Mapping the Arctic
John Showler earned his flying spurs in 1938 by crashing his newly purchased DH 60 Moth biplane into the ice of Lake Winnipeg.
Badly crippled by this crash, it didn’t stop him from enlisting in the RCAF in September 1939 as a flying instructor with the BCATP, eventually attaining the rank of Wing Commander.
After the war, he was given operational command of Operation Muskox in the Canadian Arctic. In 1957, for his “great contribution toward the Shoran Arctic Programme and the completion of the Geodetic Survey of Canada”, he was awarded the McKee Trans Canada Trophy for outstanding contribution to the advancement of Canadian Aviation.
He retired from the RCAF in 1961 after 22 years of service.