Day 358 of 365

Senator Anne Cools

Senator Anne Cools

Bomber Command played a vital role in the war effort during WWII.
This role has gone largely unacknowledged. Last Saturday and today, I was on hand to view a documentary on the building and unveiling of a memorial to Bomber Command in downtown London, England. Aluminum from a recovered bomber, RCAF Halifax LW682, was used in the construction of the ceiling of that memorial.

On a separate occasion, Senator Anne Cools traveled at her own expense with Bomber Command Museum of Canada contingent to the Virginia War Memorial dedication (on Oct. 22, 2013) of a special stone tablet and plaque dedicated to the 16 Virginians killed-in-action in the RCAF.

The photo in Senator Cools’ hand shows Laurie Hawn MP, Karl Kjarsgaard and Senator Cools just after the dedication – the Canadian representatives at this special ceremony.
This photo which was presented to the Senator as a token of appreciation for her long standing support of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada.

The metal plaques are made of aluminum from RCAF Halifax LW682. An ingot is shown sitting on the stool, bottom left.

More on this story at:
http://www.57rescuecanada.com/
http://www.dunrobincastle.com/

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Day 350 of 365

Bomber Command aviators

Bomber Command aviators & friends

The WWII pilots who flew as part of Bomber Command had a high mortality rate – 1 in 4 survived.

Karl and James, board members of Halifax 57 Rescue Canada (H57RC), have worked for several years to help bring their forgotten story to the public attention. Today, a copy of a remembrance wall was presented to Canada’s Aviation and Space Museum with some Bomber Command vets in attendance. The original is in Nanton, AB.

For more on the work of H57RC:
http://www.57rescuecanada.com/