2017 “SPIRIT OF THE VOLUNTEER AWARD” ANNOUNCED!

2017 “SPIRIT OF THE VOLUNTEER AWARD” ANNOUNCED!

At the final volunteer gathering of 2017, our Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler introduced the year’s Spirit of the Volunteer Award: “Each year the Comox Valley Air Force Museum Association recognizes a volunteer that has “best exemplified the spirit of the volunteer. What exactly is the spirit of the volunteer?  It is not a numerical or arithmetic total of days worked, although all winners have been hard workers.  Reliable, punctual and dedicated. If you say you will do it, it’s done, and if you can’t do it, we get told in time to react positively.  Willing to pitch in wherever needed.  Show imagination and initiative.  Thrives on team work.  Cares about the quality of our visitors museum experience.  Puts the Museum in the appropriate priority. This year the winner is David Wilson. Everyone here knows he was totally involved in reorganizing the B268 workshop, designing and leading the Hallway Project, getting the Main Gallery ready for the Don Smith Upgrades, designing and leading Gift Shop renovation, which is still underway. More importantly, however, has been how he conducts himself as a member of our Museum family. When we learned Irv Fraser was very sick last winter I approached David and asked if he wanted to take over as the Museum Carpenter. He was eager to do so, but was very sensitive and respectful about Irv`s place in our family, and would not take any action that might have hurt Irv`s feelings. The Association gives a Lifetime Membership to the winner, and as this is the first time a husband and wife team have won, for Val won...
CANADIAN WWI VICTORIA CROSS ON SALE A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS AWARDED

CANADIAN WWI VICTORIA CROSS ON SALE A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS AWARDED

A CANADIAN WWI VICTORIA CROSS ON SALE A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS AWARDED.  IT WAS SUCCESSFULLY PURCHASED BY THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM FOR $350,000.  THE MEDALS WERE AWARDED TO COLIN FRASER BARRON. The Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium in November 1917… where more than 500,000 people including 15,000 Canadians, were either killed or seriously wounded during the prolonged fight, as weeks of rain and shell fire churned the battlefield into a sea of mud and blood… Yet amid the horrors that enveloped a small part of Belgium in the summer and fall of 1917, nine Canadians would be awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Empire’s highest medal for extreme bravery. Now, in December 2017, one of those medals, awarded to 24 year old Cpl. Colin Barron for his actions 100 years ago, was to be auctioned in London on December 5th. What is fascinating about Barron is not just the caliber of the citation, but one might even call it a suicidal mission to do what he did, according to David Erskine -  Hill, an historian. “He strikes me as a soldiers’ soldier. He is out there to help his comrades , and whilst he takes lives, the enemy, he also saves many, his comrades.” On November 6th, 1917, a cold drizzle was falling on the muddy, shell torn and blood soaked fields surrounding the Belgian village and ridge bearing the Passchendaele name.  The men of the Canadian Corps, clerks, farmers, miners, lumberjacks, shopkeepers, and in Barron’s case, a railway worker, had been fighting in the quagmire of mud for just over two weeks, without water and even less food....

WE’RE BACK!

Following a holiday break, an addition to our Main Gallery, and a Gift Shop Renovation, the Comox Air Force Museum is open to the public again!  We invite you to come in to meet us and to have a good visit!  We’re open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00...
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…”      ...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ DECEMBER

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue. Both poems might remind us of winter… the end of a year… the end of a life… This month, one of the poems was penned by a special lady, Audrey Grealy.        ...