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WW2 Presentation

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Tamara Berry

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Harry Bland was then stationed in Summerside P.E.I. in 1945 at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) .
Harry Bland was born in Toronto on December 27th, 1916.
-Harry's Wife
-She made bombs in East York at a factory (in tunnel, Geico)
-knit and packed care packages at the local legion
-Named after Vimy Ridge

-Tamara's Grandma
Harry first joined the army at the age of 24 in August 1940. After he saw his brother-in-law Tommy in the air force, he wanted to join too and left the army in September 1941.
Harry was then in the Royal Air Force (RAF).
-Flew in the bomber plane overseas
-Harry went on a mission with a crew including his best friend Goldie, the pilot.
-When they came back, the only two that survived were Harry and Goldie.
(Goldwin Gable)
Harry was involved in many overseas missions. Men in the Air Force only had to complete a certain number of missions overseas. Harry completed the certain number plus more.
Lastly, Harry joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a navigator in a Halifax Bomber Plane.

Throughout World War Two Halifax Bombers or “The Handley Page Halifax” was actively used by the Royal Air Force and as the war progressed the Royal Canadian Air Force used as well. These aircrafts were created when the Royal Air Force in 1936 requested a bomber with two twenty four cylinder Rolls-Royce Vulture engines. Modifications were made and these aircrafts were engine heavy with a twin tail, and mid wing design.
Halifax Bomber
*The wing span = 31.7 meters.
*The length of the plane = 22 meters.
*The maximum speed = 450 km per hour.
*When fully loaded with bombs = 5 800 lbs.
*Mainly used for night attacks on German cities as well as carrying high priority cargo and transporting personnel.
*Over 6000 Halifax Bombers were constructed before they stopped building them in 1946.
He bombed...

United Nations fighters among whom there are many of your compatriots, are determined to cleanse the occupied territories of the German invaders and liberate Europe from Nazi control.
To achieve this, they must attack the Germans everywhere to destroy their weapons and factories that manufacture these weapons. We know that you understand this, as you understood in the past.
Belgian workers, beware! Attacks on the industry in Belgium, to gain control of Germany, will be intensified. From now on it will become very dangerous for you to work in factories as follows:
-assembly plants had
-depot stores and aircraft parts
-factories spare parts or equipment for aviation
-factories and locomotive repair shops of railway material
-automobile factories
-seconded factories producing parts for submarines
Whenever possible, stay in the away from these plants. Spread out your families. If you are forced to work in these factories, you could obtain an effective early warning system and good shelters quickly accessible as alert is given. You can get it for free. We ask you to take all possible precautions to avoid further suffering. This is urgent!
The Allied High Command.
-This picture was taken in Ottawa.
-Administration course
-Tommy was killed in an Essen raid along with many others.
-Harry went back to Essen and bombed it with his crew.
Joined the war in 1944 when he lived in Downsview, Toronto
Fingal, Stratford
-Harry was first stationed in Fingal, Stratford.
Dartmouth, Halifax
-Harry was stationed at the Dartmouth base in 1946.
-This was his third and final placement.
-fought in Dieppe
-learned how swim in Dieppe
-was in army
How it effected the life of his family
-never in a constant home
-kids were in and out of school
-his daughter(Doreen) didn't go to school for a few years (did grade 4,5,6 in 2 years in P.E.I)
-lived with her grandparents
-taught herself math and how to read with her mothers help
-didn't understand what was going on
-knew something was wrong
-never talked about war
-before hair was reddy, blonde
-after hair was black (stress)
-only talked about good times
The RCAF is one of the three environmental commands of the Canadian forces. The RCAF peace time establishment had 23 squadrons, only 11 were permanent. Eight of the eleven squadrons were formed and put together in preparation for the war. During the first month of World War 2, only 15 squadrons were able to get mobilized and up to strength to be sent out, which meant there was 12 for the home front and three to be sent overseas. There were 20 types of air crafts, but in total there were only 230. And over half were either training, or transportation aircraft's. With both the personal and the equipment, the RCAF expanded to become the fourth largest allied air force.
-Harry was very smart
-He wanted to be a pharmacist but didn't have enough money to go to school
-didn't go to university
-had his first heart attack at age of 38(stress)
-painted on planes(artistic, liked to draw cartoons)
-had second heart attack at 48 and died (stress)

-quit in 1967 after 20 years
-started own meat business
-jobs had to be held
-went back to Loblaws (meat manager)
-started the credit union
-was going to be sent to Germany
-wanted out
-got out of the RCAF in 1947
The navigators job was to know where the plane was at all times and to say where to go from departure to destination and return.
How To Become a Navigator
-training to be a navigator was hard work
-British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) required that they had to pass through several levels of testing and schooling before they were posted.
-sign up and go through medical tests
-practiced drills and did guard duty until there was room in the Initial Training School (ITS)
-trainees were put into a 5 week basic training class (covered air force law, navigation, meteorology, aircraft recognition, the theory of flight, mechanics and discipline).
-graduated form ITS to a school that matched their capabilities
-in 1942 the position of air observer was split into navigator and air bomber
-navigators specializing in bombing would take 8 weeks of gunnery school and 12 weeks of air observer school
-navigators specializing in wireless operations spent 28 weeks in wireless school and 22 weeks in air observer school
-professional boxer
-in 1932 olympics
-then joined the air force
Harry and his three brothers were expected to go to war to fight for Britain. His parents were both from Britain and were both devastated by what was happening.
Some of Harry's Medals:
1939-45 Star
Aircrew Europe Star
Italy Star
Defense Medal
Far Medal 1939-45
RCAF Operational Wings
-Kept the skies clear over Britain
-Reduced Hitler to having to bomb citizens.
-Kept paratroopers and sea vessels from landing
-RAF started flying after the battle of Britain (when France fell)
Jobs after the War:
Identification Card
Clothing Coupon Book
-Harry Bland had his first heart attack at the age of 38.
-He had his second heart attack at 48 and died in 1965
Harry Bland
RCAF World War 2
Born: December 27th, 1916
Died: May 6th, 1965
Urgent warning
Belgian people
This is a flyer that was thrown out of the planes to warn the people below. This one is addressed to the people of Belgium. It translates to this:
Royal Air Force
-Harry was very smart
-He wanted to be a pharmacist but didn't have enough money to go to school
-Didn't go to university
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