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This booklet will take you back to the early years of
CFB Baden Soellingen. The material was passed on to us by
Joe Delahaye

Our goal was to keep the material in its original condition, you will find mistakes in spelling and translations. We would like to have asked the editor of this booklet for his permission to reproduce it on the web, but could not get in touch with him; not seeing a copyright notice we decided to include this material on our webpage. We would like to credit and thank F/L Vanhumbeck at this point; should he pass this site we would love hearing from him.


The Booklet's first edition in approx. 1964 was edited and published by F/L Vanhumbeck as a venture of the RC Chapel Holy Name Society. The first 200 copies were sold and the profit made was donated to a worthy cause.
The Second Edition of 2,500 copies was reedited and published by LAC Bourdage. A lot of cooperation was received from many departments of the Air Force and other individuals who contributed their free time.



Table of Contents page

 1 Map of Baden Area
 2 Map Legend
 3 History of 4 Wing
 4 German Words and Meanings
 5 Baden-Baden
 6 Rastatt
 7 Buehl…
 8 Gaggenau
 9 Castles of the Area
10 Places to Eat
11 German Customs
12 Travel
13 Camping
14 Trailering
15 Places to See in the Area…
16 German Wines
17 Items of Interest
18 Conclusion



The Baden web team would like to thank Joe for all the help, images and information he send in for this project.


Joe Delahaye joined the RCAF in 1963 at London Ont, after basic training in
St Jean, Quebec, he spent time in Clinton #1 R&CS learning all about electrons. Unfortunately the DEW line closed at that time and a surplus of Electrical types existed, so he chose to become an Airframe Technician. Hello Borden. Having completed that, he ended up in Cold Lake learning all about the new aircraft; the CF-104 (Starfighter).Having completed that and passed the course, he went directly to Europe, which wasn't heard of in those days. He spent 3 wonderful years in 4 Wing, commencing Jan 1965 and returning home in Jan 1968. In between, " I managed to meet a lovely local fraulein, and got married (it has been 35 years this year)." Returning to Canada he spend 6 years in Winnipeg, before coming to CFB Trenton (now 8 Wing Trenton),to work at various hangars and aircraft for 16 years, and a short stint at NDHQ at the Tutor Cell, and then retiring as a Sergeant in January 1992. Joe now runs his own Computer repair business and in his spare time takes care of the Lion's Den.

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