The following memorial service announcement is hereby forwarded on behalf of Dennis Stow, the organizer of the annual memorial service. The Service will take place at Garrison Petawawa at the Memorial Cairn Wegner Point, Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 11:00 am. Please try to arrive by 10:45 am. You can see it and add it to your own digital calendar through the CAF C&E Community Events Calendar, here.
The annual Memorial Service is for the seven Paratroopers that lost their lives in the Ottawa River during an evening exercise parachute drop on May 8th, 1968.
Afterwards, a light lunch will be served at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 by the Ladies Auxiliary. Please join us at the Branch to meet with some of the family members, friends and former military acquaintances.
It is very important to have the support of family, friends, fellow jumpers, retired and present military personnel there, so this service will NEVER be FORGOTTEN. Please help us to continue to hold this Service.
Once again we are asking for donations to cover the cost to produce the programs and lunch. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. Cheques payable to:
Dennis Stow 470 Fraser Street Pembroke, ON, K8A 1Y7
If you have any questions, contact me via landline (613-732-4477), or you can email me through the contact form below. Respectfully and In Comradeship,
The following is a direct extract from an old online version of the C&E Branch history:
On 8 May 1968 2 Airborne Signal Troop (of 2 Signal Squadron, Petawawa) participated with other units in a parachute drop at Camp Petawawa Ontario. Due to a wind shift a number of the parachutists landed in the adjacent Ottawa River rather than on the designated landing zone. While many were saved others who had landed in the water were drowned before rescue was possible. Lost were:
- Master Warrant Officer R.G. (Reg) Riddell, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
- Warrant Officer M.P. (Mike) McDonnell, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
- Corporal B.N. (Bruce) Chiswell, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
- Corporal D.W. (Dennis) Clements, 2 Airborne Signal Troop
- Corporal D.H. (Hugh) Fields, 2 Airborne Signal Troop
- Corporal R.J.G. (Bob) Knight, 2 Airborne Signal Troop
- Corporal P.J. (Jim) Misener, 2 Airborne Signal Troop
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM