SNOWED IN?  CHECK OUT THESE POPULAR POSTS ON OUR WEBSITE!

SNOWED IN? CHECK OUT THESE POPULAR POSTS ON OUR WEBSITE!

Are you snowed in like we are at the Museum?  Why not have a closer look at some of our most popular posts?  Click on the blue print to link up with the posts themselves.  When you discover one that is especially meaningful to you, comment on it, telling us why you like it!  And while you’re here? Like and share this!  And then ? Sign up to have our posts delivered right to your inbox on the day they’re posted! First up, the first in a new series for us, Introducing Al Wilson, Cartoonist.  He worked at the Totem Times for part of his career, and his cartoons are enjoyed by many of our readers!  We publish two of his cartoons each month.       Next, From Our Main Gallery - Japanese Paper Balloon Bombs.  This was written by one of our volunteers, Gary, who works in the Gift Shop on Tuesday mornings.  Gary loves to be at the Museum and is writing a series of “From Our Main Gallery” pieces for us.  Another popular one he wrote is about medals.  We received some good responses to this one as it helped folks identify some medals they had!  Thanks for all your work, Gary!     Our readers love to learn about what’s going on in the Heritage Air Park and the work our volunteers are doing in Hangar 268, located there.  The progress made on the Dakota Maintenance was a hit!  And Keith did an amazing job organizing the aircraft technical maintenance manuals, work appreciated by base personnel as well.           The...
NOW IN OUR LIBRARY ~ ESCAPE AND EVASION ~ THREE STORIES OF COURAGE

NOW IN OUR LIBRARY ~ ESCAPE AND EVASION ~ THREE STORIES OF COURAGE

Most people are aware POWs on both sides will try to escape and return to their own lines. When one is taken prisoner, all you need to give the enemy is your name, rank and serial number.  On both sides interrogators try every trick to learn more and an unfortunate slip can give the enemy a lot of information. A prisoner will try to escape but even if he is not successful, the opposing side must divert many resources in an attempt to recapture the escapee.  One should never cooperate with the enemy unless the end result is to your advantage and not to theirs. During WWI and WWII, when a person escaped in an enemy country, it helped if you could blend in with the local population, speak the language, and dress like the locals.  Having forged papers was an asset as well.  In an occupied country, an escapee could often rely on the local population for food and shelter, and many were soon linked up with an escape route.  Many local people were very short of food but did what they could to help. During those times, the RCAF was not a professional force; most of its people were civilians who enlisted and many men (and women) came from a large cross section of trades and professions.  When these men were put together in a prison camp, their combined skills could produce almost anything. Over the years, people have made good their escape.  I’ve selected a few examples to show you what they achieved.   W/C T.D. CALNAN ~ There is an old saying, “If you do not...

AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ FEBRUARY EDITION

As mentioned previously, most of Al Wilson‘s cartoons seem to be of 19 Wing Comox and relate to specific happenings from about 1958 - 1974.  We hope you continue to enjoy this series, and would love to hear from you if you can identify any of the stories behind each cartoon! Enjoy your February Edition!    ...
COMOX HERITAGE AIRCRAFT & VEHICLE TECHNICAL LIBRARY HAS A NEW HOME!

COMOX HERITAGE AIRCRAFT & VEHICLE TECHNICAL LIBRARY HAS A NEW HOME!

Comox Heritage Aircraft and Vehicle  Technical Library has a New Home:  After years of having our technical manuals for both our aircraft and ground vehicles, stored in boxes, filing cabinets, sea containers and lockers, they have finally found a new home. The team has taken over part of the upstairs storage area in building 268.  The storage area was empty of unused items and cleaned up. The team tracked down all the manuals and got them sorted, labeled and put on shelving. With the manuals all in one place, the team can now use them to repair the aircraft and ground vehicles and procure the parts needed for repairs. To help the team we have colour coded the manuals a different colours for each aircraft and vehicle. This will also assist in keeping the books in order as it will be easier for the team to return them to there proper place and order. One other advantage of our new library for the team and personnel at the main library will be able to find the info on our aircraft and vehicles for people who are researching and writing articles.  A number of people have asked for info and diagrams, which we can now provide much easier when they are doing their research. The difficult part on working on old aircraft and vehicles is that often they were never worked on by our volunteers, either due to the age of the displayed item or the luck of the draw in military postings that decide what you work on over a career.  What gives us the ability to overcome the...

AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ JANUARY EDITION

As mentioned previously, most of Al Wilson‘s cartoons seem to be of 19 Wing Comox and relate to specific happenings from about 1958 - 1974.  We hope you continue to enjoy this series, and would love to hear from you if you can identify any of the stories behind each cartoon!    ...

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