Fonds F0062 - Bennie Ehnisz fonds

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Bennie Ehnisz fonds

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1 cm of textual records
3 lapel pins
2 hats
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Bennie Emil Ehnisz was a Mount Royal student and RCAF flying instructor during the Second World War.

Ehnisz was born in Burstall, Saskatchewan and attended Mount Royal College in 1938. The Chinook yearbook describes him as “a very amiable lad whose ambition on completing his education is to return to Saskatchewan and rehabilitate the drought area.”

On 11 October 1940, Ehnisz enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Regina. He became an instructor at the #2 Flying Instructors School in Vulcan, Alberta (the school later relocated to Pearce, Alberta). During a training flight with a student, the starboard engine of his aircraft caught fire and he ordered the student to bail out to safety. Ehnisz did not survive the crash as his parachute had malfunctioned. He died eight miles east of Champion, Alberta on February 13, 1943. Ehnisz is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat, Saskatchewan. Ehnisz Island at Kakabigish Lake in northern Saskatchewan is named in his honour.

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Fonds illustrates the military service of Bennie Emil Ehnisz, a former student of Mount Royal College, in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Fonds contains military medals, correspondence, and objects commemorating Ehnisz's military service and death.

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  • English

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The photograph attached to this description is from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial website's project Operation Picture Me.

Canada, Veterans Affairs. “Bennie Emil Ehnisz." The Canadian Virtual War Memorial. Last modified November 5, 2022.

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Also includes 2 hats, 2 insignia, 2 medals, 1 dog tag, 1 Memorial Cross, 1 certificate, 1 letter, 1 pair of gloves, 1 plaque, 1 handkerchief, and 1 button polishing guard.

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Created August 25, 2023 by JG.

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