Ottawa boys play sports in Aleutians
Ottawa Boys Among Airmen Playing Sports in Aleutians ; By LOINE BRUCE. Caaaaua Prtu Start Writer. . AN ADVANCED v R.CA.F. BASE IN THE ALEUTIANS. June 25. (CP) Sleet driven by a sharp Worth wind slashed at the' faces of young Canadians on . a bleak Aleutian island, but to the softball-playlng members of an R.CA.F. fighter squadron it was just another hazard in their game at one end of a runway. Neither rain nor snow nor bittery-cold wind stops the ath letically-inclined airmen from sport after a hard day keeping their station in fighting trim for raids on the Japanese at Kiska. Hockey Is Favorite. Hockey in Winter, softttall in Summer and fishittg and 'ski-lng the whole year are the chief sports for these young men helping drive the enemy from the Aleutians. One station has a Softball league with a team eritered from each hut. Early in June several teams still were unbeaten. One officers' hut boasted the team favored to win the schedule, mainly because it had the best pitchers Fit. Lt D. W. (Duff) Wakellng, of Brantford, Ontn and FO. J. R. Irwin, of OakviUe, Ont. The same station also sends all-star teams into international competition with teams "froa a nearby United States army and navy base. The Canadians, won the first game 8-3 with Wakeling pitching but the Americans sent a leading outfit into the second game and won 5-2. ' Both international and inter-squadron games are expected to continue for the remainder of the' Summer. R.CA.F. Team Unbeaten. At another station where an outdoor rink was set up last Winter the R.CA.F. team won the base .hockey championship, unbeaten in a 20-game schedule. Lineup of the winning R.CA.F. hockey team was: . , Goal, LAC. Milt Hannigan, of Toronto; defence. Fit Sgt Lyman, 8unitrum, of Ottawa; Cpl. Ren-wlck Baker, of Cornwall, Ont; LAC. Bill Manzer. of Hamilton, and LAC. George Grindrod, Pic-ton, Ont.; forwards, LAC. Bert Dalza, of Westfnount, Que.; LAC. Godfrey Holtora, of Ottawa; Cpl. Tom Walsh of Winnipeg; Cpl. ' : Norm Middleton, of Winnipeg; LAC. Ralph Nicol of Windsor." Ont. Cpl. Merton Burk. o' Blen heim, Ont, LAC. Fred Ferris, of . Point Edward, Ont, and LAC Wilf Troughton, Vancouver.' Troughton was playing coach. Even in Summer the water is too 'cold for swimming. An a'ir-man from one station' located several hundred yards fromxthe Bering Sea once tried the water. thCre but got in only to the knees before his legs became numb. A couple of hardy men tried the North Pacific. Once was enough in the icy water. i I , Good Ski-lng. j , Excellent ski-ing is possible all year on the snow-covered slopes of volcanic mountain cone ranging from one end of the Aleutians to the others. Ski-iers generally have to travel only, a couple of ' miles from their stations. , The foremost ski-ier is FO. Louis Cochand, of Montreal, an instructor before lie enlisted and winner of 45 trophies In slalom and downhill events in eastern-Canada and Europe. Cochand said conditions in the Aleutians are ideal because the weather results in snow of correct texture and -there are no rocks or hidden obstacles on the treeless slopes. Fishing is also popular among the Canadians. They 1 reported that when the salmon are running they could be scooped- out' of streams by hand. At other times trout are caught with minnow bait There never; have been' any insects op the island and the fish won't 'take flies. ' Catches range .up to 14 In a. couple ef f hours. Cpl. Bill lies, ef Ottawa. caught the biggest trout, a four- . pounder. Some reported the fish , are tasteless but others said they are good eating if cooked correctly. - ( Several of the islands are stock-. ed with caribou but no hunting is allowed since the animals, are being protected a a possible food supply in an 'emergency. Alaskan' bear can be shot in the mountains near one station but the . license! is $50 and few of the -boys are that enthusiastic. One ' airman told of a hunter sending 29 slygs from a high-powered , rifle (into one bear before bringing lt down.