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Canadian Naval Air Remembers (CANAR)

Canadian Naval Air Remembers (CANAR)

HMCS Warrior arrives in Halifax, March 31, 1946

Canadian Naval Air Remembers, 3-5 May 2024


Dear Friends,

I regret to inform you that the numbers of ticket sales required to hold the proposed CANAR Commemorative event have not materialized. In the last three weeks there have only been 8 additional tickets sold bringing the total to 34. Given the shortfall and the limited time to make it up, the CANAR group has reluctantly decided to cancel the event. 

Within two weeks, the team at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will be refunding your payment to the credit card used in the purchase. Please wait for them to contact you. 

Your commitment to attend is highly appreciated. We were looking forward to seeing you and wish you well until we meet again. 

In that regard, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum team have been exceptional in supporting this event. They have a significant collection and merit your visit. If any would like to gather to visit the CWHM, or attend the Battle of Atlantic Service alongside HMCS Haida on a more informal basis, or individually, they would love to see you. Please mention you are part of the Canadian Naval Air Remembers group. If you do so, I would love to know.

The Committee will be finalizing the CANAR Commemorative Book to document all of the Canadians who died while serving in Naval Air up to the present time. It is the first time that such a list has been compiled and featured, thus has been a labour of love by the researchers. Nonetheless, it has not been possible to find photographs and details for all of the entries in the book. While confident all have been identified, if you have information or photographs to complete the documentation it would be appreciated.

Canadians first served in naval air in 1914 marking this year as its 110th Anniversary – a fitting time by which to produce a commemorative and celebratory book. The variety of naval, Canadian Armed Forces, and air force personnel who carried and continue to carry that torch provides a peek into the history and politics of Canada’s National Defence. Currently, book availability is being planned for Remembrance Day, 11 November 2024.

Regarding the Commemorative Memorial Display, the Shearwater Aviation Museum is undergoing essential building renovations beginning this week. By the time SAM is back in operation the Curator, Christine Hines, will have planned out the details for the Display.

Thank you again for your interest in and support of naval air and this project to remember those to whom we – and all Canadians – owe so much. We are very proud of the role each individual and unit played in Canada’s naval air history. 



Jack McGee

Chair, CANAR Group

Grant Smith, Allan Snowie, John Orr, David Cramton, and Christine Hines, Curator Shearwater Aviation Museum 

CANAR Donations

To support the design and production of the Memorial, we are soliciting donations and would appreciate your generous support. Please send your donation to the “CANAR Memorial” to the Shearwater Aviation Museum via mail to Shearwater Aviation Museum, 12 Wing Shearwater, P.O. Box 99000, Stn Forces, Halifax, NS B3K 5X5, or by e-transfer, including your name and mailing address in the comments section to: 1099-HFXSAMPMTS@CFMWS.COM. If you wish to donate by using MasterCard or VISA, please call 902-830-6809 between 8 am and 4 pm Atlantic Daylight Time, Monday-Friday. Tax receipts will be provided.