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The media has been running many promos announcing the BCATP RCAF
This one was featured this month in the agricultural magazine: Simmental
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A tribute to the fallen
SOD TURNING FOR THE
RCAF WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL,
THE ONLY MEMORIAL OF ITS KIND IN CANADA.
WHAT: Sod turning of the Memorial Project Committee of the Commonwealth
Air Training Plan Museum to create a permanent public tribute 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.
WHERE: BRANDON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING
WHEN: June 14th, 3:30pm
WHO: Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Memorial Project
DETAILS: In 2010, the Memorial Project Committee of the Commonwealth
Air Training Plan Museum began an ambitious project to create a permanent
public tribute 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. The RCAF WWII Memorial, to be located on the grounds of the Commonwealth
Air Training Plan Museum at Brandon, Manitoba, will also pay tribute to
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.
The RCAF WWII Memorial will be impressive in both size and scope — a
black granite wall approximately 300 feet in length containing the names
of over 19,000 fatalities, with a larger-than-life bronze statue representing
the fallen. It will serve as lasting recognition of the ultimate sacrifice
for the war effort.
The Memorial is estimated to cost in excess of one million dollars.
With the support of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments,
the Memorial will become a reality.
The public unveiling of the RCAF WWII Memorial is tentatively scheduled
for August 2014, in conjunction with events to mark the 75th anniversary
of the start of WWII.
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is Canada’s only museum
dedicated solely to preserving the history of those who trained and fought
for the British Commonwealth during WWII. The Commonwealth Air Training
Plan Museum is proud to be one of the six Manitoba Signature Museums, a
Manitoba Star Attraction and a National Historic Site.
For more information, please contact:
Commonwealth Air training Plan Museum
Memorial Project Chair
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
THEY GREW NOT OLD
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.
Maquette (scale model) of the bronze sculpture for
THEY GREW NOT OLD
During the Second World War thousands of young Canadian men and women,
as well as some from other countries, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air
Force. By the end of WWII the R.C.A.F. was the fourth largest air
force in the world. Canadians also joined the Royal Air Force,
Naval Fleet Air Arm and Ferry Command. Between September 1939
and August 1945, 18,039 died serving these British Commonwealth forces.
Members of the British Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and
the Royal New Zealand Air Force came to Canada to further their training,
of whom 1146 lost their lives in or near Canada.
The 300 foot airfoil-shaped granite wall, watched over by a bronze airman,
has been erected on consecrated ground. The names and ages
of these young men and women have been etched on this wall as a permanent
tribute to the ultimate sacrifice they made for our freedom.
For us, they grew not old
Memorial Committee Members
Photo by Lyle Gawletz
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.
Over 18,000 Names Compiled by Harry Hayward
in PDF Format
| B | C
| D | E
| F | G
| H | I
| J | K
| L | M
| N | O
| P | Q
| R | S
| T | U
| V | W
| X | Y
| RAAF |
DON AND SHIRLEY BEGG
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
JUNE 2012 NEWS UPDATE FROM THE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
The pace has picked up for the Memorial Committee has picked
as Reg Atikinson has joined the team as Fundraising Chair. Leech Printing
has assisted in producing a brochure, logo and letterhead.
The commission of the statute has been awarded to Don
and Shirley Begg of Studio West. The committee was most impressed
with their references and their attention to detail. They visited
the site and spent many hours with Archie Londry and John McNarry concerning
to attitude of the figure. They will be producing a 12 inch maquette for
our approval. More information about Studio West Ltd. Can be found
on our website.
The Committee is currently working on the consecration of the ground
for the Memorial which requires engineering, surveying and architectural
Rapid City Memorial, who was awarded the contract for the engraving
of the granite, are working with Harry Hayward to proof the names.
For more information contact:
Editor and Webmaster: William G. Hillman