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My name is Harold (Hal) Aage Skaarup, CD2, BFA, MA in War Studies.  Once upon a time, or "back in the day" as my generation likes to say, I served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Canadian Army.  I was fortunate in having a career that gave me  a chance to see some interesting parts of the word while on duty, including Germany, Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colorado, Afghanistan and of course here at home and across Canada.  During those 40 years with the Canadian Forces, I had the privilege of taking part in history making events and having interesting experiences with incredibly talented people from many different countries. As a result, I like to think that I have a bit of insight into some of the military history that Canadian soldiers, sailors, airmen and women have made in the past, are making in the present and will make in the future, both here at home and overseas.  I have written and researched some of our stories and experiences, and if you have similar interests, you will find a good deal of it here, shared from my perspective.

When I retired from the Army in 2011 at CFB Gagetown, now renamed 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, I took an interest in the New Brunswick Military History Museum (NBMHM) on base.  Now settled down at our home in Fredericton, I became a volunteer researcher and tour guide at the museum, and also currently serve on the Board of Directors at the Fredericton Region Museum (FRM).  In the process, I have met some wonderful people and heard many of their stories, fielded questions from a a myriad of visitors and continue to learn somethng new about our history every day.  I would like to share some of these stories with you here.  I have collected a fair amount of data that will be of interest to historians and like-minded enthusiasts, but I am not the expert on all things military.  What I do have is a wonderful collection of colleagues who do have some expertise in specific military subjects, and if I can't find an answer to your question, I may know someone I can refer you to who can help.

This initial web page has grown over time, and it tends to crash when it is overloaded with data, so the subject headings found here link to other pages to make it easier to navigate.  I have tried to collect the subject material into Army, Navy and Air Force sections, and if those are your interest, jump to the Index section of this page.  I have a wide variety of general interests as well, and hope you find something that will catch your interest.  Good hunting.

Hal sends

Data current to 3 Oct 2019.

I continue to research and write history, with my most recent book, Canadian War Trophies:

Canadian War Trophies

War Prize Weapons & Equipment in Canada from the Crimean War, the Fenian Raids, the Boer War, the Great War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Yugoslav Wars and Afghanistan.

                                         

Cover: German Second World War FlakPanzer IV Wirbelwind (Whirlwind Self-propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun), on display in Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden, Ontario.  This Canadian War Trophy is one of only two of its kind left in the world (one other is preserved in a military museum in Kiel, Germany).  This one was brought to Canada by Captain Farley Mowat and his Intelligence Collection Team in the summer of 1945.  It is held in trust by the Base Borden Military Museum and is currently undergoing restoration.

Canadian War Trophies - About this book

Canadian War Trophies is an informative and detailed synopsis of the carefully preserved and restored weapons and equipment of former adversaries on display in Canada. The war prize items described include 18 Russian cannon taken during the Crimean War and gifted to Canada by Queen Victoria, captured artillery from the Fenian Raids, the Second Boer War, German small arms, guns and aircraft from the Great War, Axis weapons from the Second World War, including tanks, artillery, aircraft, rockets and submarines and a few of the weapons from the Korean War and those representing the forces of former Warsaw Pact nations of the Cold War, the Yugoslav Wars and Afghanistan.

These War Prizes represent some of the difficulties Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen have had to face in order to protect our nation from the threats posed by numerous adversaries back to the days before Canada’s Confederation.  It has been an honour for those of us who have served in the Canadian Forces, but the task of keeping our nation safe is unlikely to ever be complete.  These weapons of war are preserved to remind us of what may come when opposition to our freedom and way of life stands unopposed.  We must choose to be well prepared to meet potential threats with vigilance, proper training and equipment, sound alliances and an understanding of what the cost may be.

In doing so, it is necessary to remember that the weapons of war are an integral part of what keeps this nation safe, although the examples that have been preserved in Canada to make it so are few and far between.  The descriptions of Canadian war trophies and the places where they can be viewed highlights the importance of the equipment that brought our nation forward at key turning points in history when our own weapons were in use as tools of war at home and overseas.  This guide book will show the interested reader where to find examples of the historical weapons and equipment used by former adversaries that have been preserved in Canada.  These weapons of war should help to serve as a window on how Canada’s military contribution to security in the world has had to evolve in order to meet the difficulties and increasingly dangerous challenges we have had to face both in peace and war.

            The author, shown here with a German Second World War 17-ton 17-cm Kanone 18 (K18) Field Artillery Gun which was transported from Valcartier, Quebec to 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick on 4 December 2012.  This gun was collected in Northwest Europe in 1944 and shipped to the USA.  It came to Canada in March 1945 from Aberdeen, and was tested at Valcartier.  The author, one of the Friends of the New Brunswick Military History Museum, was happy to see here as it arrived at the museum.  

The NBMHM would welcome volunteers interesting in helping with the restoration of this gun.

Shelldrake

Canadian Artillery Museums and Gun Monuments

                                                      

Shelldrake - About this book

The history of those who have served Canada as soldiers, both in peace and war, predates Confederation. One of Canada’s oldest and amongst the most distinguished regimental families is that of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, whose gunners and their guns have been present and active whenever needed. Over the many years since Canadian gunners fired their first shot in defence of the nation, hundreds of thousands of eager and motivated young men and women have served with pride and enthusiasm while wearing the distinctive Royal Canadian Artillery hat badge. To the members of the larger artillery community the gun is the centrepiece of a long and rich cultural tradition bearing the Royal cypher, acting much like the regimental colours of the infantry regiments as the centre piece of pride and devotion. Gunners have been expected - and have - to fight to the death to protect their guns, and when on formal parade treat them with veneration and an intense degree of symbolism that is not readily understood by those who are not members of the artillery family. When guns become old they do not always fade away. In hundreds of cases they are carefully mounted and preserved as displays and memorial symbols, a tangible link to the thousands who fought our wars and paid the ultimate price. This guidebook is an informative and detailed synopsis of some of the carefully preserved and restored field artillery guns currently on display in Canada.

Major Hal Skaarup’s book is reflective of the passion that gunners have for their guns, and his descriptions of the Canadian guns and the places of honour where they can be viewed will highlight for the interested reader that military planners have had to be continuously creative in adapting to the changes necessitated by contemporary warfare, no matter what the era. Examples include guns that predate Confederation to those that saw action as recently as Afghanistan. It is important to recognise and remember the importance of the people and equipment that defended our nation forward and were present at all of the key turning points in history. This guidebook shows where to find examples of the guns that served, and are preserved, in Canada, and may serve as a window into our past while reminding us that there is a price to pay to preserve our society and values, and gunners and their guns have always done their duty.

Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Andrew Leslie, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD.

Museum displays and Artillery monuments change, new ones are created, old guns are moved, refurbished, sold or in some cases disposed of.  If you know of artillery pieces and their locations not listed in Shelldrake please send me an e-mail (hskaarup@rogers.com), to update the list.  Photos of the guns and the weights, makers and serial numbers stamped on them would be a great help in identifying them for other historians tracking down the gun's history. Ubique!

In an effort to help maintain the record of Canada's artillery history and artefacts, my colleagues and I have documented all preserved artillery on display in Canada, with details, photos and research in the links listed here.  If you know of any we may have missed, please let us know and we will update the list.

Canadian Artillery

 (Author Photo)

Fort Rodd Hill, 6-inch BL Mk. VI Gun (No. 841),  Upper Battery, sunrise, 30 Jan 2019.

Artillery (1) British Columbia, Belleville, Chilliwack, Comox, HMCS Quadra, Cranbrook, Esquimalt, Fort Langley, Kamloops, Kaslo, Kelowna, Ladysmith and Maple Ridge

Artillery (1) British Columbia, CFB Esquimalt, and Work Point Barracks

Artillery (1) British Columbia, Colwood, Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site of Canada

Artillery (1) British Columbia, Nanaimo, Naramata, North Saanich, North Vancouver, Rogers Pass, Sidney, Trail, Ucluelet, Valemont, Vernon and White Rock

Artillery (1) British Columbia, New Westminster

Artillery (1) British Columbia, Vancouver

Artillery (1) British Columbia, Victoria, Maritime Museum of BC, 5 (BC) Field Artillery Regiment, and HMCS Malahat

 (Author Photo)

5.5-inch Breechloading Mk. III Gun on a Mk. I Carriage, Veteran’s section, Queen’s Park Cemetery, North on 14th Street, West of Calgary Airport.  Canada made carriages for these guns during the Second World War, and after the war acquired 85 of them for the RCA.  The gun fired a 45.5-kg (100-pound) shell to a range of 14,800 metres (16,200 yards).

