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2003  Fall & Winter  Newsletter


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Lancaster FM-159 Rolled Out Of The Museum Hangar
A First - FM159 Roll Out
Dambusters Sixtieth Anniversary Event - August 16, 2003
Ferguson Nose Art Display Dedicated - May 10, 2003
Treasurer's Report
The Lanc Mock-Up
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Event - June 14/15, 2003
Forth Annual Fly-In
P/O Eric Smith Medals
WWW.LancasterMuseum.Ca
Special Print From A Friend
Office Manager's Report
Canada's Bomber Command Memorial
Museum Hangar Tarmac Paved
Salute To The Airgunners - August 14, 2004
Compass Donated
Memorial Replica Donated
Anson Project Update
Dambuster Display Upgrade
Clarence Simonsen Nose Art - On The Road Again
Tiger Moth Model Donated
Summer Visitors To The Museum
Return To The Air
Volunteer Appreciation Night
Late Breaking News
Miscellaneous Photographs
Letters Received
In Memoriam For


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Lancaster FM-159 Rolled Out Of The Museum Hangar -
On August 5, 2003, Lancaster FM-159 was rolled out of the museum hangar for the first time since May 1991. This was a trial run to determine the time needed to do this. It was a prelude to the "official" roll out on the evening of August 15 in preparation for the Society's annual summer event the next day. This year the entire event took place in the hangar, including the luncheon.


A First - FM159 Roll Out -
On August 5, 2003, Lancaster FM159 was outside again after 12 years in the museum hangar. This time it sat on the newly placed tarmac in front of the museum hangar. On May 24, 1991, it had been pulled into the partly completed museum hangar, onto a gravel floor. Many improvements to the building have been made since including a concrete floor.
This August 5 rollout was a trial run for moving the Lancaster out prior to it's official rollout on August 16 to free the museum hangar space for the annual event. Past annual events were held partly in the museum with luncheons and/or banquets being held in the Nanton Community Centre, This year the entire event was to held in the museum.
A John Deere, 5205 tractor on loan from the John Deer dealer in Vulcan, Alberta, was used to move the Lancaster. We extend our grateful "Thanks" to Deer Country Equipment, Vulcan AB, for the use of the tractor for this initial move and the official move on August 15/16.

Lancaster FM-159 out on the tarmac.


Joe English, former Lancaster pilot, "at the controls" while the Lanc was moved out of the hangar.


The John Deere tractor used to move the Lancaster in and out of the hangar.
NLS Director Greg Morrison is driving the tractor on loan courtesy of Deer Country Equipment, Vulcan, AB.


A view of the Lanc with tractor attached to the tow-bar. This shows the reader
how the Lanc looked from the rear as it was "pushed" out for the first time in 12 years.


August 16 - Dambusters Sixtieth Anniversary Event -
On August 16, 2003 the museum hosted a commemoration of the legendary Dambusters Raid. A new and enhanced museum display was officially opened and our corresponding website pages had been upgraded as well. In particular, the event focused on the contributions of Canadians to this historic effort, given that 29 of the 133 aircrew were from Canada and fourteen of those did not return.
The Lancaster had been rolled out on the newly paved tarmac to the east of the museum allowing the banquet to be held in the hangar. An audience of 500 filled the museum to capacity for the commemoration. The event was filmed by CBC Television as part of the popular, "On the Road Again" series, for viewing in early 2004.
Special tribute was paid to Harlo "Terry" Taerum, who was born 70 km northeast of Nanton and went on to become W/C Guy Gibson's navigator in the lead aircraft. P/O Taerum was awarded the DFC for his role in the raid. Sadly he was killed during operations with No. 617 Squadron later that year. A commissioned painting by John Rutherford was unveiled by Rob Taerum, Terry's nephew, and our special guest, Fred Sutherland of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Fred flew on the Dams Raid as the front gunner with F/L Knight in the aircraft that breached the Eder Dam.
Other Canadians involved in the raid were honoured as well, in particular F/Lt John W. Fraser who flew in the second aircraft to attack the Mohne Dam and parachuted just prior to his aircraft crashing. After evading the enemy for ten days he was captured and went on to play a role in the "Great Escape" from Stalag Luft III. Fraser's widow, Doris Fraser, presented the society with a beautiful, framed print of No. 50 Squadron from which her husband and several other Dams Raid participants were selected. Fraser's grandson, John Lowe, gave an emotional tribute to his grandfather and Fraser's daughter, Shere Lowe, paid an equally moving musical tribute by playing the "Dambusters March" on the flute.
We were also honoured by the presence of other No. 617 Squadron veterans and family members of several other Canadian "Dambusters."
Our guest speaker, Brig. General Gaston Cloutier, paid tribute to the Canadians of the Dams Raid and related their efforts to those of Canadians serving overseas today.
Fly-pasts of a number of vintage World War II aircraft followed the commemoration, the British military being represented by a Gazelle helicopter.

