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Tag: History – The story of the CAF

Exhibition by Retired CAF Member Tells Poignant Stories of “LGBT Purge” Survivors

– An art exhibition by WO (Ret’d) Christine Potvin, recently displayed at the School of The Photographic Art Ottawa (SPAO), tells the stories of 14 CAF survivors of the “LGBT Purge,” a dark period during which LGBTQ2 Canadians serving in the public service, the military or the RCMP were unfairly targeted by federal policies due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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D-Day: Canada’s three services on Operation Overlord

– Canada’s Navy, Army and Air Force were all fully engaged in the battle to establish a beachhead in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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D-Day Profile of Courage: Leading Aircraftwoman Eugénie “Frankie” Turner

– Leading Aircraftwoman Eugénie “Frankie” Turner was principally responsible for two RCAF squadrons (408 and 426), each squadron having 15 bombers. During D-Day, she worked 24 hours straight to keep the squadrons’ operations up-to-the-minute on developing events.

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D-Day: The RCAF and Air Defence of Great Britain

– To prepare for the invasion of Europe, the RAF’s Fighter Command was divided between 2nd Tactical Air Force and the Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB). Two of the fighter squadrons in the new ADGB were RCAF squadrons, and their aircrew took to the skies on D-Day.

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75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

– D-Day, and the ensuing Battle of Normandy, was one of Canada’s most significant military engagements of the 20th century. The 75th anniversary of this struggle is a time for us to recognize and remember the more than 90,000 Canadian soldiers who volunteered to serve our country and saw action in the Normandy campaign.

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Second World War veteran revisits the Halifax bomber

– More than 70 years after Flight Lieutenant (retired) Stuart Vallières flew in Halifax heavy bombers during the Second World War, he again entered the “belly of the beast” during a visit to the Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.

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Billy Bishop – Canada’s first Air Force Victoria Cross recipient

– June 2 is celebrated as “Billy Bishop Day” in honour of the famous First World War ace.

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Afghanistan Memorial Hall to open for public visits as of May 31, 2019

– The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have established a system for escorted access to the Afghanistan Memorial Hall for the families of the fallen on a priority basis.

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D-Day: The RCAF and Coastal Command

– Five RCAF squadrons assigned to the RAF’s Coastal command earned the battle honour ‘Normandy’ on D-day, June 6, 1944.

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Prime Minister of the Netherlands christens Don White Tulip

– Today, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, officially christened the “Don White Tulip”, after Canadian Second World War veteran Don White who helped liberate the Netherlands in 1945, and in honor of the upcoming celebration of 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands.

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