Vintage warbirds

At their most essential, they are wooden or tubular alloy skeletons wrapped in paper-thin fabric or sheet-metal skins—riveted tin cans powered by internal combustion engines, driven by propellers and flown on a wing and a prayer. Belching fire and smoke, coughing and kicking as if in protest at being awakened from slumber, they come to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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