“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...
THE EVOLUTION OF OUR NEW DISPLAY AREA

THE EVOLUTION OF OUR NEW DISPLAY AREA

On September 12th, our Museum celebrated its 30th Anniversary, and on that day, unveiled our new hallway display area.   This major addition to our Museum took considerable time to bring to fruition.  It began with a vision of what might be… it began with the Museum’s Director and Programme Manager conferring with volunteers to share ideas… it began with… a hallway filled with storage cabinets… and then with the help of a team of volunteers, bit by bit, it came together…                                  ...
COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATED 30 YEARS!

COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM CELEBRATED 30 YEARS!

On September 12th, our Museum celebrated our 30th Anniversary!  Approximately 100 guests, including retired and serving 19 Wing members, community officials, long standing members of the Museum Association, along with former curators and board members, first gathered in the theatre for speeches and presentations.         Two teams of volunteers were honoured for their work.  First was the group who helped Museum Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler with the publishing of his book Comox Air Force Museum, Our First 30 Years.  Jon Ambler, Carol Popkin, Allison Hetman, and Val Wilson were recipients of the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins.         The second group to be honoured with the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins included the team responsible for bringing a new display space to life.  It includes David Wilson, Mike Forbes, and Irv Fraser.  Irv’s wife, Karen, accepted his award.     Prior to this new display area, the space was a storage hallway; now with the creation of this new hallway display, the Museum is able to rotate displays in order to share some special items from our archives. As part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled this hallway display.     The cake cutting ceremony was done by Nancy Greene and Ted Gibbons.  At the time the Museum opened in 1987, Ted Gibbons was the Base Commander and Nancy was the Museum Curator.  We were happy they could do the honours once again!     Following the festivities, there was plenty of time for the guests to mingle as well as to spend time in the new hallway...
77th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN ~ WHAT WAS IT?

77th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN ~ WHAT WAS IT?

This year marks the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. What exactly was it? The name of the battle was actually coined by Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain at the time. After Germany had overrun France, Churchill said, “The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin.” The Battle of Britain, an important battle in World War II, was a struggle between the German Luftwaffe (commanded by Hermann Goering ) and the British Air Force (headed by Hugh Dowding’s Fighter Command). After Germany and Hitler had conquered most of Europe, including France, the only major country left to fight them was Great Britain. Germany wanted to invade Great Britain, but first they needed to destroy Britain’s Royal Air Force. July 10, 1940, is the day fixed as the beginning of the Battle of Britain. Although there was fierce fighting leading up to that date, “the engagements on that day were of such scope and scale that this was the date chosen for historical purposes. The day was marked by an attack on a British shipping convoy as it entered the Channel near Dover. The attacking force, a large force of Dornier 17 bombers escorted by several fighter squadrons, was opposed by British fighters. As each side was reinforced, a huge dogfight of over 100 airplanes – the largest engagement between two nations up until that time – was joined.” ( Battle of Britain Illustrated )     The battle continued over the next few months. German air strikes did substantial damage to radar sites, but in August, the Luftwaffe abandoned...

HERITAGE STONES DEDICATION CEREMONY

The Comox Valley Air Force Museum Association invites the public to attend the annual Heritage Stones Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, September 17th.   Held in conjunction with 19 Wing Comox as part of the Battle of Britain anniversary, the service will be held at the Protestant Chapel across from the Heritage Air Park.  Please be seated by 1:45...

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