The Canadian Contribution
Many other countries which were then part of the British Empire, and which now largely form the British Commonwealth, made great sacrifices fighting with the Allied Forces in the Second World War. Whilst at Pocklington, my father shared many experiences with the Canadian squadrons posted there, and in their tribute I would like to direct you to the following site in which there is a wealth of information and some superb contemporary photographs. Home Page for the Bomber Command Museum of Canada: http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/index.htmlAlthough there is information regarding many different aircraft, the page detailing the Handley Page Halifax can be found at
Some information about the Canadian effort to rescue and restore a Halifax: http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/project_halifax.htmlHalifax 57 Rescue (Canada) - RCAF
- with video footage!
"Three thousand miles across a hunted ocean they came, wearing on the
shoulder of their tunics the treasured name, "Canada," telling the world
their origin. Young men and women they were, some still in their teens,
fashioned by their Maker to love, not to kill, but proud and earnest in
their mission to stand, and if it had to be, to die, for their country
and for freedom.
"One day, when the history of the twentieth century is finally written,
it will be recorded that when human society stood at the crossroads and
civilization itself was under siege, the Royal Canadian Air Force was
there to fill the breach and help give humanity the victory. And all
those who had a part in it will have left to posterity a legacy of
honour, of courage, and of valour that time can never despoil."
Canada's Bomber Command Memorial Wall
Canada's Bomber Command Virtual Memorial Wall
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