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Veteran Profile: Thomas Arthur Stiff, RCAF
Thomas was born in Toronto on May 27, 1922, and joined the RCAF in 1942. A member of the Toronto ski team prior to the war, active in both the slalom and jumping disciplines, he had a love of speed and no fear of heights, and went on to become a pilot after enlisting.
“I couldn’t believe the power of the Hurricane. From the 400 horsepower of a Harvard to 1,100-plus horsepower in a Hurricane, well…they were red hot. Powerful, but they were the most relaxing airplane I ever flew.”
Thomas was discharged in 1946, and now lives in Barrie, Ont.
This letter from a Canadian soldier explains the sacrifice of veterans everywhere.