Artillery (2) Alberta, Barrhead, Bellevue, Bragg Creek, Brooks, CFB Cold Lake, Didsbury, Fort Macleod, Fort Saskatchewan, Frank, High Prairie, Lougheed and Mannville

Artillery (2) Alberta, Calgary, Naval Museum of Alberta, HMCS Tecumseh

Artillery (2) Alberta, Edmonton

Artillery (2) Alberta, Lethbridge

Artillery (2) Alberta, Peace River, Provost, Redcliffe, Red Deer, Sangudo, Sedgewick, Stavely, Taber, Thorhild, Two Hills, Vauxhall, Vermilion and Wainwright

(Col Larry Wong Photo)

German Great War 15-cm Kanone 16 (15-cm K 16), (Serial Nr. 1034), no data.  This gun is missing its wheel carriage.  It is mounted on a barrel transporter carriage, and located in front of the Sgt Hugh Cairns VC Armoury, Idyllwild Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Artillery (3) Saskatchewan, Battleford, Estevan, Fort Qu'appelle, Indian Head, Kamsack, Lembourg and Meota

Artillery (3) Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Ponteix, Saltcoats, Wynard and Yorkton

Artillery (3) Saskatchewan, Regina

Artillery (3) Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, HMCS Unicorn

 (Clive Prothero-Brooks Photos)

17-cm Kanone 18 (17-cm K 18) in Mörserlafette Field Gun, (Serial Nr. 58).  Brought to Canada in 1945 by Captain Farley M. Mowat.  On display at the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum, CFB Shilo, Manitoba.

Artillery (4) Manitoba, Brandon and Carman

Artillery (4) Manitoba, CFB Shilo, Royal Canadian Artillery Museum

Artillery (4) Manitoba, Churchill, Prince of Wales Fort, National Historic Site of Canada

Artillery (4) Manitoba, Darlingford, Douglas, Neepawa, Pilot Mound, Selkirk, Seven Sisters, Shilo, Upper Fort Garry and York Factory

Artillery (4) Manitoba, Winnipeg, Naval Museum of Manitoba, HMCS Chippawa

 (Canadian Forces Photo)

German Second World War Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind, Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden, Ontario, being removed for restoration.  

Artillery (5) Ontario, Acton, Alexandria, Amherstburg, Arden, Arnprior and Arthur

Artillery (5) Ontario, Barrie, Bath, Beamsville, Belfountain, Belle River, Belleville, Blenheim, Bloomfield, Bracebridge, Brantford, Brockville, Burlington and Burks Falls

Artillery (5) Ontario, Caledonia, Cambridge Galt, Cardinal, Carleton Place, Cayuga, Chapleau, Chatham, Cobalt, Cobourg and Coe Hill

Artillery (5) Ontario, CFB Borden

Artillery (5) Ontario, CFB Petawawa

Artillery (5) Ontario, Colborne, Collingwood, Cookstown and Cornwall

Artillery (5) Ontario, Dundas, Dunnville, Durham, Eganville, Elliot Lake, Emo, Espanola, Essex, Finch, Flesherton, and Fordwich

Artillery (5) Ontario, Fort Erie

Artillery (5) Ontario, Fort George

Artillery (5) Ontario, Gananoque, Georgetown, Georgina, Goderich, Goodenham, Gorrie, Grand Bend and Guelph

Artillery (5) Ontario, Haileybury, Haliburton, Hamilton, HMCS Star, Hannover, Harold, Hariston, Hawkesbury, Holstein and Huntsville

Artillery (5) Ontario, Ingersoll, Innisfil and Iroquois

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kars, Swords and Ploughshares Museum

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kenora, Keswick, Kettleby, Kincardine, Kingsville, and Kitchener

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kingston

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kingston, CFB Kingston

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kingston, Fort Frontenac

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kingston, Fort Henry

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kingston, RMC, Fort Frederick

Artillery (5) Ontario, Kingston, Royal Military College grounds

Artillery (5) Ontario, Lakeview, Lincoln, Lisle, London, Longlac, L'Orignal, Lucan, Lucknow and Lunenburg

Artillery (5) Ontario, Madoc, Manitoulin Island, Mannotick, Massey, Meaford, Merrickville, Midland, Milton, Mississauga, Moose factory, Morrisburg, Mount, Mount Forest and Mountain Grove

Artillery (5) Ontario, New Liskeard, New Lowell, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and Norfolk

Artillery (5) Ontario, Oakland, Omemee, Orangeville, Orillia, Oshawa and Oshweken

Artillery (5) Ontario, Ottawa, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA, and HMCS Carleton

Artillery (5) Ontario, Ottawa, The Canadian War Museum

Artillery (5) Ontario, Owen Sound, Pelham, Pembroke, Penetanguishene, Perth, Petawawa, Peterborough, Petrolia and Picton

Artillery (5) Ontario, Port Colborne, Port Dover, Port Hope and Priceville

Artillery (5) Ontario, Rainy River, Richards Landing, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, Shelburne, Shirley's Bay, Simcoe, Smith Falls, Southampton, St. Catherines and St. Thomas

Artillery (5) Ontario, Stoney Creek, Stratford, Strathroy, Stratton and Sturgeon Falls

Artillery (5) Ontario, Tavistock, Thunder Bay, Tilsonburg, Toledo, Trenton, Uxbridge, Verner and Victoria Harbour

Artillery (5) Ontario, Toronto, HMCS York

Artillery (5) Ontario, Wallaceburg, Wasaga Beach, Waterdown, Waterford, Waterloo, Watson's Corners, Welland, Whitby, Whitney, Wilberforce, Williamstown, Windsor and Wingham

Artillery (5) Ontario, Woodbridge and Woodstock

 (Author Photo)

Armstrong 7-inch 72-cwt (110-pounder) Rifled Breech-Loading Gun, weight 81-1-0 (9,100 lbs), (RGF No. 243) Queen Victoria cypher, broad arrow mark, mounted on a long wood traversing carriage on the ramparts of Fort No. 1 facing East, Lévis, Québec

Artillery (6) Québec City (Part I), Plains of Abraham Battlefield Park

Artillery (6) Québec City (Part II) Rues des Remparts

Artillery (6) Québec City (Part III) Presbytère St-Michel de Sillery, Upper Town Fortifications, Dufferin Terrace, Batterie Royale

Artillery (6) Québec City (Part IV) la Citadelle

Artillery (6) Québec, Amos, Arundel, Baie du Febvre, Baie St Paul, Beloeil, Brossard, Bryson, Buckingham and Bury

Artillery (6) Québec, Cap-aux-Meules, Cap-des-Rosiers, Causapscal, Coteau-du-Lac, Chambly, Chander, Chateauguay, Cloridorme and Cowansville

Artillery (6) Québec, CFB Valcartier, Base de soutien de la 2e Division du Canada Valcartier

Artillery (6) Québec, Deux Montagnes, Eccles Hill, Farnham, Gatineau, Granby, Grosse-île, Île aux Noix, Joliette and Jonquiere

Artillery (6) Québec, Gaspé, Fort Peninsula, Forillon National Park

Artillery (6) Québec, Kahnawake, Kingsey, Labelle, Lac Megantic, Lachute, Laval, Lennoxville, L’Islet-sur-Mer and Longueil

Artillery (6) Québec, Knowlton, Brome County Historical Society Museum

Artillery (6) Québec, Lévis

Artillery (6) Québec, Maple Grove, Montmagny, Mont Saint Hilaire, New Carlisle, New Richmond, Nicolet, Normandin, Pointe-au-Père, Pointe-à-la-Croix, Pointe-à-la-Frégate, Quyon, Rimouski and Rivière du Loup

Artillery (6) Québec, Montréal and Fort de l'Île Sainte-Hélène

Artillery (6) Québec, Montréal, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps Museum

Artillery (6) Québec, Saguenay, Saint Claude, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, Sayabec, Sept-Îles, Shawville, Shawinigan, 62e Régiment d'artillerie, Sherbrooke, Sorel, Sorel-Tracy, Saint-Agathe-des-Monts and Saint-Félicien

Artillery (6) Québec, Saint Hubert, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jérôme, Sainte-Thérèse and Sutton

Artillery (6) Québec, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean

Artillery (6) Québec, Témiscaming, Terrebonne, Trois-Rivières, HMCS Radisson, DRDC Valcartier, Victoriaville, Warwick, Waterloo and Windsor

 (Author Photo)

155-mm M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer, (Reg. No. 77240), 1985, AC: NX, ECC: 119205 HUI C: 1760, SAUI C: 1760, VMO No. DLE21801, VMO.  On display in front of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School.

