Support the Recovery of a RCAF Halifax Bomber
$72,101 raised
58% of $124k goal
271 contributors
3 Years running

Sonar image with the wing sections under 1 meter of sand

On August 8th, 1943 RCAF Halifax Bomber, HR 871, landed in the Baltic off the Swedish coast. All 7 crew bailed out and the Halifax has rested unknown and unseen for almost 73 years until recently discovered in 50 feet of water just a few miles offshore of the south tip of Sweden.

Halifax 57 Rescue and Havsresan are pleased to announce after months of negotiations  we have official Swedish government permission to salvage this RCAF Halifax bomber.

We are appealing to all Canadians and history fans to help raise the funding and people's support  to recover HR871 this summer and bring her home, to Canada. Thanks to our colleagues and allies at "Havresan - Sea Journey" of Lund University of Sweden we can save Halifax HR871, literally from "the sands of time".

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$100 CAD
H57RC Baseball Hat
  • 75 claimed
Base Ball Hat embroidered with the Halifax 57 Rescue logo
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$150 CAD
Handley Page Halifax - the complete history
  • 18 ordered
A newly published book (188 pages) on all aspects of the design, history, and combat career of the Halifax bomber, the "jack-of-all-trades" bomber of the RCAF and RAF in Bomber Command. Included is information and great photos on all the survivor Halifaxes in existence and their restorations. This book is straight from the publisher Haynes to Halifax 57 Rescue who contributed to the making of this excellent historical and technical book on the Halifax.
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$250 CAD
Halifax Bomber Print
  • 11 claimed
"Invincible Item" Halifax bomber print, unsigned
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$500 CAD
Halifax - Hercules engine run team member
  • 8 granted
By your donation, you can become one of a very select few Halifax Project supporters and fans with the opportunity to start and help run our Bristol Hercules engine on site at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta during engine runs events! You will be given a full safety briefing and operational procedure instructions so that, under supervision, you will be able to start and participate in a Hercules engine run with our "Halifax crew" team. A great opportunity to be part of the 3-man team that runs the historic Hercules radial engine that powered the famous Halifax, Stirling, and Wellington bombers of WW2!
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$1,000 CAD
Signed Halifax Print
  • 5 claimed
"Invincible Item" Halifax print, signed by (11) Halifax aircrew and the artist.
(DFC) means awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for excellence in combat operations
(POW) - shot down and Prisoner of War
This print is (24 in. X 36 in.) or ( 60 cm. X 92 cm.)

Oliver Rheaume - rear gunner - Ottawa, Ontario
Ted Turner - rear gunner - Campbell River, B.C.
Lloyd Patten DFC - pilot - Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Gordon Ford - wireless operator - Stratford, Ontario
Peter Provias - navigator- Oakville, Ontario
Albert McMullen - mid-upper gunner - POW - Red Deer, Alberta
Russell Earl DFC - pilot - Estevan, Saskatchewan
Jack Dundas DFC - pilot - Ridgeville, Ontario
Barney Ririe DFC - wireless operator - Magrath, Alberta
Michael McCabe - artist - Moncton, New Brunswick - cousin
W.D. Walsh KIA in a Halifax of RCAF 408 Sqn.
Keith Rupert - wireless operator - Ottawa, Ontario
Michael Guthman DFC - mid-upper gunner - Vancouver, B.C.
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