Visit Gallery One of our Memorial Unveiling Ceremony
SKIES Magazine has featured a piece on the Memorial
John Chalmers ~ Historian, Canada's Aviation Hall
MP Larry Maguire celebrated
the unveiling of
the RCAF World War II Memorial
in the House of Commons on September
Larry Maguire Facebook page
RCAF WWII BCATP MEMORIAL
Sept 10 Unveiling Photo Galleries
I ~ Part
TO SEPT 10 LAUNCH
August 28, 2014 Updates
GALLERY I and GALLERY
II and GALLERY
Installation of the Memorial Statue and 300'
Landscaping and Laying of Paving Stones
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum boosts Brandon
Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014
“Heritage does not draw visitors to Brandon” to quote one mayoral candidate.
Excuse me sir, but you are absolutely wrong. I would invite you and
anyone else to visit the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum and inspect
our guest book. Our museum attracted 11,662 visitors last year from coast
to coast in Canada, but also from the U.S. and worldwide. Many visit our
site and then find hotel accommodations in Brandon and return the next
Now that the Brandon Municipal Airport has secured WestJet and terminal
improvements, the addition of our one-of-a-kind memorial, not only for
Canada but the world, Brandon has even more reasons for heritage tourism.
Those flying on WestJet are greeted to our community with 300 feet of black
granite etched with 19,256 names, an eight-foot bronze airman, 12,000 square
feet of paving stone, including a 60-foot RCAF wing in full colour, all
highly visible from the air as WestJet approaches Brandon. Keep in mind,
if it was not for the names on the memorial wall and others like those,
there would be no mayoral race but a German dictatorship.
We appreciate what the City of Brandon has done for our museum over
the years. We certainly understand that due to the recent flooding, the
city has not had the funds available for items like paving. I imagine that
the mayor and council were no more proud than I was to have an estimated
2,000 guests driving over a poor gravel road to attend the unveiling of
our RCAF Second World War Memorial.
However, with the possibilities of specific heritage funding, such
as the hotel tax and perhaps a heritage reserve in the future — both would
be most desirable additions to limited heritage funding — the air museum
will continue to attract visitors from around the world for years to come.
Memorial chair and CATPM director
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 17, 2014
I, SHARI DECTER HIRST,
Mayor of the City of Brandon,
in the Province of Manitoba,
DO HEREBY proclaim September
7 - 13, 2014 to be
in the City of Brandon.
RCAF WWII MEMORIAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Witnessing the signing of the Memorial Week Proclamation
by Mayor Shari Decter Hirst
Members in attendance (L-R): Bill Hillman, John McNarry,
Archie Londry (chair),
Stephen Hayter, Angus Sneesby, Kathy Sheppard
Ottawa pledges $25K to RCAF memorial project
Brandon Sun ~ September 9, 2014
Read the full story in our News Section
PHOTO GALERY PART I IN COLLAGE FORMAT
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EVENTS PLANNED FOR OUR
RCAF WWII MEMORIAL UNVEILING
Sept. 10, 2014
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READ THE LATEST MEMORIAL NEWS
IN OUR 2014 SECTION
Museum Memorial Project taking
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum memorial
project committee chair
Archie Londry stands inside the museum on
with one of the black granite panels that
will be inscribed with
the 19,286 names of airmen who died during
the Second World War.
Read Chairman Archie
Londry's Letter to the
Brandon Sun ~ July
Click for larger print
or read in
BANQUET :: CATP MUSEUM CANTEEN :: May 9, 2014
PHOTOS I :: CANDID
Project History ~ Photos ~ Maps ~ Diagrams
THE PROJECT BOOKLET
Concrete was poured on May 30th for the RCAF WWII
Memorial Wall at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
....the unveiling is September 10, 2014.
WATCH OUR RCAF
WWII MEMORIAL VIDEO
We are 1/3 of the way up the thermometer and climbing!
The media has been running many promos announcing the BCATP RCAF
The pages above were featured 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