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Tag: Anniversary Commemorations – Anniversaries of important events in CAF history

The Deputy Minister’s Vlog – 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act with Acting Director Official Languages Paul Forget

– September 12th is Linguistic Duality Day. And this year, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act. We can take that as an opportunity to renew our commitment to linguistic duality within the Defence Team.

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Check Six! The Battle of Britain in hindsight

– Historians love to argue about the significance of past events, and the Battle of Britain is no exception. Although there is general agreement that preventing the Luftwaffe from gaining control of the skies over England and the Channel led to the cancellation of the planned invasion and that it was the first serious defeat of German forces in the Second World War, opinions quickly diverge with respect to the follow-on effects of that defeat.

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Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft

– Otto Hjalmar Antoft’s path took him from Denmark to Nova Scotia to the skies over Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. He died when the Short Stirling aircraft on which he was a crew member was shot down during the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”.

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Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flight Lieutenant Peter William Bickford

– Flight Lieutenant Peter Bickford died on the first night of Operation Market Garden, the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”. But not from enemy action—his Lancaster bomber collided with another Lancaster and the crews of both aircraft perished.

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The RCAF and “A Bridge Too Far”

– There was a general belief that “Jerry” was finished after the terrific losses the Germans sustained during the 1944 Normandy campaign and their retreat through France and Belgium. All it would take would be one big “push” by the Allies to end the war by Christmas.
Or so it was thought.

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The Influence of Empire: A National Organization and the Birth of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1918 – 1924

– As a result of its impressive First World War experience – where it not only contributed over 15,000 men to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service, but also produced some of the Empire’s top aces – Canada set out to create its own distinctive air force.

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401 Squadron provides air cover during Dieppe raid

– The RCAF’s 401 Squadron was one of nine Canadian squadrons that took part in Operation Jubilee—the raid on Dieppe, France—on August 19, 1942.

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Dieppe profile of courage: John Edwin Gardiner

– Pilot Officer John Gardiner was born in Saskatchewan on July 8, 1919. He and his wingman died during Operation Jubilee when their Spitfires collided in the sky while being attacked by a German fighter. They are buried side by side in France.

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Dieppe profile of courage: Stirling David Banks

– Stirling David Banks was born on April 7, 1923, in Popular Grove, Prince Edward Island. His life would end 19 short years later, lost when his Hurricane aircraft went down during Operation Jubilee, the disastrous raid on Dieppe.

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In the skies above: Dieppe, August 19, 1942

– It was August 19, 1942, and Operation Jubilee was about to begin. The target was the French port of Dieppe.

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