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The Bomber Command Museum salutes the Royal Canadian Air Force this August with a 75th anniversary commemorative event

Written by  Demi Knight
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The Bomber Command Museum is hosting an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the all Canadian Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Bomber Force.


On the weekend of Aug. 18th the museum is inviting everyone to come out, learn about the air force’s history and role within the war as well as visit the museum and see the Bomber engines in action.
Dave Birrell, director of the museum, says this event aims to show people the importance that the formation of the RCAF has in Canadian history.
“The formation of the 6 Group RCAF was a big step as prior to that all the Canadian men were in the Royal Air Force squadrons and now we have a separate Canadian force. It was a big step in the air force and Canadian history to have these bomber squadrons and 200 airplanes all under Canadian command.”
The rich history the weekend will teach to its visitors will work to describe how the six groups of the Royal Canadian Air Force came together, by providing insight on how in October of 1942 at Allerton Hall, the six-group aligned to take part in a wide variety of operations including dropping 13,630 tons of bombs which are still known to be pivotal actions within the war itself today.
The weekend not only boasts some great learning experiences for the guests, but also a large range of other exciting activities, says Birrell.
“It’s great because we have lots of things going on. We have a brass quintet coming to play. We’re also going to be running the Lancaster engines and Hercules will be running and two or three presentations where people can learn about history.”
Saturday is a day full of action as a pancake breakfast sets the day in motion.
Following that is a presentation being made by Karl Kjarsgaard regarding the Duisberg weekend — the 6 Group’s finest hour as well as appearances from Second World War veterans.
The day will also boast another guest speaker, Lieutenant-Colonel, David Bashow from the Royal Military College, to talk about the significance the RCAF had on the war, before the day comes to a close with a fan favourite of guests being able to watch the Lancaster and Hercules engines run.
“The other exciting thing is the night run where the museum will be open from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Friday night and we’ll have the Lancaster engine night run where we’ll have lighting effects,” says Birrell of the opening night events at the 75th commemoration. 
The event even offers one more exciting opportunity for guests.
The memorial wall at the Bomber Command Museum holds more than 10,000 names of men who served in the war with the RCAF. Fourteen new names that were previously missed will be added. This will take place Aug. 19 with a special guest of the nephew of one of the men’s names being added travelling down from Toronto to help unveil these new additions.
Birrell says all those people wanting to attend the event will have the opportunity to learn something new if they want to, either by looking at the displays within the museum or by hearing the history from the special guests.
Birrell adds since the Bomber engines are always a great draw for the crowds, the museum is excited to bring them out to showcase for the eager audience.
 “The big thrills are the Lancaster taxi run, which involves the airplane moving under its own power. We have a small lot so it can only go 15 feet, but once a year we turn it loose and let it run on its own.”
As with all events hosted by the Bomber Command Museum, entrance is by donation only with no charge and all those who want to come through the town to be a part of the event are welcome.

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