Al Wallace – Lancaster Flight
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.