Majors Wally Sweetman and Bob Henderson: “Shining examples of strength and courage”


Members of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron recently paid tribute to a fellow aviator who died in an accident two and a half decades ago.

The squadron is part of 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, but as the West Coast operational CH-148 Cyclone squadron, 443 Squadron’s home base is Patricia Bay, British Columbia.

While carrying out a mountain flying training exercise in April 2019, the 443 group flew their CH-148 Cyclone helicopter to a mountain saddle located southwest of Keremeos, British Columbia, at an altitude of 7,400 feet (2,256 metres). Their destination was a place known as “Wally’s Saddle”, named after Major Wally Sweetman, a CH-124 Sea King helicopter pilot and 443 Squadron member whose sacrifice and heroism 25 years ago will not be forgotten. Read the rest of the article . . .