Who Is He?

  • He was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan in 1913 and entered the Royal Military College of Canada in 1934 and graduated in 1938.,
  • Following the outbreak of war, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in Trenton Ontario in July 1939 and earned his wings as a pilot in Trenton the same year.
  • He spent over four years [51 months] on instructional duties in Alberta, before being posted overseas as C.O. of No. 408 Bomber Squadron, 6 Bomber Group 26 November 1944.
  • He won a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on 4 May 1945 with No. 408 Goose Squadron. He was a squadron commander at the close of the war.
  • In 1946, he was a member of the Chelsey committee which was instructed to make recommendations about the provision of officers for the active force, about the educational requirements of candidates, and about the way they should be trained. The committee, headed by Brigadier Leonard McEwan Chelsey (RMC 1917) favored three plans:

Plan A proposed to eliminate Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario as a source of officers and to use the site as a two year course for military training of university graduates.

Plan B proposed to enlarge RMC so it could provide the total annual requirements of the active force, to make it free and to impose an obligation on graduates to serve in the active force. Plan

Plan C proposed to enlarge RMC to produce 50-70% of the officers needed and to have a parallel officer training system in universities to prepare the balance.

  • In 1959, he became the commander of the RCAF Training Command and various posting with NORAD.
  • He was promoted to Air Marshal in the RCAF.[2] He served as Vice Chief of Defence Staff from 1967. The following year, in 1968, he was regraded from Air Marshal to Lieutenant General and in January 1969 he was appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief of NORAD.
  • In 1969, he was elevated to the rank of General and became the Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces from 1969-1972.
  • He retired in 1972 and became a partner in a consulting firm until 1979.
  • He was married to Betty and they had two sons, John and Richard, and three daughters, Brenda, Barbara and Elizabeth.
  • He died June 10, 1992.

 Who Is He?

a) 2395 WA Joyce;

b) 2420 FR Sharp;

c) 2469 CCW Marshall; or

d) 2140 DAR Bradshaw



b) 2420 FR Sharp


Note: Ref indicates that he graduated in 1934. In fact, he entered RMC in 1934 and graduated in 1938 according to documents held at Panet House.



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