Resources

UP, UP AND AWAY!

Pat Kelly of Pat Kelly Model Design in Windsor, Ontario, has developed a fun way for you to build your own model of the Bad Penny Lancaster.

 

Simply click at right on any of the Bad Penny model images, download the file, and  print out the three pages, and follow the instructions.

 

You will need scissors, glue and maybe a grown-up to help you cut it out, and to join in on the fun!

 

NOTE: 67 lb. paper is recommended for the model. Heavy paper ensures better quality folds and stability.

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Documentaries

Online Resources

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WINDSOR'S BAD PENNY

The Canadian Aviation Museum 

Home to Windsor's Lancaster bomber, Bad Penny, and Mosquito KB16, the Canadian Aviation Museum, founded in 1993, is a charitable, non-profit organization whose mandate is to acquire, document and preserve a collection of antique or vintage military and civilian aircraft important to Canadian aviation history. The museum occupies the original hangar of #7 Elementary Flying Training School, built in 1940 as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

OPERATION CHOWHOUND

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.

Manna – The Hunger Winter

A website fro the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) provides details of tyjr role plyed by the Britisj during Operation Manna.

The Chowhound 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 documentaries.

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.

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.

Who were the Nazis?
Overview of the ideology and practice of the Nazi Party and of Nazi Germany.


CANADIAN AVIATION

The British Columbia Aviation Museum
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.

Comox 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.

Great 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.

Greenwood Military 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.

Quebec Air 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.

INTERNATIONAL AVIATION

The Business of Aviation

Fun look at the history of flight. Lots of great links and resources.

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.

The 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 facility.

National 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 technology.

Royal 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.

Fotosearch.com
High quality images of military and civil aircrafts from early aviation era until present including the World Wars along with aerobatics, and aerial images. 

LANCASTER HISTORY

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Detailed information and photographs regarding of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, located in Mount Hope, Ontario.

Lancaster Details

Avro Lancaster statistics from the CANADIAN WARPLANE HERITAGE MUSEUM

Windsor’s Lancaster Memorial FM212

History of Windsor's Lancaster

 

Britannica Online

More details about the Lancaster.

Avro Lancaster

The most iconic heavy bomber of WWII.

Bomber Command Museum

Learn about the saga of the Red Deer Alberta Lancaster.

Military Factory

An online resource regarding WWII military equipment.

Canadian Aviation & Space Museum

Located on a former military air base just five kilometres from the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum focuses on aviation in Canada within an international context – from its beginnings in 1909 to today.

The 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 HISTORICAL RESOURCES

Windsor Public Library
Windsor Public Library has a wide range of resources related to local history.

 

Chimczuk Museum

Windsor’s Community Museum is an 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 Canadian Transportation Museum
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.

Windsor Then, Windsor Now

Stories about Windsor's fascinating past.

Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial, Jackson Park