Wings over Dauphin Featured

Published on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 07:55

History was on display at the unveiling of the Airport Memorial 80, honouring the men and women who trained locally as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

Two five-foot-by-three-foot pieces of granite provides a history of the air training plan, as well as the history of the two air training schools which operated in the area, while the names of those who died during training are displayed on the back of each piece.

The day began with a morning ceremony at Riverside Cemetery, where 15 of the 49 airmen killed in training are buried, and continued with the dedication ceremony at the Lt. Col W.G. (Billy) Barker, VC Airport in the afternoon.

Also on display were three vintage military aircraft used as part of the Plan, a Harvard, a Tiger Moth and a Cornell.

Those interested were able to purchase flights over the community in the historic aircraft.

The memorial was conceptualized and realized through the efforts of local historian Al Gray.

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