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Research Sources WWII

Page history last edited by Rachel Collishaw 8 years, 10 months ago
 Starting Resources to find your soldier

 

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

- Search for your soldier's last name to find a picture of the book of remembrance, cemetery information and any photos or news clippings

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
www.cwgc.org/

 

The Books of Remembrance.
www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/
books&CFID=13061604&CFTOKEN=56237905

 

If your soldier attended Queen's University, the archives there has photos and brief records of all of their fallen.

http://archives.queensu.ca/exhibits/queens-remembers/world-war-ii 

 

General Research

 

 Museum of Civilization - Newspaper articles and context on every topic of the war.

http://www.civilization.ca/cwm/exhibitions/newspapers/intro_e.shtml
 
Veterans Affairs - Second World War - all major Canadian battles and events described.
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/second-world-war

 

Veterans Affairs - Medals of the Second World War

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/cmdp/medals/ww11medals

 

CBC Archives
http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/war-conflict/

 

 Resources for the Air Force and Bomber Command 

 

Heroes Remember Bomber Command - Veterans describe life in Bomber Command

 

Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Alberta - Includes pictures of the Canadian memorial and you can search your soldier's name to get date of death and flying unit.

 

Canadian Warplane Heritage - find the plane your soldier flew
http://www.warplane.com/pages/ourstories_rcaf.html
 
The RCAF Overseas - descriptions of all theatres of operation and squadrons described
http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/v2/hst/page-eng.asp?id=560

 

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon MB LOTS of information here

http://www.airmuseum.ca/

 

Info on Wireless operator and Airgunner
http://www.airmuseum.ca/amtour04.html
 
Info on trucks and planes used by the RCAF
http://www.airmuseum.ca/amtour07.html


 Info on Navigator and Bomb Aimer
http://www.airmuseum.ca/amtour01.html
 
Info on Government issued supplies
http://www.airmuseum.ca/amtour02.html
 
Pilot emergency equipment
http://www.airmuseum.ca/amtour03.html

 

Royal Canadian Air Force Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Canadian_Air_Force
 
RCAF Juno Beach website
http://www.junobeach.org/e/4/can-tac-air-e.htm

First Hand Accounts

 

Heroes Remember - search by campaign at Veteran's Affairs Canada

 

Citing Your Sources

You must cite your sources using Chicago Format  

Generating your list of works cited: 

Go to Easybib.com and enter the title of the book or website. Click cite this. Review the information, enter additional info and click Create Citation. Copy this to your web page

 

Footnotes:

 

Number 413 bomber squadron was posted in North Africa to bomb Italian rail junctions, freight yards, harbours and airfields in preparation for the allied landings in Sicily in May and June 1943 [1]

 

Sample Bibilography:

[1]"Bomber Command | Timeline - World War II | History | Royal Canadian Air Force | DND/CF ." Royal Canadian Air Force. Department of National Defense, 3 Apr. 2009. Web. 1 May 2012.
[2]Santor, Donald M.. Canadians at war, 1939-1945. Toronto: Prentice-Hall of Canada, 1979. Print.
Here is a sample citation for your soldier's military file that you can use and modify:
"Adam, Peter." Military Files 1942-1944. Library and Archives Canada.

 

 

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