HAMILTON, ON – October 5, 2016 – Hamilton Public Library (HPL) invites everyone to the official opening of an exciting historical exhibition, “Canadian Aviators help Warsaw during the Uprising ’44.” The exhibition is a tribute to Canadian airmen who died during the Second World War providing airlift for the Polish Home Army in occupied Poland and for Warsaw’s insurgents fighting for the liberation of Poland’s capital city. These courageous pilots came to Europe from across Canada: from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast and all parts in between. And now they rest on Polish soil forever, thousands of kilometres from their families and home.
The exhibition was organized by the Embassy of Canada to Poland in Warsaw in cooperation with the Warsaw Uprising Museum and is sponsored by the Consulate General of Poland in Toronto, the Col. Pilot B. Orlinski Museum and Archives of the Polish Armed Forces, Wawel Villa, Mississauga, and Hamilton Public Library.
WHAT: Official Opening of “Canadian Aviators Help Warsaw During the Uprising of ’44” Exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 2016 6 p.m.
- Consul General Grzegorz Morawski and Consul Andrzej Szydlo, Consulate General of Poland in Toronto
- Magdalena Pietrzak-Merta, representing Poland's Office For War Veterans and Victims of Oppression
- Roman Baraniecki, Curator, Col. Pilot B. Orlinski Museum and Archives of the Polish Armed Forces, Wawel Villa, Mississauga
- Sandra Dirckze, relative of F/O Harold Brown, one of the pilots shot down over Poland on August 4/5, 1944, who is featured in the exhibit.
- Paul Takala, CEO and Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library
WHERE: Hamilton Public Library - Central Library 55 York Boulevard 1st Floor – Living Room Hamilton ON L8N 4E4
In Southern Poland in 2006, remnants of the Halifax JP 276 FS-A were found, which was shot down on August 5, 1944 with a Canadian crew on board. The exhibit tells the story of this tragic event and pays homage to Canadian heroic airmen. The display will be shown until November 28, 2016.