As well as aircraft and artifacts, the museum displays an aviation art collection related to Bomber Command and the BCATP. Visitors to the museum enjoy some 250 pieces of aviation art that are integrated into our displays and all of which relates to our collection and the history that is our mandate.

The collection includes 52 original paintings (15 of which were commissioned by the museum), over 55 limited edition prints, over 85 non-limited edition prints, and 57 replica nose art paintings on pieces of Lancaster and Halifax aircraft skin.

George Oliver – Nose Artist
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George Oliver – Nose Artist

The museum is pleased to display a very special suitcase that has been donated by George Oliver of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Rear-gunner George Oliver flew with No. 408 Squadron in…

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Clarence Simonsen Biography

Clarence Simonsen was born in a small farmhouse six miles from Acme, Alberta on 24 March 1944. During the postwar RCAF era, Simonsen watched bright yellow Harvard trainers buzz across…

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Clarence Simonsen – Mr. Nose Art

by Michelle Greysen Randolf Hearst printed the first known American comic strip in his November 1902 New York Journal, in 1938 the Superman comic book arrived on the scene, and…

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Nose Art – Archie The Archer

Halifax Mk. III (serial LL575) was a hard luck aircraft but she survived to end up in the scrap heap at Rawcliffe. It was assigned to No. 420 Squadron on…

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Nose Art – Avenging Angel
Avenging Angel after 30th Op.

Nose Art – Avenging Angel

Halifax (serial NP755) was delivered to No. 432 Squadron on 15 August 44. The aircraft completed 28 operations until it was severely damaged while landing on 18 November 44 (pilot…

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Nose Art – Dragon
Dragon

Nose Art – Dragon

The Dragon was a Mk. V Halifax (Serial LK947) and was delivered to No. 428 squadron on 15 October 1943, where it completed eight operations between 22/23 October 1943 and…

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Nose Art – Fangs of Fire

Halifax Mk. 3 (serial LV953) was delivered to No. 431 Squadron on 22 March 44. Before seeing any action it was transferred to No. 424 Squadron and then again transferred…

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Nose Art – Indian Head

Halifax Mk. III (serial MZ655) was a No. 431 Squadron aircraft and carried the markings "RV-T" but it had no name. However an Indian with a head-dress was painted on…

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Nose Art – Jake Sent Me

With a large red maple leaf for nose art and smaller leaves for bomb tally backgrounds, this Halifax Mk III (serial LK828) was truly "Canadian." It was delivered to No.…

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