Edmonton aircraft bombing

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Edmonton aircraft bombing
Part of the Opposition to U.S. involvement in Vietnam
LocationEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
DateJanuary 29, 1965
Attack type
Bombing
Shooting
Deaths1
PerpetratorHarry Waldeman Freidrich

On January 29, 1965, a left-wing radical group bombed three American warplanes being retrofitted at an Edmonton airport.

Background[edit]

The American military sent 112 planes to the Edmonton Industrial Airport, where they were to be repaired by Northwest Industries.[1]

Although initial reports pointed out that 15 of the planes had run spy missions over post-Revolution China,[1] the attack was said to be in protest of the Vietnam War.[2] It is believed to have been one of the first attacks ever citing American involvement in Vietnam as its motive.[3]

Attack[edit]

A security guard, Threnton James Richardson, was bound, gagged, and then shot with a rifle, when the perpetrator entered the airport.[2][4][5]

Two F-84 jets were destroyed, and a third heavily damaged by the bombing.[2][6]

Following the attack, an unemployed German immigrant, Harry Waldeman Freidrich Hubach, was arrested by police and charged with the murder of the security guard.[4][7]

Hubach was found guilty and sentenced to hang. But upon appeal and a new trial he was found guilty of non-capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. Released, he turned his life around, married and ran a successful business, finally dying around 2005 in Kingston, Ontario.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Deseret News, "Edmonton, Alta. Page 4", January 2, 1965
  2. ^ a b c Edmonton Disaster Timetable[permanent dead link] City of Edmonton
  3. ^ Ross, Jeffrey Ian. "Violence in Canada", 2004. p. 300
  4. ^ a b Los Angeles Times, 3 US jets dynamited, guard slain in Canada, January 29, 1965.
  5. ^ Maryland Morning Herald, "Guard killed in Canadian sabotage try", January 29, 1965
  6. ^ San Antonio Express, "US Jets Blasted in Canada", January 29, 1965
  7. ^ Press Courier, "US jets blown up, immigrant charged with killing guard", January 29, 1965.
  8. ^ CBC article 2014

Coordinates: 53°34′19″N 113°31′10″W / 53.57194°N 113.51944°W / 53.57194; -113.51944