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...
  • Operation Hawk: The Korean Airlift

    August 7, 2013 by Hugh A. Halliday
    In 1947, while Prime Minister Mackenzie King was in London, his Minister of Foreign Affairs (and chosen successor), Louis St-Laurent, consented to Canadian participation on the United Nations Temporary Commission of Korea (UNTOK). On his return to Canada, King furiously confronted St-Laurent. He wanted no...
  • Icy Latitudes: The Duty Of The Lost Legion

    June 7, 2013 by Hugh A. Halliday
    One of the most conspicuous aspects of the Lost Legion—the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel who served outside of RCAF units during the Second World War—is the remoteness of many locations. From tiny, dusty airstrips to frigid radar stations, these Canadians gained little attention while...
  • Canadian airmen stand next to their Mitchell medium bomber, July 1944. PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES JOINT IMAGERY CENTRE—PL30969 During the Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons flew many types of aircraft in a variety of roles. Looking over this history, it is worth noting...
  • The Men Who Sank The Tirpitz: Air Force, Part 54

    November 28, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The wreck of Tirpitz being scrapped after the war. PHOTO: BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM OF CANADA Thousands of Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew served in Bomber Command throughout the Second World War. Although 15 Canadian squadrons existed within that formation, many RCAF personnel flew in non-RCAF...
  • Rare Birds Of The Lost Legion: Air Force, Part 53

    September 28, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    A Westland Whirlwind skirts above the clouds. PHOTO: ED COATES COLLECTION The Lost Legion of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel–those who served overseas in non-Canadian squadrons–included men who flew aircraft types that never crossed the threshold of a Canadian unit. No RCAF squadron was ever...
  • Aiding The Partisans: Air Force, Part 52

    July 28, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Flying officers Frank Moore and Fred Ashbaugh of the RCAF were among the Canadians who served in the Balkans during the Second World War. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—E010938657 Germany’s invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941 precipitated a fierce, complex four-year conflict. The enemy exploited...
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