I received an article from a former RCAF 408 Goose squadron Pilot from "The Trentonian" regarding an exceptional and extremely generous philanthropic donation to the RCAF Museum Halifax project.
A Mr. Ray James DFC (former Air Bomber - 32 missions with 435 Squadron) and retired Canadian President of Johnson & Johnson donated over 1/2 a million dollars to aid in the second phase of this magnificent restoration.
This kind-hearted soul has made a HUGE contribution to seeing this remarkable project through to completion perhaps far ahead of schedule and his generosity and committment puts our Federal government to shame when it comes to supporting something so immeasurably valued as the restoration and preservation of Canada's rich aviation heritage and specifically the recognition of the sacrifice of so many who flew the Halifax during the aerial tumult of WWII.
I will be looking forward with anticipation to being able to take a special friend and acquaintance to see the old girl completed. Mr. Jack Carver turned 90 years old this February and says it is his intention to stick around to see the Halifax on display restored to completion.
Many Canadian vets and many others world-wide will be thrilled to know that the goal may be obtainable in less time than projected.
Hang in there, Jack - we'll make it down to Trenton yet - you can count on it!
And to Mr. Ray James from all Canadians who appreciate what it is you have done - may you have continued good health and happiness in knowing the difference you have made not only in your amazing contribution as a former Canadian airmen but also to the preservation of a monument. 2005 is "The Year of the Veteran" here in Canada and your donation makes this a very special year indeed.
Flt. Lt. R. James, D.F.C. flew with No. 434 "Bluenose" Squadron. of No. 6 Group RCAF which was based at Tholthorpe, Yorkshire, I believe not No. 435 Squadron RCAF as cited apparently erroneously in the Trentonian newspaper article.
I stand to be corrected but I believe this accurate.