These pages are dedicated to the Americans who voluntarily joined and honourable served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War. The Nanton Lancaster Society’s Bomber Command Museum of Canada and Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada), 20th Century Aviation Magazine and its subsidiary Military Aviation Magazine remember with gratitude the service of these intrepid men and women. They risked their lives in the defence of Mother England, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, British Commonwealth of nations, and Freedom. Some made the ultimate sacrifice.
Please support the recovery of a RCAF Handley Page Halifax Bomber. (Note to Americans: Many RCAF-Americans served in RCAF Halifax squadrons.) Halifax 57 Rescue is an aircraft recovery group that is planning to recover Canadian RCAF Halifax HR871, with our friends “Havsresan” of Sweden, from the Baltic Sea to restore and display her at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta.
On 8th August 1943 HR 871 landed in the Baltic Sea just off the southern Swedish coast. All 7 crewmen bailed out. The Halifax has rested unknown and unseen for almost 73 years, only recently discovered in only 15 metres (50 feet) of water. Halifax 57 Rescue and Havsresan are pleased to announce after months of negotiations we have official Swedish government permission to salvage this RCAF Halifax bomber.
We are appealing to all Canadians, Americans and all aviation history aficionados to support the recovery of HR871 this summer and bring her back home to Canada. Thanks to our colleagues and allies at “Havresan – Sea Journey” of Lund University of Sweden we can save Halifax HR871, literally from ‘the sands of time’. Support the Recovery of a RCAF Halifax Bomber! Click here to donate.