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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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