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...
  • 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 War. The charismatic figure of Brigadier Orde Wingate haunts accounts of the Burma campaigns of 1943-44. He was a...
  • 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 squadrons. General William Slim’s leadership of XIV Army was brilliant, yet he is one of the least known...
  • Snakes, Lice And Japanese Aircraft

    May 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Squadron Leader Robert Day behind the wheel of a jeep, joined by other Far East personnel. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—e011086438 By the monsoon season of 1942 the Japanese had taken as much of Burma (now Myanmar) as they wanted. They had achieved their primary...
  • 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....
  • Lost In The Azores

    January 28, 2014 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Flying operations from Lagens in the Azores began in October 1943. PHOTO: IWM—205207621 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...
  • Killing MiGs In Korea

    September 24, 2013 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Lieutenant-Commander Joseph MacBrien and his wife after the Canadian naval aviator is presented with an American Distinguished Flying Cross in 1954. PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES—O-7147 It may suprise some that all three branches of the Canadian armed forces were busy in the cold, turbulent air over...
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