Great Web links relating to Operation Manna. Canadian aviation
history, museums and aviation groups.
Featured link: 65th Anniversary of Food Drop in Holland - April 29th, 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the test flight of Bad Penny.
& Area Historical Groups/Museum
The Windsor Connection: Kate & Will Wed on Special Anniversary
Not only was April 29, 2011 the date of the latest Royal wedding, it also marked the 66th anniversary of "Operation Manna". This was the Allies' daring food relief mission for the starving people of occupied Holland during WWII. The first Lancaster loaded with food to test the mission's feasibility was flown by RCAF Pilot Bob Upcott of Windsor, Ont.
Conference brings hope to starving Dutch
Radio broadcast from April 30, 1945. Food is finally on the
way for 3.5 million Dutch citizens on the brink of starvation.
and Manna Missions Remembered
This website is dedicated to remembering the food drop missions
in Holland in 1945 through news articles, personal and professional
photos, Airmen and local residents memories, monuments, and
The Mercy Missions Remembered in Post-War Years
Interview with Pilot Bob describing how years later, he came to realize how much the food drops meant.
65th Anniversary of Food Drop in Holland
April 29th, 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the test flight of Bad Penny.
Info on how to make Tulip Bulb Puree
Mimeographed recipes for puree, mash, biscuits, and cake made from tulip bulbs.
Dutch Famine of 1944
The Dutch famine of 1944, known as the Hongerwinter ("Hunger winter") in Dutch, was a famine that took place in the occupied northern part of the Netherlands.
Bad Penny Foundation
Blog written in Dutch.
Who were the Nazis?
Overview of the ideology and practice of the Nazi Party and of Nazi Germany.
The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association‚ CH2A‚
was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in
March, 1995 with a mission statement of "To Honour Canadian
Veterans by Preserving, Maintaining, Restoring, Displaying‚
and Demonstrating antique or vintage military and civilian
aircraft considered important to Canadian aviation history.”
The Canadian Aviation Historical Society is the oldest and
largest organization dedicated to the celebration and documentation
of Canada's flying heritage.
The Canada Aviation Museum is recognized as having the most
extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks
among the best in the world. It has grown to include more
than 130 aircraft and countless artifacts such as engines,
propellers, instruments, armament, flying gear and wind tunnel
I Love Aviation
This website is dedicated being a premier information source
for Canadian Pilots, Cabin Crew, Ground Crew and anyone else
in the Canadian Aviation and Aerospace Industries.
Association of Calgary
The Aero Space Museum — a living history documenting
aviation in Canada. Learn the stories of the trailblazers
who dreamt of flight. Discover the pioneers who adapted aircraft
for trade and recreation. Be inspired by the heroes who fought
for Canada from the skies or, by the adventurers who set their
sights to outer space.
The Alberta Aviation Museum has 27 aircraft on display, over
40 display cabinets and exhibits, an aircraft restoration
area, personal artifact displays of famous Bush Pilots W.R.
"Wop" May, Stan McMillan and others.
The British Columbia
The British Columbia Aviation Society is dedicated to
preserving aircraft and aviation artifacts. They collect,
restore and display aircraft and artifacts related to the
history of aviation in Canada, with emphasis on British Columbia.
Air Defense Museum
Opened in June 1997 and officially recognized as a military
museum by the Canadian Armed Forces, the Bagotville Air Defence
Museum dedicated to the history of military aviation. The
mission of the museum is to preserve, to explain and to disseminate
the military aeronautical heritage of Canada.
Aviation Heritage Centre
The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) is a community
oriented, non-profit organization. The CAHC is on the Macdonald
Campus of McGill University in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue (Montréal),
Québec. The CAHC will use a variety of displays and
lectures to stimulate interest in Canada's rich aviation history.
Canadian Museum of Flight
The Canadian Museum of Flight is located at the Langley Airport,
and is a non-profit, volunteer driven museum dedicated to
restoring, preserving and showcasing Canada's rich aviation
heritage. The Museum and restoration site is open year round,
and houses over 25 aircraft both static and flying.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a living museum featuring
the aircraft used by Canadians or Canada's Military from the
beginning of World War II up to the present. The Museum's
collection includes aircraft that really fly and several that
remain on static display and are interactive workshops.
Air Force Museum
The Comox Air Force Museum displays the heritage of 19 Wing
Comox and West Coast Canadian Military Aviation. The museum
records the history and heritage of all of Canada’s
Air Forces, from the short-lived Royal Flying Corps of Canada
(1917-1918) and Canadian Air Force (1918-1924) through the
glory years of the Royal Canadian Air Force (1924-1968), unification
of the forces in 1968 and on into the present day.
War Flying Museum
Formed in 1970 at Brampton, Ontario, this all-volunteer group
is dedicated to recreating the sights, sounds and feel of
World War One combat aircrafts. In doing so, we honor the
pilots who served with gallantry and distinction during the
Great War of 1914 - 1918. We build, maintain and fly World
War One replica fighter aircraft.
and Aviation Museum
We house permanent and temporary exhibits that reflect the
history of units that have called Greenwood home. The permanent
displays encompass the early formation of the base in 1942
and proceed through the Lancaster, Neptune, Argus and Aurora
eras. The history of Greenwood’s present day squadrons:
14 AMS, 404, 405, 413, 415, 434 and 14 SES are proudly displayed
in a special area set aside for the squadron historians.
and Space Museum
Aerovision Quebec was created to generate an awareness of
the exceptional contribution of the province of Quebec to
the conquest of the air. The Québec Air and Space Museum
and Hall of Fame is devoted to the preservation of the aeronautical
heritage of Quebec, as well as that of the pioneers and heroes
of our aviation history.
