Ron Peel RCAF

Description: At age 92 there are not so many “bucket list” opportunities available to someone whose knees & health are failing. However, with an idea from his son Bill, & the assistance of Erin O’Toole, MP Durham, provided Ron with an opportunity to fly “one more time.” Erin contacted Hannu Halminen, President of Halminen Homes, who kindly offered Ron the chance to fly (yes… fly) his Harvard aircraft out of Oshawa Sunday morning, Aug. 10., With his son Bill, his wife Brenda & Ron’s wife watching his dream became a reality. Ron Peel volunteered to join the RCAF at the age of 18, & because of his navigational skills, he was sent to Bomber Command at Honington (Number 9 Squadron). He completed over 30 tours over Germany in Wellington Bombers, & was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his braver & service in May 1942. In 1943, he was seconded to Trans Canada Airlines (Air Canada) & flew Lancastrians. He had the honour of navigating two Royal Flights between Ottawa & London. Ron worked for Air Canada for 39 years; primarily responsible for the ground & simulator training of pilots. He finished his service as an aviation consultant for IATA and ICAO. He was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 1991 for his military & civil aviation accomplishments.

Start Time: August 10th, 2014 at 12:00am
End Time: August 10th, 2014 at 11:00am
Location:
Address: 1200 Airport Blvd, Oshawa

City: Oshawa
Province: ON
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Ron Peel RCAF - The 404 Harvard that Ron will board to recreate the past. The 404 Harvard that Ron will board to recreate the past. Ron Peel RCAF - "Take-off" "Take-off" Ron Peel RCAF - Ron used to play the piano to calm the troops between runs. Here he recreates that time at the Oshawa airport. Ron used to play the piano to calm the troops between runs. Here he recreates that time at the Oshawa airport. Ron Peel RCAF - Bill and his Dad both with "thumbs up" after Ron's trip in the Harvard trainer. Bill and his Dad both with "thumbs up" after Ron's trip in the Harvard trainer. Ron Peel RCAF - Ron and his wife after his flight to Cobourg & back. Ron and his wife after his flight to Cobourg & back. Ron Peel RCAF - Hannu Halminen of Halminen Homes, was so kind to take Ron on this wonderful trip. Hannu Halminen of Halminen Homes, was so kind to take Ron on this wonderful trip. Ron Peel RCAF - Ron gets set to go in to his past, navigating the Harvard Trainer. Ron gets set to go in to his past, navigating the Harvard Trainer.