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 The Survivor by Flight Lieutenant Eric Aldwinckle

34th CANADIAN MILITARY HISTORY COLLOQUIUM

 

PROGRAMME

PROGRAMME

friday may 3rd

8:00 – 8:45 |  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Lobby outside Senate & Board Chamber

8:45 – 9:00 | OPENING REMARKS

Senate & Board Chamber

9:00 – 10:00 | c.p. stacey plentary address

Senate & Board Chamber

Irish Revolutionaries, Canadian Detectives and the Politics of Espionage

David A. Wilson, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

10:00 – 10:15 | COFFEE BREAK

10:15 – 11:45 | Session 1

 

Session 1A | The Second World War in the Skies

Senate & Board Chamber | Chair: Paul Johnston, RCAF History and Heritage

  • The RCAF and the Battle of the Atlantic: Why Did it Take So Long to Acquire the VLR Liberators? | Christopher M. Bell, Dalhousie University
  • Through the Eyes of a Young Officer: Aerial Reconnaissance in the Mediterranean | Richard Goette, Canadian Forces College
  • “Border Line Pilots”: RCAF Aircrew and No.22 OUT | Wes Cross, McGill Remembers

 

Session 1B | The RCAF and the Cold War

Paul Martin Centre | Chair:  Isabel Campbell, Directorate of History and Heritage

  • The Post-War RCAF Auxiliary | Sandy Babcock, Independent Scholar
  • “So How Well Did We Do?” An Assessment of the St. Laurent Government’s Air Defence Policy, June 1950 to June 1957 | Matthew Trudgen, Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary
  • Mushrooms of Intelligence: The RCAF and Canada’s Nuclear Cloud Sampling Program in the Cold War | Matthew Wiseman, University of Waterloo

 

Session 1C | Bomber Command

Arts 1C17 | Chair: Geoff Hayes, University of Waterloo Randall Wakelam, Royal Military College

  • Bomber Command: The RCAF’s Greatest Triumph | Roddy Mackenzie
  • Flight Sergeant Peter Dutchak: A Case Study in Hard Luck | Patrick Dennis
  • Operation MARATHON and Code Name ‘Sherwood’:  Memoirs from Those That Lived It | Robert Chapman, WW2 Escape Lines Memorial Society

11:45 – 12:30 | LUNCH

Lobby outside Senate & Board Chamber

12:30 – 2:00 | Session 2

 

Session 2A | Roundtable: Remembering Their Faces: Outlining Ethical AI Use at NAFMC To Build Public Engagement

Senate & Board Chamber | Chair: Valerie Wood, Ingenium Canada – Canada Aviation and Space Museum

  • Stephen Adams, Mohawk College
  • Jennifer Dunn, National Air Force Museum of Canada
  • Hailey Graham, National Air Force Museum of Canada

 

Session 2B | The RCAF in the Early Cold War

Paul Martin Centre | Chair: Sean Maloney, Royal Military College

  • Louis St. Laurent and the RCAF: Canadian Defence Policy Objectives in the Early Cold War | Joanne Archibald, Queen’s University/Livy Consulting
  • Sitting Ducks: The F104G Nuclear-Only Role in Europe in the Early 1960s | Isabel Campbell, Directorate of History and Heritage
  • Flying on Ice: Hockey in Northern RCAF Stations During the Cold War | Adam Coombs, Department of National Defence

 

Session 2C | The Second World War from Mobilization to the Front

Arts 2C17 | Chair: Tarah Brookfield, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Flames on the Leopold: The Attack of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade Over the Leopold Canal and Into Occupied Netherlands 6 – 13 October 1944 | Arthur Gullachsen, Royal Military College of Canada
  • The Dashed Hopes of the 26th Army Tank Regiment: “The Grey and Simcoe Foresters Are No More” | Dave Alexander, Independent Researcher
  • Canadian Battalion Commanders of the Second World War | Matthew Barrett, Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada

2:00 – 2:15 | COFFEE BREAK

2:15 – 3:45 | Session 3

 

Session 3A | RCAF Planning and Strategy in the Early Cold War

Senate & Board Chamber | Chair: Matthew Wiseman, University of Waterloo

  • The RCAF Returns to Britain, Postwar | Carl A. Christie, CAC Historical Research and Writing
  • First Steps to Atomic Partnership: Canadian Support to Strategic Air Command in the Early Cold War: 1946-1952 | Sean Maloney, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Canada, the Paris Plan, and an Air Division: NATO Commitments 1950-1953 | Paul Johnston, RCAF History and Heritage

 

Session 3B | Personal Experiences in the Second World War

Paul Martin Centre | Chair: Matthew Barrett, Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada 

  • Sailing Through Shadows: A History of Emotions of Sailors in Convoy Operations, 1939 – 1945 | John McConnell, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Exploring Morale in First Canadian Army | Geoffrey Hayes, University of Waterloo & Elizabeth Spence, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • The Conscientious Objector Experience in the RCAMC and CDC, 1943-45 | Rosemary Giles, Western University
4:00 – 5:00 | Session 4

 

Session 4A | Museum Representations of the RCAF

Paul Martin Centre | Chair: Richard Mayne, RCAF History and Heritage

  • Rising to the Challenge: The RCAF in the Second World War | Alex Fitzgerald-Black, Juno Beach Centre Association
  • Evolving Representations of the Royal Canadian Air Force During the Cold War at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum | Valerie Wood, Ingenium Canada – Canada Aviation and Space Museum

