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Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve from 1987-2000, as a Naval Signalman and Military Policeman. He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at HMCS Naden (Esquimalt), HMCS Stadacona (Halifax), Camp Petawawa, Camp Barrifield (Kingston), RCAF Station Downsview, Camp Borden, Burwash Training Area and Camp Meaford.

In civilian life, Bruce served as a police officer, and briefly a federal corrections officer, from 1996-2017.

Bruce is a published writer, with numerous articles that have appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada, along with an entry in “ON WINDSWEPT HEIGHTS II:  Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force – 2015 Edition”.

Bruce is passionate about the Canadian military and preserving the histories of Canadian military bases across Canada and around the world.

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  1. peter clark

    looking to find were 103 sqdn rnzaf was station

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You might want to try the National Archives for information.

      Bruce

      1. Susan Carroll Barbour

        Hi Bruce! are you gwen and jims son?….my father was peter carroll and he was good friend with them. Just wanted to say hi….If I have this right I remember times at your house as a kid.

        Sue…Susie to most from days of old.

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          Hi Sue,

          You do have the right person. It’s good to hear from you.

          Bruce

    2. Robert Nash

      Peter,

      I just retired from the RNZAF and I am not aware of 103 squadron RNZAF. If you provide more information, I might be able to help you.

      Robert
      Winnipeg MB

      1. lpeter clark

        my father was in 103 squadron in 1945 Canadian his name is frank clark as a radio op dad comes for Dunedin
        thanks peter

        1. Della

          Fiyalln! This is just what I was looking for.

      2. Elly

        There is a critical shortage of inmtafroive articles like this.

  2. Robert Nash

    Peter,

    It seems most likely that your father served with 103 Squadron RAF. Most RAF squadrons had more than a few aircrew from Commonwealth countries, including many Canadians, Australians and Kiwis trained through the Empire Air Training Scheme (also know as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan after July 1942). It is quite possible that your father was one of the 131,000 aircrew who trained in Canada before joining the RAF in the UK.

    No. 103 Squadron was formed as No. 103 Squadron RFC on 1 September 1917. The Squadron was disbanded on 1 October 1919. The Squadron was reformed on 10 August 1936 as No. 103 (Bomber) Squadron. it flew over 6000 operational sorties, at a high cost in both men and machines, during the Second World War. The squadron was equipped with Avro Lancaster bombers in late October 1942, which 103 Squadron flew on many operations to Germany and occupied Europe. A radio or wireless operator was an integral member of the Lancaster’s crew. At the end of the War, on 26 November 1945, 103 Squadron was disbanded by renumbering it to 57 Squadron.

    I assume that your father survived the war and was one of the many Kiwis who was repatriated to NZ in 1945 and 1946.

    I hope that this is useful. It might be possible to dig further, to confirm my suspicions, if you wish.

    Robert

  3. Ian S

    interesting site. I was stationed one summer at CFS Mill Cove (RCNR RadOP). Good to see some pictures of the old buildings

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Ian,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. If you have any photos to share, I’d love to see them.

      Brucde

  4. Hella Comat

    It was great to meet you on Saturday at the CAHS meeting, Bruce. I’m enjoying visiting your site. Thank you for all that you’re doing to keep Canadian military history alive and preserved for future generations.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Hella,

      Thanks for visiting my web site. It was nice meeting you too.

      Bruce

  5. Michel Gabriel Vaillancourt

    Thanks for all those good informations.

    Michel Vaillancourt

  6. Barbara Gardner

    Bruce…I am a 63 year old Air Force brat. Up to 1968 I was an Air Force Brat. I spent time in Centralia, Postage la Prairie and Moose Jaw. We were called pigeons by many civilians. I wanted to join up when I graduated high school but was diagnosed with arthritis. To this day I still wish serve. Both my.parents served. I am not sure which base it was but it it was in Northern BC in 1945 – 1947…. Apparently bears were a common sight. Freaked out my Mom. She was a radio operator…often hearing Japanese. Would you know
    What base it might be? Thank you..

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Barbara,

      There were several signals stations on the west coast where she could have worked. You might try contacting the national Archives in Ottawa to see if you can get a copy of her service record.

      Bruce

      1. Barbara Gardner

        Thank,you so much, it was Port Hardy for WWIII

      2. Barbara Gardner

        Thank you,

        I now plan to visit the last base I was on, Moose Jaw,

        I will always regret that I could not serve, unfit die to arthritis, But I did become a professor for 20+ years,

        Barbara Gardner

  7. Roy Pratt

    Hello Bruce just found your site while looking at Edenvale/Avro info. I wasn’t aware of it until recently and plan to check it out asap!
    Found your web site very interesting too, nice to get a bit of local history. My dad was a WW2 war veteran and did his training at Base Borden. I found your personal notes on being a Durham cop hilarious as I grew up just outside of Durham. The town drunks you had to deal with were likely brother in laws or cousins!

    Roy Pratt AKA Willow Small Engine guy.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Roy,

      Small world that you found my web site and that you grew up in the Durham area. I’m glad that you like the web site.

      Bruce

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