SUMMERSIDE, PEI. – One of Canada’s spies of the Second World War will be honoured during the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) Fly-in event here at the Summerside Airport, Saturday 26 June at 1:45 p.m.
Cliff Stewart, 90, is a veteran who set up communication lines and radio for the spy network in occupied France during the Second World War. He currently resides in PEI.
Vintage Wings of Canada (VWoC) is dedicating their newly restored Westland Lysander to Cliff Stewart. The Lysander was recently refurbished by a team of dedicated maintenance contractors and volunteers during the past several months. Rob Erdos, VWoC test pilot, flew the inaugural flight since being completely restored on 18 June – the first flight in 64 years.
The Lysander, primary designed as an army reconnaissance aircraft, was used to transport many saboteurs, like Cliff Stewart, into occupied territory throughout Europe during the war. With is short take-off and landing (STOL) capability, the Lysander was instrumental in the safe delivery and recovery of these brave men.
Date: 26 June, 2010
Time: 1:45 p.m.
Location: Summerside Airport in Slemon Park in Hangar 3
Note to Editors: Media are invited to attend the dedication and are requested to arrive no later than 1:30 p.m.