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...
  • The Battle Of Britain: Air Force, Part 17

    September 1, 2006 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The Battle of Britain looms large in the history of World War II. It also represented the first commitment of the Royal Canadian Air Force to combat in that war, although the Canadian role was small compared to future operations. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA037470...
  • Canada’s Yanks: Air Force, Part 16

    July 1, 2006 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTOS: CANADIAN FORCES–PL40411; PL8566 From top: Leading Aircraftman George Stephens (left) chats with American Lieutenant A.A. Harrington who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and then transferred to the United States Army Air Force in 1943; a New Zealander (left) and four Americans pose during...
  • Hunting U-boats From The Air: Air Force, Part 15

    May 1, 2006 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA116719; PA107907 Top: A Canso flying boat observes the surrender of U-889 (left) to the Canadian navy off Nova Scotia in 1945; Bottom: A Liberator patrol bomber helps escort a trans-Atlantic convoy in 1943. In the Atlantic, the first four months...
  • Eastern Air Command: Air Force, Part 14

    March 1, 2006 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTOS: CANADIAN FORCES—PL2730; PL23463 A flying boat from 5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron patrols over an Atlantic convoy; Inset: Squadron Leader Clare L. Annis. The Royal Canadian Air Force was not wholly unprepared when it entered World War II. The force had been receiving newer aircraft...
  • Patrolling The Coasts: Air Force, Part 13

    January 1, 2006 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—CO28590 At least three flying boats can be seen in this photo taken at Jericho Beach, Vancouver, in 1921. Much of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s military flying after World War I had little application to preparations for WW II. A...
  • Up With Mail: Air Force, Part 12

    November 1, 2005 by Hugh A. Halliday
    PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES A Vickers Vancouver collects mail at Havre-Saint-Pierre, Que., in 1932. The first airmail flight in Canada was a military affair, organized by the Aerial League of the British Empire and the Royal Air Force. Captain Brian Peck, an instructor in the Canadian-based...
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