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AS YOU WERE . . .
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A tribute to the fallen
SOD TURNING FOR THE
RCAF WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL,
THE ONLY MEMORIAL OF ITS KIND IN CANADA.
Sod turning of the Memorial Project Committee of the Commonwealth Air Training
Plan Museum to create a permanent public tribute to all members of the
Royal Canadian Air Force and all Canadians serving in any Commonwealth
air force who lost their lives during World War II.
WHERE: BRANDON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING
WHEN: June 14th, 3:30pm
WHO: Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Memorial Project
DETAILS: In 2010, the Memorial Project Committee of the Commonwealth
Air Training Plan Museum began an ambitious project to create a permanent
public tribute to all members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and all Canadians
serving in any Commonwealth air force who lost their lives during World
War II. The RCAF WWII Memorial, to be located on the grounds of the Commonwealth
Air Training Plan Museum at Brandon, Manitoba, will also pay tribute to
Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air
Force personnel who lost their lives in or near Canada during this period.
The RCAF WWII Memorial will be impressive in both size and scope — a
black granite wall approximately 300 feet in length containing the names
of over 19,000 fatalities, with a larger-than-life bronze statue representing
the fallen. It will serve as lasting recognition of the ultimate sacrifice
for the war effort.
The Memorial is estimated to cost in excess of one million dollars.
With the support of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments,
the Memorial will become a reality.
The public unveiling of the RCAF WWII Memorial is tentatively scheduled
for August 2014, in conjunction with events to mark the 75th anniversary
of the start of WWII.
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is Canada’s only museum
dedicated solely to preserving the history of those who trained and fought
for the British Commonwealth during WWII. The Commonwealth Air Training
Plan Museum is proud to be one of the six Manitoba Signature Museums, a
Manitoba Star Attraction and a National Historic Site.
For more information, please contact:
Commonwealth Air training Plan Museum
Memorial Project Chair
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
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Receives Award from Brandon University
Presented at the May 31, 2013 Convocation
Honouring D-Day. Never forget the sacrifice.
Two Canadian D-Day veterans share their stories
Rare Colour Video of London 1922
In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot
is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the
was put on YouTube as part of the Sundance Film Festival Memorial Day
through from May 22 through June 5, 2013
(UPDATE, ShortsHD is allowing the film to stay on youtube for the moment:)
The Sundance portal is here: http://www.sundance.org/stories/artic
In 1942 numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command
took part in the first of the ‘1000 Bomber’ raids on Nazi Germany.
Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service
during the war,
more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber
June 6, 1944 became D-Day, on which a vast Allied military, air and
landed in Normandy, beginning the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.
The ten-week battle that ensued led to the liberation of Paris,
the whole of France and most of Belgium by the end of September 1944
nd ended with Germany’s surrender in May 1945.
Japan's Secret WWII Weapon: Balloon Bombs
The Japanese harnessed air currents to create the first intercontinental
Balloon bombs launched from Japan were intended for
the United States—many hit their mark.
at National Geographic
||Balloon bombs aimed to be the silent assassins of World War II. Hitching
a ride on a jet stream, these weapons from Japan could float soundlessly
across the Pacific Ocean to their marks in North America.
Still largely unknown, these armaments were a byproduct of an atmospheric
experiment by the Axis power. In the 1940s, the Japanese were mapping out
air currents by launching balloons attached with measuring instruments
from the western side of Japan and picking them up on the eastern side.
The researchers noticed that a strong air current traveled across the
Pacific at about 30,000 feet.
Using that knowledge, in 1944 the Japanese military made what many experts
consider the first intercontinental weapon system: explosive devices attached
to paper balloons that were buoyed across the ocean by a jet stream.
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