“NURSE VIOLET”

“NURSE VIOLET”

  In 1995, a woman donated a Queen Alexandra Nursing Sister’s uniform, medical equipment, medals, badges, autograph book, photographs, and a 1930s era obstetrical nursing book.  The donor didn’t have much information, explaining that they were given to her family when she was a child, by a woman guest in their Black Creek home.  the uniform and artifact had been used by the family’s children as costumes.  The donations are now incorporated into our WWI Nursing Sister display.       One of our former volunteers, Corrine, explains the process of updating the display and the discoveries made during that time ~ “The process of updating the display with a new state of the art “personnequin” with realistic features and posable hands, tweaked our curiosity about the items used to dress our nurse.  With the help of Allison Hetman, Mel Birnie, Brian O’Cain, and Robert Lesage, we did some detective work and came up with some basic facts that raise yet more questions.   Informally known as Nurse Violet, the original owner of the uniform and artifact was a woman named Jean McPherson, born in Orangeville, Ontario on July 5th, 1886.  Jean’s records contained no information on her parents, so it proved difficult to find any relatives.  Military documents indicated that she had her medical for the Canadian Medical Service on September 8th, 1916, and her unit at that time was listed as the Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Service (QAIMS).  She sailed from Montreal on the SS Scandinavian on October 12, 1916 but no destination was listed.  Entries in her diary suggest that she was in France in 1916,...
TYKO’S TAKE ~ RCAF AEROBATIC TEAMS

TYKO’S TAKE ~ RCAF AEROBATIC TEAMS

Tyko is back with more information about the RCAF Aerobatic Teams:   Sky Lancers The Sky Lancers were another European-based team. They were based at the 2 (F) Wing, RCAF Station Grostenquin, France and flew the Canadair F-86 Sabre. The team was started in 1955 and performed 20 shows in the 1955 season. Unfortunately, a tragic accident occurred on 2 March 1956 in which 4 of the five pilots were killed in a flight manoeuvre. Consequently the RCAF banned aerial demonstration teams for several years.     Fireballs The Fireballs were a Europe-based RCAF team from 1954 to 1956. The team operated all-red Canadair F-86 Sabres and participated in various shows across Europe. There all-red paint scheme did not last long, as a superior officer decided to take away the scheme due to the fact that people might mistake the team for communists.  ...
COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATES ITS 30th ANNIVERSARY!

COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATES ITS 30th ANNIVERSARY!

Comox Air Force Museum Celebrates its 30th Anniversary On Tuesday 12 September 2017 the Comox Air Force Museum will celebrate the thirty years since our accreditation as a DND museum. An invitation-only ceremony will be held commencing at 2PM in the afternoon (we are very space limited for such events). During the ceremony the new Hallway Display will be officially opened. Furthermore, the newly published book: “Comox Air Force Museum: Our First Thirty Years”  will also be available for the first time. A short reception will be held for our guests....
TYKO’S TAKE ~ RCAF AEROBATIC TEAMS

TYKO’S TAKE ~ RCAF AEROBATIC TEAMS

  Tyko is back, this time with his take on RCAF Aerobatic Teams.  If you’d like to meet Tyko, he volunteers on Thursdays.       Siskins This is the first article in a 10 piece project. This article is about the first RCAF aerobatic team, the Siskins.  They were formed in 1929 in connection with the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the first successful non-stop trans-Atlantic flight accomplished by Alcock and Brown in a twin engine Vickers Vimy,  the team flew Armstrong-Whitworth Siskins IIIA’s, with most performances containing three of the biplanes. The Siskins retired in 1932 due to the Great Depression.     Blue Devils The Blue Devils Aerial Demonstration Team flew the De Havilland Vampire from 1949 to 1951. The unit was the RCAF’s first post war team, and belonged to the RCAF’s first jet fighter squadron, 410 Fighter Squadron.  The Blue Devils team originally consisted of three Vampires but a fourth member was later added to perform a solo act. Thereafter a sixth aircraft was added and the Blue Devils performed all over North America and they became the RCAF’s  official aerial demonstration team. The Blue Devils were disbanded in 1950 and its crew  were posted to different squadrons and the Vampire was retired in favour of the Canadair Sabre. The team did however, reform on 8th August 1951 for air show commitments, the last air show was completed on 19 August 1951. The Blue devils performed 45 shows across the US and Canada.              ...

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