50th Anniversary Memorial Service for Fallen Paratroopers


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50th Anniversary Memorial Service for Fallen Paratroopers

May 13th,2018

Sunday 11:00 am

The annual Memorial Service for the Seven Paratroopers who lost their lives in the Ottawa River during a training exercise parachute drop on May 8th 1968.

Reflect-Reconnect-Never Forget

MWO Riddell R.G. (Reg) 1RCR

WO McDonnell M.P. ( Mike) 1 RCR

Cpl Chiswell B.N. (Bruce) 1 RCR

Cpl Clements D.W. (Dennis) 2 Sigs Sqn

Cpl Fields D.H. (Hugh) 2 Sigs Sqn

Cpl Knight R.J.G.(Bob)

Cpl Misner P.J. ( Jim)


We have received permission from Garrison Petawawa to hold the service that will take place at the Memorial Cairn Wegner Point, Sunday May 13th, 2018, 11:00 am. Please try to arrive early as we are expecting more than in the past years.

Please join us for a light lunch afterwards to meet family members, survivors, friends, former military acquaintances and present military personnel. The lunch will be at the WO’s & Sgts mess.

It is very important to have the support of all if this Service is to continue. Donations for the luncheon and facility are greatly appreciated, please make cheque payable to Dennis Stow.

In Comradeship,
Dennis Stow
470 Fraser St.
Pembroke ON
K8A 1Y7
If there are any questions or concerns, please contact me via e-mail or landline any time.
[email protected] or 1-613-732-4477

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:

Corporal DW Clements                              2 Airborne Signal Troop

Corporal DH Fields                                     2 Airborne Signal Troop

Corporal RJG Knight                                  2 Airborne Signal Troop

Corporal PJ Misener                                  2 Airborne Signal Troop

Master Warrant Officer RG Riddell            Royal Canadian Regiment

Warrant Officer MP McDonnell                  Royal Canadian Regiment

Corporal BN Chiswell                                 Royal Canadian Regiment

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