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F/L Wilf “Moose” Graystone was an Instructor at PFS RCAF Station Centralia on the first ab initio Army Pilot Course to go through Centralia in Nov 1959 (see Canada’s Flying Gunners for a photo of that Course). On completion of his instructional duties at Centralia, he was posted to the Light Aircraft School (LAS) at CJATC Rivers MB as Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) in 1960. He remained in that position until undertaking basic RW training on the Hiller CH-112 at BHTU, also located at CJATC (see BHTU Course #49 in the TRAINING section of this website for a photo of Wilf’s Basic Course). Subsequently, he undertook the Flight Instructor Course on the Hiller and became a member of the BHTU instructional staff where he remained as an instructor until 1966, graduating an untold number of fledgling Canadian Army RW pilots during that period. Moose will be fondly remembered by everyone who ever had the privilege of coming into contact with him either professionally or socially. He was the epitome of a true officer and gentleman and will not soon be forgotten.

LCol (Ret’d) JA (John) Dicker RCCS
Coordinator
Canadian Army Aviation Website


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All Pilots,

It is with sadness that I report the passing of Wilf Graystone. A message from Wilf's wife, Regina to Terry informs us that Wilf took his last flight on April 6th. Wilf will be remembered by most from his days as an instructor in Centralia and Rivers. Terry's brief epitaph about Wilf (below) captures the character of this unique comrade of ours. I will pass on any further details when I receive them.

Vic Coroy
Chairman,
Canadian Army Aviation Website


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Vic, I've just heard from Wilf's wife, Regina, that he passed away last Saturday, April 6th. Wilf was 95.

Having two of my most liked respected friends, both deeply involved in Army Aviation, pass within a week of each other, is rougher than I've ever thought. Like Frank, Wilf stood out for me as a most honourable and admirable man, one about whom I never heard a negative word spoken.

I'm sure I'll be getting more details from Reg, so please let me know if there's anything more you'd like to know. Sadly,

Capt TSR (Terry) Jones


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LCol Ely was tasked with the formation of the WWII Air OP Squadrons (664,665,666). Much of his actions can be found in Canada's Flying Gunners and the obituary under the website “Last Flight/Epitaphs” section that has capsulated aspects of his service in army aviation. Further information and/or photos about army aviation involving LCol David Ely are welcomed.

Vic Coroy, Chairman, Editorial Board, Canadian Army Aviation Website.


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Just going through some photos of my father, LCOl David R. Ely, CD. MBE and was hoping there may be some other photos out there of him during his times with 664,665 and 666 AOP's. One never knows what's out there. I was quite surprised to see a photo of him on the fight deck of HMCS Magnificent while on his way to the Suez Crisis in 1956 with some 450 Canadian troops and vehicles. Cheers...

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Does anyone out there have a decent pic of Hiller CH-112 274 that they could scan to me? B&W would be fine. Many thanks. J.

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Email Message received from Capt Terry Jones, referring to the reunion luncheon hosted by the editorial Board, Canadian Army Aviation Website. The luncheon was held on September 2018 at the Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa. The email refers to the group photo sent out to all army pilots.

This is Terry's response:

Thanks most kindly, Vic. A great picture, even if one couldn't recognize them all, encountered on the street. Believe me, it's more than a touch heartbreaking not to have been able to be there.

Some of us, I suppose, will regret that there won't be more. No more gathering to reminisce, to recall the glad times, and the sad... to regale one another with the anecdotes, and bemoan the passing of the many that have folded their wings before us. A few, though, may even be at ease with this loss, preferring to not be strongly reminded of what, and who, has been lost.

Regardless, we shared something incredibly special... something that those who did not can never really get. However briefly, we shared an unearthly love and, even if only for a moment or two,
were captains of the clouds... or was it captives? For one who, all too sadly, gave up his military career, and carved one in aviation, it's another regret to add. The sum of the memories, though, is truly good, and will doubtless remain so until the last of us is gone.

Warmest regards, always,

Terry

Vic Coroy, Chairman, Editorial Board, Canadian Army Aviation Website.


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Hi Nadine:

Delighted to hear from you with that very heart-warming email. Thank you so much for sending it as it makes all our endeavours on the website to date so much more worthwhile and rewarding. I have shared it with the other members of the Editorial Board who will for certain enjoy it and appreciate it as much as I did.

I just want to make sure you have seen where your Dad is also commemorated on our website, besides the Last Flight section. On our Home Page, click on CORPS/UNITS and then click on the green C INT C badge and then you will see the article entitled: "Canadian Army's only C Int C pilot takes his last flight". I hope we have done justice to the wonderful service that Keith rendered to Queen and Country throughout his colourful career. You have probably noted the article but I didn't want to take a chance you had not seen it.

Thank you again Nadine for your kind words. We all wish you and the family all the very best in the future. It has been an honour to feature Keith on our website. He will not soon be forgotten!

Love to you, your family and hugs for everyone from all of us on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Army Aviation Website.

Most sincerely.

JohnD


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Hi John

I have just finished a note to Doc regarding my Dad’s passing. Topping today’s to do list was writing to Doc and to you to ask if it was possible to have my Dad’s obituary posted on the Aviation Website. I thought I would check it just before writing my email and to my delight it was already there. What a wonderful surprise and totally lifted my spirits.

I shared with Doc that I was lucky enough to have some lovely time with my Dad just before he died. I spent almost two weeks in Ottawa with him as he slowly left us, through kidney failure and basically just old age. The care he received at Perley Rideau was absolutely outstanding and their understanding and creation of a familiar world for veterans is truly amazing. In his last months, my Dad was surrounded by so many of the things he enjoyed. His passion and joy for flying was one of the very last things he shared with us. During our last family visit, my children thought we should see the Aviation Museum in his honour and my son-in-law arranged for flights for us in the WACO UPF-7. I have to confess I volunteered to babysit Amy’s (my daughter) 2 year old and 3 year old while she with her husband and then again with Philip (my husband) enjoyed the flights. We were able to video it and take the pictures back to my Dad. Despite the fact that he was very frail and completely exhausted, his face totally lit up at the sound of the propeller turning. He said, “that’s the sound of my plane”, and asked us to play it again as he drifted back to sleep dreaming of his days gliding through the air. A very special memory to have.

Sharing with my Dad that he was very ill and was going to die was so difficult. My Dad loved life and was devastated by the thought that he wouldn’t be here at least until he was 99. He was such a half glass is full kind of person. One of his last questions to me was would I write about him. I am so grateful to Michael Greaves for summarizing the amazing legacy story of my Dad that he has been putting together over the last year and gifting it to us to use as my Dad’s obituary. My Dad was truly dedicated to and proud of his military career, his love of flying matched only by his love for his family, and we are so very proud and grateful that it has been recorded and shared.

A huge Thank You to all.

Hugs - Nadine


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Hi Jim,

I knew your father well. We served together in the same units on a few postings, although we were never in the same aviation unit together. I will have our webmaster post your request in the website forum section where others may see it and reply to your request.

Vic Coroy, Chairman, Editorial Board, Canadian Army Aviation Website.


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