www.airmuseum.ca/memorial





Visit our Photo Galleries of the Memorial Unveiling Ceremony
Part I ~ Part II


SKIES Magazine has featured a piece on the Memorial by
John Chalmers ~ Historian, Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame

at:
http://skiesmag.com/news/article/AnewRCAFmemorialforCanada

MP Larry Maguire celebrated the unveiling of
the RCAF World War II Memorial
in the House of Commons on September 16, 2014

LISTEN
Refs: http://larrymaguire.ca
and
The Larry Maguire Facebook page

RCAF WWII BCATP MEMORIAL PHOTOS

Sept 10 Unveiling Photo Galleries
Part I ~ Part II
COUNTDOWN TO SEPT 10 LAUNCH


August 28, 2014 Updates
PHOTO GALLERY I and GALLERY II and GALLERY III
 Installation of the Memorial Statue and 300' Granite Wall 
Landscaping and Laying of Paving Stones
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Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum boosts Brandon tourism
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 day.

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.

ARCHIE LONDRY
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
MEMORIAL WEEK
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
 http://www.airmuseum.ca/memorial/2014
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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Click on each of the above images for a full-screen view


READ THE LATEST MEMORIAL NEWS
IN OUR 2014 SECTION
www.airmuseum.ca/memorial/2014

Museum Memorial Project taking shape
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum memorial project committee chair
Archie Londry stands inside the museum on Tuesday
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 9, 2014
HERE


Click for larger print
or read in
PDF VERSION
 

MEMORIES BANQUET :: CATP MUSEUM CANTEEN :: May 9, 2014

CANDID PHOTOS I :: CANDID PHOTOS II

Project History ~ Photos ~ Maps ~ Diagrams

READ THE PROJECT BOOKLET
HERE


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
HERE

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We are 1/3 of the way up the thermometer and climbing!
The media has been running many promos announcing the BCATP RCAF Memorial Project.
The pages above were featured in the agricultural magazine: Simmental Focus.



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A tribute to the fallen
MEDIA ADVISORY
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 PLAN MUSEUM
WHEN: June 14th, 3:30pm
WHO: Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Memorial Project Committee
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: 
Stephen Hayter
Executive Director
Commonwealth Air training Plan Museum
(204) 727-2444
airmuseum@inetlink.ca

Archie Londry
Memorial Project Chair
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
(204) 717-1189

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 the Memorial
THEY GREW NOT OLD
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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



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PDF VERSION HERE

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.


MEMORIAL NAMES
Over 18,000 Names Compiled by Harry Hayward in PDF Format

RCAF
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
RAF | RAAF | RNZAF

BRONZES
by
DON AND SHIRLEY BEGG
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
www.airmuseum.ca/begg


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 input.

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:
Stephen Hayter
airmuseum@inetlink.ca
Executive Director

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
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