During the course of the Second World War, thousands of Canadian Women and Men joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. By the end of WWII, these volunteers -- plus existing members and many citizens from the United States of America -- combined to make the R.C.A.F. the fourth largest air force in the world. Canadians also joined the Royal Air Force, the Fleet Air Arm and Ferry Command. Over 18,000 lost their lives between September of 1939 and August of 1945.

Some members of the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Britain’s Royal Air Force came to Canada to further their training. Over 300 lost their lives in or near Canada.

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is erecting a permanent memorial to recognize the sacrifice of all these young women and men. Their names and ages will be etched on a granite wall situated on Museum grounds located at McGill Field in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.


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

click for larger images

Over 18,000 Names Compiled by Harry Hayward in PDF Format
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

For more information contact:
Stephen Hayter
Executive Director

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Welcome Page          |             Contents
Volunteer Editor and Webmaster: William G. Hillman
Copyright 1999-2012