Thanks to Dad – I know of Leonard Birchall – one of our famous Canadians who most young Canadians know nothing about. But those who know burst with pride and admiration. Birchall was honoured in 2009 as one of the 100 most influential Canadians in aviation and had his name emblazoned directly behind the starboard roundel on the fuselage with the others on the 2009 CF – 18 Centennial of Flight demonstration Hornet. (Lee, Mary. “Centennial Heritage Flight – Precision and Flight Safety.” airforce.forces.gc.ca, 2009 Issue 2. Retrieved: 14 August 2010.) But those who knew him bust with pride and admiration.
This photo was taken at the graduation ceremony for one of my “Duff” cousins at Royal Military College in Kingston. Dad, as I recall, got a terrible sunburn on that day – but he was bursting with pride over Kent’s graduation. It was a very happy day.
I spoke about Birchall in a earlier post in Dad’s voice: Catalina Flying Boat.
Please have a peek at one of Canada’s “historical figures and moments”. Birchall is also known as the Saviour of Ceylon.