Air Force

Pilots Down

Canada’s most up-to-date aircraft in 1939 was the Northrop Delta, manufactured under licence by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal. It was about the size of a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter—a large, single-engine, low-wing monoplane, powerful and fast. Although noisy and said to be nose-heavy, the Delta was a versatile aircraft and pilots generally spoke...
  • Flyboys In The Great Escape: Air Force, Part 22

    July 1, 2007 by Hugh A. Halliday
    ILLUSTRATION: ROBERT MARSHALL BUCKHAM, CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM, 19850397-024 Clockwise from top: A painting, titled Card Game, depicts prisoners passing a bit of time; George Harsh; Wally Floody. The Great Escape has become almost an advertising cliché, from vacation planning to retirement programs. In spite of...
  • Flyboys On The Ground: Air Force, Part 21

    May 1, 2007 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES—PL34287; KEN BELL, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA145497 Top: All five of these airmen were able to evade capture in World War II; a member of the Belgian underground emerges from a hiding place, December 1944. Some of the most dramatic adventures of World...
  • Defending Bomber Command

    May 1, 2007 by David Bashow
    Clockwise from top: A Halifax bomber crew poses for a photo during the late stages of the war; a Halifax B. Mk. I of 405 Sqdn.; the bomb-battered town of Cleve, Germany; a Canadian crewman stands beneath a Wellington bomber. PHOTOS: HALIFAX RESTORATION TEAM, TRENTON,...
  • Bridging The Ocean: Air Force, Part 20

    March 1, 2007 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA116061; FREDERICK G. WHITCOMBE, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA140094; NICHOLAS MORANT, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA160861 Clockwise from top: Firemen soak down the wreckage of a Liberator after it crashed in downtown Montreal in April 1944; airmail is unloaded in Italy; Air Chief...
  • Air Transport Lifts Off: Air Force, Part 19

    January 1, 2007 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: J. McNULTY, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA065566 A Lockheed Lodestar transport aircraft on a journey in May 1945. A look around the globe confirms that systematic and scheduled air transport in this country lagged far behind that of other countries. The United States had a...
  • The Flying Newfoundlanders: Air Force, Part 18

    November 1, 2006 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES—RE12820; PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES—PL57231; PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES—PL9311 Clockwise from top left: Newfoundlander Roy S. Grandy worked as an air force instructor in 1922; Allan Ogilvie was a decorated bomber navigator in WW II; Newfoundland air force trainees (from left) Cyril Crummy, Sebastian Farrell...
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