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RCAF Montreal Base - Aug 1944

RCAF Montreal Base - Aug 1944

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AUGUST,1944
FLAK
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~FLAK~
BykindpermissionofWll\'GCOMMANDERA.LAMBERT,D.F.C.,andMR.W.WOOLLETTGEORGEFALLEGARRYMcKERNAN)MELSDFRIN.DUSTYPERKINSBusinessManagerDONDARWENCirculationManagerMICHAELO'NEILL
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nchEditorJEANNETTESABOURINEditor-in-ChiefManagingEditorFeatureEditorsArtistsDONSHALDERS,WALTERLEWIS,LORRAINELEEMAN,DICKDANT-CHICH.AssociateEditorsDORASCOTT,RONSIMPSON,GEORGESTAPLEY,RICKCROSSEY,BERNIEPEARSON.AllphotographstakenbytheStationphotographicsection.PrintedbyGazettePrintingCompany,Limited,Montreal.
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DearSir:1feelImustwriteandexpressmysincereappreciationofyourexcellentworkinturn-ingoutsuchagrandStationMagazine.Tosaythatthefirstissuecameuptoex-pectationswouldbenolittleunderstate-ment.Ifoundthesetupmostattractive.thecoverdesignwasparticularlystriking,anditscontentswerebothinterestingandenter-taining.Wouldyoupleasethankallthosewhohavehadashareinturningoutsucha..bestseller."Iknowitmusthavetakenagreatdealoftimeandhardwork,as
it
willdoinfuture,butIdothinkyourfirsteffortwaswellworthwhile.Keepupthegrandwork.Wearealllook-ingforwardtonextmonth'sissue.Yourssincerely,
DOMINIONSKYWAYS
(OBSERVERS)
LI:MITED.
W.WOOLLETT,GeneralManager.
HoiPolloi
Deadline
DearReaders:Whatrich,meatylanguagewehave-adeadline.Inthiscasethecolumnhasadead-line,loomingominouslynear-Monday,infact!Today,beingSunday,wesettledownandmayshootaline-notadeadline-butaliveandkicking.First,MesAmis,theamountofuntoldmailnotreceivedfromyouisstaggering!Arewelivinginastagnantpoolwherenothingnewpassesthroughthethatchesofcrewcutsthatamblethiswayandthatacrossourlineofvision?Justonelittlelet-ter,onanysubject,largeorsmall;anythingtojustifyourexistenceasacolumn.Anenthusiasticanalysison"Topaintornottopaint"(Legs,
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mean)wouldbegrati-fying.Orevenjustplain"legs."Aftergaz-ingatPinUpgirlsformonthssomesortofmentalfruitationmusthaveresulted,Orthenalittlethesis"Towashornottowash,"
TRADINGSMALLTALK
It
wasveryencouragingtonotetheenthusiasmwithwhichthefirstissueofourstationpaperwasgreeted.Inpreparingthecurrentissue,wehavet.riedtobenefi
t
fromtheweaknessesandlimitationsofthefirsteffortaswellasfromthecon-structivccriticismandsuggestionssogenerouslyofferedbypersonnel,bothcivilianandservice.
It
willbeappreciatedbyallthatpreparationofsuchamagazineentailsconsiderableworkonthepartofallpeopleassociatedwithit.Wearcsadlyinneedof
artists,
caricaturistsandcartoonists,andthis
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a
general
calltoanyandallwhofeeltheymightgiveusahandinanyofthe-elines.Wewouldgladlywelcomeanyonewithjournahsticexperienceorinterestwhosesuggestionsmightimprovethestandardof"FLAK",andmakeitmoregel1fl'aliyacceptable.ThisisYOURpaperanditssuccessdependsentirelyuponyourco-operation.DropanotetotheEditor
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StationOrderlyRoom,andwewill
1001,
youup.Incursorilyperusingthecopypreparedforthecurrentissue,wefeelitmostessentialtoassureourreadersthatopinionscontainedhereinarenotnecessarilyendorsedbytheEditorialstaff,andthatmaliciousreferencemadeto.anypersonorpersons,living,dead,orquietlywastingawayinacomatosestate,ispurelyintentional.itmightalsobepolitictomentionthatifwehavefailedtoinsultorhumiliateanyonepersonorgroupofpersons,itismerelyanoversight,andwillundoubtedlyberemediedinasubsequentissue.
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aretryingtoincreasethenumberofphotographsandsmallcandidcameraphotos,andwillcontinuetodoso.However,suchcutsarecostly,andthenumberwillbedependentonthecirculationofthemagazine.
