Elsie MacGill was an accomplished engineer who was the chief aeronautical engineer for Canadian Car and Foundry, one of the war production companies. Her innovations on the Hawker Hurricane gave her a nickname: the Queen of the Hurricanes.
Monday, November 22, 2021
Franklin Roosevelt called Canada the 'aerodrome of democracy'. Many places across the country had training centres for Allied airmen to learn to fly, and learn the techniques to keep them alive in a branch of the services that tended to have a short life span. George Reynolds spent his war teaching them.
A tragic, poignant story: the Campbell brothers, twins who both took to the air against the Luftwaffe and died a month apart.
The service jacket belonged to one of them.
Two stalwart allies: Churchill and Mackenzie King.
Women at work as part of the war effort. The exhibit had many such photographs.
An example of civilian bravery. Albert Socque was a driver for one of the wartime industries and risked his life to save a co-worker. He would be awarded the George Medal, a medal introduced by the King for examples of civilian courage.
This is the service uniform of Minnie Gray, an African-Canadian woman who joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps and found career opportunities that civilian society would have kept her out of.
Another artifact of great poignancy: this quilt was done by a London woman who found that doing this helped alleviate the stress during the Blitz. We'll carry on with this tomorrow.