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, 4th Artillery Regiment (GS)

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, NBMHM

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RRCAS)

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, the Infantry School

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, Allison, Bathurst, Campbellton, Cap Pelé, Caraquet, Centreville and Chipman

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, Aulac, Fort Beausejour

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, Fredericton, Grand Anse, Grand Falls, Hopewell Cape, Kedgwick, Minto, Miramichi, Moncton and New Maryland

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, North Head, Oromocto, Perth-Andover, Rogersville and Rothesay

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, Saint John

Artillery (7) New Brunswick, St. Andrews by-the-sea, St. George, St. Stephen, Sussex and Woodstock

 (Author Photo)

Dundas 32/64-pounder 58-cwt Converted Rifled Muzzleloading Gun, weight 58-2-0 (6,552 lbs), (RGF 401, I, 1854) on left trunnion, (+) on the right trunnion, King George III cypher, 19, broad arrow mark, mounted on a wood naval gun carriage, 210 Water Street at Haviland Street.  No. 1 of 2 guns facing away from the water.

Artillery (8) Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Victoria park, PEIR Armoury, HMCS Queen Charlotte

Artillery (8) Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Victoria Park, Prince Edward Battery

Artillery (8) Prince Edward Island, Kensington, Lennox Island, Miscouche, Montague, Mount Stewart, Souris and Tignish

Artillery (8) Prince Edward Island, Summerside

 Author Photo)

No. 1.  9-inch 12-ton Mk. III Muzzleloading Rifle, weight 12-13-0-0, (28,336 lbs), (RGF No. 374, III, 1869) on left trunnion, (+) on right trunnion, Queen Victoria cypher, mounted on an iron traversing carriage.

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Annapolis Royal

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Arcadia, Arichat, Bear River, Black River, Bridgewater, Chester, Cheticamp and Clarks Harbour

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, CFB Halifax, Naval Museum Admiralty House

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Digby

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Fort Lawrence, Fort Point Lighthouse Park, Green Island, Dartmouth and LaHave

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Halifax

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Halifax, Fort George, the Citadel

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Halifax, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Halifax, Point Pleasant Park

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Halifax, Royal Artillery Park

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Halifax, The Army Museum

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Halifax, York Redoubt

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Liverpool, Louisbourg, New Victoria, Parrsboro, Peggys Cove, Pictou, Port la Tour, River John and Riverport

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Lunenburg

Artillery (9) Nova Scotia, Sambro Island, Shelburne, Sydney, Trenton, Truro, Wallace, Whycocomagh, Windsor, Wolfville and Yarmouth

 (Steve Cooney Photo)

American 155-mm American M2 Gun "Long Tom" on Mk. I Carriage.  This 7-foot 2-inch long Heavy Gun came from Woolwich Artillery Park in the UK.  It is one of only three survivors.  Veterans of the 59th (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment arranged for the Gun to brought to Newfoundland.  The Gun has been restored and repainted under Nelson Sherren`s direction.

Artillery - (10) Newfoundland and Labrador, Argentia, Bay Bulls, Bay Roberts, Bell Island, Bonavista, Botwood and Burgeo

Artillery - (10) Newfoundland and Labrador, Cape Spear, Carbonear, Catalina, Centreville-Wareham-Trinity, Clarenville, Corner Brook, Cupids, Ferryland, Grand Falls-Windsor and Greenspond

Artillery - (10) Newfoundland and Labrador, Happy Valley, Harbour Buffet, Harbour Grace, Hearts Content, Hearts Delight, La Poile, Mount Pearl, Spaniard's Bay, St. Georges, Stephenville Crossing, Tilting, Trepassey and Trinity

Artillery - (10) Newfoundland and Labrador, Placentia

Artillery - (10) Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Johns

 (Al Schoepp Photo)

Cast Iron 12-pounder 6-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Carronade with Blomefield-pattern breeching ring, weight >600lbs.  Pangnirtung, Nunavut.  This Hudson’s Bay Company gun is mounted on a wood naval gun carriage.  It was placed here in the early 1900s and is chained to a rock on the East coast of Baffin Island.  The Carronade is a short smoothbore, cast iron cannon, which was used by the Royal Navy and first produced by the Carron Company, an ironworks in Falkirk, Scotland.  It was used from the 1770s to the 1850s.  Its main function was to serve as a powerful, short-range anti-ship and anti-crew weapon.  While considered very successful early on, Carronades eventually disappeared as rifled naval artillery changed the shape of the shell and led to fewer and fewer close-range engagements. 

Artillery - (11) Yukon Territory, (12) Northwest Territories and (13) Nunavut

Artillery - Canada, 12-pounder 8-cwt QF Naval Landing Guns

Artillery preserved in Canada, Master List (no photos)

 (Author Photo)

Bronze 12-pounder 6-cwt Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight 6-0-17 (689 lbs), 3.75-inch, (Serial No. 278) above the cascabel, “LA RUGISSANT” (the roaring one).  (No. 36) on left trunnion, (P over 671) on right trunnion.  The gun is also marked with the device of King Louis XIV (the “Sun King”), with his motto, NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR (Not unequal to many).  This gun is resting on wood supports South of the former Officer's Quarters of Fort Anne, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

Artillery - Canada, Library and Archives Canada

Artillery - Canada, Congreve Rockets

Artillery - Canada, French Guns

Artillery - Canada, Russian Guns

Artillery - Canada, German First World War Trophies

Artillery - Canada, German Second World War Trophies

As you may have guessed by now, the author has an interest in the origins of the artillery found in Canada.  In an effort to help maintain the record of Canada's artillery history and artefacts, I documented some of the preserved artillery on display in Portugal, Ireland, Mexico, France and parts of the USA here.

Artillery, International

Artillery - Ireland

Artillery - Mexico

Artillery - Portugal (1), Museu Militar de Lisboa (Portuguese Army Military Museum of Lisbon)

Artillery - Portugal (2), Museu Militar de Lisboa (Portuguese Army Military Museum of Lisbon)

Artillery - Portugal (3), Museu Militar de Lisboa (Portuguese Army Military Museum of Lisbon)

Artillery - Portugal (4), Fort do Bom Sucesso, Museu do Combatente, Lisbon

Artillery - Portugal (5), Marine Museum, Lisbon

Artillery - Portugal (6), Tower of Belém, Castelo de São Jorge, Portuguese Army Artillery School, Vendas Novas et al

Ironsides

Canadian Armoured Fighting Vehicle Museums and Monuments

Ironsides - About this book

The author has woven together an informative and detailed synopsis of the carefully preserved and restored armoured fighting vehicles on display in Canada.  He highlights the importance of these upon key turning points in history when these AFVs were in use as tools of war at home and overseas.  We often associate the evolution of military prowess with the advancement of sophisticated technology.  Major Skaarup's descriptions of Canadian armour as it evolved to the level it has today reveals that military planners have had to be continuously creative in adapting to the changes in modern combat.  They had to devise many intricate techniques, tactics and procedures to overcome the insurgents and opposition forces faced in Afghanistan and future overseas missions where Canadian armour will be brought into play.  This guide book will show the interested reader where to find examples of the historical armour preserved in Canada, and perhaps serve as a window on how Canada's military contribution to safety and security in the world has evolved.

Major-General Steven J. Bowes, MSC, MSM, CD.

Museum displays and Armoured Fighting Vehicle monuments change, new ones are created, old tanks are moved, refurbished, sold or in some cases disposed of.  If you know of tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles preserved in Canada and their locations that have not been listed in Ironsides please send me an e-mail (hskaarup@rogers.com), to update the list you will find in the column at right (Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved Canada).  Photos of the tanks and AFVs and the Registration Numbers of the vehicles would be a great help in identifying them and for tracking down their service history for other interested historians.

In an effort to help maintain the record of Canada's artillery history and artefacts, my colleagues and I have documented all preserved tanks armoured fighting vehicles on display in Canada, with details, photos and research posted here.

Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (RCAC)

Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (RCAC)

Tanks and Armured Fighting Vehicles, Canada

Tanks and AFVs (1) British Columbia

Tanks and AFVs (2) Alberta

Tanks and AFVs (3) Saskatchewan

Tanks and AFVs (4) Manitoba

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Angus, Barrie, Belleville, Bowmanville, Cambridge, Cobalt, Heard, Hearst, Iroquois Falls, Kenora, Keswick, Madawaska, Meaford, Mount Forest, Oshawa

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, CFB Borden Military Museum

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, CFB Kingston

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, CFB Petawawa

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Collingwood, Cornwall, Georgetown, Goderich, Haliburton, Hamilton, Hanover

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Kars, Swords and Ploughshares Museum

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, London and the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Oshawa, The Ontario Regiment Museum

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Ottawa, Canadian War Museum Museum

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Ottawa, Canadian War Museum, Captured German Equipment (1939-1945)

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Sarnia, Scarborough, Shirley's Bay, St. Catherines, St. Thomas, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Trenton, Waterloo

Tanks and AFVs (5) Ontario, Toronto

Tanks and AFVs (6) Québec

Tanks and AFVs (7a) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, Armour School

Tanks and AFVs (7b) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, NBMHM

Tanks and AFVs (7c) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, Infantry School

Tanks and AFVs (7d) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, Russian kit

Tanks and AFVs (7e) New Brunswick, Bathurst, Buctouche, Centreville, Grand Anse, Harvey, Moncton, Oromocto, Riverview, Sackville, Sainte-Quentin, Sussex

Tanks and AFVs (8) Prince Edward Island

Tanks and AFVs (9) Nova Scotia

Tanks and AFVs, (10) Newfoundland and Labrador, (11) Northwest Territories, (12) Nunavut, (13) Yukon Territory

Tanks and AFVs, (14) Canada, MASTER LIST (no Photos)

New England Artillery and Armour

Much of our historical armour and artillery has been scrapped - many guns from the First World War and earlier, for practical reasons, were cut up in 1942 to make guns for the Second World War.  Because of this, there are many examples that were in service with the Canadian Army for which none exist in Canada.  I have examined a few overseas and in the USA, and where posssible have tried to photograph and catalogue examples we are missing.  Having worked for NORAD in Colorado Springs for four years (1999-2003) and with present day family members living in Massachusetts, I have covered a number of pieces of artillery and armoured fighting vehicles preserved in the USA, and listed what I have found so far, here.

Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles, USA

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Connecticut (Part I)

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Connecticut (Part II)

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Georgia (Part I)

Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Cordele, Fort Benning, Fort King George, Fort Morris, Fort Stewart, Kennesaw Mountain, Fort McAllister and Fort Screvin

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Georgia (Part II) Savannah

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Georgia (Part III) Fort Pulaski

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Georgia (Part IV) Savannah, Fort James Jackson

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Louisiana (Part I) New Orleans

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Louisiana (Part II) New Orleans, Jackson Barracks Military Museum

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Louisiana (Part III) New Orleans, National Museum of WWII

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Maine (Part I)

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Maine (Part II)

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Massachusetts (Part I)

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Massachusetts (Part II)

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in New Hampshire

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Rhode Island

Artillery and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Texas (Part I) Austin

Artillery, Tanks and AFVs in Texas (Part II) Camp Mabry, Texas Forces Military Museum

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Texas (Part III) Corpus Christi, USS Lexington, and The Alamo, San Antonio

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Texas (Part IV) Fort Hood, 1st Cavalry Museum

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Texas (Part V) Fort Hood, 3rd Cavalry Museum

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Texas (Part VI) Fredericksburg, National Museum of the Pacific War

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Vermont

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Virginia, Yorktown

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, and the

First Special Service Force

Prior to joining 4 CMBG, the author served as the Regimental Intelligence Officer for the Canadian Airborne Regiment, from 1986 to 1989.  The Regiment was at that time part of the First Special Service Force (FSSF) based at CFB Petawawa, Ontario.  During my Airborne service I took part in a 7-month United Nations (UN) deployment to Nicosia, Cyprus from August 1986 to February 1987.  This led to my research on fellow paratroopers who have served the Canadian Forces over the years.

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, 1st Special Service Force and Canadian Airborne Units before 1968

Canadian Airborne Regiment/Régiment aéroporté canadien

Canadian Airborne Regiment, 12-plane mass drop on an exercise over CFB Borden, 1988

Canadian Forces Parachute Team (CFPT), The Sky Hawks

The author served with the Sky Hawks from 1977-1979.

Canadian Forces Parachute Team (CFPT), The Sky Hawks, 1977-1979

Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE)

A very long time ago (22 Feb 1971, to be exact) the author joined the 56th Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers, based at Pleasantville, Newfoundland.  The NBMHM works closely with the staff of the Canadian Military Engineers Museum at 5 CDSB Gagetown, and to honour them and the RCE, here are few pages dedicated to them:

Royal Canadian Engineers, Queen Elizabeth cypher cap badge, ca 1952-1968 (we weren't issued the new ones for some time, so this was the first badge I wore.

Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE)

Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME)

Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME)

Out of Darkness - Light

A History of Canadian Military Intelligence, 

Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4

         

Out of Darkness - Light, A History of Canadian Military Intelligence, Volume 1, Pre-Confederation to 1982.

Out of Darkness - Light, A History of Canadian Military Intelligence, Volume 2, 1983-1997.

Out of Darkness - Light, A History of Canadian Military Intelligence, Volume 3, 1998-2005.

Out of Darkness - Light, A History of Canadian Military Intelligence, Volume 4, 2006 to present (pending)

About these books

Intelligence is a key element of operations, enabling commanders to successfully plan and conduct operations. It enables them to win decisive battles and it helps them to identify and attack high value targets. Intelligence is an important part of every military decision. Military intelligence is the knowledge of a possible or actual enemy or area of operation. It encompasses combat intelligence, strategic intelligence, and counterintelligence, and is essential to the preparation and execution of military policies, plans, and operations.

The objective of military intelligence is to minimize the uncertainties of the affects of enemy, weather and terrain on operations. The decisive factor in warfare has often been the utilization of good intelligence. A glimpse of how this has been done in the Canadian Forces is contained in this reference book on the Intelligence Branch history.

You can find some of the Canadian Intelligence Corps and Intelligence Branch here: 

Canadian Intelligence Corps (C Int C)

Canadian Intelligence Corps (C Int C), History and Insignia

Canadian Provost Corps (C Pro C)

...and on our colleagues in the Military Police:

Canadian Provost Corps (C Pro C)

...including my uncle, Frederick W. Estabrooks, Canadian Provost Corps

...and the military motorcycles they rode during the Second World War:

Canadian Military Motorcycles

Museum displays and historical artifacts take a considerable amount of time to catalogue, document and eventually place on display.  Some examples of the weapons in the NBMHM and the FRM are presented here.

New Brunswick Military History Museum (NBMHM)

Germany, 9-mm Luger P08, Navy, second issue, 26-cm barrel, 1917, on display in the NBMHM.

New Brunswick Military History Museum (NBMHM)  Introduction.

New Brunswick Military History Museum (NBMHM), Handguns

New Brunswick Military History Museum (NBMHM), Rifles, MGs, Mortars and Rocket Launchers

Fredericton Region Museum (FRM)

Fredericton Region Museum (FRM) (Part I) Introduction

Fredericton Region Museum (FRM) (Part II) Handguns

Fredericton Region Museum (FRM) (Part III) Rifles and Shotguns

Fredericton Region Museum (FRM) (Part IV) Machine Guns

Fredericton Region Museum (FRM) (Part V) Swords

 (Author Photo)

This British Infantry Officer's sword in the FRM has Queen Victoria's cypher on the bronze hilt.  It has a sharkskin handle. and a folding guard.  The blade has two etched crowns and etched floral patterns.  It is marked  "C. Webb 23 Old Bond St, London" and has a Star of David on other side at the proved point.

Ticonderoga Soldier

Elijah Estabrooks Journal, 1758-1760

A Massachusetts Provincial Soldier in the French and Indian War

Ticonderoga Soldier - About this book

This is Elijah Estabrook's story. He was a Massachusetts provincial soldier who fought Montcalm at Ticonderoga, a battle in the French and Indian War (1754-1763).  Elijah Estabrooks kept a journal between 1758 and 1760 covering his military service during the French and Indian War, a period that saw Canada ceded to Britain. Ticonderoga Soldier expands on the details of the people and events he mentions in his Journal. He was one of the earliest settlers on the Saint John River, and now lies buried near Jemseg, New Brunswick.  This book is a tribute from one of his many descendants.

Whiz Bangs and Woolly Bears

Walter Ray Estabrooks & The Great War

Whiz-Bangs and Woolly Bears - About this book

Whiz-Bangs and Woolly Bears is a story about a soldier of the Great War and his experiences as an artillery gunner in France. I used to listen carefully to his stories while we worked on his farm in Carleton County, New Brunswick.  He had kept a diary during the war, and I later had a chance to look at it.

The short entries did not begin to describe the horrors of the Western Front in 1917 and 1918.  As I grew older, I began to write him to ask about the details.  He responded to questions about major battles in this example: "Passchendaele was just one glorious mudhole.  We were there 42 days.  Kept 24 men on the guns and lost 42 in the time, an average of one a day."  This is the essence of what "Whiz Bangs and Woolly Bears" is about.  It is a running discourse between a grandfather, Walter Ray Estabrooks and his grandson Harold Skaarup who later served in the Army as well.

Although the story is essentially about Walter Estabrooks and his experiences during the Great War, it is also about the fact that he lived to tell the tale.  So many did not.  

Both of my grandfathers served in the First World War - on opposite sides.

Skaarup, Frederick C. Sergeant (Unteroffizier), Westfälische Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 22 and Reserve Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 45.

