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WWII

These collections contains all materials relating to Canadian from 1939 to 1945. Some individual collections may contain materials beyond this time frame. External links in collection descriptions are to casualty and burial information at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Flight Sergeant Harry E. Hansell was born on April 13, 1923 and raised in Alberta. At the age of 19, he enlisted with the RCAF in Edmonton in February, 1942. Hansell served overseas with the 16 Squadron Conversion Unit, the 427 Squadron, and the 434 Squadron. He and his crew were shot down on a raid over Germany on September 27, 1943. The collection consists of more than twenty letter from Hansell as well as official correspondence concerning his death.

William Cameron Hay was born in Toronto, Ontario in March, 1925 and joined the RCAF in 1943. He served overseas with the RCAF until the end of the war. The collection consists of more than forty letters from 1943 to 1945 between Bill Hay and his girlfriend and later wife, Hilda Cook.

Malcolm Ronald Healy enlisted in June, 1941 in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Healy served oveseas in Europe and was demobilized in November, 1945. The collection currently consists of nine photographs and miscellaneous personal items.

Humewood School is a school in Toronto, Ontario which during WWII sent parcels to ex-Humewood students who were serving during the war.  This unique collection currently consists of more than forty letters of thank you back to the school for Christmas parcels sent for Christmas of 1944.

John "Jack" Fenton Humphrey was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in October, 1922.  He enlisted with the RCAF and trained as an aircraft mechanic in 1941 and was sent overseas to Britain.  In 1943 Humphrey trained as a rear gunner  and then was sent again overseas.  He returned to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of more than thirty letters written by Humphrey during the war.

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Latest Readings from World War Two collections

Rick Mercer

Reads a 10/25/1943 Letter by Styles, Jack Morris from World War Two collections. View full Letter

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Reads a 05/28/1944 Letter by Senton, Claude from World War Two collections. View full Letter

Chris Hadfield

Reads a Memoir by Selfe, C.A. (Tony) from World War Two collections. View full Memoir