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 Men Who Sank The Tirpitz: Air Force, Part 54

    November 28, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    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 units, including in squadrons that fought the mighty German battleship...
  • Rare Birds Of The Lost Legion: Air Force, Part 53

    September 28, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    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....
  • Aiding The Partisans: Air Force, Part 52

    July 28, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Germany’s invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941 precipitated a fierce, complex four-year conflict. The enemy exploited ethnic and religious divisions within the country; local collaboration was common. A puppet Croatian state supported the Axis. Rival partisan groups fought each other as much as they fought...
  • Greek Tragedies: Air Force, Part 51

    June 4, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Canadian air force personnel who served in Africa during the Second World War have something in common with the Canadian personnel stationed in Greece during the same time period. The service of both groups is quite interesting, but not widely known.Canadian air force personnel who...
  • Sub Hunters In Africa: Air Force, Part 50

    April 4, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    While very little has been written about Royal Canadian Air Force personnel stationed in Africa during the Second World War, even less has been shared about the Canadian airmen who flew out of Africa on anti-submarine operations.While very little has been written about Royal Canadian...
  • Into Africa: Air Force, Part 49

    February 29, 2012 by Hugh A. Halliday
    The term “Lost Legion” has a specific meaning for Royal Canadian Air Force historians. It refers to the thousands of RCAF personnel who spent part of their wartime service in Royal Air Force units rather than Canadian ones. Their stories have been largely submerged in...
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