Dams Raid display showing commissioned painting by artist John Rutherford on lower left.


The honour guard at the Dam Buster's event.


Former Dambuster, Fred Sutherland, from Rocky Mountain House, AB (L by the nose art),
and Rob Taerum, with his wife Kathy, unveil the painting of the Lancaster in which Rob's uncle
was the navigator. The painting depicts the Lanc approaching the Muhne dam.


John Lowe, John Fraser's grandson, speaks of his grandfather -his mother Shere flims him.


Shere Lowe, F/L Fraser's daughter plays the Dam Busters March on the flute in honour of her father.


Former Lanc pilot Joe English and his wife Claire (R.) with four of his former crew and their wives.


Some of the crowd inspect Lancaster FM-159 as it sits outside during the Dam Busters event.


Ferguson Nose Art Display Dedicated - May 10, 2003 -
During the Second World War, Canadian military aircraft were frequently decorated with distinctive and sometimes risquˇ artwork. Albertan, Matthew Ferguson, practiced this craft during his service with RCAF from 1941 until 1945. He painted on at least four different types of aircraft, developed station and squadron badges, pioneered the placing of artwork on bomber jackets worn by aircrew, and even painted artwork on bombs. He was a most significant contributor to the history of the art form.
On May 10, Matthew Ferguson's widow and his son John were two of the 24 members of the Ferguson family participating in a well-attended official opening of a display in the museum that focused on Nose art and honoured the man said to be, "The greatest of the Canadian Nose Art, Artists." Guest speakers included Tom Walton, the wartime artist who painted the original "Sugar's Blues" on a 424 Squadron Lancaster, and Clarence Simonsen, author of "RAF and RCAF Aircraft Nose Art in World War II."
A summary of Matthew Ferguson's career including examples of his artwork may be viewed on this website.

Clarence Simonsen and Mrs. Ferguson standing with his reproduction of Matthew Ferguson's "ell Cat" nose art,
painted on the NLS Lancaster cabin mockup in the background.


"Johnny Walker" nose art as reproduced by Clarence Simonsen on a scrapped Lancaster wing panel.
The Lncaster with this original nose are carried out over 100 operations during WWII and survived.
Each bomb on the painting represents an operation. The original artist is not known.


Clarence Simonsen accepts a mini version of the nose art "Sugar's Blues"
from the original WWII nose artist, Tom Walton, on May 10, 2003.
The large version, painted by Clarence, was unveiled again, this time repaited in the colours of the original.
Clarence's first version painted on the museum's Lancaster mock-up was reproduced from a black and white photo.
When Clarence finally met Tom Walton, Tom informed him of the correct colours.


Treasurer's Report -
There are ways, in addition to your valuable membership, to support the important work of the Society.
A donation or bequest can be made to the Foundation Fund from which interest can be used to support special projects. This is a long-term investment to carry the Society into the future.
Then there is the more immediate move to erect a 64 ft x 100 ft hangar for use primarily to house larger restoration projects such as the Anson Mk. II, Cessna Crane, and Airspeed Oxford. Donations to this cause can be earmarked for the Building Fund.


The Lanc Mock-Up -
Thanks to the efforts of volunteer, Bill Hauck, with assistance from other Tuesday night volunteers, the Lancaster cabin section mock-up is now open to visitors in the museum. During the last week of October, Bill could be found working feverishly to ready the Lanc Mock-Up assembly for unveiling at the November 1, 2003 Volunteers Appreciation Night. Another volunteer, "Bud" Lavallee of Nanton, has re-upholstered the arm rests for the Lanc seat in the Mock-up.
While additional components will be added to this "hands-on" display in the future, visitors can now sit in a real Lanc pilot's seat. There they can imagine what it might have been like to be in control of a WWII state of the art heavy bomber.
Special THANKS go to Bill Hauck and his helpers for getting this "hands on" project to a stage where it can be safely accessed by visitors.

