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Ila & Ila & Jennifer takeoff - 5 September 2020 image 2 by Troy Heidel

An ERCO Ercoupe takes wing just after sunrise in central Florida on the day (5 September 2020) many organisations are holding memorial ceremonies to note the end of the Second World War and simultaneously recall the sacrifices of Allied airmen and women. Ercoupes served on a limited basis with the Civil Air Patrol within the continental United States. These machines and their pilots undertook coastal anti-submarine patrol, communication, and liaison missions. Other Ercoupes were utilised in the Civilian Pilot Training Programme to provide basic flying training for thousands of future U.S. military aviators. Photo: Courtesy of Troy Heidel.

VJ / V-J / V-P Day: 2 September 1945

VJ Day: Prince Philip Recalls Watching Japan’s 1945 Surrender (1995 Interview)

(Color)  Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945

Above: Japanese representatives on board USS Missouri (BB-63) during the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945. Standing in front are: Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu (wearing top hat) and General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff. Behind them are three representatives each of the Foreign Ministry, the Army and the Navy. They include, in middle row, left to right: Major General Yatsuji Nagai, Army; Katsuo Okazaki, Foreign Ministry; Rear Admiral Tadatoshi Tomioka, Navy; Toshikazu Kase, Foreign Ministry, and Lieutenant General Suichi Miyakazi, Army. In the the back row, left to right (not all are visible): Rear Admiral Ichiro Yokoyama, Navy; Saburo Ota, Foreign Ministry; Captain Katsuo Shiba, Navy, and Colonel Kaziyi Sugita, Army. (Identities those in second and third rows are from an annotated photograph in Naval History and Heritage Command files.) Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

USA-UK Friendship

Above: In Honour of 4th July 2020 (American Independence Day)


D-Day Landings – The 76th Anniversary: 6 June 1944 – 6 June 2020.

Above:  U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) Douglas C-47 Skytrains bank toward England after their American-built USAAF WACO CG-4A gliders have cut loose. Note the British-built Airspeed AS.51 Horsa (extreme left centre) on the ground with the WACOs. U.S. Air Force photo 050606-F-1234P-034.

Graves at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day - Wikipedia

Memorial Day (United States) Photo: Wikipedia.

8th May 2020: The 75th anniversary of the Allies victory in Europe.

Above: Pipers piping Amazing Grace at Canada’s Bomber Command Memorial

Photo: Bomber Command Museum of Canada, Nanton, Alberta.

United States Space Force Seal - 2020

Above: United States Space Force Seal. It was officially unveiled on 24 January 2020.

Above: | Sweden Stage B | Posted: 20 July 2019

(WW2 Handley Page Halifax bomber undergoing initial recovery from a watery grave.)


An abridged version of the Internet article about the June 2019 Coronation Review of the Fleet Commemoration and Anniversary Flight appears on pages 16 through 19 of the December 2019 issue of The Dispatch. (This digital edition link of the print publication was distributed worldwide on Christmas Eve 2019.)

Avenger 53503 & RCN Leading Seaman reenactor & RMW officers & TBM pilot Chris Ryan (in red T-Shirt) - 15 June 2019 by John T Stemple
Avenger 53503, RCN Leading Seaman reenactor, RMW officers & Avenger pilot Chris Ryan (in red T-Shirt) prior to the flight on 15 June 2019. Photo: Military Aviation Chronicles. Link to article: Commemorative Air Force salutes Her Majesty The Queen and military veterans

Queen's CAF Salute Flight & 1940s Ball poster

Above: And They Dreamed of the Skies video by James Blondeau,

Greg Geeves, Jocelyne Dearden &

The Last Full Measure film poster

The Last Full Measure, the true story of Air Force Cross & Medal of Honour recipient U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr., will soon be in theatres.

Flightline Café photo coutesy of Keisha S
Flightline Café photo courtesy of Keisha S. Photographer: Brittany Bramwell /

Above: Rebuilding a Handley Page Halifax Heavy Bomber in Canada.

Dam Buster Night Run 25 August 2018 - 4x6 with text jpg

WW2 Bomber Command veterans at IBCC opening 12 April 2018 - Halifax 57 Rescue Canada
WW2 Bomber Command veterans at the International Bomber Command Centre opening on 12 April 2018 in Lincoln. Photo: Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada).
5 March 2018: Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) John Jacob directs an F-35B Lightning II of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 after the aircraft landed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Molina/Released)
Texans over Texas
T-6 Texan IIs over Laughlin AFB, Texas, on 27 February 2018. USAF photo by TSgt. Jeffrey Allen.

RCAF CF-18 Hornets on the flightline at Holloman Air Force Base NM 13 Feb 2018 - USAF photo by SA Chase Cannon 180213-F-GO091-057

Above: RCAF CF-18 Hornets on the flightline at Holloman Air Force Base New Mexico, on 13 February 2018. USAF photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon 180213-F-GO091-057. Story link: Holloman hosts Royal Canadian Air Force

RCAF Flag emotive

RCAF member directs a CF-18 Hornet at Holloman Air Force Base NM 13 Feb 2018 - USAF photo by SA Chase Cannon 180213-F-GO091-073

Above: An RCAF member directs a CF-18 Hornet at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, on 13 February 2018. USAF photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon 180213-F-GO091-073. Story link: Holloman hosts Royal Canadian Air Force

SE-5A replica at KLAL by John T Stemple
Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force S.E.5a replica at KLAL. Photo: John T Stemple.


“High Flight”

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew –
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

– Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr., RCAF

RCAF ensign circa WWII
WW2 ensign of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).