LW170 Recovery Phase I
Halifax 57 Rescue
Progress Report No.40
Novemner 5, 2011
Registered Charity 84586 5740
This will be
our 6th Remembrance Day report since the inspired birth of Halifax 57 Rescue
(Canada) in 2005.
Since the inception of our determined group, formed from the core group who
recovered RAF Halifax NA337 and RCAF Halifax LW682, we have not wavered in
our objective and goal to find and recover RCAF Halifax LW170. This will be
our ultimate tribute to those young and valiant aircrews of Bomber Command
like these smiling young warriors and their “aluminium” sword of Freedom
that you see above.
You may recognize that sword standing proudly behind them but if you do not
- you are not alone, especially here in Canada.
It is the Handley Page Halifax.
Over 70% of all the Canadian Bomber Command casualties were on this aircraft
and for this reason alone we must remember this aircraft as one of the great
symbols of the sacrifice, excellence, and honour of our aircrews. I remember
the days, from 1985 onwards, when I would go to many Bomber Command reunions
and talk with these veterans of the 1939-1945 campaigns when they were young
crews of the RCAF and RAF.
As the years passed, while becoming immersed in my quest to know all about
them and their great battles in the skies over war-torn Europe I realized
that soon the Bomber Command veterans would fade away “going west” to their
I also realized this was no ordinary time for these young warriors in
bombers and it was up to us to carry their torch when they were gone, for
the whole world was free because of them and their sacrifice.
If these warriors would be no more, and this time could surely come soon,
what could we do to remember the gift of Freedom they have given us and
remember the price they dearly paid for us for that gift? We could honour
these warriors by finding, recovering, restoring, and spotlighting their
sword of Freedom they used to defeat tyranny.
So our core group of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) and our partners in
Remembrance and tribute, the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, have embarked
on the vital quest to find a Halifax, and all things thereof, to go
alongside the venerated Lancaster of our fine museum collection.
A Bomber Command Memorial becomes complete when you have a Halifax and a
Lancaster within that Memorial. For all these reasons we will persevere and
there will be no missing swords of Freedom from our collection that will pay
fitting tribute to these young patriots and warriors.
We hope you will come with us and support us in the Halifax Project as we
continue our efforts unabated and in tribute to all these RCAF and RAF
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
ON TO BUSINESS – These are the HALI-facts:
See above the
stunning discovery in September in Terrace, B.C. of 4 Bristol Hercules and 3
tons of spare parts in a World War 2 bunker! Thanks to the generousity and
cooperation of Hawkair yours truly was able to make a deal with Hawkair
executives for these valuable engines, with many new parts, which were
acquired in September this year. (for the full report on this discovery and
recovery of the engines and parts go to www.57rescuecanada.com and click on
We had just settled down at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada after the
exciting arrival of the Halifax-Hastings parts which had just arrived from
Malta (see also “SPECIAL REPORTS” on our website on the Malta discovery and
recovery) when the “Bristol Bunker” adventure was dropped on us.
I was in full scrounger mode looking for all things Halifax to supplement
our new Halifax-Malta goodies arrival and decided to contact Hawkair who had
previously used the Bristol Freighter aircraft with Hercules engines. We
were in dire need of special Brit wrenches to work on our 2 Bristol Hercules
engines recovered from Malta and I was hopeful Hawkair might still have some
of these even though they had retired their Freighter aircraft years ago.
When I spoke to Hawkair Manager Rod Hayward and enquired about these special
Brit wrenches he said “Yes we can give you some of these but would you be
interested in these 4 Bristol Hercules engines and parts we have stored
here?” Well, let me tell you I was up to Terrace as soon as I could and a
deal was made for Halifax 57 Rescue to process, load, and ship all these
great rare engines with parts to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in
Nanton, Alberta for our HALIFAX PROJECT.
After conferring with the Directors of Halifax 57 Rescue and the Bomber
Command Museum of Canada we realized that the costs of the engines and parts
to be shipped to Nanton would be over ($1500.) for the processing and
loading with the truck shipping charges of ($2500.)!
I was indeed worried that due to the state of finances of Halifax 57 Rescue
(after the many costly charges of shipping the container of the Malta parts
to Ottawa and Nanton) that there was no way we could cover all these costs
of acquiring these rare engines and parts from Hawkair. Halifax 57 Rescue
has had very few donations in the last few weeks and we could not, after the
Malta Project, pay the costs of the shipping charges to get these engines
and parts home to our parent museum!
Talk about being between a rock and a hard place!
A speedily called September meeting of the Directors of the Bomber Command
Museum of Canada had some positive results. It was agreed that Halifax 57
Rescue would pay the logistical costs of the shipment (processing, packing,
and boxing of the 4 engines and all the parts in Terrace). This ultimately
cost ($1700.) and was paid by Halifax 57 Rescue. We are now, as of the date
of this report, down to our emergency funds and the lowest level we have
been in years!
