler

L-R Greg Winson, Jim & Peter Sidorchuk

Past President Howard Malone and wife Pat Malone

Les Balla & Gord McNulty

Chapter First Vice-President Dr. George Topple

All photographs by Neil McGavock

CAHS Convention June 17 - 21, 2015

CAHS Toronto Chapter contingent at the 52nd. Annual CAHS Convention Hamilton, Ontario June 20, 2015

L-R Gord McNulty, Paul Cabot, Sheldon Benner, John Bertram, Howard Malone, Paul Hayes, Neil Macdougall

CAHS President Gary Williams
 climbs into the CWHM Cornell

2015 CAHS Convention attendees
 arriving at 447 Wing RCAFA

Canadian Warplane Heritage
 Avenger Restoration Project


Presiding at the 2015 CAHS AGM in Hamilton

John Bertram Discusses Aerophilately, Where Business, Art & History Fly Together

 Wayne Ready, of the CWHM discussed the museum's Bolingbroke project


2015 CAHS Convention - discussing Elsie MacGill and Canadian Aeroplanes Ltd.

Convention Committee Members, Richard Goette, Jim Bell & Gord McNulty

Larry Milberry Delivering the Keynote Address at the Banquet July 20, 2015

Registrar Rachel Lea Heide with her husband Colonel Jay Boyd US Army

Skyfest 2015

Booksigning with Larry Milberry

Douglas MacRitchie 2015 Scholarship Award Night March 12, 2015

L-R Sheldon Benner, President CAHS Toronto Chapter, Award Recipient, Chi Wai (Wilson) Wong, Marilyn Scott, Chief of Staff, Centennial College, Larry MacRitchie, son of Bruce MacRitchie