Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Andrew Mynarski joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. During a raid on targets in France, Mynarski made a heroic effort to free Lancaster rear gunner John Brophy from the turret of his burning plane, even though Mynarski’s own clothing and parachute were also burning. Although he finally bailed out of the crippled aircraft, Mynarski died. Miraculously, Brophy survived the crash and was able to recount the incredible heroic action of his brave comrade. Pilot Officer Mynarski was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his actions. Mynarski Hall qualifies as a conference room with an "historical cachet", displaying many artifacts salvaged from the Mynarski Lancaster.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Andrew Mynarski joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. During a raid on targets in France, Mynarski made a heroic effort to free Lancaster rear gunner John Brophy from the turret of his burning plane, even though Mynarski’s own clothing and parachute were also burning. Although he finally bailed out of the crippled aircraft, Mynarski died. Miraculously, Brophy survived the crash and was able to recount the incredible heroic action of his brave comrade. Pilot Officer Mynarski was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his actions. Mynarski Hall qualifies as a conference room with an "historical cachet", displaying many artifacts salvaged from the Mynarski Lancaster.


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This is a portrait of Pilot Officer Andrew Munynarski awarded the Victoris Cross

Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski VC

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Parachute and gear recovered from Mynarski's Lancaster

Displayed here is an interesting panorama of one of the original parachutes carried that fateful night aboard Mynarski’s Lancaster.

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Machine gun

This machine gun salvaged from Mynarski's Lancaster was used by the French Resistance against the German Forces.

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Born in Mimico, Ontario, David Hornell was the second member of the Royal Canadian Air Force to win the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. Crippled by withering fire from a German submarine, Hornell pressed home a successful attack, sinking the submarine. His plane then plunged into the chilly waters of the North Atlantic. Rescued after twenty-one hours on a dinghy, Hornell succumbed to exposure shortly thereafter. Based on accounts of his valiant efforts to bolster the chances of his crew’s survival in the frigid ocean waters, Hornell was awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of his extraordinary actions.
Born in Mimico, Ontario, David Hornell was the second member of the Royal Canadian Air Force to win the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. Crippled by withering fire from a German submarine, Hornell pressed home a successful attack, sinking the submarine. His plane then plunged into the chilly waters of the North Atlantic. Rescued after twenty-one hours on a dinghy, Hornell succumbed to exposure shortly thereafter. Based on accounts of his valiant efforts to bolster the chances of his crew’s survival in the frigid ocean waters, Hornell was awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of his extraordinary actions.

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Flight-Lieutenant D.E. Hornell.

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Les médailles de Capitaine d'aviation D.E. Hornell

These awards are on display at the 1 Canadian Air Division Museum thanks to the Hornell Family, including his Victoria Cross.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Develop an understanding of the participation and role of Canada’s Air Force in the World War II
  • Examine the contributions, sacrifices and experiences of individuals who participated in military events during World War II
  • Identify key locations in which Canada’s Air Force operated during World War II
  • Evaluate the weapons and technology used by the Canadian Air Force

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