Letters from World War II fighter pilot on display
CTV Northern Ontario
Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 1:59PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 5, 2017 6:40PM EST
The Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence in North Bay has a new exhibit called “Letters from the heart."
It focuses on war-time correspondence and highlights letters written by fighter pilot, Bill Olmsted, who made his home in North Bay after the war.
Olmsted’s younger brother, Charles, remembers being around eleven years old when his older brother joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to fight in World War two, almost eighty years ago.
He remembers his Mom loving those letters when they arrived.
"She was nervous, but happy just to get the letters. I mean it was an amazing experience to see her. She knew all of the postmen and she'd race out there." said Charles Olmsted.
During his time overseas, Bill wrote about 400 letters home to his mother. They were full of stories and painted a very personal picture of his life during the war.
According to Charles, the letters were a way that his brother could keep the connection strong and put his mother’s mind at ease while he was overseas.
Charles Olmsted offered the letters to the museum, hoping others can benefit from their rich history.
"It's interesting to see that sort or transition and that experience of what it was like being over there from the individual scale rather than from the grand tactical scale." said Bethany Aitcheson, museum staff.
The exhibit allows visitors a chance to explore relationships during war time and the role correspondence played in helping both sides cope with the distance and circumstances.
"Letters from the heart" will be on display at the Canadian Forces Museum until January 20th.