Halifax Recovery Proceeding

The Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta continues the difficult task of recovering the wreck of a Halifax bomber off the coast of Sweden and the organizers are hoping for a break in the weather. Some work has been done to peel away decades of silt from the bomber, which is lying in 15 metres of water about 16 kilometres off the coast. “If the waves get big, if you can’t anchor, you can’t work,” Project Leader Karl Kjaarsgard told the Nanton News. “We’re kind of at the mercy of the elements.”

Although the dive crews have been to the wreck several times, equipment problems with the giant pump used to remove the silt from the airframe have also slowed them down. Still, the groups says it’s continuing its plans to use parts from the wreck to assemble a museum quality static display of the bomber, which, while it was less famous than the Lancaster and other designs, was more numerous and more significant for Canadian crews. “It’s a no-brainer – you’ve got to have a Halifax,” he said.