New Brunswick Hussar

New Brunswick Hussar - About this book

Corporal Harold Jorgen Skaarup of Carleton County, New Brunswick was a Sherman tank commander in "A" Squadron of the 5th Armoured Regiment, 8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Hussars during the Second World War.  On the morning of the 31st of August 1944, he and his tank crew were fighting the Germans in Italy near a hill known as Point 136.  His squadron had already lost 12 of 19 tanks, ten to German 88-mm anti-tank shells and two to breakdowns.  That morning, Harold's tank was also hit by a shell fired from a German 88-mm anti-tank gun, and Harold was badly injured.  Although he and his tank crew bailed out of the burning Sherman, mortar rounds began to land on them.  Harold was hit again, this time taking shell fragments in his chest.  He was evacuated to a field hospital in the rear area, but died later from his wounds on the 6th of September 1944.  He was 24 years old.  Today he lies buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in Montecchio, Italy.  He never got home to tell his story.  New Brunswick Hussar is a partial chronicle of his service, by his nephew.  We never met, but I do carry his name.

New Brunswick Military Units

New Brunswick Military Units, The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

New Brunswick Military Units, 76th Regiment of Foot (British Army), Garrisoned at Fredericton, 1853-1857

New Brunswick Military Units, The Carleton and York Regiment

New Brunswick Military Units, The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment

New Brunswick Military Units, The New Brunswick Rangers

New Brunswick Military Units, The Royal New Brunswick Regiment

New Brunswick Military Units, The Royal Rifles of Canada (New Brunswick elements)

Medieval Castles

Medieval Castles and Fortresses

I like to explore castles and to paint pictures of a few of the most interesting ones I have found.  It led me to put together a book on sieges.  You can view a few of the castles I have found here.

...and of course in the book:

Siegecraft - No Fortress Impregnable

http://silverhawkauthor.com/siegecraft-no-fortress-impregnable_279.html

Siegecraft - No Fortress Impregnable - About this book

It has been said that the taking of a fortress depends primarily on the making of a good plan to take it, and the proper implementation and application of the resources to make the plan work. Long before a fortress has been besieged and conquered, it has to have been outthought before it can be outfought. This book outlines some of the more successfully thought out sieges, and demonstrates why it is that no fortress is impregnable.
A siege can be described as an assault on an opposing force attempting to defend itself from behind a position of some strength. Whenever the pendulum of technology swings against the "status quo," the defenders of a fortification have usually been compelled to surrender. We must stay ahead of the pendulum, and not be out-thought long before we are out-fought, for, as it will be shown in this book, "no fortress is impregnable."

Sieges (Part 1)

Sieges (Part 2)

Sieges (Part 3)

Sieges (Part 4)

Sieges (Part 5)

Sieges (Part 6)

Sieges (Part 7)

Canadian Warplanes

(Cover: Canadair CL-13 Sabre in Golden Hawks colours, photo courtesy of Peter Handley and Vintage Wings of Canada)

Canadian Warplanes

This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been flown by members of the Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Canadian Forces. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active Canadian squadrons both at home and overseas. 100 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to Canadian service aircraft. For those who like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or on display as gate guardians throughout Canada and overseas. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of Canada's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view Canada's Warplane survivors.

The author has compiled an extensive collection of Canadian Avation photographs to share with the interested historians visiting this site.  I try to use my own photos of each aircraft and you are most welcome to share them.  Many colleagues have shared photos of aircraft I have not seen, and are credited where you see them.  Most of the historic RCAF photos come from the Library and Archives Canada Photo collection and if used, should be credited as listed.

Warplanes Preserved in Canada

In an effort to help maintain the record of Canada's aviation history and artifacts, my colleagues and I are documenting all preserved military aircraft on display in Canada, with details, photos and research in the pages listed at the right.  If you know of any we may have missed, please send me an e-mail with the data.

Aircraft preserved in Canada 1: Warplanes in British Columbia

Aircraft preserved in Canada 1: Warplanes in British Columbia, CFB Comox Air Force Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 1: Warplanes in British Columbia, Langley, Canadian Museum of Flight

Aircraft preserved in Canada 1: Warplanes in British Columbia, Sidney, British Columbia Aviation Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 2: Warplanes in Alberta

Aircraft preserved in Canada 2: Warplanes in Alberta, Calgary, The Hangar Flight Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 2: Warplanes in Alberta, Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Air Force Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 2: Warplanes in Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Aviation Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 2: Warplanes in Alberta, Nanton, National Bomber Command Air Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 2: Warplanes in Alberta, Wetaskiwin, Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 3: Warplanes in Saskatchewan

Aircraft preserved in Canada 4: Warplanes in Manitoba

Aircraft preserved in Canada 4: Warplanes in Manitoba, Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Air Force Heritage Museum and Air Park

Aircraft preserved in Canada 4: Warplanes in Manitoba, Winnipeg, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Base Borden Military Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, National Air Force Museum of Canada

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Mount Hope, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Ottawa, Canada Aviation & Space Museum, Avro to Bristol

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Ottawa, Canada Aviation & Space Museum, Canadair to Fairchild

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Ottawa, Canada Aviation & Space Museum, Fairey to Noorduyn

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Ottawa, Canada Aviation & Space Museum, North American to Zenith

Aircraft preserved in Canada 5: Warplanes in Ontario, Ottawa, Canadian War Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 6: Warplanes in Québec

Aircraft preserved in Canada 6: Warplanes in Québec, Gatineau, Vintage Wings of Canada

Aircraft preserved in Canada 7: Warplanes in New Brunswick

Aircraft preserved in Canada 8: Warplanes in Prince Edward Island

Aircraft preserved in Canada 9: Warplanes in Nova Scotia

Aircraft preserved in Canada 9: Warplanes in Nova Scotia, Greenwood Military Aviation Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 9: Warplanes in Nova Scotia, Halifax, Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada 9: Warplanes in Nova Scotia, Shearwater Aviation Museum

Aircraft preserved in Canada, 10: Warplanes in Newfoundland & Labrador

Aircraft preserved in Canada, 11: Northwest Territories; 12: Nunavut; 13: Yukon Territory

Kite Balloons

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3395330)

Kite balloon behind Canadian lines at Vimy Ridge, France, Dec 1917.

Kite Balloons over Canadians during the First World War

One never knows what will turn up when exploring the Library and Archives Canada files looking for aviation subjects.  This one is about kite balloons used for observation by Canadians on the Western Front during the First World War.

First World War balloon jump illustration...and how it's done now:

Author, balloon jump over CFB Lahr, Germany, 1 July 1991.

Canadian Warplane Photos

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era Fighters, Bombers and Patrol Aircraft

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Armstrong Whitworth Atlas

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Armstrong Whitworth Siskin

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Boeing Aircraft of Canada (Blackburn) Shark

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Bristol F.2B Fighter

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Burgess-Dunne floatplane

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Canadian Car & Foundry (Grumman) Goblin

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Canadian Vickers (Supermarine) Stranraer

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Fairey Swordfish

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Felixstow F.3 Flying Boats

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Fokker D.VII War Prizes

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Handley Page 0/100, 0/400, and V-1500 biplane bombers

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Hawker Tomtit, Fury, Hart, Audax and Hind

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Nieuport 11 Bébé, Nieuport 12 and Nieuport 17 fighters

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, F.E.2b, R.E.8 and S.E.5a fighters

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, S.P.A.D. S.VII Scout

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Sopwith Camel, Dolphin, 1-1/2 Strutter, Pup, Snipe and Triplane

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Supermarine Walrus

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Westland Wapiti

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Aerial Experimental Association (AEA) Silver Dart, June Bug and Baddeck

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Avro biplanes

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Canadian Vickers floatplanes and seaplanes

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Curtiss biplanes

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, de Havilland biplanes

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Fairchild Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Fleet Fawn and Fleet Finch trainers

Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Ford Model 6-AT-AS Trimotor

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War Fighters, Bombers and Patrol Aircraft

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, Avro Anson trainers

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, Avro Lancaster

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-war, Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, Boeing Canada PB2B-1 Catalina and Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso A

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-war, Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, Hawker Hurricane

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, North American B-25 Mitchell

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, North American Harvard

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, North American P-51 Mustang

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, Supermarine Spitfire

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Bristol (Fairchild) Bolingbroke

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Bristol Beaufort and Bristol Beaufighter

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Douglas Boston

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Douglas Digby

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Handley Page Halifax

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Handley Page Hampden

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Hawker Tempest and Hawker Typhoon

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Lockheed Hudson, Lodestar, Vega and Ventura

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Martin Baltimore and Martin Maryland bombers

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Short Sunderland

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Short Stirling

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Vickers Wellington

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Westland Lysander

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Westland Whirlwind

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War and Post War Taylorcraft Auster Mk. III, IV and V, Auster Mk. AOP.6

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Airspeed and WACO Gliders

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Airspeed Oxford

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, and post-War, Douglas Dakota

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, and post-War, Noordyn Norseman

