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

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


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]


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]


  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