It
isneedlesstoremindourreadersthatproceedsofsalesandadvertisementhavenotcoveredexpensesin-volvedinpublishingamagazineofthisstandard.However,withincreasedsales.weexpectthat,bythemillennium,"FLAK"willbeinahealthyfinancialposition.So,doyourbestnowtohastenthatgreatday.
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TheManagingEditor,August4,1944."FLAK"No.9AirObserverSchool,St.Johns,Que.YouaretobecongratulatedontheexcellenteffortthatwasevidentinthefirstissueoftheUnitmagazine.Theoutstandingfeatureisthehappyco-relationofServiceandcivilianpersonnelnews.Ifeelconfident,asthemonthsbringoutnewissues,thattheywillcontinue
to
maintainthesamehighstandard.Pleaseconveymymessageandbestwishesforthefuturetoallassociateworkersandcontributors.WINGCOM~ANDERA.LAMBERT,D.F.C.,
ChiefSupervisoryOfficer,
No.9AIROBSERVERSCHOOL,S'l'.
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OHNS,QUEBEC.
writtenbysomeoneinhiseighthweekwouldrivetourattentionfromthatIrishman-wellitwouldbealetter,anyway.There'ssomeoneonthiscamp.Norwegianbydescent,whoclaimshe'sworkingonanewcomputerwhichwillmakeAircrewworkeasierinsteadofworkmakingyou.Healsosuggestedcompassesallovertheplaneinvariousnooksandcrannies.Thosefivedaywondersthatwanderinandoutofconversationssaying'"whydon'tyouputmorezipintothestationmagazine?"Ah,yes!ButwhereareallyourzippyIittlecontributions....Playingtaginthesub-conscious.sharpened?Offhand,ourchoiceforAll-Americanwouldbethesenseofsmell,per-hapsbecauseitisSummerwiththesmellofnew-mownhayafteraheavyrain;freshbreadoutoftheoven;thesmelloftheocean;sizzlingsteak;burnttoast;goodcleansweatonahealthybody;pinetreesonahotday;thesmellofwoodsmokeinOctober;wildrosesalongacountrylane;lavenderonoldladieshandkerchiefs;thesmelloffurniturepolishongleamingmahogany;garbagecansinoldbackalleys;tweedcoatswiththeclingingodorofgoodtobacco.Ournoseshaveledusonmanyanadven-ture-wherewouldmystomachbeifIcouldn'tcajole
it
withflowerydescriptionsfrommysenseofsmell?Aloneanduneasyitwaitsfortheeveningmeal.Soonthenewsflashesdown,beansagain!
(Continuedonpage'3)
GettingNosey
If
someGremlinwithanover-developedsenseofhumoraskedusoneday.whichofyourfivesenseswouldyouliketohave
 
AUGUST,1944
FLAK
3
HOIPOLLOI
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1)
GENTLEMENBYAPPOINTMENT
WhytheOfficersMessis!
Sincetheappearanceofthiscolumninourfirstshatteringissuetherehasbeenarumorgaininggroundthat
it
iswritten
by
.,MollyMouse."Thatisnotcorrect,andwewishtohaveitknownhereandnowthatitisthcworkofnoneotherthanMolly'sfirstviciouscousin"TheRat",andwedomeanjustthatterm.Buttogetonwiththetypeswhohaveastheirmotto(withacknowledgementstoOgdenNash)-,CandyisDandy,butLiquorisQuicker,"andthebetterknownofficer';havesetouttoprovethatbythebrewingofanew,amorepotentpoisonthanthe"Noose"couldeverhopetobe-agentlestabbingdrinknamed.quiteappropriately,"TheKissofOeath."Thosemorefortunatebeingsthathavehadtheextremepleasureofconvulsionsfromitsinfluenceprefertocallit''TheKickofDeath."
