New Webhost

As everyone knows, we have been having a lot of problems keeping the site up recently and it has been getting much worse recently. I tried everything I could think of to make the site more stable, but in the end, this site was much too popular for the old tired server that it was hosted on.

To all of you who have stuck with us through these difficult times, thank you and please accept my apologies for being so stubborn that I thought I could patch everything together with duct tape and keep it working.

In my defense, those are characteristics I learned in the Airborne.

I finally broke down, opened my wallet and took the time to move everything over to a new web host with room to grow. The various areas of the site will be coming back online over the next day or so, but I expect that I will miss things in the move. If you notice anything wrong with the site, please let me know by posting to the thread in the forums, to the comments on this story, or if all else fails emailing me at rob (at) prouse (dot) org.

Once again, thanks for your patience.

Bill Greenshields

Bill Greenshields I just got word that Bill Greenshields has passed away. He does not want a memorial, so there will be no service. He will be cremated at the Evergreen Funeral Home in Edmonton, then his ashes will be sent to New Glasgow, NS to be buried beside his dad.

Please send condolences to Bill’s mom at shirljgf@aol.com. She would really appreciate hearing from Bill’s Airborne friends and all those who knew him.

WO Michael Hamilton

WO Michael Hamilton died in an Edmonton hospital on Sunday after a car crash on Friday. He is a parachutist with the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre and a former member of the Skyhawks.

Our condolences go out to the family of another fallen jumper…

2009 RCR CFB London Reunion

2009 will be the first year for an informal reunion for Royals who were posted to CFB London.  Any past or present Royal is welcome to attend.

The theme of the reunion is outdoor stuff, sports, canoe races, barbeques, bonfire parties and seeing your old buddies again.

For more information and to register, see the Reunion Website.

FSSF Photos

L-R Sergeant CL Sullivan Private Charles H Prestwich Apr 20-27 1944 Anzio John Lyle sent in about a dozen photos from the FSSF taken in 1944 and 1945. They are all well captioned and have most of the names of the soldiers. They have all been added to the Unit Photos, so make sure that you head over and check them out.

Thanks for sending them in John. If anyone has any other photos they would like to submit, just get in touch through the contact page.

Print for Sale

YOW7163427.1 I noticed this print for sale online today and thought that one of you might like it. I am not selling this, nor do I know the seller. Make sure you do due diligence before purchasing. He is asking $100 and the print is in Gatineau.

Click here to view the sale.

Buy Canadian Airborne Forces since 1942I don’t know how this book passed under the radar, but Lt Col Bernd Horn has published another beautifully illustrated history of Airborne Forces in Canada from the 1st Cdn Para Battalion in 1942, through the Canadian Airborne Regiment and on to the Parachute companies.

The 1st Canadian Parachute Bn jumped into Normandy on D-Day as part of 6th British Airborne Division. They fought with distinction for the rest of the North-West Europe campaign, making a second combat jump at the Rhine crossings in March 1945, and fighting in Holland until VE-Day. In the post-war years the Canadian SAS and the Mobile Striking Force maintained an airborne capability, formalized in 1968 with the raising of a Canadian Airborne Regt, which later served overseas in Cyprus and Somalia. Since its disbandment in 1995 a parachute capability has been maintained by companies of light infantry units – Royal 22e Regt, Princess Patricia’s, and Royal Canadian Regt – which served against the Taliban and al-Quaida in Afghanistan, 2002–03. This book details the fascinating and proud history of the Canadian Airborne Regiments.

Buy Canadian Airborne Forces since 1942 at Amazon.ca and some of the sale will go to supporting this site.

Capt. Richard Leary of the PPCLI was killed today in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan when his patrol came under fire. Our thoughts go out to another fallen brother and to his family.

Mike Starker

nat1may7 Mike Starker returned to Canada yesterday. Mike became the 83rd Canadian Soldier to die in Afghanistan when he died last Tuesday in southern Afghanistan when his patrol was ambushed.

His family issued a statement saying: “Mike loved being a paramedic with Calgary EMS and loved being a soldier in the Canadian Forces, especially his time in the Canadian Airborne Regiment.”

“Michael died doing what he loved. In his heart, he was a soldier and in his blood, a paramedic. But soldiering wasn’t the only thing that Mike gave his heart to. He gave his heart and soul to his wife, parents, family and friends.”

Mike was a former member of 2 Commando, serving from 1991 to 1995. He left the military to become a Paramedic in Calgary where he grew up. He served as a reservist with 15 Field Ambulance and was on his second tour of Afghanistan when he died.

R.I.P. Jumper…

During a night drop on the 8th of May, 1968, seven troopers drowned in the Ottawa river during what was supposed to be a routine drop onto the Mattawa Plains at CFB Petawawa resulting in the largest single-day loss of life at the base.

If you are near Petawawa this weekend, the Canadian Airborne Association will mark the date with a commemoration service beginning this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Wegner Point monument.

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