Comox Air Force Museum

Timeline


  • Christmas Closure
    Date: December 6, 2015 Category: News & Events
    Holiday time at the Comox Air Force Museum means our annual closure. This year we will be closed from December 20 to January 2, 2016. Until then our regular hours apply.  
  • Heritage Stone Dedication Ceremony
    Date: September 9, 2015 Category: Member Info, News & Events
    The Comox Valley Air Force Museum Association  Cordially invites you to the Heritage Stone Dedication Ceremony When:                          Sunday, 20 September 2015 Time:                           2 P.M.   Please be seated by 1:45 Where:                        Protestant Chapel across the road from Heritage Air Park Suggested Dress:      Business Casual Guest of Honour:        Colonel Tom Dunne, Commander 19 Wing Comox, or his delegate The 2015 ceremony will follow the Battle of Britain Parade. The Master of Ceremonies will read out the name on each stone. Reception to follow in the Comox Air Force Museum. RSVP:                         by 14 September 2015 Museum:               (250) 339-8162 E-mail:                         cafm.lib@gmail.com Canada Post:                CVAFMA Building 11, 19 Wing Comox PO Box 1000, Station Main Lazo, BC, V0R 2K0 Please let us know how many people will be with you. Participants are requested to bring an umbrella in case of inclement weather. If you are unable to attend, we will be pleased to send you a photograph of your Heritage Stone.
  • 2017 “SPIRIT OF THE VOLUNTEER AWARD” ANNOUNCED!
    Date: January 16, 2018 Category: Community Outreach, Member Info, News & Events, Posts
    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 Read more...
  • CANADIAN WWI VICTORIA CROSS ON SALE A CENTURY AFTER IT WAS AWARDED
    Date: January 8, 2018 Category: Links, News & Events, Posts
    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, Read more...
  • AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ JANUARY EDITION
    Date: January 5, 2018 Category: Collections, Links, News & Events, Posts
    Many of Al Wilson's cartoons relate to specific happenings from about 1958 - 1974, especially in the Comox area.  We know you're enjoying this popular series, and are happy to share this month's edition with you!             [caption id="attachment_9887" align="aligncenter" width="635"] TALLMAN BATTLES FORCES OF EVIL[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9892" align="aligncenter" width="766"] THINGS ARE CROWDED...[/caption]              
  • WE’RE BACK!
    Date: January 2, 2018 Category: Member Info, News & Events, Posts
    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 p.m.
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! NEW YEAR ~ NEW BOOKS!
    Date: January 1, 2018 Category: Books, Collections, Links, News & Events, Posts
    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
    Date: December 27, 2017 Category: Collections, Links, News & Events, Posts
      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.   [caption id="attachment_9716" align="aligncenter" width="564"] SOUNDS DOWN THE WIND[/caption]         [caption id="attachment_9717" align="aligncenter" width="737"] FOR PHIL[/caption]
  • SEASONS GREETINGS!
    Date: December 25, 2017 Category: Community Outreach, Member Info, News & Events, Posts
      We here at the Comox Air Force Museum wish to thank our friends and supporters for your continued interest in our work as we continually strive to improve the Museum, as we share the history of the RCAF. From all of our staff, we send seasons greetings to the many many followers around the world!
  • THANK YOU!
    Date: December 22, 2017 Category: News & Events
      THANK YOU FOR THE SPECIAL GIFT! Today, we received an email from Carol. She said, "Thank you for all the military information during the year. A lot of research on the part of the Comox Air Force Museum Volunteers. I have learned so much from you this past year. Happy Holidays to all, Carol"     Carol, this is such a gift to all of us here at the Museum! Thank you for looking in on the work we all do; every volunteer here makes valuable contributions to make our Museum such a special place to visit ~ in person and via our website and Facebook Page!
  • THANK YOU!
        THANK YOU FOR THE SPECIAL GIFT! Today, we received an email from Carol. She said, "Thank you for all the military information during the year. A lot of research on the part of the Comox Air Force Museum Volunteers. I have learned so much from you this past year. Happy Holidays to all, Carol"     Carol, this is such a gift to all of us here at the Museum! Thank you for looking in on the work we all do; every volunteer here makes valuable contributions to make our Museum such a special place to visit ~ in person and via our website and Facebook Page!
