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Canadian flyers go to war

Canada’s air force was born in fits and starts The first tool for military aviation was the hot air balloon, first used during the French Revolutionary Wars. In the American Civil War, both sides employed observation balloons. By 1910, the airplane had proven its capability for sustained flight, and many armies investigated the utility...
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    VE-Day in Pictures

    May 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Timeless images of relief and joy It’s over! The guns in Europe are silent and the troops are coming home. As the news marking the Allied victory in Europe spreads from east to west, so does the...
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    In and out of Southeast Asia

    April 7, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Canada’s air force had a tentative role in defending Australia, Burma and...
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    Tiger In Waiting

    January 28, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    It was called Tiger Force, but the Second World War ended before this new strategic bombing formation could roar off into the Pacific. Canadians—in the air and on the ground—were among the thousands of Commonwealth personnel who volunteered to serve against...
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    Drop Zone Burma

    December 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Nasty weather, enemy fire and an unforgiving jungle—just some of the perils faced by the men who flew transport missions over Burma during the Second World...
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    The Forgotten Flyers

    September 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    In other theatres the RAF had spurned dive-bombers in general and the Vengeance in particular. But in India and Burma the Vengeance performed heroic service with nine...
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    Astonishing Adventures In The Far East

    July 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The allied air forces (American and British) in India during the Second World War were always aggressive in their stance. The monsoon rains from June to October might hinder operations, but lessons were learned, airfield surfaces improved and pressure on the Japanese steadily...
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