Local 155 Air Cadets 75 years in 2017

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 155 Soo “K” Squadron at Camp Hagersville, JULY 1945 UNION STATION. PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album
155 Soo “K” Squadron at Camp Hagersville, JULY 1945 UNION STATION.
PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album

The 155 Borden Gray G.C. Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets marks its 75th anniversary since forming in 1942. Past 155 Alumni, cadets, staff and friends are invited to gather in Sault Ste Marie for our May 5th weekend of events that will include a reception Friday night at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center, the Squadron’s Annual Review in the morning, gala dinner on Saturday and a breakfast on Sunday.

Shortly the name of the past 155 cadet alumni will be officially announced as the Reviewing Officer for the Annual Review which is also open to the public.

In 1941 the Air Cadet League of Canada was formed to train young men while providing an interest and training in aviation and good citizenship. The 155 Sault Ste Marie Squadron was formed in 1942 of boys aged 14 to 18. In the 1990’s the 155 was named after Flight Officer Roderick Borden Gray G.C., a Sault native and one of only 10 Canadians in WWII to receive the honour of the George Cross, the second highest recognition for bravery in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

Over a thousand boys and girls have gone through the various levels of training where they, learned good citizenship, theory of flight and had a flight in a glider or power aircraft with many going on to earn their glider or power pilots wings.. The vast majority of these cadets look back on the lifelong friendships that they made while training together. For these reasons it is no wonder that they still stay in touch with other alumni and this 75th Anniversary is a chance for them to get together from across Canada. This will give the alumni the opportunity to reminisce while meeting current cadets and staff.

: 155 Sault Ste Marie earns Top Squadron in Canada.L-R. Sqn/Ldr Murry Commanding Officer 155. Unknown 155 Cadet, Unknown, Unknown. PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album
: 155 Sault Ste Marie earns Top Squadron in Canada.L-R. Sqn/Ldr Dan Murray Commanding Officer 155. Unknown 155 Cadet, Unknown, Unknown.
PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album

Alumni includes current and past members of the Canadian Armed Forces that continued in aviation as either a pilot or aviation related trades. Some have chosen other trades in the military where they have grown and excelled. Still others have chosen civilian occupations or transitioned from the military to civilian life where the knowledge and skills learned in Air Cadets have assisted them in their careers.

There is also a famous Canadian painter who played in the 155 Pipe and Drum Band in the early 1950’s.

Current day cadets can experience the same opportunities as well as flight simulator training and the Dr Roberta Bondar

WO1 Ray Healey, Graduation, WO2 Alan Carscaden Graduation, WO2 Bruce Caughill Graduation, JULY 19
: WO1 Ray Healey, Graduation, WO2 Alan Carscaden Graduation, WO2 Bruce Caughill Graduation, JULY 19

Air Cadet Training Program that features hands on aircraft maintenance.  Open to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 yrs with no fees to join or participate in the training which takes place at the Sault Ste Marie Armoury from 6:30 t0 9:30 on Wednesday’s.

Thanks to generous and hard work by the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, the 75th Anniversary Committee will publish the squadron’s digitized history through photos, newspaper clippings, biographies and more at www.75th.155aircadets.com .

231Keep checking back as new material such as trophies and recipient’s names are posted continuously which can be searched by the recipient’s name.

Past squadron alumni are encouraged to share or submit any squadron history they may have as well as provide names to photos.  Having an accurate written history of the 155 Sqn is important to acknowledge the dedication and growth of those who passed through the ranks.  We are searching for the oldest alumni member of the 155. Can you help us in our mission?

Please help us get the word out to welcome home our past members, cadets, alumni, sponsors, friends and family to mark this momentous occasion with the 155 Borden Gray GC Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets, 155 Squadron Sponsor Committee, and 432 Wing RCAF Association.

641For anniversary event ticket information, please visit the squadron web page at www.155aircadets.ca for continuing event updates. Tickets must be purchased online prior to March 31, 2017 to qualify for entry into the early bird draw. Follow us also on twitter at www.twitter.com/155aircadets or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/155aircadets, or contact us at [email protected]

For more information about other exciting opportunities that the 155 Sqn provides youth, please visit www.155aircadets.ca

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155 Soo “K” Squadron at Camp Borden 1943 July 27 to Aug 06th.. PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album This is the oldest photo of the 155 that we are aware of
155 Soo “K” Squadron at Camp Borden 1943 July 27 to Aug 06th..
PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album
This is the oldest photo of the 155 that we are aware of
: 155 Soo “K” Squadron at Camp Hagersville, JULY 1945 UNION STATION. PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album
: 155 Soo “K” Squadron at Camp Hagersville, JULY 1945 UNION STATION.
PHOTO CREDIT: UNKNOWN, Lucy Healey Album

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. I joined the 155 Soo K Air Cadets in the fall of 1942. The squadron met once a week at the Soo Technical School on Wellington Street. We studied Aircraft Recognition, morse code, rifle drill, electrical technology, and target practice. In the summer of 1943, I was with a group of cadets that attended a two week camp at Hagersville, Ontario, which was located half way between Hamilton and Port Dover. It was a growing up experience for me as a 14 year old. Being away from home without my family, meeting different people, participating in drill and flying. My first flight was in a Harvard Trainer. We did dives, loops, spirals as well as a stall. Just before landing I got air sick. It was a great experience for me and some of my friends who were away hundreds of miles from home among strangers. It was good to have a fellow cadet who was more mature in our group. John Celestino was tall and strong and he looked after us. “If anyone gives you trouble, just let me know.” My mind was at peace knowing he was looking after us. I wonder where he is now?
    After camp concluded my friend Walter Okananski and I departed to Hamilton. We found a rooming house near St Joseph’s Hospital. It was a weekend and after paying in advance for our room and for bus fare to Niagara Falls we found ourselves without money. I had a bank draft but they closed a 3pm Friday and didn’t open until 9:30 Monday. We survived by eating the two boxes of chocolate bars that we bought at the Px store at Hagersville. We had a good time just the same.
    The following year our summer camp was Camp Borden, located a few miles from Barrie, Ontario. I liked it there. After arriving on parade the first morning, the Squadrons were asked for volunteers. I thought I may as well get it over with so I volunteered. Instead of kitchen duty, I was surprised when we were told to get into trucks and go to a munition dump near Barrie and load munitions on the truck and return to Camp Borden.
    We flew in an Anson and also saw one of the first Mosquito fighters perform in the sky.
    After camp, cadet John Morrow and I visited Toronto, the big city for a few days before returning to the Soo.
    In the fall of 1944, as Air Cadets, Walter Okanaski and I thought it would be nice to get a pass to wear our uniforms and cross the border to Soo Michigan. We felt like we were RCAF service men. I hadn’t been to Soo Michigan since 1939 with my parents. We crossed with the ferry and walked up and down Ashman street. There were many U.S. soldiers stationed there as well as coast guard. We walked window shopping, joking and laughing, having a great time. I still have that pass.
    They were great times in the Air Cadets.
    Gene Motluk
    Brockville, Ontario
    [email protected]

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