Canada Kicks Ass
An appeal for photographs from Canada

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martin14 @ Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:03 pm

As a lot of you have seen, I have been traveling around Europe, taking pictures
and visiting different military cemeteries in various countries.

There is also a great demand for headstone pictures privately, as people
are now building internet memorials from different Regiments during WW2.


One fellow I have been in contact with is trying to arrange all members
of the RAAF, the Royal Australian Air Force.


There are more than 11,000 RAAF members on this list, including 146 who died in Canada.

$1:
During WW2, 1000's of Australians went to Canada to train in the EATS scheme (Empire Air Training Scheme) which provided pilots for the RAF. Sadly (146) of them did not get to achieve their dream of flying in Europe.

These lads are buried or memorialised in every province of this great land. The first died on 18/12/1940 and the last on 24/04/1945.




If you can assist, or know someone who can, please get in touch with me.

Doesnt need a professional camera, or a professional photographer. :)

Just someone to go and take a few pictures....


Thank you in advance for your help. :)

   



martin14 @ Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:20 am

I have decided to amend the first list of cemeteries,

and instead put up each cemetery that has Australian casualties in it:


VICTORIA (ROYAL OAK) BURIAL PARK

CALGARY (BURNSLAND) CEMETERY -- COMPLETED

EDMONTON (BEECHMOUNT) CEMETERY
RED DEER CEMETERY

MOSSBANK CEMETERY
NORTH BATTLEFORD CEMETERY
SASKATOON (WOODLAWN) CEMETERY
YORKTON CEMETERY
HUMBOLDT (MUNICIPAL) CEMETERY

BRANDON CEMETERY, Manitoba -- COMPLETED
DAUPHIN (RIVERSIDE) CEMETERY
PORTAGE-LA-PRAIRIE (HILLSIDE) CEMETERY
WINNIPEG (BROOKSIDE) CEMETERY
WINNIPEG (ELMWOOD) CEMETERY
WINNIPEG ASSUMPTION GARDENS

AYLMER CEMETERY Ontario
JARVIS (KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH) CEMETERY Ontario
TRENTON (ST. GEORGE'S) CEMETERY Ontario

METIS BEACH (UNITED CHURCH) CEMETERY
MONTREAL (MOUNT ROYAL) CEMETERY
MONTREAL (NOTRE DAME DES NEIGES)
ST. JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU (ST. JAMES) CEMETERY


New Brunswick - 4 burials in 2 cemeteries.COMPLETED

HALIFAX (FORT MASSEY) CEMETERY

SUMMERSIDE PEOPLE'S CEMETERY

GANDER WAR CEMETERY
GOOSE BAY JOINT SERVICES CEMETERY, LABRADOR

   



Regina @ Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:49 am

8) 8)
I'm no where close to any of those places though. :(

   



DrCaleb @ Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:59 am

I can do the Edmonton Beechmount. What are you looking for?

   



martin14 @ Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:06 pm

DrCaleb DrCaleb:
I can do the Edmonton Beechmount. What are you looking for?




pm sent.

   



Regina @ Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:59 am

Here's a site that gives some tips on how shoot that type of thing. Even has some tricks you can use for faded inscriptions.

http://www.mapleleaflegacy.ca/en/photography_guide.php

   



-Wario- @ Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:51 am

Middleton, NS has a couple of RAAF who perish during Flight School in Greenwood, NS.

I used to be on the honour guard and every year we paid tribute to those who gave their lives.

   



martin14 @ Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:12 pm

-Wario- -Wario-:
Middleton, NS has a couple of RAAF who perish during Flight School in Greenwood, NS.

I used to be on the honour guard and every year we paid tribute to those who gave their lives.



Yes, there are a couple there:

5 I think, but my guy has them already.

Only needs the one from HALIFAX (FORT MASSEY) CEMETERY, and then Nova Scotia would be finished.

   



BartSimpson @ Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:39 pm

On the off chance that there's any Aussies buried in California-Oregon-Nevada-Arizona let me know and I'll go shoot the pix. :wink:

   



martin14 @ Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:45 am

BartSimpson BartSimpson:
On the off chance that there's any Aussies buried in California-Oregon-Nevada-Arizona let me know and I'll go shoot the pix. :wink:



Thank you for the offer Bart. :) At this time, Geoff has the 7 Aussies that were buried in the USA, including the only one buried at Arlington National Cemetery.







I have updated the list, completed ones are now in red.



Thanks to Wil for Calgary Burnside.
Thanks to Shepherd's Dog for the tip to email the The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon.. they stepped up right away. :)

   



DrCaleb @ Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:51 pm

I had no idea that such cemetaries existed, right near me. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though, given Edmonton's military history.

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bootlegga @ Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:25 pm

DrCaleb DrCaleb:
I had no idea that such cemetaries existed, right near me. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though, given Edmonton's military history.



I found these in Edmonton Cemetary and St. Joachim Catholic Cemetary on a walk at lunchtime back in 2006

http://www.canadaka.net/blog/bootlegga/ ... b-406.html

http://www.canadaka.net/blog/bootlegga/ ... b-408.html

   



DrCaleb @ Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:25 pm

Here's the ones you requested Martin,the full resolution photos are too large to attach here, so contact me if your friends want them. I can email them then.

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Regina @ Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:33 pm

The Royal Australian Air Force........must have been training accidents with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP)

   



DrCaleb @ Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:44 pm

Reg, the Beechmount cemetery is a stones throw from the City Centre (formerly Municipal) airport. Lots of RAF/RAAF/RCAF training there during the wars. Many of the headstones were marked with the RAF, RCAF, or RAAF crests. I saw many different branches of service, from 1913 (the earliest I saw) to present day.

I could actually make out the roof of Blatchford hangar from the cemetery. edit - it's darn near across the street from the airport.

http://www.acesofww2.com/Canada/aces/blatchford.htm

   



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