Regulation? What regulation?
In late 1938 and early 1939, having just become independent from the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force received approval from the Federal Cabinet through orders-in-councils to restrict enlistment in the RCAF to those of European origin – in other words, persons whose skin was white.
The RCAF regulations were not, however, complete. While officers in both the Permanent (regular) Force and the Non-Permanent Force had to be white, the same restriction was only applied to airmen of the Permanent Force. The reasons for this discrepancy have not been determined.
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