No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum celebrates 20th anniversary

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—Twenty years ago, a group of dedicated volunteers came together to create a museum to preserve the history of a major part of Dunnville’s history: the operation of the No. 6 Service Flying Training School (SFTS), for which the former Dunnville Airport was built in 1940. The No. 6 SFTS was part of a larger plan to train Allied aircrew for service in Europe during World War II. The SFTS base was one of 29 across Canada. A total of 2,436 fighter pilots from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States earned their wings here.

Since then, thousands of photographs, memorabilia, records, individual memories, uniforms, and more have been donated and are displayed in the No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum at 536 Pt. Maitland Road, Dunnville. The museum’s hangar offers vintage aircraft, including the type flown by pilot trainees at the No. 6 SFTS. This museum is one of only two museums in Canada preserving the history of these training bases.

Huge Yard Sale

The hangar at the museum is full to bursting with all kinds of treasures, a few mystery items, and a little trash. Browse through hundreds of household and decorative items, glassware, jewellery, books, furniture, and lots more. Everyone is sure to find something that strikes their fancy. The sale runs Saturday, May 18 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sunday, May 19 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Monday, May 20 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit the museum.

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