As you the displays of aircraft in the hangar, please turn left and go upstairs. At the foot of the stairs you will see two wall mounted displays. The first one shows all the various theatres of operations stars and the explanation contained within the display is quite easily understood. The other display is a repeat of previous information except the cap badges and pilot wings of Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Royal Air Force are shown here.
DISPLAY NO. 10:
AIR VICE MARSHALL UNIFORMS
At the top of the stairs display number 10 shows a couple of Air Vice Marshals’ uniforms. One of these uniforms is that of AVM Howsam, who was responsible for setting up the Northwest Staging Route. This was the air route that connected the northern United States with Alaska which provided the airfields and support for the United States aircraft being flown across Canada to Alaska for delivery to the Russians.
The other is a uniform of a former Brandonite, AVM Ball. He was the Deputy Director of Air Training Operations across Canada. To your right is a framed painting of AVM Collard who was responsible for construction of all of the airfields across Canada.
DISPLAY NO. 11Moving further along this same wall, you will come to display number 11 which shows a few of the items which were available in case of an emergency. Many of the bomber operations fields had a Loftsman. He was responsible for the care, feeding and training of the homing pigeons. A pigeon was carried on the aircraft during bombing missions. If the aircraft was shot down and a survivor was able he would attach a message to the pigeon’s leg indicating their location and send it off home. Beside this case is a Bomb Winch, and some interesting displays on the wall. Please read the explanations of the display containing the samurai sword, and the one labeled “When Japan Attacked Canada”. You will also notice a raised bench area which has a bomb rack and a twenty-millimeter canon setting on it.
EMERGENCY ITEMS ...AND MORE
DISPLAY NO. 12:Going past this area and around a half wall is display number 12. There are two WD uniforms on mannequins, as well as a nursing sister’s uniform. At the far right of the case, a uniform that was worn by the civilian staff of the training schools. Most of the Elementary Flying Training Schools and Air Observer Schools were operated by civilians and a uniform was designed and issued to those civilians. This uniform is of the Empire Air Training. This wasthe name of the training program before it became the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
UNIFORMS: WD & EMPIRE AIR TRAINING CIVILIAN
The next display cases are all along the windows which over look the aircraft display.
DISPLAY NO. 13:Number 13 contains a number of souvenir items which were the type that you would send home to your mother, wife or girlfriend.
SOUVENIR ITEMS TO SEND BACK HOME
William G. Hillman
BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
Photos by Bill Hillman ~ Copyrighted 1999/2010