Bill Hauck installing the Plexiglas on the rear portion of the Lanc cabin mock-up.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Event - June 14/15, 2003 -
The Society co-related with Joan and Tony Scheiwiller, owners of "Ultimate Trains," and the local antique car collector group to organize a weekend of "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles." Ultimate Trains who sell garden railroad supplies, have the largest demo garden railroad display in Canada. With some 18 trains running during the summer it is certainly well worth a visit.
The automobile portion of this event was contributed by local and out-of-town antique car collectors. There were some 30 vintage cars and trucks on hand for weekend event.
The museum, which was the "aeroplane" part of this event had a draw for a ride in a vintage Stearman, an open cockpit airplane. The winner was Jim Isaak, Calgary, Alberta. Stearman owner, Alex Bahlsen, of the AJ Flying Ranch airport near Nanton, donated the ride.
The event was well attended by an estimated 1000 visitors during the two days. Plans are to make this an annual event.

Just a few of the antique cars on hand at the museum for the June 14/15 event.


Two photos show only small portions of the garden railroad display at "Ultimate Trains,"
where 18 different trains can be seen running.


Forth Annual July Fly-In Exceeds Previous Attendance -
The morning of July 19 saw the arrival of sixty-three aircraft. This was 21 more airplanes than attended last year.
The aircraft attending varied from Sunwest Aviation's twin engine Beech Expeditor to a open cockpit Gyroplane belonging to NLS director John Phillips, High River, AB. Photos on this page show just a few of the other aircraft which participated.
The local Nanton and District Lions club served up pancakes and bacon hot off the grill along with all the condiments. At noon the High River Cadets served beef-on-a-bun to the crowd.
Neil Davidson, from Marysville, B.C., attended in his "open cockpit" DH Tiger Moth. After breakfast he gave rides to a number of those attending, including "ye editor" who had never ridden in an open cockpit Tiger Moth before.
There were flying demonstrations by A J Flying Ranch owner, Alex Bahlsen, with his Stearman as well as take-off and fly-past performance demonstrations by other aircraft.
A couple of small vans shuttled visiting pilots and their passengers to and from the Air Museum for tours of the Lancaster and museum by student tour guides. Bernie Bechtel ran the Link Trainer for those attending. All in all a very successful day!


Sunwest Aviation's twin engine Beech Expeditor.


2/3 scale Mustang about to take off for a performance pass over the runway.


D H Tiger Moth, owned by Neil Davidson.


A few of the 63 airplanes that flew in July 19.


John Phillips Gyrocopter, Stearman in back.


P/O Eric Smith Medals -
The following is part of an e-mail communication with Elsa Hohn of Chilliwack, B.C., sister of P/O Eric Smith, which resulted in another special display in the museum.

Our Society was pleased to accept and display the collage with P/O Eric Smith's medals and memorabilia. This assembly is now on display near the entry to the museum.

Dave Birrell, accepts the collage with P/O Eric Smith's medals and memorabilia
from Elsa Hohn, for display in the museum.


The college with P/O Eric Smith's medals as presently displayed in the museum.
It will be placed in a more suitable place in the near future,
with particulars about P/O Smith's wartime history.


WWW.LancasterMuesum.Ca -
Members are encouraged to visit our website regularly. Our volunteer webmaster has created a wonderful collection of information. On average, visitors view over 800 pages of our information each day.
Recent additions to this site include a total revision and expansion of our Dams Raid section as well as several more "Chronicles" written by our members and other contributors.
Thanks to Lexicom Internet Services for their support.


Special Print From A Friend -
Air Canada Captain, Karl Kjarsgaard, a long time friend of our Society, attended the August 16, Dambusters event. At a get-together with NLS directors after the event was over, he presented a special Halifax print to the museum. This print is signed by Sir Arthur Harris, Group Capt. Leonard Cheshire VC, and others.
This print will be framed and added to the Halifax display in the next while.
THANKS go out to Karl for adding this special print to our collection and for his continuing support of NLS.