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Brewster SB2A Bermuda

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Canadian Vickers (Northrop) Delta

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Cessna Crane

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Fairchild Cornell

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Fairey Battle

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Fleet Fort

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Grumman Goose

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Lockheed L-10 Electra and L-12 Electra Junior

Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Northrop Nomad

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Bristol 170 Freighter

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Canadair CC-106 Yukon

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Canadair CL-2 North Star and Canadair C-5 North Star transports

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Canadair CP-107 Argus

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Cessna L-19 Bird Dog and Cessna L-182 Skylane

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Consolidated RY-3 Privateer

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, de Havilland Canada (Grumman) CP-121 Tracker

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, de Havilland CC-108 Caribou, CC-115 Buffalo, CC-138 Twin Otter, CC132 Dash-7, CC-142 and CT-142 Dash-8

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, de Havilland CC-123 Otter

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Fairey Firefly

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, General Motors (Grumman) TBM-3E Avenger

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Hawker Sea Fury

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Lockheed CC-130 Hercules

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Lockheed CP-122 Neptune

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, NRC Tailless Glider

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Supermarine Seafire

Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post-War Piston Era, Grumman CSR-110 Albatross

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Airbus CC-150 Polaris

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Avro C102 Jetliner

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Avro CF-100 Canuck

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Avro CF-105 Arrow

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Boeing CC-137 Husky

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Bombardier CC-144 Challenger

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, British Aerospace (HS) CT-155 Hawk

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CF-104 Starfighter

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CL-13 Sabre

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CL-13 Sabre, Golden Hawks

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CL-52 Stratojet (Boeing B-47B)

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CT-114 Tutor

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CT-133A Silver Star

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Dassault CC-117 Falcon 20C

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, de Havilland DH.100 Vampire

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, de Havilland DH.106 Comet

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Gloster Meteor

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet

Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee

 (Author Photo)

Bell CH-146 Griffon, 403 Sqn, 5 CDSB Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Bell CH-118 Iroquois

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Bell CH-135 Twin Huey

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Bell CH-136 Kiowa

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Bell CH-139 Jet Ranger

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Bell CH-146 Griffon

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Bell H-13B Sioux and Bell HTL-6 Sioux

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador and CH-113A Voyageur

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Canadair CL-84 Dynavert

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Hiller CH-112 Nomad

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Sikorsky CH-126 Choctaw

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Sikorsky H-19 and HO4S-3 Sea Horse

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Sikorsky H-5 Dragonfly

Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Vertol Canada CH-21, CH-125, H-44 and CH-127 Workhorse

 (CF Photo)

Boeing CIM-10B Bomarc nuclear-armed surface-to-air interceptor missile equipped 446 and 447 Squadrons in North Bay, Ontario and La Macaza, Quebec.  

Canadian Warplanes 8: Boeing CIM 10B Bomarc surface-to-air missile

RCAF and Canadian Air Force

1 Canadian Air Group, Canadian Forces Europe

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron, 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick

RCAF Stations in New Brunswick: Moncton, Pennfield Ridge, Saint John and St. Margarets

Canadian Forces Base Chatham, New Brunswick

Mobile Support Equipment (MSE), RCAF

The author's father, Warrant Officer (Retired) Aage C. Skaarup was an MSE Op in the RCAF and CF from 1954 to 1974. He trained at St. Jean, Quebec and served at Camp Borden, Ontario, RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario, No. 3 (F) Wing based in Zweibrucken, Germany from 1959-1963, CFB North Bay, Ontario from 1963-1966, CFS Gypsumville, Manitoba from 1966-1968, CFS Gander, Newfoundland from 1968-1971, and CFB Chatham, New Brunswick from 1971-1974, where he retired as a Warrant Officer in 1974.  Dad passed away in 2011 and is buried near his farm in Carleton County, New Brunswick. 

RAF No. 125 (Newfoundland) Squadron

RAF, No. 125 (Newfoundland) Squadron

Canadian Aviation Artists Association 

Aviation Artwork by the Author

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. V, RCAF (Serial No. 23649), Golden Hawk, Acrylic on canvas, 24 X 36, 2016.

Canadian MiG Flights

 

Canadian MiG Flights - About this book

This book is a collection of "there I was" stories highlighting the experiences of Canadian Forces pilots who have had the opportunity of a lifetime to fly in the combat aircraft operated by former adversaries. Technical descriptions of key Soviet-built fighter jets such as the MiG-15, MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29, Sukhoi Su-22 and Su-27 are included for general reference.The Canadian Fighter pilots mentioned in the story have generously provided their observations and comments on their specific experiences of flight in aircraft such as the MiG-29 (NATO codenamed Fulcrum), Sukhoi Su-22 (codenamed Fitter) and Su-27 (codenamed Flanker), both in Canada and overseas. The stories as told first hand by the pilots who contributed them should provide interesting reading for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.An Annex listing aircraft known to have been brought to the West by defecting pilots since 1949 is also included. The Annex briefly describes pilots and aircraft and the circumstances that brought the various defectors to the west, including the MiG-15 flown to South Korea by Lieutenant No Kum-Sok and the MiG-25 flown to Japan by Lieutenant Viktor Belenko. Brief details of Soviet-built aircraft later flown in NATO opposition force flight test programs are also included.

Axis Warplane Survivors

Axis Warplane Survivors - About this book

Axis Warplane Survivors is a guidebook to the preserved Military Aircraft of the Second World War Tripartite Pact of Germany, Italy, and Japan, joined by Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia; the co-belligerent states of Thailand, Finland, San Marino and Iraq; and the occupied states of Albania, Belarus, Croatia, Vichy France, Greece, Ljubljana, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Manchukuo, Mengjiang, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Axis Aircraft of the Second World War - Photos

Axis Warplane Survivors, German Aircraft (Part I), Arado Ar 96 to Focke-Wulf Fw 58

Axis Warplane Survivors, German Aircraft (Part II), Focke-Wulf Fw 190 to Junkers Ju 288

Axis Warplane Survivors, German Aircraft (Part III), Junkers Ju 290 to Messerschmitt Me 261

Axis Warplane Survivors, German Aircraft (Part IV), Messerschmitt Me 262 to Siebel Si 204

German Aggregat A-4 Vergeltungswaffe-2 (V-2) Rockets, preserved

German Warplanes 1939-1945, Captured Allied Aircraft in Luftwaffe service

German Warplanes flown by the Luftstreitkräfte 1914-1918, preserved

German Warplanes flown by the Luftwaffe 1939-1945, Arado to Dornier

German Warplanes flown by the Luftwaffe 1939-1945, Fieseler to Focke Achgelis

German Warplanes flown by the Luftwaffe 1939-1945, Focke-Wulf

German Warplanes flown by the Luftwaffe 1939-1945, Gotha to Siebel

German Warplanes flown by the Luftwaffe 1939-1945, Messerschmitt

Italian Warplanes of the Second World War (Regia Aeronautica), Aeronautica to Douglas

Italian Warplanes of the Second World War (Regia Aeronautica), Fiat to Macchi

Italian Warplanes of the Second World War (Regia Aeronautica), Messerschmitt to Savoia-Marchetti

Japanese Warplanes of the Second World War, Aichi to Kawanishi

Japanese Warplanes of the Second World War, Mitsubishi

Japanese Warplanes of the Second World War, Nakajima to Yokosuka

Japanese Weapons and Artifacts of the Second World War preserved in Canada

RCAF War Prize Flights,

German and Japanese Warbird Survivors

RCAF War Prize Flights - About this book

This handbook concerns the collection of Air Technical Intelligence, and the test flying of war prizes carried out by two RCAF bomber pilots who were posted to the Royal Aircraft Establishment's Foreign Aircraft Flight, Farnborough, in the United Kingdom in May 1945. Their primary task was to visit former Luftwaffe airfields, and to find and fly back any aircraft they deemed worthy of evaluation.

As a member of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association and the Canadian Aviation Artists Association, the author strongly supports the preservation of Canada's aviation heritage. The primary intent of this handbook is to provide information for aviation artists and enthusiasts looking for that unusual "never before painted" military aviation subject, and to support the efforts of those engaged in the search for those missing warbirds for which no examples currently exist.

Surviving Warplanes of the Second World War

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Albania, Monaco and Montenegro

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Argentina

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Australia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Austria

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Belarus, Bohemia and Moravia, Macedonia, and Ljubljana

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Belgium

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Bolivia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Brazil

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Bulgaria

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

 (Author Photo)

Avro Lancaster Mk. X, Canada Air & Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, 30 Oct 2017.

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Canada

 (Author Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4Z, (Wk. Nr. 10132), Canada Air & Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, 19 Aug 2019.

