NOW IN OUR LIBRARY ~ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ~ CELEBRATING WOMEN IN AVIATION

NOW IN OUR LIBRARY ~ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ~ CELEBRATING WOMEN IN AVIATION

Wednesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a wonderful opportunity to honour women in aviation!  We have a collection of books in our Museum’s Library that focus on women; I’d like to share some of them with you.   A History of Women in the Canadian Military ~ The author, Barbara Dundas, wrote this story of women in Canada’s armed forces.  Then Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, celebrated the book, “I am sure that anyone who is interested in the ever-evolving role of women will deeply appreciate this book that chronicles an important part of their full and equal inclusion in our society and our national institutions.” The author begins the story in 1885 during the North-West Rebellion, a time when Canadian women first answered the country’s call to military service.  Though the Minister of Militia and Defence was confident of success, he knew that there would be casualties.  And so he ordered a medical contingent to accompany the expedition.  From the beginning, the Medical Director-General for the operation recognized the need for women nurses.  In addition to their medical duties, the nurses who participated in the North-West campaign were expected to establish recreation areas, make bandages, and distribute blankets, clothing, and other supplies sent by various women’s groups and charities across the country.  Military operations were successfully concluded within a month; the services of the nurses were no longer required.  Five nurses, along with the rest of the medical staff, accompanied the wounded to Winnipeg where their patients received additional medical attention. Throughout the immediate post World War II period that nurses saw the most widespread service....

AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ MARCH EDITION

Most of Al Wilson‘s cartoons seem to be of 19 Wing Comox and relate to specific happenings from about 1958 - 1974.  We’re happy to hear that you’re enjoying this series, and would love to hear from you if you can identify any of the stories behind each cartoon! Enjoy your March Edition!  ...
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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!    ...

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