NLS President Dan Fox accepts the Halifax print from Karl Kjarsgaard.


Office Manager's Report -
Another year has flown by as if on 'wings'. According to all reports 2003 was supposed to be a very down year for tourism and visitors to attractions in Alberta. Imagine our 'surprise' when our museum visitor numbers were up over 20% during the summer as compared to last year! We are proud that our attraction just keeps them coming in!!
I am continuing to take courses through Museums Alberta, to obtain my Certificate in Museum Studies. I have learned a great deal through these courses and seminars. A highlight of my year was to represent rural museums at a session with MLA's of the Alberta Government to assist in the Rural Initiatives Program. Each representative brought their particular concerns and hopefully museums and all other rural groups will benefit.
One of my current concerns is the difficulty in getting new volunteers to work at the greeting kiosk of our museum. As our current volunteers are moving away or aging we have to find new people willing to devote just 3-4 hours per week to the museum. Many organizations express the same thoughts, that volunteers are becoming more difficult to find. If anyone could or knows of someone else who might volunteer, please contact me at the museum number. We certainly appreciate all our volunteers and hope that we are able to continue having enough to operate the museum efficiently.


Canada's Bomber Command Memorial -
With the cooperation of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, at Brandon, Manitoba, and others the Society has prepared a list of the 10,371 Canadians who were killed serving with Bomber Command during World War II.
We are working towards the creation of a memorial wall at the entrance to the museum that will have each name engraved in granite. This will be an expensive project but it is our hope that it will be unveiled during the summer of 2005. We require major sponsors to make the memorial wall a reality and the assistance of our members is requested by way of personal donations, and also through suggesting corporations and other entities that might wish to participate in this most worthy project.


Museum Hangar Tarmac Paved -
On June 4, 2003 the Hot Pour Paving Company commenced paving the tarmac in front of the museum hangar.
The majority of the funding for this improvement came from a Provincial Lottery's Board Casino, which our Society volunteers participated in on March 2003. Additional funds donated by Munkland Enterprises (Eleanor Cross family foundation) allowed us to complete the project.
Our GRATEFUL THANKS to Mrs. Eleanor Cross for this help in upgrading the museum and its surroundings.
This newly paved surface makes for improved visitor parking and facilitates moving aircraft in and out of the museum. This was certainly evident when the Lancaster was moved out during the August event.

The paving crew hard at work laying asphalt in front of the museum while the T-33 stands guard.


Tarmac paving nearing completion.


Salute To The Airgunners - August 14, 2004 -
Our 2004 special event will focus on the contribution of the air gunners to the successes of Bomber Command.
The completion of the restoration of our Bristol gun turret will compliment the three Fraser-Nash Lancaster turrets currently on display together with the American built Martin turret that was placed on the last 200 Canadian-built Lancasters. This impressive collection will be the backdrop to our salute to the individuals who manned them in the cold, dark skies during World War II.
Final details for this event will be placed in the Spring/Summer edition of the NLS Newsletter, which should be in the mail by May 1, 2004.


Compass Donated -
Andy Catton, of Reading England, travelled to Nanton to deliver a compass that had originally been installed in a wartime Lancaster. This compass was rescued by one of the crew, when the Lancaster crashed on British soil after a bombing raid. The crew member, in his rush to leave the burning bomber, damaged the compass slightly. Later when he presented it to officials in charge he was reprimanded and told it was of no further use and he may as well keep it.
The crew member kept the compass and took it home after hostilities ended. Years later, thanks to the efforts of aircraft enthusiast Andy Catton, it was presented to the NLS museum and will be placed on display along with its interesting history.

Andy Catton, London England, presents a compass from a wartime Lancaster
to Curator Bob Evans for display in the museum.