Gongsto:
Flight-LieutenantEd.Leeforhisunques-tionableability,almostamountingtothemiraculous,topersuadethe
Cornmandtna
Officertojointheinfamous"HallofFame,:Wewouldliketopointoutthatthiswasbynomeansasmallfeat,asthosewhoaremembersoftheillustriousgroupwillhastentojustify.Flight-LieutenantTandyOavoudforhisnobledesertionofthebenedictrank.Afine,althoughsurprisingshow,asweweresure,yescertain,thathewasoneofourconfirmedbachelors.Thesoleremainingrecluse,Flight-LieutenantGarryMcKernan,isstudyingthedevelopmentswithamorethancasualinterest,nowthatwouldreallyendthiswar.Flight-LieutenantA.Anderson,ourwizardpadre,forhISmeteoricriseasadeft
exnon,
entoftheartofbilliards.Heisnowtakingtheboysforall.SectionOfficerKayEllsonforherterrificabilitytohandleanysituationandbyname.Flight-LieutenantHerschelReilleyforhisablejudgmentofgoodhorse-flesh,ontWI)legs.FlyingOfficerMaxBakeronhisnoblestruggletokeephisprivatelifeprivate.FlyingOfficerJohnVaillancourtfortheresponsiblepositionofFrenchliaisonOffi-cer.
It
augurswellforourgenuineFr-enchcolony.
PorpWash:
Nowtheknee-padactcomesontheboardsandthefirstonourlistisFlight-LieutenantLeeandthevagueattractionthisstationholdsforhim.Doyoureallywanttosee'theactoftheseason.Well,justwanderintooneofMont-real'sbetterknownbarssomeSundayafter-noonornight,thelaterthebetter,andyeshallberewardedbythestaggeringsightofoneofourbetterknownFlight-Looies(nameonrequest)sittingatthe.grandpiano,whichadornssaidbar,regalingthepatronswithwickedditties.Notbadatthat.Themysteryofthedisappearanceofthoseartiftcialflowershascometoanend,buttheofficerwhocommittedthejustifiable"petalcde"refusestocomeacrossuntilthemesspurchasesasuitofmedievalarmorinwhichhecanhidehisorangejuice.Therearecertaineveningsthatthepriv-ilegedfewmaywitnessanofficer,anotherFlight-Looie(bad
100,
doingan
extraorrn-
naryfinepieceofdance,betterknownastheCan-Can.Wouldyoulikethenameoftheofficer,who,whenrequestedtopurchaseacopyofthismagazinewasheardtoremark"Whvshould
J?
There'llbelotshanging'<W'oundthisevening"That'sthetypeofspiritthatwelike.ThenthereisourfavoritePilotOfficerwhohadgreatdifficultyinkeepinghischaironitsfourlegsatarecentlargedinnerinoneofthelocalhotels.Justtakealittlejauntovertothetele-phoneswitchboardandhearthestoryoftheFlight-Looiewhogaveasthephoneticpro-nounciationofhisinitialsthewords"Gor-geous.Adorable."Anykeenmindshouldbeabletosupplytherest.Wehavesomegreatmindsillthatmess,the"neverletyourlefthandknowwhatyourrighthandisdoing"breed,aswitnesstheeveningourworthykingofthekeyboardwasgivingoutwithsomefineivoryandasthelaststrainsofChopin'sMinuteWaltzwereimpingingthemselvesonabreathlessaudience,oneofthemostbreathlesschirrupped,"Finework,doplayChopin'sMinuteWaltznow."DedicationtoFlyingOfficerJackBrowne:Affectionisanoblequality;
It
leadstogenerosityandjollity.Butitalsoleadstobreachofpromise
If
yougoaroundlavishingitonred-hotmomise.
IICOlild
Be
True•••
thatJack(RhettButler)ScarletthangsaroundtheGuardRoomwith:hispurtyredmotorscooterandsidecaronMondaymorn-ingsbecausehe'sreallysointerestedinhisnewguardhouse,Or~ouldhebeconsider-inggivingalilttosomeoftheloveliesontheirwaybackfromweek-endswiththeirbaggage.Thenagain,itmaybepossiblethatJackisJustthinkingaboutpost-warrecon-structionandispreparinghimself'forhispostoutsideWindsorStreetStationortheMountRoyalHotel...."Carryyourbagsupthemountainlady?"thatacertainwellknownblooddonorfromtheGeneralOfficehadfortyfluidouncesofaquapuradrainedfromhiskneejustrecently....thatacertaincharmingAustralianisfeelingbetterafterspendingsomuchtimeintheWesternHospital....Let'ssee,hewastheonewhowasontheeighthfloorwasn'tlhe
?
Wellwecertainlyhopeheisdoingallright-hewasmakingoutverynicelyattheC.O.'s'''JumpingAnniversary!"
