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.
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
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Mitchell Men: Medium Bombers At War: Air Force, Part 56
During the Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons flew many types of aircraft in a variety of roles.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.