Airman on set

The film Captains of the Clouds often runs on TV movie channels. It is a favourite of those who like aviation movies. Where else can you find Billy Bishop playing himself? In 1940-41, the United States was neutral, but Hollywood was anti-Nazi and pro-British. Britain, with Canada, established cordial relations with the American film...
  • Snakes, Lice And Japanese Aircraft

    May 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    By the monsoon season of 1942 the Japanese had taken as much of Burma (now Myanmar) as they wanted. They had achieved their primary goal of cutting off the land route to China, and it would be many months before they attempted to advance on...
  • 70th Anniversary of D-Day, 1944-2014

    May 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign will soon be underway. Here are a few facts, quotes and graphics on D-Day....
  • Far East Flyers

    March 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    In December 1939, Britain had undertaken to form distinct Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons overseas, manned as far as possible by Canadian graduates of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. By July 1940, with France defeated, Italy an enemy, Japan threatening and Britain itself threatened...
  • Lost In The Azores

    January 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Members of the Lost Legion—Royal Canadian Air Force personnel who served overseas in British rather than Canadian units—saw many harsh or uncomfortable places, from Russia to Southeast Asia. Some locations, however, were quite delightful, including the Azores in the Atlantic...
  • The Search For Henry Cleary

    November 28, 2013 by Hugh A. Halliday
    With his Spitfire damaged by flak, Flight Lieutenant Henry Cleary was forced to land in, or parachute into occupied France. Cleary evaded capture, but not for long. Earlier this year, his niece, Maureen Pospiech of Niagara-on-the-Lake contacted Legion Magazine, looking for a home for her uncle’s...
  • Killing MiGs In Korea

    September 24, 2013 by Hugh A. Halliday
    It may suprise some that all three branches of the Canadian armed forces were busy in the cold, turbulent air over Korea between 1950 and 1953. Their experiences are not well known, but they did their duty by attacking ground targets and engaging MiG-15s. The transpacific...
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