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Visit Gallery One of our Memorial Unveiling Ceremony Photos
www.airmuseum.ca/memorial/wall/mem01.html

"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."

Read the Proclamation and see the signing
HERE
RCAF BCATP MEMORIAL
Visit Gallery One of our Memorial Unveiling Ceremony Photos
September 10, 2014
www.airmuseum.ca/memorial/wall/mem01.html



COUNTDOWN TO SEPT 10 LAUNCH
September 7, 2014 Update
UPDATE GALLERY III

August 28, 2014 Updates
PHOTO GALLERY I and GALLERY II
 Installation of the Memorial Statue and 300' Granite Wall 
Landscaping and Laying of Paving Stones
PHOTOS IN COLLAGE FORMAT

Click for full-screen collage


Project History ~ Photos ~ Maps ~ Diagrams

READ THE PROJECT BOOKLET
HERE

Located at Brandon Municipal Airport on HW #10, 1.6 km north of the City of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
LATITUDE: N 49 54' 35" | LONGITUDE: W 99 57' 03" | ELEVATION: 13


WATCH OUR RCAF WWII MEMORIAL VIDEO
HERE

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION 2013
Part II of  this month's AS YOU WERE. . . Webzine

CANTINA CANDIDS
ALTERNATE: See the photos in collage format



Click for full-size ad for the Air Show doc
PROMO
See a video of some of the
HIGHLIGHTS HERE

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VISIT THE CATP MUSEUM NEWS PAGES
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MEMORIAL IN THE MEDIA

The media have been running many
promos announcing the
BCATP RCAF Memorial Project. 

Two pages have appeared in
the agricultural magazine:
Simmental Focus
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See more at our Memorial Section


FLYING COMMITTEE REPORT 2013


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Brochure Information on our
RCAF WWII Memorial Project

.Official Sod Turning Ceremony Photos


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DIRECTORY TO OUR MUSEUM FEATURES
 www.airmuseum.ca/contents.html
CONTACT MAGAZINE (PDF)

Only one issue has been authorized for Web release:
Sample Back Issue: November 2012

Visit our monthly online publication
AS YOU WERE . . .
WAR YEARS ECLECTICA 
A Military Nostalgia Webzine
www.airmuseum.ca/web

August: RCAF Memorial News ~ WWII: 75 Anniversary - Pt. I
July 2014: News Military Tribute Sites
June 2014: Memorials ~ Station Mags ~ D-Day
May 2014: BCATP Station Mags ~ Rare Events ~ FA-18 Crash
April 2014: Station Mags: Aer-Log ~ 12 SFTS Brandon plus Vera Lynn
March 2014: Wartime and Misc. Eclectica
February 2014: Images of War
January 2014: BCATP On The Web
December 2013: Part I: B17 Sentimental Journey and WWII Anecdotes
December 2013: Part II: Volunteer Appreciation: Cantina Candids
November 2013: Contact Mag Interview Excerpt
October 2013: CATP Museum Flying Committee Report
September 2013: The Crash of Halifax Bomber JP237
August 2013: Wartime Eclectica Photos
WWII STATION MAGAZINES 
Scores of High Quality Reprints in PDF
2010 SERIES
2009 SERIES
Memorial Project
They Grew Not Old
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, our museum is embarking on a new and exciting venture, "They Grew Not Old." 

To continue the legacy of the Memorial book, They Shall Grow Not Old, we are erecting a permanent and lasting tribute on consecrated land, listing each of the over 19,000 fallen Air Force personnel.

Watch for upcoming information at this site for project details and information on how you can become part of this extraordinary, important and unique venture.

WWII MEMORIAL PROJECT UPDATE

Visit Our Memorial Webpage
Here at the museum, we have formed a Memorial Project committee made up of museum volunteers (more are always welcome!)  Our mandate is to create a permanent public memorial 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.  This shall include the 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.

This tribute will be a black granite wall approximately 300 feet in length containing the names of over 19,000 casualties.  The memorial will also contain a larger than life bronze statue representing the fallen.

