TWELVE PHOTOS IN THIS SECTION BY LARRY VIPOND
Larry Vipond served in the Air Branch from October
1945 until December 1957, most of that time at HMCS Shearwater, and onboard
HMCS Magnificent, HMCS Labrador and a
few weeks onboard HMCS Buckingham. He left the RCN with the rank of P1PC3, then worked for
Sikorsky Helicopters for two years. He then went to business school in New Haven, CT, and worked for a Connecticut
bank for 27 years, retiring on Jan. 1, 1990.
Section revised April 30, 2017.
Servicing Crew, 803 Squadron, 1948-49.
Photo taken at HMS Eglinton in N. Ireland. These men,
ex-HMCS Warrior, were awaiting
completion of the new HMCS Magnificent and delivery of her aircraft.
A link is provided to an enlarged version. Only Larry Vipond is identified.
Servicing Crew, 825 Squadron, 1948-49.
Taken at HMS Eglinton, probably the same time as the photo to the left.
A link is provided to an enlarged version. Nobody is identified.
HMCS Magnificent, 803 Sqdrn. Flight Deck Crew.
Photo taken in 1948. Only Larry Vipond is identified.
HMCS Magnificent, "Wave Off".
Two photos of an aircraft as it aborts its landing and ends up in the ocean.
Maintenance Crew at RCNAS Dartmouth, 1948.
Squadron 743. Only Larry Vipond is identified.
HMCS Shearwater, HU 21 Helicopter Sqdn.
Photo taken mid-1950's. Only Larry Vipond is identified.
Avenger Over HMCS Magnificent, 1953/54.
A Grumman Avenger of 881 Squadron flying above HMCS Magnificent.
Sea Fury Aircraft over Halifax, 1954. A flight of 803 Squadron's Sea Fury aircraft.
Rescue of "Kismet II", 1955.
Two photos showing the helicopter crew being congratulated
for their rescue of the crew of the Liberian freighter "Kismet II", November, 1955. Surnames:
Beeman, Fink, King, Smith, Vipond.
Larry Vipond, 1955. In uniform as a P1PC3.