Memorial Replica Donated -
The bronze statue below is a miniature of a Prisoner of War (POW) monument, donated to our museum by World War II, POW, Winston Parker, of Okotoks, AB. Winston is a long time supporter of our museum and has added many items to our displays in the past.
The Society extends a very special THANKS to Winston Parker for this unique addition to the museum, which will be added to the POW display.
The full size memorial, at the RAF Museum in Grahame Park Way, Colindale, England, was erected by the RAF ex-Prisoner of War (POW) Association and dedicated to POW's from the British, Allied and Commonwealth air forces. It was unveiled on May 15, 2003, by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The statue, depicts a prisoner trudging through snow, pulling a sled with his few belongings, after being forced by German guards to leave one of the prison camps in the face of the advancing Russian troops in 1945. The long march in -20 degree temperatures, took place through what was then Czechoslovakia to just south of Berlin, where they were finally freed by Allied forces. Hundreds perished enroute from hunger, disease, and the brutality of the Nazi guards. They were strafed several times by Allied fighter planes, who mistook them for retreating German soldiers.
The full story of this this tragic event of WWII cannot be told in the confines of this newsletter. However, monuments such as the one depicted here serve as a reminder that we not must allow such tragedies to happen again.


Anson Project Update -
Heading up the four man Anson restoration team are Rob Pedersen and Harry Volk with Charles and Hugh Logie assisting. Over the summer months many more restored fittings and fuselage formers have been added to the growing number of items that are waiting to be mounted on the airframe. As winter and cooler temperatures are now in the offing, fitting the formers, etc., to the fuselage frame will likely have to wait until spring and warmer weather. Meanwhile other smaller items are being restored.
The Anson Mk. II cabin front wind screen seen in the photo with this article, was dropped off at the museum by someone who didn't leave their name. While we have a number of such pieces, this one had the best details yet of how the Plexiglas was held in place.
Gordon Neu, a semi-retired heavy duty mechanic and NLS volunteer from High River, AB, is overhauling a Jacobs L6MB engine. This engine will be complete and runnable and ready to install on the Anson MK. II by next spring.
Rob Petersen and Harry Volk, spent a couple of October afternoons removing the remains of wood formers from the derelict Anson's in the storage yard. These remnants will be used as patterns along with the drawings on hand.
And so goes the restoration of "Annie."


Dambuster Display Upgrade -
Local member and volunteer, Walter Montgomery, built a cabinet to house a computer that is part of the Dambusters display. The computer continually runs a power-point program, portraying the WWII activities of F/Lt. Terry Taerum and F/Lt. John Fraser. Both Taerum and Fraser were Lancaster crew members on the historic raid on the Ruhr dams in 1943.
Our grateful THANKS to Walter Montgomery for another useful addition to the museum.


On The Road Again - Wayne Rostad & Clarence Simonsen -
In early August, a CBC filming crew spent nearly a day in the museum, filming for the program, "On The Road Again."
The host of this CBC television show is Wayne Rostad. One of our more well known visitors, Wayne is also an Hon. Col. of a Trenton, Ontario, based Hercules squadron, so has something in common with our Society and its museum.
During the filming Clarence painted a replica of the nose art titled, "Lets Have Another." The original art work had been painted on the WWII Lancaster bomber, serial number LM-550, code AS-B (B for Beer), which is one of the few bombers that completed over 100 operations and survived the war.
The final filming for this episode saw the CBC crew attend the Society's main event on August 16, where the completed nose art was unveiled.
This CBC Nose Art episode is expected to air sometime in the new year but the actual date has not been announced.
More publicity for our museum!

Clarence Simonsen and Wayne Rostad inspect
the nose art "Ell Cat" painted on the Lanc cabin section mock-up.


The CBC television crew getting set up to film Clarence Simonsen
- the partially completed nose art can be seen in the background.


The "Let's Have Another" nose art being unveiled at the Society's August event.
While this nose art didn't fit in with the event's theme of the Dams Raid 60th anniversary,
it did add colour to the day.


Tiger Moth Model Donated -
In the photo below, President Dan Fox (L) accepts a Tiger Moth model from NLS member Tony Ball of Cochrane, Alberta.
This 1/7 scale model depicts Tiger Moth #4227 which was on strength at #15 EFTS in Regina, Saskatchewan during 1940-41.
The model is now displayed along with a "real" restored Moth fuselage, on loan to the museum by the new owner Colin Markle, of Claresholm, AB. This fuselage was previously owned and meticulously restored by Ron Jackson, long-time NLS member from Calgary, AB. Tony Ball's model shows clearly what a complete aircraft, with wings in place, would look like.
The Society extends a grateful THANKS to Tony Ball for adding to the museum's Tiger Moth display.

