Wednesday, August 31, 2011

'We are grateful he lived long enough to see the RCAF reinstated'


We are deeply gratified to have received this notice from the Air Force Association, courtesy of Dan Rawlyck Capt (Ret'd), announcing the passing of Wing Commander "Duke" Warren DFC, CDE, RCAF.

In his message, Mr. Rawlyck notes:

'you can see that the family specifically mentions that
they were glad that he lived long enough to see the
RCAF reinstated. I think this is one of the things that
comes to mind when the MND stated that the costs of
restoring the "Royal" titles would be minimal - but the
benefits would be priceless!

We offer a salute and extend our sympathy to Duke Warren's family.
May he rest in peace and continue to be an inspiration to all the pilots
of the RCAF.


  1. I had the honour and privilege of meeting Wing Commander Douglas "Duke" Warren DFC, CD RCAF when he was a guest speaker at my Air Force Indoctrination course held 20 years ago.

    He was a truly kind and admirable gentleman.



    Through adversities we'll conquer.
    Blaze into the stars,
    A trail of glory
    We'll live on land and sea
    'Til victory is won.
    Men in blue the skies are winging
    In each heart one thought is ringing.
    Fight for the right,
    God is our might,
    We shall be free.

  2. What a touching story, Dan. Are you the Dan Rawlyck that wrote it?

  3. The value of this IS priceless. May this distinguished RCAF gentleman rest in peace. May we all spare a moment to remember him, and the freedoms his generation bequeathed to my generation...


The Petition moves along...

May 1: Laurie Hawn, M.P. agrees to support petition
April 30: Sent draft petition to The Dominion Institute to seek their sponsorship
April 28: Sent draft petition to Captain(N) Pickingford, Project Manager, Canadian Navy Centennial Project
April 27: Sent petition to Blaine Barker of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and Bob Nixon of the Naval Officer's Association of Canada and Peter Dawe, Executive Director of the RMC Club
April 26: The Monarchist League of Canada members are supportive
April 25: Interesting - even heated - debate over at the Navy, Army, Air Force Forum, where the "Yeas" have it by a two-thirds majority.