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I, SHARI DECTER HIRST,
Mayor of the City of Brandon, in the Province of Manitoba,
DO HEREBY proclaim September 7 - 13, 2014 to be
MEMORIAL WEEK
in the City of Brandon.

RCAF WWII MEMORIAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Witnessing the signing of the Memorial Week Proclamation by Mayor Shari Decter Hirst
Members in attendance (L-R): Bill Hillman, John McNarry, Archie Londry (chair),
Stephen Hayter, Angus Sneesby, Kathy Sheppard


RCAF BCATP MEMORIAL

WORK IN PROGRESS
August 28, 2014 Update
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 www.airmuseum.ca/memorial/statue/01.html
PHOTO GALLERY II
Installation of the Memorial Statue and 300' Granite Wall 
Landscaping and Laying of Paving Stones
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PHOTO GALERY PART I IN COLLAGE FORMAT

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EVENTS PLANNED FOR OUR
RCAF WWII MEMORIAL UNVEILING
Sept. 10, 2014
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WORLD WAR II: 75th ANNIVERSARY
Ref: CNN


German troops march through occupied Warsaw, Poland, during World War II, circa 1939.
September 1 marks the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II.
In 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium soon came under German control,
and when France fell less than a year later, Britain was the only nation left in Western Europe to oppose Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. 




A 1939 photo shows German Chancellor Adolf Hitler speaking to Nazi officials. 


In Asia, Japanese troops occupy a strategic point on Chusan Island on July 14,1939, during the Sino-Japanese War.
Japan signed the Tripartite Pact in 1940, formally allying with Germany and Italy,
and by 1942 most of the Asian Pacific Rim had come under its domination.


German soldiers on the Esplanade du Trocadero view the Eiffel Tower in Paris during the German occupation, circa 1940.
In June 1940, German troops marched into Paris, forcing the French government to surrender.


British Hawker Hurricanes fly in formation during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
The planes were a first line of defense against German bombers attacking England.
The battle, fought between July 10 and October 31, 1940, was the first major battle to be won in the air.
The Royal Air Force's victory thwarted Hitler's plans for invading Britain.


Smoke rises behind Tower Bridge during the first mass daylight attack in London on September 7, 1940.
The nightly German air raids over London became known as the Blitz.


Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, left, with Hitler, center, and other leading Nazis, visits Germany during the war.
Italy and Germany formed an alliance before the outbreak of war, but Italy remained a non-belligerent until June 10, 1940,
when it declared war on Britain and France. Fighting spread to Greece and North Africa.


German tanks and infantry attack Soviet positions on the eastern front.
On June 22, 1941, Germany broke its Non-Aggression Pact with the Soviet Union, launching the bloodiest theater of the war.
Though the estimates vary greatly, Russia suffered the most war casualties of any nation in World War II
-- as many as 13.8 million military deaths.
Estimates of civilian deaths from military action, crimes against humanity, starvation and disease are as high as 9 million.


A view of U.S. ships in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941.
The USS Virginia and USS Tennessee are in the foreground.
The attack destroyed more than half the fleet of aircraft and damaged eight battleships.
Japan also attacked Clark and Iba airfields in the Philippines, destroying more than half the U.S. Army's aircraft there.


U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the declaration of war against Japan on December 8, 1941.
After it was signed, the two other Axis powers, Italy and Germany, immediately declared war on the United States.
On December 11, Roosevelt signed the U.S. declarations of war against Germany and Italy.


British prisoners of war leave Hong Kong for a Japanese prison camp in December 1941.


Anti-aircraft fire glows over Algiers during a night raid on November 23, 1942.
In 1942, the Allies stopped the Axis advance in North Africa and the Soviet Union.


Black smoke rises from demolished buildings after Japanese air forces attacked the U.S. Navy base
on Midway Atoll during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.
The four-day battle became a major victory for the U.S. Navy,
which sunk three Japanese aircraft carriers, and it marked a major turning point in the war in the Pacific.


Balloon operators from Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force, or WAAF,
report for inspection in a hangar used to store balloons, at a facility in the UK. During World War II,
women played a significant role in the war effort.
They took jobs in "defense plants and volunteered for war-related organizations,
in addition to managing their households," according to the World War II museum in New Orleans.


British troops land near Algiers during Operation Torch in November 1942.
Operation Torch was the British-American invasion of Vichy-held French North Africa,
and marked the first major action by the Western allies against the German army.


Soviet soldiers advance against the German army during the Battle of Stalingrad.
The battle for the city in on the Volga River (present-day Volgograd) was a major defeat for Germany and a turning point in the war.
They lasted more than five months, ending in February 1943, at the cost of at least 160,000 German soldiers killed or captured.
However, even conservative estimates of Russian casualties are much higher.


German prisoners captured at the beachhead of Anzio leave a landing craft on their way to a prison camp in 1944.
The amphibious landing and ensuing battle helped Allied forces break a months-long stalemate south of Rome and ultimately defeat the Germans in Italy.


French refugees live in a quarry near Fleury sur Orne.
During the bombing in that area, 20,000 refugees lived in the quarries.


U.S. troops assault Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. D-Day,
in which Allied forces landed on five beaches -- Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold and Sword -- marked the beginning of a Western front in the European Theater.
The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and 150,000 soldiers.
More than 35,000 Allied troops were killed during the Normandy Campaign, which lasted till the end of August 1944.


A crowd gathers to cheer Gen. Charles de Gaulle at the Place de la Concorde on August 26, 1944, a day after the liberation of Paris.
Concluded in the September 2014 Issue


BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN BASES :: 1940-1945

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Aircrew (Other than Pilot0 Training Facilities in the West

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