Three machines from the Second World War have found new homes this month.
A Grumman TBM Avenger Aircraft has been moved to the Shearwater Aviation Museum in Nova Scotia. The aircraft were built as torpedo bombers, but were put to more mundane postwar work spraying bugs and fighting forest fires in New Brunswick. The museum says it will soon be repainted to its original colours.
The Canadian War Museum is the new home for a rare six-ton M1917 Tank. About 250 of the tanks were acquired as “scrap metal” from the (then neutral) U.S. in 1940. The Canadian Armoured Corps at Camp Borden trained on the tanks, of which only two reside these days in Canada.
Calgary’s rare de Havilland Mosquito was recently moved from a warehouse in the city’s northeast to the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Alta. Calgary city council agreed to pony up $800,000 for restorations if the Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society, formed to save the aircraft from sale outside Canada, came up with matching funds. This venerable plane’s civilian career was in photo mapping.