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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Joseph Stevenson (1896-1928)

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F. J. Stevenson
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Pilot.

An officer in the air force in the First World War, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Croix de Guerre. During the Russian Civil War after the 1917 Revolution, he trained White Russian pilots in the Crimea to fight the Bolsheviks. At home he became Canada’s leading commercial pilot. In 1927 he flew 30 tonnes of cargo from The Pas to Sherritt-Gordon Mines, proving that heavy and bulky material could be flown into remote areas.

He was a charter member of the Gyro Club of Winnipeg.

He died in a plane crash at The Pas on 5 January 1928 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. Stevenson Field, later the Winnipeg International Airport, now the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, was named after him. He is commemorated by Stevenson Road in Winnipeg.

See also:

Frederick Joseph Stevenson, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

Sources:

“Noted pilot buried in Brookside Cemetery”, Manitoba Free Press, 10 January 1928, page 18.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2012

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