Bill Hillman's Monthly Military Tribute
2016.09 Edition
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 Canadian War Museum

Have you ever heard of the poem “High Flight? (see below for the text)

On this day in 1941, Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr. started the poem that has become both an aviator's anthem and a frequent epitaph used by fliers, astronauts and Presidents alike.

Magee was inspired to write “High Flight” while on a high altitude (30,000 feet) test flight in a new Spitfire Mk V.

A charcoal sketch for a posthumous portrait of John Gillespie Magee Jr. by artist Jere R. Wickwire was donated to the Canadian War Museum in 2012 by the family.

Magee was killed in December, 1941, when his Spitfire collided with another plane over England. He was 19 years old. The portrait was completed in 1943 and hung in the Magee family home in Washington D.C.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air,

Up, up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Sketch of John Magee Jr by Jere Wickwire
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A Terrifying Beauty –
the Art of Piotr Forkasiewicz
Visit the Vintage Wings feature HERE
To read descriptive text and see much more art including remarkable close-up images.

A Terrifying Beauty

Incoming Threat


Final Route

Evening Return

Lancaster and Mosquito Together


Wild Cargo and Mosquito KA114

Halifax Pilot Showing Off In 1942

From our XII Manitoba Dragoons Site

Welcome to the Internet home of the
XII Manitoba Dragoons
26 Field Regiment

Then and Now: Life in the Regiment 
Brandon, MB – “Then and Now: Life in the Regiment”, a documentary film produced by Street Media Inc. in conjunction with the XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum for MTS TV ‘Stories From Home’, will be premiering at The Evans Theatre on November 11th at 2PM. 

Hosted by documentary filmmaker, public historian and cinematographer, Graham Street, this documentary follows in the footsteps of the XII Manitoba Dragoons as they trained in Manitoba and then when overseas to fight for their country in World War 2.  Using film footage that the regiment gathered during the conflict, Graham pieces together the regiments journey capturing the ‘Now’ footage and comparing it to what the regiment saw ‘Then’. 

‘It was a highly educational and fulfilling experience to work with the XII Manitoba Dragoons museum on this project’ says Street.  ‘with the support for local story telling and independent production provided by MTS TV Stories From Home, we were able to literally follow in the footsteps of the XII Manitoba Dragoons during World War Two, starting right here in Brandon and then over to the United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland and Germany.’  Local filmmakers Shaun Cameron and Nate Bower were two of many industry professionals to work on this project with Street. 

Quote From The XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum.

The documentary that Mr. Street has produced is a must see for anyone who is has a relative who served in the Canadian Army in WW Two.  The integration of the original film and the “Then and Now” footage is seamless and helps explain the original film.  I would recommend seeing this film to everyone.  My congratulation to Graham on producing such a moving documentary.  My thanks to the Museum Volunteers for their help with this project.
Edd. Mc Arthur, CD
26th Field Regiment RCA/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum
"Then and Now: Life in the Regiment" will premiere at The Evans Theatre located on the campus of Brandon University on November 11th at 2PM.  Admission is free, however cash donations will be accepted for the support of the XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum.  "Then and Now: Life in the Regiment" will be available to watch 24 hours a day 7 days a week following the premiere on MTS TV ‘Stories Form Home’ video-on-demand of service. 

For more information on the premiere, please contact: 

Graham Street 
Street Media Inc. 
P: 204 720 3332 

Then and Now: Life in the Regiment
View the Trailer HERE
This documentary soon will be available on the
MTS TV Stories From Home service.
Join Cinematographer and Public Historian, Graham Street, as he follows in
the footsteps of the XII Manitoba Dragoons during World War 2.

The Latest WWI Wall / Cabinet Displays and Brochure
At the XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum

WWI / Great War Brochure

WWI/Great War Displays

The men on the left are some of the 25 veterans from the East Anglia branch
of the Parachute Regimental Association who visited Colchester’s Merville Barracks in Nov 2011
The one on the right is Arnhem 17 September 1944 as British paratroopers
prepare for take off in a Dakota DC-3 aircraft which will drop them in Holland. (Photoshopped)


Previous 2016 Issues:
Vets Home for Xmas Plus The Japan Homefront
Photo Story: WWII Remembered
Canadian Women in WWII
RCAF Flyers wrote Olympic history
Imperial War Museums Memories
Lancaster Cockpit and Crew Stations ~ Pearl Harbor Mastermind
BCATP Bases and Aircraft ~ Battle of Britain ~ War Brides
RCAF and WWII Polish Resistance ~ F/L Donald Hillman ~ WWI Camp Hughes

As You Were . . .

.XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum - Brandon Armoury

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