On Saturday 23 November at 06:00 PM the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC/CCPA) will be holding a fund raising performance of "BOMBER BOYS".
The evening will start with a Wine & Cheese reception followed by the showing of this award winning and most interesting film. "BOMBER BOYS" is a feature length film (2012) inspired by the brave young men of Bomber Command who took the war to the Third Reich from 1939 to 1945 when air power was the only way of striking back at Nazi Germany. Thousands of young men in bomber crews, all volunteers, average age 22, fought and died in the sky over Germany. In all over 55,000 British and Commonwealth fliers lost their lives, with over 10,000 being Canadian.
Actor Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin, a former RAF pilot, follow-up their “Battle of Britain” film with this engrossing documentary exploring the rarely told story of the RAF’s Bomber Command. Using rare documentary footage and interviews with historians and survivors they explore the considerations that led to the strategic bombing and eventually to the bombing of civilian targets. The issue of bombing cities has become contentious in the years since the war as evidenced by controversy over the display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa but the issue is handled with sensitivity and balance in the film. The film also includes great footage of Colin, the pilot, learning to fly in a WWII Dakota and Lancaster.
The film is especially timely as you will recall that Churchill pointedly left the Bomber Command out of his end of war speech thanking all the combat arms. Finally, this summer, a monument in London was inaugurated by the Queen and medals struck to honour the brave men who had served in the Bomber Command.
Don’t miss this special aviation evening to be enjoyed in the company of fellow aviation enthusiasts.
Admission by donation: $45 for an individual and $75 per couple, with tax receipts of $30 and $50 respectively. Tickets are available at the CAHC/CCPA (Eric Campbell, 514-591-2168) or reserve by phone (John Lawson, 450-424-2893).
Topics: World War II