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Canada (German Luftwaffe)

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Chile

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in China

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Colombia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Croatia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Cuba

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Denmark

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Finland

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in France

 (Arjun Sarop Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1 (Wk. Nr. 790), earliest surviving 109 to have seen combat, - ex-J/88/2 (Condor Legion) "6-106", ex-Bf 109 E-3, ex-Spanish AF "C4E-106", Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany.

Warplanes of the Second World War Preserved in Germany

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Greece

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Guatemala

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Honduras

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Hungary

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in India

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Indonesia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Iraq

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Israel

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) bomber/transport, an ex-Lebanese aircraft on display at the Museo Storico dell' Aeronautica Militare Italiana at Vigna di Valle, north of Rome, Italy.

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Italy

 (Toshi Aoki Photo)

Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Navy Type 0 Carrier Fighter, Zero-Sen, codenamed “Zeke” (Serial No. 5357), coded 61-120, this aircraft is the only airworthy example powered with an original Sakae radial engine.  It is on loan from the Planes of Fame Museum, on static display with the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Tokorozawa, Japan.  Airworthy.

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Japan

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Malta

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Manchukuo (Manchuria), and Mengjiang (Inner Mongolia)

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Mexico

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Myanmar (Burma)

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in New Zealand

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Norway

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Poland

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Portugal

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Romania

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Russia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in San Marino

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Saudi Arabia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Serbia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Slovakia

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in South Africa

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Spain

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Sweden

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Switzerland

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Thailand

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Czech Republic

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Dominican Republic

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Netherlands

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Philippines

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Republic of Korea

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Ukraine

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Avro Lancaster

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Airspeed Horsa, GAL Hamilcar, GAL Hotspur, Slingsby and WACO Hadrian gliders

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Avro Anson

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Boeing B-29 Super Fortress

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Boulton Paul Defiant

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Bristol Beaufort and Bristol Beaufighter

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Bristol Bulldog and Gloster Gladiator

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina and Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, de Havilland biplanes

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Douglas Skyraider

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Fairey Albacore, Fairey Fulmar, Fairey Barracuda and Fairey Battle

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Fairey Firefly

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Fairey Swordfish

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, German War Prizes

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Gloster F.9/40, F.1, F.2 and F.3 Meteor

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Goodyear Corsair and Vought Corsair

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Grumman Martlet, Grumman Hellcat, Grumman Bearcat and Grumman Avenger

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Handley Page Hampden and Handley Page Halifax

Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, Hawker Tempest and Hawker Typhoon

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Hawker Demon, Hawker Fury, Hawker Hart, Hawker Hind, Hawker Nimrod and Hawker Tomtit

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Hawker Hurricane

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Hawker Typhoon, Hawker Tempest, Hawker Fury and Hawker Sea Fury

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Italian War Prizes

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Japanese War Prizes

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Miles Hawk Major, Miles Magister, Miles Martinet, Miles Messenger

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, North American B-25 Mitchell

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, North American Harvard and Texan trainers

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, North American P-51 Mustang

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Short Sunderland

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Supermarine Seafire

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Ia to Mk. IXe

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XI to Mk. 46

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Supermarine Spitfire Tr. 9

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Supermarine Stranraer, Supermarine Walrus and Seagull

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Taylorcraft Auster

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Vickers Wellington

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United Kingdom, Westland Lysander

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Douglas SBD Dauntless and A-24 Banshee

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Bell P-39 Airacobra and Bell P-63 Kingcobra

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Boeing B-29 Super Fortress

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Consolidated PBY Catalina

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Tomahawk and Kittyhawk

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Douglas A-26 Invader

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Focke-Wulf Fw 190

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Grumman TBF Avenger and TBM Avenger

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Messerschmitt Bf 109

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, North American B-25 Mitchell

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, North American P-51B and P-51C Mustangs

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, North American P-51D Mustang

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, North American P-51H, P-51K, F-6D, F-6K, and Cavalier Mustangs

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Supermarine Spitfire

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Vought F4U Corsair and Goodyear FG-1D Corsair

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the USA, Fighters, Bombers and Patrol Aircraft

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Turkey

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Uruguay

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Venezuela

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Zimbabwe

Kabul Aviation Museum, Afghanistan

 (Author Photo, 2004)

Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter (Serial No. 22), mounted on pylons in front of the Afghan Air Force Station, Kabul Airport.

Kabul Aviation Museum, Afghanistan

Surviving Warplanes in the USA

With the assistance of the National Museum of the USAF, the National Museum of Naval Aviation and a host of contributing photographers and other museums, the Author has collected an extensive list of all military aircraft preserved in the USA.

Warplane Survivors USA: Alabama

Warplane Survivors USA: Alaska

Arizona Warplanes

Cover: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sentimental Journey".  (Author Photo)

Arizona Warplanes - About this book

This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been restored and preserved in the state of Arizona. The aircraft include those fl own by members of the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, the Air and Army National Guard, and by various NATO and allied nations as well as a number previously operated by opposition forces in peace and war. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active flying squadrons both at home and overseas. 100 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to American military aircraft . For those who like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or on display as gate guardians throughout the State of Arizona. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of Arizona's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view Arizona's Warplane survivors.

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona Warplanes

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Bell Helicopters and Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Convair Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Douglas Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Fairchild Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Grumman Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Hiller, Hughes, Kaman and Piasecki Helicopters

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Lockheed Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, McDonnell Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, McDonnell Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Mikoyan-Gurevich Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, North American Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Northrop Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Republic Aircraft

Warplane Survivors USA: Arizona, Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum, Sikorsky Helicopters

Warplane Survivors USA: Arkansas

California Warplanes

(Cover: Lockheed SR-71B Blackbird Photo courtesy of Judson Brohmer, USAF).

California Warplanes - About this book

This is an aviation handbook designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been restored and preserved in the state of California.  The aircraft include those flown by members of the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Army, the US Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard, the Air and Army National Guard units, and by various NATO and allied nations as well as a number of aircraft previously operated by opposition forces in peace and war.

The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active flying squadrons both at home and overseas.  150 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to American military aircraft.  For those who would like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers, websites and email addresses have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum’s current inventory or that are on display as gate guardians throughout the state of California.  The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type.

Although many of California’s heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and a good number of these have been restored to flying condition.  This guide-book should help you to find and view California’s Warplane survivors (publication date April 2012).

Warplane Survivors USA: California Warplanes

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Alameda, USS Hornet Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Atwater, Castle Air Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, China Lake, US Naval Museum of Armament & Technology

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Chino, Planes of Fame Air Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Chino, Yanks Air Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Fairfield, Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Lancaster, Milestones of Flight Air Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, McClellan, Aerospace Museum of California

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Oakland Aviation Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Palm Springs Air Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Palmdale, Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Paso Robles, Estrella Warbird Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Riverside, March Field Air Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Rosamond, Edwards AFB, Air Force Flight Test Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, San Diego Air & Space Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, San Diego, Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, San Diego, USS Midway

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Santa Rosa, Pacific Coast Air Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: California, Torrance, Western Museum of Flight

Warplane Survivors USA: Colorado

Warplane Survivors USA: Connecticut

Warplane Survivors USA: Delaware

Florida Warplanes

(Cover: North American P-51C Mustang "The Macon Belle", Photo courtesy of Philip Makanna)

Florida Warplanes - About this book

This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been restored and preserved in the state of Florida. The aircraft include those fl own by members of the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, the Air and Army National Guard, and by various NATO and allied nations as well as a number previously operated by opposition forces in peace and war.

The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active flying squadrons both at home and overseas. 160 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to American military aircraft. For those who like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or on display as gate guardians throughout the State of Florida. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type.

Although many of Florida's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view Florida's Warplane survivors.

Warplane Survivors USA: Florida Warplanes

Warplane Survivors USA: Florida, NAS Pensacola, National Museum of Naval Aviation

Warplane Survivors USA: Florida, Polk City, Fantasy of Flight, Kermit Weeks Collection

Warplane Survivors USA: Florida, Titusville, Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Georgia

Warplane Survivors USA: Georgia, Warner Robins, Robins AFB, Museum of Aviation

Warplane Survivors USA: Hawaii

Warplane Survivors USA: Idaho

Warplane Survivors USA: Illinois

Warplane Survivors USA: Indiana

Warplane Survivors USA: Iowa

Warplane Survivors USA: Kansas

Warplane Survivors USA: Kentucky

Warplane Survivors USA: Louisiana

Warplane Survivors USA: Maine

Warplane Survivors USA: Maryland

Warplane Survivors USA: Massachusetts

Warplane Survivors USA: Michigan

Warplane Survivors USA: Minnesota

Warplane Survivors USA: Minnesota

Warplane Survivors USA: Mississippi

Warplane Survivors USA: Missouri

Warplane Survivors USA: Montana

Warplane Survivors USA: Nebraska

Warplane Survivors USA: Nebraska, Ashland, Strategic Air and Space Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Nevada

New England Warplanes

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

(Cover: Consolidated B-24 Liberator, photo courtesy of the Collings Foundation)

New England Warplanes - About this book

This book includes 120 selected photographs illustrating a few of the major examples of surviving warplanes in New England, in addition to the serial numbers assigned to American military aircraft. For those who would like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers, websites and email addresses have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or that on display as gate guardians throughout the New England States. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type.