President Dan Fox (L) accepts a Tiger Moth model from NLS member Tony Ball.


Summer Visitors To The Museum - From Near and Far -
WWII AIR GUNNER AND POW
Below is long-time NLS member, Al Hymers with his wife Lorna, of Bruderheim, AB, who visited the museum in July. Al, is a former WWII air gunner, who flew in Lancasters.
I had the privilege of touring Al and Lorna through the museum and listening to Al's story of his Lancaster being shot down, his escape from the rear turret, his attempt to evade subsequent capture, imprisonment, and of his being part of the ćLong Marchä (see page 17 regarding a monument to the march.)
I am hoping that Al will record this experience for future generations to hear how one man survived such a traumatic ordeal! Al and Lorna -if you read this, please make this happen!

Former WWII airgunner Al Hymers and is wife Lorna.


The museum continues to learn more about our Lancaster's travels during its RCAF history. This summer we were visited by Dave Mick whose father Paul flew our aircraft with No. 407 Squadron in Comox. Through Dave's efforts we have added numerous flights to our records.
Shorty Hazelton visted the museum this summer as well. He was a flight engineer based at Green wood, Nova Scotia. Shorty has contributed information about some of FM159's travels during its time on the east coast, including a trip to Bermuda.

Dave Mick in the Lancaster cockpit.


Derik and Sheila Jemmett, from South Africa, visited the museum in September.
During WWII Derik trained under the BCATP in Canada and became an instructor. As an instructor, at Bowden, Alberta, one of the aircraft he flew was Fairchild Cornell #14424, which is part of our collection!
Derik had found our website listing Cornell #14424 as being on display in the museum. A special trip to Nanton was arranged so he might once again make its acquaintance.
We were pleased to allow Derik "behind the ropes," to look over this aircraft from his wartime past.

Derik and Sheila Jemmett
pose with Cornell 14424.

Derik smiles after he had
inspected the unrestored Cornell.


Return To The Air (by Richard P. Perry, F/L (Retired) -
Richard P. Perry, F/ L (Retired)This is the story of my return to flying after a break of 60 years. I have always loved flying and looked forward to the opportunity of repeating the experience before it was too late. The whole exercise started in the year 2001 with a Father's Day Certificate, good for an introductory flight at the Boundary Bay Airport. This flight stirred up that old love again and, shortly after, I contacted the Pacific Flying Club to determine whether I was still eligible.
Once again, I took an introductory flight, this time with a young instructor, Monica Mayer (23), and from that flight, signed up to take the Transport Canada compulsory courses, in order to obtain a license. The requirements are quite stringent particularly regarding air safety and are a far cry from the conditions with which we were familiar during WWII.
The lessons were almost an exact parallel with those that I was subjected to at #2 EFTS at Harewood in New Zealand, back in 1942. The aircraft are Cessna 152s in lieu of Tiger Moths but, in spite of the difference, I found that they had much the same characteristics as the Tigers and operated at much the same airspeeds. The difference, of course, is that landing is on a runway with a tricycle undercarriage, rather than on grass with two wheels and a tailskid.
Progression was from taxiing to straight and level flight, effect of controls, climbing and descending, takeoff and landing, steep turns, slow flight, stalls, spins, spirals, sideslips, and circuits. The items that were missing were the aerobatic maneuvers that were part of the Tiger Moth training. Compulsory lessons were of two hours duration and included a briefing session as well as a flying session. A minimum requirement was 17 hours of dual before going solo. The flights were rigidly controlled from the Transport Canada Control Tower, a completely new experience as control during WWII was by means of an Aldis Lamp. A Transport Canada flight test and a multiple choice exam are required before the license is finally issued.
One of the requirements was that I be medically fit, and to that end, it was necessary that I be examined by a certified Transport Canada doctor. This examination completed, I received a medical certificate good for only one year. (For the under 70s the certificate is good for two years.) At the time of writing, I have just been certified for another year but with the stipulation that I can only fly during the daytime and in an aircraft equipped with a two-way radio, presumably in case I have a heart attack.
I am not the oldest flying member of the club. The doctor who examined me, for instance, is 86 and still flies his own plane, a Cessna 172. This year, as he does every year, he flew back to the Oshkosh, Wisconsin Rally with stops to see his friends along the way. He tells me I am just a chicken and should look forward to many more years of flying before I am forced to quit.


