TCS book club visits the RCAF Memorial Museum

Just prior to Remembrance Day, TCS book club members visited the Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial Museum located in Trenton, Ontario, the only such museum devoted to the entire history of the nation's military aviation efforts. The trip was led by librarian Shelagh Straughan, and was intended to complement current book selections the club members are reading.

The museum displays aircraft, artefacts and equipment but, most importantly, tells of the wonderful contributions made by Canadian men and women in military aviation. The exhibits begin with the Canadian involvement in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force in World War I and move through the Canadian Air Force from 1920 to 1924 and then the RCAF from 1924 until the integration of the Canadian Forces in 1968. The history of the ""Air Element"" (which combined with the "land" and "sea" elements to create the Canadian Forces up until 1985) and today's Air Force are also featured through displays.

For the TCS students, a tour highlight included the memorial exhibit displaying a book listing the names of every Canadian who served in war, including the name of a man who happened to be visiting the museum at the same time as the book club members. Students had the rare and fortuitous opportunity to speak with this veteran, and ask him about his experiences as a Halifax flight engineer.