Polar Winds Sparks Memories for Pilot Dan Campbell

“I enjoyed Polar Winds very much – it brought back a lot of memories of various operations that I knew of, or was involved in, during my 30 years in the Air Force.

Most of my career was spent on Search and Rescue, initially with 123 Search and Rescue Flight at Sea Island, B.C. where I was posted after completing Pilot Training on the 5 March 1949.

There are two items in your book that I can show my friends and say I had an input. The first is the picture of the three Alberts [Grumman Albatrosses] on their steps on page 128. The photographer took the picture from an
H-21 that I was flying. We were attempting to duplicate a famous photograph taken during the war in the same location of three Cansos.

The second item is the mention on page 146 that an RCAF helicopter had flown Senator Kennedy to the base camp on Mount Kennedy. I was the pilot of that helicopter, CH113 10402. However, we had only gone into Whitehorse to refuel because Juneau Alaska, the closest airport to Trapper Lake, where we were recovering Para Rescue equipment that had been left there the previous fall, did not have JP 4.  We had refueled and were about to take off when the tower advised us that we had better wait because Senator Kennedy was trying to get permission from the Prime Minister to use our helicopter because the weather was below limits at the mountain for fixed wing aircraft. He did get permission and we ended up working for the National Geographic for the next week before we were able to return to Comox. Two months later we were tasked to return to Whitehorse and recover a Bell 47 helicopter that had been stranded at the 13000 level on Mount Kennedy. We completed that task on the 15 May 1965.

A rather flowery article in the local weekly covering some other operations I was involved in during my career can be seen in the May 6,2010 issue of www.islandclippings.com. Incidently the Norwegian Captain referred to in the Rumba incident in the article, along with his wife Sigrid, were surprise guests at our 60th wedding anniversay anniversary at which he gave a great speech from his perspective of the rescue of himself and his crew.

Once again thank you for your very informative book.

Dan Campbell”

Old YEG Café: Public Panel Discussion on Built Heritage


Heritage Forward! is pleased to announce the first in a series of public events designed to raise awareness of built heritage issues in the city of Edmonton. The first event is a panel discussion highlighting misconceptions surrounding the preservation of built heritage, and will create an open discussion about the ongoing threats and factors involved in heritage preservation. The event is free to attend, and open to all interested citizens. To register, please click here.

The event takes place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30-8pm in the Jefferson Room at the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, 10440 – 108th Avenue. The panelists include Chris Dulaba (founder, Callidus Development), Shirley Lowe (built heritage advocate), David Percy (Old Glenora Conservation Society), and Mike Swick (Director, Hanscomb Limited). The event will be hosted by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Edmonton’s Historian Laureate.


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Christopher Dulaba is a professional planner with over a decade of planning and development management experience. He is the owner of Callidus Development Management, a development consulting company, and Placemaker with Beljan Development, a boutique development company that focuses on infill and mixed use projects.






Shirley Lowe has partnered with Lori Yanish and Lawrence Herzog to co-author two history books and edit another, is involved with a number of historical organizations, and was Edmonton’s Historian Laureate from 2012-14. www.shirleylowecommunications.ca



Mike Swick is a Professional Quantity Surveyor registered with the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is also on the Board of Directors for the CIQS – Prairies/NWT affiliate in the capacity of Advocacy Director; and the Director and local Manager for Hanscomb Limited, where amongst other projects, he heads the team tracking and monitoring project costs for the new Royal Alberta Museum.

David R. Percy, Q.C. holds the Borden Ladner Gervais Chair of Energy Law and Policy at the University of Alberta. His teaching and research interests lie primarily in the fields of Natural Resources Law and Water Law. In his spare time, he chairs the Old Glenora Conservation Association.


About Heritage Forward!

Heritage Forward! is a community driven group created to raise awareness and implement actions to ensure that Edmonton’s heritage buildings are valued and preserved in our community. Heritage Forward! strives to broaden conversations about the state of historical resources and urban heritage character in our evolving city by bringing together diverse interests and voices.


Twitter: @HeritageForward

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeritageForward


For more information, please contact:

Dan Rose       dan.rose.yeg@gmail.com

Kathryn Ivany 780-903-7993

Call for Proposals for Aviation History Convention in Hamilton June 2015



The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) is holding its 2015 convention in Hamilton, Ontario, from 17-21 June, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The theme will be “Celebrating Canada’s Aviation Industry” with sessions exploring civilian and military topics.

This convention is open to all – university students, aerospace industry professionals, academics, professionals in aviation or heritage industries, and aviation enthusiasts of every kind. International presenters are also welcome. Our focus will be on history, but we welcome proposals addressing the current aerospace industry and those utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches. Presentations should be 30 minutes in length and may be formal academic papers or informal talks. Power point will be available.

As part of the CAHS 52nd Annual Convention, the conference will include a trip to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for its annual Father’s Day weekend flying event plus other aviation-related events and activities. Held near the Hamilton International Airport and only a short distance from Canada’s primary aviation hub, Toronto Pearson International Airport, a variety of exciting local and regional (Toronto/Niagara Falls) activities promise to make your trip worthwhile.

If you are interested in participating in our conference, please send a short proposal and a short biography (one page each max.) to Richard Goette and Jim Bell at CAHSHamilton2015@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2015.

In the coming weeks we’ll be posting more conference information at www.cahs.ca, in our e-newsletter (you can sign up for it on the website), and on Twitter (CanAvHistSoc) and Facebook (Canadian Aviation Historical Society – National).


Please feel free to forward and post this message widely!




Dr. Richard Goette                                       Jim Bell

CAHS National Vice-President                 CAHS National Secretary

2015 Convention Co-Chair                                   2015 Convention Co-Chair

Save the Date – Free Canada’s History Webinar on May 26th!


“Where do History and Community Meet?”

May 26th at 7 pm EST

If you want to get historic in Edmonton, there is no shortage of options. You can join the active online community through Facebook, Twitter, and the Edmonton City as Museum Project (ECAMP) website; jump on a bus or boat for a YEG Curiosities Tour; or raise a glass (or teacup) at the Yellowhead Brewery, Tavern 1903, Selkirk Hotel, or Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. There’s even talk of a possible 1950s era martini bar in the Civil Defense Bunker. In this session, Edmonton’s Historian Laureate brings you on a visual tour of some of the city’s spaces where history and community meet, and hopefully sparks new ideas for you and your town.

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. Daniellemc.com

Book Review: Linda Carlton Air Pilot

One of my friends stumbled upon this book (and two others in the series), and knowing I’m writing a historical novel about a female bush pilot, she lent them to me. I have a feeling my Sally will be a big fan of them!


In this book, the first in the Linda Carlton series, the protagonist of the title learns to fly, gets her own plane, and saves several of the men in her life from arrest and death. She may be a sweet and polite society girl, but she knows her own mind.

Definitely a dime-novelesque story of its time, this book was published in the early 1930s. But what is so great, is that it is an adventure story for girls in an era when so many books – and society generally – didn’t always think it appropriate for women to fly planes and be the hero. It makes me so happy to think of young women picking up this book several generations ago and being inspired to be a pilot or follow their career dreams – over an unquestioned march into marriage after high school.

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