Since its inception approximately two years ago, the memorial committee has been hard at work verifying and formatting the names to be engraved, designing the memorial and determining the location.  Engineering is in progress and interested sculptors have been paneled. 

The following feature an artist’s rendering of the memorial and a sample of how the engraved names will appear.

The Memorial project is estimated to cost in excess of one million dollars.  We hope to call on municipal, provincial and federal governments as well as business and private sectors for funding, but we will also be counting on support from all interested individuals. Watch for our promotional and fundraising campaign in the near future. Charitable donation receipts will be issued.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.”

Laurence Binyon 1869-1943

Memorial Committee Members
L-R: Stephen Hayter | Bill Hillman | Judith Grierson | Archie Londry 
| Kathy Sheppard | Pam Stacy | John McNarry | Reg Atkinson
Missing from the photo are Michael Cox and Harry Hayward.

click for larger images

 

.Take a 
Virtual Tour 
of Many of Our Artifacts On Display
Over 200 Photos accompanied with Walking Tour Commentary Text
 www.airmuseum.ca/homebase.html

BCATP Museum Site: WWII Vintage HangarBCATP Museum Site: WWII Vintage Hangar

The CATP Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization founded and operated by volunteers. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the British  Commonwealth Air Training Plan and serves as a unique memorial to those airmen who trained and served, and especially those who died, while serving their country in the air war of 1939-1945. This is the only Museum in the world dedicated solely to this goal and we think it is fitting that it is located in Manitoba where so much of the training was carried out. At the time the Plan was signed in December 1939,  Canada had only 4,000 people in the Royal Canadian Air Force but enrollment reached 250,000 by the end of 1943.

Aircrew personnel from Australia, New Zealand, England and Canada were all trained under The Plan.  Canada was chosen as the training country because of its preferable climate and the fact it was far from the dangers of enemy activity.  The Plan was referred to by Winston Churchill as Canada’s greatest contribution to the allied victory and referred to by President Roosevelt as the “aerodrome of democracy.”


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Membership and Admission Fee changes
approved at the C.A.T.P.M. AGM on 
November 21st 2012, to Start January 1st 2013
1. Increase yearly membership fee to $30:00
2. Establish family memberships – two adults and their children, aged 17 and under, $50:00 
     Children may not attend museum without their parents 
3. Stop selling lifetime memberships.  Current lifetime members would remain as such.
4. Stop transferring lifetime membership to surviving spouse. 
5. Admissions:
  Increase:  adult fee to $7:50
                  family     to $18:00

  Youth – aged 6-17  $4:00  (unchanged)

  Children – under 6  free (unchanged)

  University/College students – with ID - $5:00  (new category)

  WWII veterans – free and a free one year membership

6. Educational group tours (includes scouts, cadets, etc.,) - $3.00 per student.
 Bus driver and one supervisor per ten students free.   Supervisors must participate in the tour.
 Minimum price for tours - $25:00

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General CATP Museum Information

OUR MISSION
To commemorate the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan by
telling its story, preserving its artifacts, and
paying tribute to the thousands of Air Force personnel, 
who gave their lives during WWII.

Summer Hours (May 1-September 30)
10 am to 4 pm ~ Seven Days a Week

Winter Hours (October 1-April 30)
1 pm to 4 pm ~ Seven Days a Week

ADMISSION
Adults: $7.50 ~ Youth 6-17): $4.00
University/College (with ID): $5.00
Family rate: $18.00
Under six years old - free.
WWII Veterans: Free and a free one year membership
$3.00 per student for school groups
 (Bus driver and one supervisor per ten students free.
Supervisors must participate in the tour.)
 Minimum price for tours: $25:00
Yearly membership fee: $30:00

For more information contact:
Stephen Hayter
airmuseum@inetlink.ca
Executive Director
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Telephone (204) 727-2444; fax (204) 725-2334 

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Inc. 
Box 3, Grp. 520, RR #5
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 
R7A 5Y5

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