Escape from a burning Chinook

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Military Milestones
Escape from a burning Chinook

Escape from a burning Chinook

Story by Sharon Adams

On Aug. 5, 2010, a Canadian Chinook and two Griffon helicopters were flying typical supply missions ferrying troops and equipment between Kandahar Airfield and forward operating bases in the volatile Panjwaii district in Afghanistan.

Airborne mission commander Captain William Todd Fielding was doing pre-landing checks as they headed into the forward operating base at Ma’sum Ghar, situated near Taliban strongholds. There were 13 soldiers, six crew and two U.S. civilians aboard the Chinook, known as Blowtorch 61.


Front Lines
A letter of marque from the king

A letter of marque from the king

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

It may have been the best investment Enos Collins, Benjamin Knaut and John and James Barss ever made.

The merchants of Liverpool, N.S., purchased Severn, a former American slave ship captured by the Royal Navy, in 1811 for a mere 420 British pounds (about C$53,000 today). Lucky for them, war broke out with the United States a few months later, and the boys were in business, big-time.

They renamed the Baltimore Clipper-style schooner Liverpool Packet, initially running mail between Liverpool and Halifax.


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August 6, 1945

The atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.


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