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1974 - Rotation 2
Photographs of 116 ATU aircraft from F/L Don Fish taken in mid-1974 (Rotation 2). First shows the three Buffalo aircraft on the ramp at Beirut Airport on 27 July 1974 (from left to right Buffalo 452, 460, and 461) - two weeks before 461 was shot down. These aircraft also flew in support of Peacekeeping in Cyprus. Third and fourth photos show life in camp at Ismailia, including F/L Don Fish, 116 ATU pilot, at work.
First photograph shows Canadian personnel at Camp Shams in 1974. Second photo shows unknown Peacekeeper with pyramids of Giza in background. Photographs courtesy of Jack Simpson from collection of Corporal Michael Simpson. Please email us if you can identify individuals in either photo or the occasion for each photo. Click on photo to see larger version of image.
1) Bill Vermue (white T-shirt) and Garry Foster (green shirt) - July 1974. 2) BBQ - July 1974. Garry Foster in green shirt near right with Robert Wicks on his left. (photographs courtesy of Bill Vermue)
1) Bill Vermue doing laundry at Camp Shams. 2) De Succy - ATC controller in Ismailia - with Bill Vermue. 3) Bill Vermue and Sgt Hassan - Beirut Police Liaison. (photographs courtesy of Bill Vermue)
1) Camp Shams tent line. 2) The Garbage Wagon - Camp Shams - summer '74. 3) The Honey Wagon - Camp Shams - summer '74.(photographs courtesy of Bill Vermue)
Camp Charbonneau in Ismailia - late summer '74. (photographs courtesy of Bill Vermue)
Fall 1974 photos courtesy of Louis De Gonzague Papillon via Mcpl Stéphane Levesque. Left to right 1) Buffalo 115461 Memorial Propellor Blade 2) and 3) 1974 Dedication Ceremony and 4) 116 ATU on parade 5) Buffalo 115460.
Photograph of Buffalo 115461 Memorial Propellor Blade at the Camp chapel c. 1974-75. Photograph courtesy of Jack Simpson. It is currently on display at The National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton.
First photograph captioned "Canadian serviceman updates flight information at Ismailia, Egypt." as shown in DND document "Defence 1974" (appears to be taken on 28 October 1974). Second photograph shows Louis De Gonzague Papillon next to Arrivals Board. Click on images for full size picture. Please use your browser "Back" button to return to this page.
First photograph shows UN Medal Presentation for several members of the first two rotations (1974). Second image shows a copy of the 116 ATU "Buffalo Song" written by Hooper, Bowles, Beaton, Ellis and Smith (1974). Third image links to a PDF of a "Go Home" letter from LCol Tupper. Click on images for full size picture. Please use your browser "Back" button to return to this page.
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