To Honour Canada's Military


RCAF RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Motto: Such is the pathway to the stars

Between 1939 and 1945, the Royal Canadian Air Force enlisted 232,000 men and 17,000 women and operated 86 squadrons, including 47 overseas. Canadians flew bomber, fighter, reconnaissance, transport, and other missions around the world. Tens of thousands of Canadian air crew also served with Britain’s Royal Air Force and Canadian fighter aircraft participated in the epic Battle of Britain in 1940. For the rest of the war, Canadian fighter-bombers attacked coastal areas in German-occupied Europe while Canadian heavy bombers struck at targets much further inland. In addition, Canadian maritime patrol bombers based in Canada, Newfoundland, Iceland and Britain fought German submarines. By 1945, the R.C.A.F. had grown to be the world’s fourth- largest air force. More than 17,000 Canadian airmen perished during the war.
United Nations Command (UNC) United Nations Command (UNC)


Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.
424 Transport and Rescue Squadron 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron


The squadron disbanded on 15 October 1945 and was reactivated a year later at RCAF Station Hamilton as an auxiliary light bomber squadron, then deactivated again in 1964. On 8 July 1968, during the unification of the Canadian Forces, the squadron was reactivated as 424 Communications and Transport Squadron, operating from Hangar 9 at CFB Trenton. The squadron has received sixteen battle honours and has flown more than 14 different types of aircraft during its history.

Battle Honours
F/O Edwards Richard Vaughan
Rank: Flying Officer
F/O
Service Number: 96031
Born: Mar 13, 1943 Witham, England
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Peacekeeping
Service: RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force)
Air Command: United Nations Command (UNC)
Squadron: 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron
Dag Hammarskjöld Dag Hammarskjöld
The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award given by the United Nations (UN) to military personnel, police, or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation. The medal is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in September 1961.
Service Details :
102 Composite Unit, RCAF (later became the 424 Transport Squadron)


Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all United Nations Peacekeepers in 1988 in recognition of their collective efforts in the cause of peace. This inspired the creation of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) to acknowledge the unique contribution to peace that Canadian peacekeepers have made since 1947.
UN Emergency Force (UNEF)
Through the efforts of Canada's External Affairs Minister, Lester B. Pearson, the UN General Assembly agreed to its first peacekeeping force to secure peace in the region (previous operations had been only observer forces). Under the command of a Canadian, MGen Eedson Louis Millard BURNS, (OC) DSO OBE MC, the UNEF, on 07 November 1956, was given a mandate to secure the removal of Israeli, British and French troops from the Suez canal zone and the Gaza Strip and to maintain peace in the area. The first Canadian troops arrived in Egypt on 24 November 1956, and Egypt abruptly asked them to leave in May 1967, leading to the six-day war between Israel and Egypt. Thirty-two Canadians lost their lives serving with this force.
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 07 November 1956 to 17 June 1967.

Service Notes:
Enlisted: February 19, 1963 Montreal, Québec
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: April 28, 1966 at Kuntilla, Egypt
Cemetery GAZA War Cemetery Gaza, Israel
Marker: Plot Post War Section A Row A Grave 18
Obituary: Only child of John William and Hilda Louise (née Reader) Edwards of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was single. He served in Canada and the Middle East.
 
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F/O Richard Vaughan Edwards
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