 

Session 4B | Depictions of the Air War

Arts 1C17 | Chair: Jeff Noakes, Canadian War Museum

  • Remembering the Forgotten Ace: The RCAF’s Commemoration of William Barker | Brad St. Croix, RCAF Foundation
  • Canvas in the Clouds: Visual and Material Documentation of the RCAF | Sarafina Pagnotta, Carleton University

6:00 – 7:00 | Book Launches & Cash Bar

Lobby outside Senate & Board Chamber; bar opens at 5:45

7:00 | banquet & keynote address

Senate & Board Chamber

Richard Mayne, Chief Historian and Director of RCAF History and Heritage

saturday may 4th

8:30 – 9:00 |  Conference Registration

Lobby outside Senate & Board Chamber

9:00 – 10:30 | Session 5

 

Session 5A | The RCAF and Peacekeeping Operations

Senate & Board Chamber | Chair: Mathias Joost, RCAF Centennial Committee

  • On the Wings of Hope: The RCAF and Humanitarian Peacekeeping Operations, 1945-1967 | William March
  • Herald to the Inconvenient Realities of Peacekeeping, Attack on RCAF Buffalo Flight 51 (116 Air Transport Unit) on August 9, 1974 | Robert Smol, University of New Brunswick
  • “It Was Like Nothing Anyone Had Ever Experienced”: The RCAF and the Kabul Evacuation, Aug-Sep 2021 | Mike Bechthold, Wilfrid Laurier University

 

Session 5B | Perspectives on the First World War

Paul Martin Centre | Chair: Brittany Dunn, Canadian War Museum

  • “Those Wild Women Are Making a Man of Me”: Borderlines of the Military Masculine Identity During the First World War | Aly Firth, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • The War Diary of Leslie Miller: One Soldier as Tourist on the Western Front | Graham Broad, King’s University College
  • What To Do About William Rankin: Industrial Accidents and the Trial of Henry Paquette | Kyle Pritchard, Wilfrid Laurier University

 

Session 5C | Individuals in the Second World War

Arts 1C17 | Chair: Kevin Spooner, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Wilf and Rocky: Flying and Combat Stress in Two World Wars | Jeff Noakes, Canadian War Museum
  • Canadian Zelig: The Curious Life and Decorated Career of Lawrence Cosgrove | Michael B. Pass, University of Ottawa
  • Campbell Clouston and Operation Dynamo | Nicholas Herten-Greaven, Independent Researcher

10:30 – 10:45 | COFFEE BREAK

10:45 – 12:15 | Session 6

 

Session 6A | The Ever-Relevant Past

Senate & Board Chamber | Chair: Richard Goette, Canadian Forces College

  • “The Ground as a Primary Source”: Battlefields and Education | Howard G. Coombs, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Technology and War – Ends, Ways, and Means of Learning | Mike Hennessy, Canadian Forces College
  • Historical War Games and the Classroom: Some Considerations For Their Use | Craig Mantle, Canadian Forces College

 

Session 6B | RCAF Operations: Preparation to Execution

Paul Martin Centre | Chair: William March

  • The RCAF’s Inter-War Warrant Officers Class 1 – More Than Just Warrant Officers | Mathias Joost, RCAF Centennial Committee
  • The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same – 100+ Years of Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance in the Canadian Military | Terrence Leversedge, Kestrel Publications
  • Determined to Deliver: 435 Squadron in Burma 1944 – 45 | Norma Graham

 

Session 6C | (Re)Fighting the First World War

Arts 1C17 | Chair: Graham Broad, King’s University College

  • Representation in Education: Arthur Currie, Julian Byng, and Technology | Colton Enslen, University of British Columbia
  • A Self-Contained Military Force: The Story of the Canadian Corps Tramway Companies on the Western Front | Bradley Shoebottom, University of New Brunswick

12:15 – 1:00 | LUNCH

Lobby outside Senate & Board Chamber

1:00 – 2:30 | Session 7

 

Session 7A | Effects of War on Communities and the Environment

Senate & Board Chamber | Chair: Adam Coombs, Department of National Defence

  • St. Vincent’s Iron Harvest: The History of the Meaford Tank Range | Bram Fookes, University of Guelph
  • Mobilizing Military History? Fighting Climate Change With the Second World War Metaphor | Alex Souchen, University of Guelph
  • A Great Wounding: The Socio-Environmental Trauma of Fighter Jets on First Nations Land in Cold Lake, Alberta | Tamara Lorincz, Wilfrid Laurier University

 

Session 7B | The World Wars in Western Canada

Paul Martin Centre | Chair: Eric Story, Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada

  • Shell-Shocked the Film: A Historical Film’s Rebirth | Cam Telch, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • A Vested Interest: British Columbia Great War Veterans’ Communities in the Second World War | Scott Sheffield, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Wartime Censorship of the BC Federationist: An Experiment in a Cubist Analysis of Liberal Hegemony and Press Censorship | Curtis B. Robinson, Brandon University

2:30 – 2:45 | COFFEE BREAK

2:45 – 3:45 | Closing Plenary

Senate & Board Chamber

Air Power and the Normandy Beachhead

Terry Copp, Wilfrid Laurier University

3:45 – 4:00 | CLOSING REMARKS