I must point out that honourable mention must go at this time to John
Phillips, one of the Directors of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, for
he realized the value of these Hercules engines and timely nature to acquire
them, and stepped forward to pay for the entire truck shipping charges
($2500.) on his own!! John is to be complimented to the max for his help in
our time of need!
By now, after all the logistical and financial hardships we endured to save
these engines and parts on your behalf, you must be curious to see the
photos and videos of the recovery of the treasure from the “Bristol Bunker”
in Terrace. You can view all of this adventure at:
Go to our website www.57rescuecanada.com and click on the “Halifax 57 Rescue
Internet Television Show”
All BRISTOL BUNKER Videos – courtesy of Jim Blondeau and Dunrobincastle
There are 3 separate videos of Discovery, Loading, and Unloading at the
Bomber Command Museum of Canada.
If you wish to see photos of the unloading in Nanton, Alberta of all the
engines and parts just follow the directions below:
The photos of the unloading on Oct. 14 at the Bomber Command Museum of
Canada are listed
at www.archerphotoworks.ca/museum and just click on the “Bristol engines”
Thanks to Doug Bowman for all his expertise to capture these photos of
special events and display them for the Bomber Command Museum of Canada and
Halifax 57 Rescue.
See above the
4th Hercules engine being loaded into the trailer in Terrace on Oct. 8 with
Paul Hawkins and Rod Hayward of Hawkair, and Tom Hallock of Williams Moving.
So now that we have the wings, landing gear, and 2 Hercules engines from
Malta along with the 4 engines and all the new parts from the “Bristol
Bunker” in Terrace we have the potential to begin restoring and rebuilding
the core components of a Halifax for our parent museum. We are aware we
cannot finish a Halifax with what we have now (unless we build parts from
scratch using blueprints) but there are several more key original sections
and parts we have located in the UK and are willing to acquire in our
Halifax quest. This will take even more additional funding in the immediate
In this immediate future the Directors of Halifax 57 Rescue and the Bomber
Command Museum of Canada will be meeting and conferring on a plan for
rebuilding those parts and engines we have acquired. This will require a
master plan for fundraising that will include both our organizations and
I believe this will be a transition time for all of us when we will not only
need funding to find more vital components for our Halifax Project (in the
field) but also find funding for the refurbishment of our parts here at home
Do not forget we have large wing sections and brand new main spars waiting
to be rebuilt in Ottawa that will be worked on by George Rosskopf, Halifax
57 Rescue rebuild manager. If we do not set aside funds for George to
rebuild the wing sections on a full time basis we could be waiting for these
vital Halifax center-section parts for 10 years or more. The time is now to
address our financial needs through the gathering of corporate support,
government grants, and dedicated fundraisers.
My colleagues and I are working on all these things but we need your help
with continued donations so we can press on at this time without completely
halting our projects.
BUT for the time being, as a precaution, I have told Director George
Rosskopf to stop the construction of Halifax replica propeller blades
project and also told Director James Blondeau to stop production of the
videos and promotion of the Halifax 57 Rescue internet programs we had
planned. We are just too short of funding to continue until we hear from
you, our members and supporters.
This is the degree of financial pinch we are feeling at this time and I
needed you to know this. We hope you will consider donating to this
honourable cause and keep us going forward without going into a holding
To acquire all this Halifax “treasure” and not be able to begin and continue
on refurbishment of these items until we get renewed financial support is
frustrating for all of us.
And if you think that we have become side-tracked from the search for our
RCAF Halifax LW170 in the deep, think again. For yours truly as Project
Manager will, at my own expense, be travelling to Boston, Massachusetts on
Nov.13th as I have been invited to attend a meeting with a committee of deep
sea exploration experts who are proposing the formation of an official
Canada/USA sonar expedition in 2012 to locate our Halifax LW170!
It seems the Halifax 57 Rescue story we told of the unknown 8000+ Americans
who served in the RCAF in World War 2 has really struck home to these deep
sea explorers and they want to take a shot at locating our Halifax for all
the right historical, scientific, and Remembrance reasons. They now know
that the majority of Americans killed-in-action in the RCAF on bombers were
in the Halifax. I sense a fresh and strong will from our friends in the USA
to make this historic mission a reality. Standby for an exciting new report
after this special meeting in Boston.
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) has not disappointed in the past and 2011 has
been a banner year for us in our continued efforts for the Halifax Project.
We will not disappoint you in the future.
Allow us to continue without delay or holding back. Now, even more than in
all the previous years since we started our Halifax quest, we need your
donations to keep us going!
WE LEAVE NO HALIFAX BEHIND
WE LEAVE NO HALIFAX BEHIND
Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
Registered Charity :
84586 5740 RR 0001
Halifax 57 Rescue
(Canada) Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)
606 Unit 31C – 174 Colonnade
AB Ottawa, ON
1R0 K2E 7J5
Phone 403 - 603 -
8592 Phone 613 – 863 – 1942
Or 613 – 226 – 4884