HAPPY NEW YEAR!  NEW YEAR ~ NEW BOOKS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! NEW YEAR ~ NEW BOOKS!

Happy New Year!  Our Museum Library is celebrating the arrival of two new books.  They are authored by Anne Gafiuk. We already had one of her works, Wings Over High River, Conversations with A. Gordon Jones, the Biography of a BCATP Pilot Instructor.  “Gordon Jones trained and later became an instructor as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at High River, Alberta during WWII.”             One of the new arrivals is Quietus: Last Flight, Accident Proneness in WWII, Wartime Aviation Stories on the Canadian Home Front.  ” In 1948, Hugh Burns Hay, a decorated Second World War navigator, returned to university to finish his medical degree.  As part of his studies, he requested sixteen pilots’ files from the RCAF in an effort to identify ‘accident proneness’.”  The book “… offers a unique insight into war on the Home Front in Canada, as well as a glimpse into post-war aviation research.”         The second is titled She Made Them Family: A Scrapbook from the Prairies.  It’s a collection of ” letters, photos, anecdotes, magazine and newspaper clippings from The Second World War compiled by Mrs. Alice Spackman…”      ...

RECIPES FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER, STATION CLARESHOLM ~ 1941 – 1942

  You might think your preparations for Christmas dinner are substantial, but can you imagine planning and cooking for the masses on an Air Force Base?  Have a look at Christmas in Claresholm, 1941 and 1942! Special meals were served for Christmas at Claresholm, Alberta, 1941 and 1942.  The menu for 1941 included: CELERY              OLIVES ….. CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP ….. ROAST TURKEY WITH DRESSING CRANBERRY SAUCE CREAMED POTATOES                 GREEN PEAS ….. CHRISTMAS PUDDING AND BRANDY SAUCE MINCE PIE     The menu for 1942 included:   CELERY              OLIVES ….. CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP ….. ROAST TURKEY WITH DRESSING CRANBERRY JELLY WHIPPED POTATOES        GREEN PEAS     CARROTS ROLLS ….. CHRISTMAS PUDDING AND BRANDY SAUCE MINCE PIE ….. COFFEE ….. CANDY      NUTS        FRUIT CIGARETTES   The Royal Canadian Air Force Recipe Manual includes some of the recipes for the Claresholm Menu, December 25th, 1941 – January 1st, 1942: ** Cream of Tomato Soup Yield: approximately 4 ¾ gallons Size of serving: ¾ cup ( approximately 7 ounces ) “A”:            fat             1 pound 4 ounces flour          1 pound 4 ounces milk           2 gallons salt            4 ounces pepper       1 ½ teaspoons   “B”:            water, boiling          2 gallons salt             1 ounce onions, diced ( ¼ inch ) 1 pound 4 ounces celery, diced ( ¼ inch )         1 pound 4 ounces carrots, diced ( ¼ inch )       2 pounds, 4 ounces   “C”:            canned peas      2 No. 2 cans canned corn         2 No. 2 cans potatoes, cooked, diced ( ¼ inch )  2 pounds Method: Using ingredients listed...

WHO WORKS IN OUR MUSEUM’S LIBRARY?

As with all activities in our Museum, our Library depends on volunteers for its success – for us, the key person is Allison, our Librarian.   Allison was a member of the AFIS staff in the 1990s, then worked at 19 Wing Medical Centre. Since retirement from the Public Service of Canada, she has been a member of the library staff, spearheading the work needed to keep the book and photograph collections, along with the collection records, in excellent order. She is a wealth of knowledge about our collections and helps point all the volunteers, as well as our visitors, in the right direction as they approach her with research questions.  She is always gracious and makes time for all of us.         Dan works with Allison to sort newly purchased and donated books.  He chooses books that will be offered in the Gift Shop.  This process helps the Museum purchase new books to augment our collection.  Dan is also a member of the Photo Process team; he is the energy behind the massive collection of aircraft photos.               Carol is Team Leader for the Photo Process group.  She came to us with an arts and photography background as well as skills with infographics.  She has been instrumental in devising the system we follow with donated photographs.  In addition, she oversees the scanning of our logbooks, and helps work on research projects.             Val is a member of the Photo Process team.  She works with Carol to sort, number, file, and scan donated photos.  She also...
OUR LIBRARY’S CENTREPIECE ~ THE TABLE!

OUR LIBRARY’S CENTREPIECE ~ THE TABLE!

The Library’s centrepiece is the table you see as you enter the room!  “The table is unique in that it was built for the Museum using beams salvaged from the deconstruction of Hangar #1. Larry Toovey kindly donated his time, tools and skill to construct this table to preserve a piece of 19 Wing’s Heritage. The story behind the beams makes the table even more unique. The beams were some of many hundreds used for the construction of hangars across Canada built in support of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The beams were cut in the early 1940s from old-growth Douglas Fir from British Columbia’s forests. The trees that provided the beams for Hangar #1 were at least 150 years old at the time. The Museum is proud to display such a beautiful and unique piece and is very grateful to Larry for building it for us.” (credit David Stinson and Allison Hetman).   Along the way, it gets some special loving care to keep it in good repair:             The table is a gathering place for Museum meetings, volunteer committee meetings, volunteer special events, school presentations, and tour groups. It is the gathering spot for our air cadet groups.  It is the work table for those of us who volunteer in the Library.  It is the work table for those who come to do some research.  It is indeed a special spot!     In my next post, I’ll introduce you to some of the volunteers who work in the...
WELCOME TO OUR MUSEUM LIBRARY!

WELCOME TO OUR MUSEUM LIBRARY!

Have you had the good fortune to spend time in our Museum Library?  It has quite the history: “The Air Force Indoctrination School (AFIS) opened at CFB Comox in 1982 to give CanadianForces (CF) officers and non-commissioned members serving their first tour on an air base a sound introduction to air force operations, history and heritage. Being a school, particularly in the time before the Internet, a library was a ne- cessity to provide students with appropriate reference material. When AFIS moved to Building 11 in 1986, the Library, still small, was located upstairs in the student lounge. The Comox Air Force Museum (CAFM), founded in 1982 as a small collection of artefacts in Building 22, also moved to Building 11 in 1986, developed greatly and was accredited as a CF Museum in September 1987. In October 1994, CAFM acquired a large collection of over 2500 books, thousands of photographs, hundreds of periodicals, dozens of aircraft models and many military artefacts from the estate of the late Geoffrey Rowe of Victoria. This magnificent gift became known as the Geoffrey Rowe Collection – the donation was recognized by the official naming of the room as the Geoffrey Rowe Memorial Library in June 1995. When AFIS closed in 1996, the library material not transferred to Winnipeg, and all of the Geoffrey Rowe Collection, became part of CAFM. The Library moved to its current location on the north side of the ground floor of Building 11 in October 2003 after the Totem Times, the 19 Wing newspaper, moved elsewhere. The Library is the “information arm” of the Museum. The book collection now...

“COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM ~ OUR STORY”

You might remember that our Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler wrote a book chronicling the first 30 years of our Museum’s history.  We quickly sold out and after a number of people requested a copy, we reordered another series.  Of those, we have just ten left! If you’d like a copy, they are available in our Gift Shop for a $30 donation.  We hope you’ll consider purchasing...