  • THE PRINCESS MARY CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX
    Date: December 22, 2017 Category: Links, News & Events, Posts
      [caption id="attachment_9844" align="alignleft" width="217"] PRINCESS MARY  [/caption]   The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was a brass or silver tin containing a number of gifts intended to be distributed to all members of the armed forces of the British Empire on Christmas Day 1914, during World War I.             After the outbreak of WWI in August of 1914, the British Expeditionary Force was sent to the Western Front; it was joined by troops from the Empire, with those from India arriving before the end of the year.  In October 1914, George V's daughter, Mary, Princess Royal, who was seventeen at the time, launched an appeal to fund every member of the armed forces so they might receive a Christmas gift.  Just prior to Christmas, ads were placed to encourage donations to the "Soldiers and Sailors Christmas Fund".   [caption id="attachment_9842" align="alignleft" width="848"] GIFT BOX CONTENTS [/caption]       The funding was then used to manufacture small boxes made of silver for officers and brass for all others.  Each box was decorated with an image of Mary along with other military symbols.  The tins were filled with an ounce of tobacco, a packet of cigarettes, a cigarette lighter, along with a Christmas card and photograph from Princess Mary.  Some of the tins contained sweets, chocolates, and lemon drops.     [caption id="attachment_9843" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] GIFT BOX CONTENTS [/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9841" align="aligncenter" width="569"] GIFT BOX CONTENTS [/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9840" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] GIFT Read more...
  • RECIPES FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER, STATION CLARESHOLM ~ 1941 – 1942
    Date: December 20, 2017 Category: Books, Collections, News & Events, Posts
      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     Read more...
  • IT’S CHRISTMAS! WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
    Date: December 18, 2017 Category: Collections, News & Events, Posts
    In just a week it'll be Christmas Day... what's for dinner at your home?  Perhaps roast pork and apple sauce... Might you be serving chippolata sausage?  How about Cream of Oyster Soup or Cream of Pea Soup?  Will you serve creamed cauliflower as one of your vegetables?  If you're serving turkey, perhaps you're including a traditional bread sauce... And following the main course might there be stuffed olives?  Or might there be a platter of cheese, biscuits, celery and fruits? Over time, our service men and women have been treated to some special Christmas meals while away from home.  Have a close look at some of the Christmas menus we have in our archives:   [caption id="attachment_9756" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] NO. 6 O.T.U. COMOX, BC 1945[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9757" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] NO. 6 O.T.U. MENU[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9758" align="aligncenter" width="673"] NO. 13 S.F.T.S. CHRISTMAS MENU COVER, 1944[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9779" align="alignleft" width="843"] MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER S.F.T.S.[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9780" align="aligncenter" width="822"] THE MENU[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9759" align="aligncenter" width="619"] NO. 4 B.R. SQUADRON[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9760" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] THE MENU[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9761" align="aligncenter" width="694"] RCAF STATION, LEEMING, CHRISTMAS 1943[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9762" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] MESSAGE AND MENU[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9763" align="aligncenter" width="845"] RCAF CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DINNER, TRENTON, 1938 - 1939[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9764" align="aligncenter" width="1860"] THE MENU[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9765" align="aligncenter" width="713"] RCAF STATION LINTON-ON-OUSE, YORK, 1944[/caption]   Other special occasions were celebrated Read more...
  • COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM HOLIDAY CLOSURE
    Date: December 14, 2017 Category: Member Info, News & Events, Posts
      Holiday time at the Comox Air Force Museum means our annual closure. This year, our last day of regular hours is December 21st; we will reopen January 2, 2018. Our Gift Shop has lots of items that would make for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer; be sure to come in and check it out!
  • CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM TIMES PAST
    Date: December 10, 2017 Category: Collections, News & Events, Posts
    It's always interesting to look through our Museum's archives... since T'is the Season, I wanted to have a look at our collection of Christmas cards.  The papers vary, the photos vary, the years vary, but the wishes are all the same!  Enjoy a closer look at a few:   [caption id="attachment_9729" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] 425 SQUADRON[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9730" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] CFS HOLBERG[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9731" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] RCAF STATION COMOX, DECEMBER 1944[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9732" align="aligncenter" width="824"] 110 SQUADRON RCAF OVERSEAS, 1940[/caption]                 [caption id="attachment_9734" align="aligncenter" width="1300"] ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT, SOUTH FARNBOROUGH[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_9735" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT, SOUTH FARNBOROUGH,1938[/caption]                 [caption id="attachment_9737" align="aligncenter" width="1523"] CFB NORTH BAY[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9738" align="alignleft" width="300"] UNITED STATES AIR FORCE - CANADIAN FORCES OFFICER EXCHANGE PROGRAM[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9740" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] 410 SQUADRON[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_9742" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] NO. 3 "M" DEPOT, RCAF, EDMONTON, ALBERTA[/caption]   Merry Christmas!                        
  • AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ THE CHRISTMAS EDITION
    Date: December 5, 2017 Category: Collections, Links, News & Events, Posts
    Many of Al Wilson's cartoons relate to specific happenings from about 1958 - 1974, especially in the Comox area.  We know you're enjoying this popular series, and are happy to share this month's edition with you!   Once again, we'd like to give a special shout out to Al and Carol!  We know they check out this monthly series, and we so appreciate their generosity in giving us permission to share the collection with all of you!       This month we offer you three Christmas pieces:            
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