Perhaps the most important role of museums is to aid a nation in the education of its citizens. To this end museums collect and preserve articles pertinent to a nation’s history.

The Comox Valley has been for many years the retirement destination of countless service members who have served in many provinces in Canada as well other countries around the world. Most have lived a working life quite alien to that of those who have been raised locally. It follows that the Comox Air Force Museum would be the recipient of donations from these veterans and their families. It would also follow that their stories would differ from those of the local history portrayed in other local museums.

It is important to convey to the museum visitor as concisely as possible the story you wish to relate. It is from a museum’s collection that the stories stem; and there is no better way to this end than to reinforce the experience with an appropriate artefact.That is what a museum collections team can do; they do this by knowing the artefacts in the collection and where they can be put to best use.

Museums are a great resource staffed by knowledgable volunteers.You may find answers to questions that you didn’t know you had during a museum visit. Mention that you had a grandfather who didn’t come back from a bombing mission during the war and there  is a good chance that a volunteer in the library will come back to you with the information of what really happened on that mission.

Take advantage, they love to help.

Below are a few of our donated artefacts:

 

WW I German Helmet of the pilot of the first Gotha Bomber shot down over the Western Front

 

 

 

 

Medals of an Air Force Flying Officer who served in every combat theatre of WW II

 

 

 

POW Postcard from an Air Force prisoner interned in Stalag Luft III

 

 

Fragment of a shot up wing of a Spitfire flown by a past Commanding Officer of RCAF Comox

 

 

A crucifix made of shrapnel from the Golan Heights given to a Canadian Officer serving in Syria with the United Nations’ forces