No Englishmen Need Apply (Col)
No Englishmen Need Apply, 2010 by Gordon Mallett. A detailed study of the career of Major R. W. (Walter) Hale, the Canada Post Office Department’s ‘flying postal inspector’, who helped develop most of the mail routes in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories in the 1930s and early 40s. Colour edition. Spiral Bound, 160 pp.
No Englishmen Need Apply, is a detailed study of the career of Major R. W. (Walter) Hale with the Canada Post Office Department and the events that led to him becoming widely known as the flying postal inspector.
The British émigré’s early life adventures and military service in both World Wars also receive mention. Special attention is paid to the active role he played in the inauguration of air mail service throughout his adopted country’s vast northlands, most particularly the Great Bear Lake region and the “Mackenzie River corridor” (the Athabaska/Slave/Mackenzie waterway linking Fort McMurray and Aklavik).
By the end of his lengthy career District Postal Superintendent Hale had logged more than seven hundred hours in the air, often flying to far-northern outposts in hazardous winter weather. He flew with many of the pioneer aviators including legendary bush pilots W. R. “Wop” May, C. H. “Punch” Dickins and G.W.G. (Grant) McConachie. Their signatures appear alongside his on a number of air mail covers illustrated in the book.