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Plaque Dedication April 13, 2014 - Dedication of Buchenwald Memorial Plaque
After nearly 70 years, a plaque was dedicated at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp to recognize that 168 Allied aircrew were illegally imprisoned there from August 20 to November 28, 1944. The Memorial Plaque publicly recognizes for the first time that Allied aircrew spent more than 3 months there under terrifying circumstances, and honours two aircrew that died in captivity.
Ed Carter-Edwards, one of those there and a member of the No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum, attended as a representative of the Canadian aircrew. He was the first to lay a rose on the Memorial. Ed was the wireless radio operator in a Halifax bomber shot down over France. He parachuted safely and was able to connect with the French Underground. The Underground moved him to Paris in stages where he and another aircrew were to be driven to Spain by a young French couple. If they made it to Spain safely, they would be able to return to England. Unfortunately, a Gestapo informer had infiltrated that branch of the French Underground. The Gestapo stopped the car as it was leaving Paris and all four were arrested. The two aircrew and the French couple were temporarily sent to a prison in Paris before being loaded in cattle cars and sent to Buchenwald. Ed and the other aircrew were charged with espionage. Ed believes that the French couple were sent to the gas chambers. It was only the intervention of a high ranking Luftwaffe officer who arranged for the transfer of all of the remaining Allied aircrew to a POW camp. To hear Ed Carter-Edwards address at the dedication go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnOj9j-U9pk3
Museum now on winter hours
We are open Tuesday mornings all year long from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. You can arrange a tour by sending an email through the Contact Us page or by calling 905-701-7223.
Copies of recent Museum Newsletters now available on the Web site.
Any one interested in newsletters since February 2015 can access those through the News page.
Records of No. 6 SFTS Trainees
The Museum records of pilot trainees has been converted to searchable digital files to facilitate the search for student names in response to requests from family members. We also have the details of the 47 men who died while training at the No. 6 SFTS, as well as a book detailing every member of the RCAF who died during WW II. Send requests using the email form on the Contact Us page.
Fatalities at No. 6 SFTS
Details of the 47 fatalities while the base was in operation as a training facility are available by clicking on this link.