Support the Recovery of a RCAF Halifax Bomber
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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
  • 94 claimed
Base Ball Hat embroidered with the Halifax 57 Rescue logo
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$100 CAD
RCAF 6 Bomber Group Crest
Commemorative crest of the original RCAF 6 Group crest designed at 6 Group headquarters in 1943-1944. Found recently in the RCAF archives of RCAF 6 Group from over 75 years ago, this crest was used by RCAF Headquarters in England with the symbolic image of the Canadian Maple Leaf superimposed on the Yorkshire White Rose with the RCAF 6 Bomber Group number in
the center. A true but totally forgotten symbol of our RCAF bomber boys, resurrected by HALIFAX 57 RESCUE, as a tribute to the RCAF and Bomber Command's contribution to Allied Victory in WW2.
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$150 CAD
Handley Page Halifax - the complete history
  • 21 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
  • 12 claimed
"Invincible Item" Halifax bomber print, unsigned
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$400 CAD
Halifax Pilot Control-Wheel Replica
H57RC has produced, from an original wartime Pilot's Halifax control wheel in our collection, finely detailed and exact copies of the Halifax pilot control wheel which we offer here for the first time to our members and donors! Complete down to the pilot brake control handles (moveable) in the center of the control wheel, these never-before-offered control wheels, made from heavy resin, are so detailed that even the factory part serial numbers from the original can be seen clearly on these replica gems. Do not miss out on acquiring one of these replicas by donating $400. or more to our Halifax Project! This offering is unique in the Halifax and WW2 bomber aviation world.
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$1,000 CAD
Signed Halifax Print
  • 7 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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$500 CAD
Halifax - Hercules engine run team member

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