Volunteen Appreciation Night -
Each fall the museum acknowledges the essential role that our volunteers play in its operation. This year we had an excellent turnout despite a snowy evening. As well as fine food and refreshments, the event featured the unveiling of the Bristol gun turret that Charlie Cobb of Calgary has been restoring. Also, Bill Hauck of High River had recently completed the Plexiglas canopy on our Lancaster mock-up cockpit section and it was officially placed on display.
Artist, John Rutherford, had donated prints of sixteen of his finest paintings. These were drawn for and sixteen of our volunteers went home with a special thank you courtesy of John.
Danny Palmer of D.P.I. Photographic took a group photo of the crowd of volunteers and will be providing a free print to everyone who attended. Thanks Danny.


Late Breaking News -
Readers of the November 2003 issue of 'FlyPast' magazine will find a full page dedicated to Lancaster FM-159. Along with this, a wealth of information about all other surviving Lancasters. We extend THANKS to FlyPast editor, Nigel Price, for giving us this great publicity!



The photo above shows the Halifax main instrument panel that is being assembled
by Peter Whitfield, the Society's long time volunteer from Sarnia, Ontario.
Peter and his parents, Louise and Paul Whitfield, celebrated their 10 anniversary
of travelling to Nanton to volunteer for at least two weeks each year restoring Lanc FM-159.
The panel will be added to the museum's Halifax display when it is completed.
A spcial thanks to Peter for his efforts in recreating this future exhibit.


The Jacobs engine pictured above is a static display being put together by Doug Holt of Coaldale, AB.
Next spring it will be added to the line-up of engines now in the museum.


Letters Received -

Letters and e-mail addressed to the Society have in some cases been edited.
We try to make sure the intent of the message is left intact.

August 28, 2003
Dear NLS:
I have visited your museum twice this summer. Last time was for the Dam Busters 60th Anniversary Commemoration. The Nanton Lancaster Society has put together an incredible tribute to the Canadian men and women who served in Bomber Command. I am sure that everyone who visits the museum walks away with a renewed sense of gratitude for the men and women who sacrificed so much, as well as a sense of pride at Canada's contribution to the war.

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Dear Sirs:
Nanton, your museum was a pleasure to visit and I would certainly recommend a visit by anyone in or passing through Alberta. Please keep the memories alive.

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September 17, 2003
Hello NLS:
I like the new picture of the Lanc out on the tarmac. You are all doing a great job. I often tell friends and people I meet about the www.lancastermuseum.ca site and they later call me to tell me how very impressed they are with what you have done.

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October 4, 2003
Dear NLS:
I enjoyed your website tremendously as it contained many stories that the youth of today need to appreciate. So much was done and so much was sacrificed and establishments such as yours acknowledge this.


In Memorium For -

* Howard "Howie" Armstrong *
Nanton, Alberta. Howie was the last surviving member of the "Triumvirate," who brought the Lancaster to Nanton in 1960 and a founding member of the Society.

* Mrs. Kay White *
Nanton, Alberta. Long time NLS supporter.

* George H. K. Begg *
Delta, B.C. Lifetime member.

* Elizabeth Soldan *
Lethbridge, Alberta. A Square Footer member.

* Ed Gordon *
Surrey, B.C. Square Footer member and donator to the museum.

* William Shaver *
Lethbridge, Alberta. NLS member in good standing.

* William (Bill) Carpenter *
Calgary, Alberta. Ex WWII air gunner, Lifetime member and supporter.

* Johan Antheunisse *
Vancouver, B.C.NLS Square Footer member.

* Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Reginald (Reg) Lane DSO, DFC*, CD Officer *
Merit - Victoria, B.C. Lifetime member, supporter and good friend of NLS.

* Andrew E. Munro *
Nanton, Alberta, Square Footer member and long time volunteer.

The Nanton Lancaster Society extends deepest sympathy to the families
of all these former members and supporters.
May God Bless.

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