He emailed me in response to my Website. I really enjoyed these glimpses into Churchill's past. It became clear, however, that Don wasn't too thrilled with where he was stationed.
The mission, More on Missle Launchers, leaves, facilities revisited, Life in Churchill at the time, The Aurora Borealis and sleeping in igloos, Churchill fish
Photos: Rocket Launch/ Don Fishing in the Churchill River
Reminiscence #1 The Mission
As an American GI that spent
over a year stationed at Churchill, I would
My duty station was at the radar
site. We tracked the missiles, to assist
We would get to our duty stations
the day of a night time scheduled launch
In the fall of 1957, the first
Soviet Union satellite, Sputnik 1 was placed
I have a collection of 8"x10"
black and white photos of missile launches and
Don K_____, USA
#2 More on Missle Launchers
Subject: Churchill missile
Now I am embarrassed! After searching
high and low, I found an envelope
In explanation, there were actually
two missile launchers. The Aerobee
I saw a web site last year that
said the military base and rocket facility
After WWII, the military determined
our equipment only functioned properly
Our radar station was right on
the coast, on the only road that went that
Sorry to disappoint you about the photos.
One last message. I found a site
showing an Aerobee being launched at
We actually all were permanently
stationed at White Sands, on temporary duty
Surprise, surprise! Go here to
learn more about the Churchill Rocket Range.
If you click on facilities you
will see Pad 3, the Aerobee launch tower.
#5 Life in Churchill at the time
Please keep in mind that I have
not been in Churchill since the spring of
What you call the main road actually
was not there pre-IGY. It was built to
I am quite sure that the CNSC
residence building was not there during IGY.
After the launch site was built,
Churchill residents had a regular parade
In 1957, snowmobiles were a novelty;
only the best trappers had them. Most
Is the native Canadian reservation
still across the railroad tracks? White
The aurora peaks spring and fall,
when the axis of the earth is
The First Arctic Test Center
GIs were permanently stationed in Churchill.
#6 Churchill Fishing
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