C.H. "Punch" Dickins - Plaque Ceremony

Plaque Unveiling- You’re invited! 
To commemorate the national significance of aviator C.H. “Punch” Dickins

When: October 18 at 12 p.m.
Where: 2 Clearwater Drive
Hot chocolate & cookies will be provided 

Ninety years after aviator C.H. “Punch” Dickins completed the first mail run between Fort McMurray and Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories will be recognized during a ceremony at the Snye at 12 p.m. on October 18. 
Aviator C.H. “Punch” Dickins will be recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) plaque.

The ceremony is open to the public, with special emphasis on the Dickinsfield Neighbourhood, which is named after the famous pilot. 

For nearly half a century, the legendary C.H. “Punch” Dickins played a leading role in the development of Canadian commercial aviation. 
In 1927, C.H. Dickins joined the Western Canada Airways, and became a bush pilot, flying vast distances across northern Canada. He logged more than 1.6 million kilometers flying over remote parts of Canada’s north. 

After his successful first trip to Fort Simpson, Dickins flew the route for most of 1927. 
Previously, mail had to be transported by horse-drawn sleigh and dogsled, which took a total of 24 days to reach its destination. 
Fort McMurray played a significant role in this era of northern aviation as many bush pilots, including C.H. "Punch" Dickins, used the Snye as the base of operations.

He was a distinguished pilot in the First World War, he downed seven enemy aircraft, making him one of very few bomber pilots named as a flying ace. In 1919, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, for his courageous flying. 


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