RCAF’s first Distinguished Flying Cross

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Front Lines
Landmine removal efforts lagging in Afghanistan as casualties mount

Landmine removal efforts lagging
in Afghanistan as casualties mount

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Old landmines, unexploded ordnance and abandoned munitions claimed more than 20,000 casualties in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2018, the vast majority of them civilian, says a new report that serves as a damning indictment of coalition pledges to clean up the detritus of four decades of war in the beleaguered country.

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Military Milestones
RCAF’s first Distinguished Flying Cross

RCAF’s first Distinguished Flying Cross

Story by Sharon Adams

On Oct. 22, 1940, Squadron Leader Ernest McNab of Saskatoon was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the first member of the Royal Canadian Air Force to be decorated (excluding those Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force).

Commanding officer of Canada’s first fighter squadron, McNab was also the first to see combat. He shot down a German Dornier bomber on his first foray with the RAF during the Battle of Britain on Aug. 15, 1940, during a training mission to gain battle experience.

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Poppy Mailing Labels
This week in history
This week in history

October 24, 1962

HMCS Iroquois is paid off at Halifax.

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