Although many of New England's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view New England's Warplane survivors.

An updated list of New England Warplane survivors and other warplanes on display by state in the USA can be found in the links at the right of this page.

Warplane Survivors USA: New England Warplanes

Warplane Survivors USA: New Hampshire

Warplane Survivors USA: New Jersey

Warplane Survivors USA: New Mexico

Warplane Survivors USA: New York

Warplane Survivors USA: New York, USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: North Carolina

Warplane Survivors USA: North Dakota

Warplane Survivors USA: Ohio

Warplane Survivors USA: Ohio, Dayton, National Museum of the USAF (Part I), Aero to Lockheed

Warplane Survivors USA: Ohio, Dayton, National Museum of the USAF (Part II), Loening to Yokosuka

Warplane Survivors USA: Oklahoma

Warplane Survivors USA: Oregon

Warplane Survivors USA: Oregon, McMinnville, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Pennsylvania

Warplane Survivors USA: Puerto Rico

Warplane Survivors USA: Rhode Island

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Abilene, Dyess AFB, Texas Museum of Military History

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Abilene, Dyess AFB, Texas, San Antonio, USAF History & Traditions Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Addison, Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Austin, Camp Mabry, Texas Military Forces Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Corpus Christi, USS Lexington

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Dallas, Frontiers of Flight Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Fort Hood

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Galveston, Lone Star Flight Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, Midland, American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Texas, San Marcos, Centex Wing, Commemorative Air Force

Warplane Survivors USA: Utah

Warplane Survivors USA: Vermont

Warplane Survivors USA: Virginia

Warplane Survivors USA: Virginia, Chantilly, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Warplane Survivors USA: Virginia, Virginia Beach, Military Aviation Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Washington

Warplane Survivors USA: Washington, District of Columbia

Warplane Survivors USA: Washington, Everett, Paul Allen's Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Warplane Survivors USA: Washington, Seattle, Museum of Flight

Warplane Survivors USA: West Virginia

Warplane Survivors USA: Wisconsin

Warplane Survivors USA: Wyoming

Royal Canadian Navy Warships

 (PH2 David B. Loveall, USN Photo)

The Canadian frigates HMCS Restigouche (DDE 257), rear, HMCS Terra Nova (DDE 259), center, and HMCS Gatineau (DDE 236), front, underway during CINCPAC Exercise FLEETEX '83.  The U.S. Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Canadian Navy were participating in the exercise near the Aleutian Islands of Alaska in 1983.

 (USN Photo)

HMCS Restigouche (DDE 257).

My brother Dale served on HMCS Restigouche during his military service, so in keeping with the family spirit, this section is devoted to RCN Warships,  The primary reference for the data presented has been gleaned from a number of resources, but with special recognition of the book The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981, put together by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess, Collins Publishers, Toronto, 1981.

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1910-1939, Cruisers, Destroyers and Submarines

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1910-1939, Patrol Ships, Armed Yachts and Sloops

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1931-1939, Armed Troopships, Trawlers, Yachts, Patrol and Torpedo Boats, Fisherman's Reserve, Auxiliaries and Training Vessels

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1931–1949, Destroyers (A, C, D, E, F, G, and H Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1931–1949, Destroyers (Tribal, V and C 1943 Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1931–1949, U-boats and the RCN, HMCS U-190 and HMCS U-889

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939-1945, Battle of the Atlantic

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939-1960, Armed Merchant Cruisers and Cruisers

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939-1945, Landing Craft

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939–1945, Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) Training, HMS P.514, HMS P552, HMS P.554 and HNLMS O 15

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939–1945, Corvettes (Flower and Castle Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939–1945, Firepower

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939–1945, Minesweepers (Algerine, Bangor, Fundy, Lake and Llewellyn Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1939–1945, Motor Torpedo Boats (MTB), Motor Gun Boats (MGB), and Fairmile Motor Launches

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1940–1945, Destroyers (Wickes and Clemson Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1942-1945, Beach Commando W

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1942–1945, Frigates (River and Loch Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1942–1964, Support Ships

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1942–1968, Frigates (Prestonian Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1944–1945, Aircraft Carriers (RN) manned by RCN, HMS Nabob and HMS Puncher

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1946-1970, Aircraft Carriers, HMCS Warrior (R31), HMCS Magnificent (CVL 21) and HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1950–1989, Destroyers (St. Laurent, Restigouche, Mackenzie, Annapolis and Iroquois Class)

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1950–1989, Minesweepers, Auxiliary, Maintenance and Patrol Vessels

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1950–1989, Submarines

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1990–Present Day, Warships

Royal Navy (RN) His Majesty's Ships (HMS) in Canadian ports at the turn of the century

Women in the Canadian Forces

 (DND Photo)

Canadian Nursing Sisters, Normandy, 1944.

Canadian Nursing Sisters

The RCAF has the distinction of being the first service to admit women beyond nursing sisters.  On 2 July 1941, an Order-in-Council granted it permission to establish the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (CWAAF), which would be modelled on and structured like Britain’s Royal Air Force Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.  In February 1942, it was renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division (RCAF WD), and its members weere usually referred to as WDs.  A change in federal labour legislation paved the way for this breakthrough development. Included in the revised labour legislation, passed in early 1941, was a provision for the establishment of the Women’s Volunteer Services (WVS) and the National Selective Service (NSS) branch of the Department of Labour, which permitted the Canadian Army and the RCAF to employ women to ease their manpower shortages.

Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division (RCAF WD)

Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC)

Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS)

Women's Volunteer Services (WVS) Canada

Black Military History in the Maritimes

First Nation's of Maritime Canada, Military History

Canadian Steam Locomotives

Steam Locomotives and Trains of Canada

My grandchildren have taken an extreme interest in steam engines.  This page is for them!

Canadian National Railway Locomotive No. 2801, 1926.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3349126)

Visitors: Questions and Answers

Visitors, Questions and Answers - About this book

Suppose you could communicate with a visitor who was not from this place, time, space or even this dimension? What would you want to ask them? The answers probably lie in what our own response would be if we were them. Visitors, Questions & Answers is based on a collection of interviews I have had with a few individuals who may have actually had such an experience. The idea is that if enough of us are ready to ask the questions and gain the answers, then our collective knowledge and understanding of the "multiverse" about us can only continue to be enhanced. Sometimes the responses that you will read here are similar; often they are diametrically opposed to each other. An open but highly skeptical mind is extremely necessary if you are going to sift through the data that is presented in this book. The intent is that it should peak your curiosity to learn more about "visitors." In this way, we may be better informed and prepared, and thus in some sort of coherent shape to deal with their arrival. If you read Visitors, Questions & Answers, you must be well prepared to choose for yourself what you will or will not believe.

Dream Seer

Dream Seer - About this book

This is a book of "light" stories that are about the gift of choice we are given in this life. You can choose to live and be full of God's light, or spend most of your time in a very dark place. The dark doesn't like the light, because once it has been touched by the light, it isn't dark anymore. My intent is to tell you about dreams I have had, people I have met, and some of the gifts that have been granted me because of them. Like so many of us, I have had the great privilege of meeting people whom I consider to be true "angels" in all senses of the word. Some of their comments, and in some cases "channelings" have been included in this collection of stories. It is my hope that you will draw a bit of pleasure from some of the information provided here, and perhaps learn something new. The stories are real enough, in that the ideas and thoughts behind them originate from my experiences. Anyone with an interest in Glastonbury, Oak Island, Rennes-le-Chateau, Capernaum and a hundred other places of legend, history and mystery, will find this an interesting book.  (...and can you see the ghost at the front entrance to the cathedral of Trier, Germany?)

Dream Seeker

Dream Seeker - About this book

The Dream Seeker is a collection of stories, dreams, and "readings" which touch on the Light that shines within us. Those who have a strong faith and a loving heart radiate this Light, and one result is others are drawn to it. When you have this light, there should be no questions or answers that you should fear. Many of the answers to the questions in this book may surprise you. Have we been here before? Is it possible we have had past lives? Are there others visiting us? Can our future be understood? Can we be shown the way ahead?

You will find responses to these questions, based upon interviews with gifted people who believe that many things are possible. We are all given incredible gifts that seem to have been significantly enhanced with recent changes that have taken place around us. One must always honour such gifts or they will just as quickly be taken away. It is my hope that you will find something that resonates within you in this book, and that you too, will choose to "walk in the Light."

Dream Sayer - About this book (Pending)

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Fredericton, New Brunswick

New Brunswick - the picture province

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Fredericton Region Museum, 18 Sep 2019.