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 of RCAF personnel operating overseas in Mitchell medium bombers did so as members of Royal Air Force squadrons.
Icy Latitudes: The Duty Of The Lost Legion
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 helping to win the war.READ MORE
The Havoc Continues: Closing In On Falaise
While the Canadians fought towards Falaise, the Americans—to the west—were advancing more quickly. By the evening of Aug. 8 it was clear the Germans had failed in their attempt to cut off General George S. Patton’s 3rd U.S. Army with an attack through Mortain to the Normandy coast.READ MORE
Trying To Stay Ahead Of The Pack
The failure to stem the U-boat assault in the St. Lawrence was an embarrassment to the Royal Canadian Navy and the government in 1942.READ MORE
Eye On Defence: May/June 2013
With the possible exception of the first two years of the First World War and the Korean War, governments of Canada have historically spared no effort to make sure its soldiers, sailors and airpersons went to war with the best equipment possible.READ MORE
ILLUSTRATION: DAVID JUNKIN Andrew is hiding inside his jacket. He’s hunched over, clutching his gut, clearly in distress. He keeps his head down, his face obscured by a ball cap with an overly large bill. An early arrival, he’s snagged the chair in the corner across from the door, the safest chair in the room….
Operation Totalize was the first major action carried out by First Canadian Army in the Second World War and a great deal of attention was paid to documenting every aspect of the Aug. 8-10, 1944, battle.
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 time or another, 60 per cent of RCAF personnel abroad served some part of their careers in RAF units.
QUEEN’S OWN RIFLES OF CANADA INVITES YOU …
Commemorative tour departing May 2014 celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day visiting sites of importance to the Regiment during WW I and WW II and other battlefields in France and Belgium. Highlights include Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Ypres Salient, Dieppe, Juno Beach, Carpiquet and Le Mesnil Patry. Travel arrangements for this fully escorted tour by Ellison Travel & Tours include transportation, accommodation, meals, commemorative ceremonies, war memorials and cemeteries and specially organized events with local residents. For details contact Linda at Ellison Travel at 800-265-7022 or visit www.ettravel.com/escorted.