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Harold G. Shipp’s “First High Flier!”

Producer: Village of Islington

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Artist: John Kuna, 2008

In May of 1944 an eighteen-year-old Etobicoke High School student named Harold G. Shipp convinced a pilot, who ferried Lancaster bombers from Toronto to England during the war, to fly over the school’s football field and drop cards which could be redeemed for prizes. The stunt was to raise money for bleachers, but it went awry when a wind came up scattering the cards across the Chinese market gardens near Montgomery’s Inn.

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Location: 4994 Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B8, Canada | Get Directions