Our first Air Force

Formed, disbanded and resurrected, 401 Squadron has been at the heart of Canada’s air defences for a century. Much of the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Squadron can be seen in a quick glance around Klersy’s, the unit’s lounge in its hangar at 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta. There are...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 that no Canadian squadron operated in the medium-bomber role closely identified with tactical bombing. The greater part...
  • Lost In The RAF: Air Force, Part 55

    January 15, 2013 by Hugh A. Halliday
    It is often mentioned that 60 per cent of all Royal Canadian Air Force personnel overseas during the Second World War served in Royal Air Force units. This “fact” requires some explanation and qualification. It would probably be more accurate to say that, at one...
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