“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Cole Harbour in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

We Will Remember/Nous Nous Souviendrons

We Will Remember Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, August 25, 2019
1. We Will Remember Marker
Welcome to #5 Radar Unit. RCAF Queensport / Cole Harbour.
Bienvenue à Ja Sieme unité de radar deP'ARC, située à Queensport / Cole Harbour.

This base, along with ten others situated along the rocky shores of Nova Scotia, Was tasked with detecting surface ships and aircraft approaching from the sea. During WWII enemy submarines were lurking off the mouth of Halifax Harbour and had already sunk numerous ships in Canadian waters.
Cette base, comme dix autres situées le long des rives rocailleuses de la Nouvelle-Écosse,, fut mandatée de détecter 1es bateaux et avions approchant au large. Durant la deuxième guerre mondaile, des sous-marins ennemis étaient aux aguets a l'embouchure du port d'Halifax etavaient déja coulé plusieurs bateaux.

In May of 1942, Storm Construction Company arrived on scene. Within three months these skilled workers erected a radar base between the Villages of Queensport and Cole Harbour. In August a party of four RCAF radar technicians under the command of Pilot Officer J.A.J. Musselman arrived and installed the highly classified radar equipment.
En mai 1942, la
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compagnie Storm Contsruction arriva sur le site. En moins de trois mois ces travaileurs érigerent une base de radar entre les villages de Queensport et Cole Harbour. En aout, un groupe de quatre techniciens de radar de l'ARC sous le commandedment de l'officier-pilote J.A.J. Musselman arriva et installa l'équipement de radar.

Also arriving in August was the first Commanding Officer in the person of Flight Lieutenant C.H. Jones who, along with the Station complement, brought the radar unit to operational readiness in September of the same year high on the Barrens of Guysborough County
Aussi arrivant en aout, fut le premier commandenten la personne du capitaine C.H. Jones qui, avec ses hommes, rendi la station de radar opérationelle en septembre de la même année sur les côtes du comté de Guysboruogh.

Although the station was designed to be operated by a complement of 36 airmen it was estimated one hundred (180) Officers and Men served here over a three-year period and two lost their lives.
Même si la station fut conçu pour fonctionner avec 36 aviateurs, il est estimé que 180 officiers et hommes servirent pendant une periode de trois ans et que deux eux perdirent leur vie.

Freedom does not come without a cost.
La liberté est jamais sans coût.

Flight Lieutenant L.B. Monasch, the last Commanding Officer officially
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closed # 5 Radar Unit RCAF Station Queensport/Cole Harbour on 20 June, 1945.
Le capitaine L.B. Monasch, Ile dernier commandant, ferma la 5ieme unité de radar de l'ARC à Queensport/Cole Harbour, le 20 juin 1945.
Erected by Royal Canadian Air Force.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceForts and CastlesWar, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1942.
Location. 45° 16.066′ N, 61° 16.38′ W. Marker is near Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, in Guysborough County. Marker is on Marine Drive (Nova Scotia Route 316), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cole Harbour NS B0H 1N0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. #5 Radar Unit R.C.A.F Station (a few steps from this marker); Captain Savalette (approx. 4.8 kilometers away); Welcome to Place Savalette (approx. 4.8 kilometers away); Folklore & Trivia (approx. 7 kilometers away); Port Felix (approx. 7 kilometers away); Yankee Cove (approx. 7.1 kilometers away); The Canal (approx. 7.1 kilometers away); Whitehead (approx. 7.1 kilometers away).
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 23 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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