CAF.Comments
TalkingofracingtheotherdayweretwobeautifulSkywayettesandanEnglishman:-1stBeauty-c-Ongee!whenwe'vewonthewarI'mgoingtogetmyhusbandtotakemetoFrance,andthenIhopetogotooneofthosemarvellousFrenchracemeetingswhereallthehorsesrunbackwards,andthewomenwearmarvellousParisfashionsandthetaxishavesqueakyhorns,andevery-thingiswonderful.Englishman-butwhygotoFrance?Ial-waysthoughtyouweresofrightfullyBritish.WhynotgotoAscot?You'llneverbeatthatforbeautyandfashion,andourKingandQueendrivearoundinstateinanopencarriagedrawnbyeightgreyIhorses.2ndBeauty-Yes,andtheyallweargreytophatsatAscot,don'tthey?1stBeauty-e-twitheyeswideopenandflashingwhiteteeth).Ohgee!Howmarvel-lous,anddothemenwearthemtoo!!!
LookAhead
Life,LoveandThePursuitofHappiness-theoldArmyGame,carriedonbyyoungandold.Exceptyoustartoutandendupbybeingcarried.Afterchasingaroundmadlyinwh.rIofactivities,enjoyingthewhippedcreamsideoflifewehavedecidedthatgingerbreadissolidandfilling,thereforemdispensable.
It
helpsrelievethesatiationthatcomesfromtoomuchwhippedcream.Wenowtakethisoutofthefoodclassandgetdowntobrasstacks,highly
indi
ges-ible.Wearespeakingtoourowngeneration,thegenerationthattomorrowhastostartdiggingintothedebrisofthisthingcalled..PostWarReadjustrnent,"andformulateawayoflifeNooneelseisgoingtodoitforus-ourchildrenwillbetooyoungandtheprecedinggenerationhasalreadystartedtohandoverthetorch.Thehandwritingisonthewall.Futureeventsstandandfallbyouractions.Whenreallythoughtaboutitisawe-inspiring.Anycynicwhoblurts"Noth-ingwedomakesanydifference,sowottheHell!"Well,anyoldspinelessjellyfishcansquishtheirwaythroughlife,butthereisnoredbloodinthatkindoftalk,notevenawhitecorpuscle.Thewarhasopenedcountlessopportun-il.iesthatareyoursforthetaking.Thetak-ing,weadmi
t,
involveswork.Butworksometimescanbemoregratifyingthanagoodtanwhichtookhoursofmentalinertia
10
acquire.Big,strong,healthybodies,top-pedbyadullstupidface,good-lookingper-haps.butstupid-that'sreallysad.Chem-icallyweoreallworth98cwithorwithoutatan.
Minute
By
Minute
Timewaitsfornoone.That'swhatfascin-atesmeaboutnavigatorsandnavigation.Thethingstheydowithtimemustcurlthehairofthe
Old
Fellow.Timeisrelativeandaboutaselasticaspre-warrubber.InCairoyoumakeadatetoseesomeone.Timedoesnotenterintoit.Thestorygoesacertainsultanmadeanappointmentwithahigh-rankingBritishofficialwithoutspe-cifyingtheday.Twoweekslater1fuesultanambledup.Noapologiesweremade,nonewerenecessary.TimeinthesenseweknowitdoesnotexistintheEast.TheofficialthengoestoNewYork.Heisengulfedinthesplitsecondclockworklivesoftheprople.Henotesthatalmosttwomil-lionpeopleridingovertheBrooklynBridgeriseinthebusesandchecktheirwatcheswithabigclockindowntownNewYork.Basicallyitisthesametimetheworldover,measuredinhours,minutesandseconds:
Yet,
beingmanmade,itsflexibilitylikethebrain.isalwaysapparent.Thepulseofthenationmightbeatasteadythrobbuttheindividualpulseticksalittleeccentricdanceofitsown,governedbyitsownemotions,painsanda-ches,allswallowedupinagiganticwhole,ringedaroundbyacircleoftime.TheTimeoftheEast,leisurely,unhurried;theTimeoftheWest,turbulent,racing,surging;andneverthetwainshallmeet.OnlyTimecanbringmemories.OnlyTimecanshoweventsintheirtruelight.NothingcouldbemoredemocraticthanTime.Somethinkitbeginsatbirthandendsatdeath.Butno!Allmancandoisreadbackandlookforward.Ithasnobeginning,noend.Wethinktwiceaboutspendingmoney,butspendingtimetomostischeap.Somehow
it
ismorepreciousthanmoney.SoIsaytoyefriends-spenditwisely-andIleavewithRimsky-Korsakoff"s"DanceoftheHours"whilstIgoethoutandcuttetharug.

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