Rapp, Frank J

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F.J. (Frank) Rapp


In the fall of 1936 an extensive search was under way in the Ft. Reliance area, for two lost RCAF fliers. This required extensive communications between Reliance/Edmonton/Ottawa, etc. These were being carried under, under most difficult conditions, by the RCAF personnel who were engaged in the search. They had low-powered, portable equipment and relayed their traffic to Resolution or Rae, whichever of the stations could read them thru the summer static. Frank Rapp (previously Ft. Norman) was the Outpost operator, and I believe it was Frank who suggested that the Outpost Station be moved to Reliance to aid in message handling during the search. This was carried out and was of great benefit to the conduct of the search. As an aside, the lost were found, on the verge of winter, after enduring for 28 days on 2 weeks rations. . Frank Rapp was part of the move to Reliance. Frank set up the equipment at Reliance and remained there for the duration of the search, putting in many long hours at "the key" in handling all of the communications requirements during the search. (Note from Rex Terpening)

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