The Toronto Aerospace Museum is a non-profit society dedicated
to developing an exciting aviation educational, heritage and
tourist. It’s the oldest aviation heritage building
in the Greater Toronto Area and the oldest surviving aircraft
factory in Canada. Some museum exhibits include sport aircraft
and trainers, piston and Toronto-made jet engines, and rare
flight training simulators used to instruct pilots in the
1940s and 1950s.
The Western Canada Aviation Museum offers a unique mix of
history and science. The original aircraft hangar, includes
several one-of-a-kind aircrafts, such as Canada's first helicopter,
the CL-84 Tilt-wing, our 'flying saucer' Avrocar, and of course,
historic military jets, bushplanes and commercial aircraft.
CanadianAviation.com is one of Canada's most visited aviation
web sites, from student pilots to 747 captains, from flight
service technicians to some of Canada's largest aviation industry
executives. This website features recent news, forums and
Aviation Artist Association
Bringing together artists, sculptors, historians and enthusiasts
interested in the history of Canadian aviation art and the
Canadian aerospace industry. Displaying the works created
by our members in order to stimulate public interest in Canadian
aviation art and promote Canadian aviation history
Aeronautical Preservation Association
"The Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association
exists to promote the preservation of aircraft, Canadian aviation
history, and the retention in Canada of aircraft, airframes,
associated artifacts and related materials significant to
Air Force Association
The Royal Canadian Air Force Association was formed in 1948
as a national advocacy group to support the Royal Canadian
Air Force, and to unite Air Force veterans of the Second World
The purpose of this site is to bring people together who
have a common interest in aviation history.
Archives of Canada
Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves Canada's
documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians.
This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound
and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic
documents such as websites.
The History of Flight and the People Who Made it Possible
As human beings watched birds and insects fly through the air, jealousy of their ability to soar has always been present. The freedom and convenience of flight has always been a desire of the human race.
Aviation History Online Museum
This site offers technical specifications, history and photos
from scores of airplanes from around the world. Read Airmen
bios and stories or take a virtual tour of the Garber restoration
Museum of the United States Air Force (NASA)
The National Museum of the United States Air Force galleries
present military aviation history, boasting more than 300
aircraft and missiles — many rare and one-of-a-kind
— along with thousands of historical items and powerful
sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the
Wright brothers' legacy with today's stealth and precision
Air Force Museum
RAF Museum London is Britain's only national air museum
dedicated to aviation and has a total collection of well over
two hundred aircraft; over a hundred full-size aircraft from
all over the world are displayed under cover on the historic
site of the original London Aerodrome. The London collection
includes some very early airplane designs, war planes including
the legendary Battle of Britain Spitfire airplanes and Lancaster
Bombers of World War II, through to the latest modern day
jets and military aircraft. This site contains a comprehensive
library of pictures, photos and detailed information about
all of the airplanes in the Museum's different collections.
High quality images of military
and civil aircrafts from early aviation era until present
including the World Wars along with aerobatics, and aerial
images. You can visit some of them at following links:
Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum
The Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum is the only facility
in Canada whose primary goal is to honour those who served
with Bomber Command. Their website features information on
Canadian Lancasters, Lancasters after the war and world's
surviving Lancasters as well as information on other aircrafts
and Operation Manna.
Windsor & Area
Public Library/Windsor’s Community Museum
Windsor’s Community Museum is a historical gem that
has been preserved, symbolizing the very roots of Windsor.
View exhibits, collections, education programs, reference
library features maps, pictures and microfilm.
The Windsor Historical Society is dedicated to preserving
the heritage of Windsor, promoting interest in local history
and facilitating research and education to reveal the influence
of local historical events and figures on the character of
the city as it is today.
The Times Magazine is unlike any publication in Canada. It
celebrates the unique heritage of Windsor and area, including
Detroit, while highlighting current events.
The website contains hundreds of stories and over 1000 photos
of Windsor’s and area’s rich history. Stories
include crime in the city and rum running days, the auto industry,
local schools, places and people we remember, black history,
sports heritage, the mysterious and disastrous and more.
The Canadian Transportation houses various modes of transportation,
from the mid 1800s up to the 1992 Dodge Viper. The museum
includes horse and oxen drawn carts, a 1904 Mitchell horse
drawn hearse, fire trucks, Ford Model Ts and As, one of only
117 Ford cars made by Ford of Canada in their first year of
production in 1904 and more.
Walkerville Publishing is a full-service traditional and new
media publishing house based in Windsor, Ontario. Capabilities
include graphic design, copy writing, editing, website development
and promotion, corporate marketing and communication strategies.
Walkerville Publishing also assists authors interested in
self-publishing high-quality, professionally edited and designed
soft and hardcover books.