First of the Ten Thousand – F.Sgt. Albert Stanley Prince
September 4, 1999. witnessed another memorable event at the museum where the sacrifice made by an individual during the Second World War was commemorated. Sgt. (Pilot) Albert Stanley Prince was the first Canadian serviceman to be killed during the war and the first of some ten thousand Canadian aircrew to die serving with Bomber Command. Guest speaker Major General Lloyd Campbell, c/o of No. 1 Canadian Air Division, described how the traditions, spirit, and dedication of today’s aircrew had their origins in the operations carried out by Sgt. Prince and his contemporaries in Bomber Command. A cockpit section of a Blenheim aircraft was unveiled in memory of Sgt. Prince by Major General Campbell, Derek Farthing (President of the Bomber Command Association of Canada), and Jim Foster, Sgt. Prince’s cousin from Squamish, British Columbia.
A painting by John Rutherford depicting the events of September 4, 1939 was unveiled by our special guest, Bill Prince. Bill is Sgt. Prince’s son and had travelled from Stoke-on-Trent, England. Bill presented the Society with the wings and squadron crest worn by his father during his last flight. The flypasts featured a CAF Tutor, Tiger Moth, Chipmunk, L-29 jet, and Expeditor. The climax of the flying displays was the dropping of ten thousand poppies, one for each of the Canadians killed while serving with Bomber Command.