Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

It was just six weeks before the end of the Second World War when the telegram arrived for the Lee family in Winnipeg, all capital letters, like someone shouting to be heard above a rising internal wail: REGRET TO ADVISE THAT YOUR SON FLYING OFFICER JIM GEN LEE…IS REPORTED MISSING AFTER AIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS...
  • 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...
  • Canadians are familiar with their armed forces being engaged in providing humanitarian assistance. From Haiti to the Indian Ocean, military and civil air resources are deployed to bring aid to countries ravaged by disease or natural disasters. However, the public knows very little or nothing...
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