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Tag: History – The story of the CAF

Canada’s Indigenous soldiers wove unbreakable wartime code with native languages

– August 9 marks the 37th International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The 2019 theme is Indigenous Peoples’ Languages. The clever use of Indigenous languages to create an unbreakable secret code played a vital role in the victory of the Allies in the Second World Wa

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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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Remembering the “Buffalo Nine”

– On August 9, 1974, nine Canadian peacekeepers were killed when their Buffalo aircraft was shot down over Syria. Today, August 9 is commemorated as National Peacekeepers’ Day.

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Military historian candidate is first recipient of Air Vice Marshal Keith Hodson Scholarship

– A student of Canadian military history is the first to receive the Air Vice Marshal Hodson Scholarship. Hodson was an RCAF Spitfire pilot who flew 120 missions with RAF Fighter Command in 1941, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

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Canadian Armed Forces teams wrap up 2019 Nijmegen Marches

– On July 21st, 175 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members completed the 103rd International Four Days Marches Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

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Kandahar Cenotaph rededication announced

– The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) are holding a rededication of the Kandahar Cenotaph in the Afghanistan Memorial Hall in Ottawa, with the families of the Fallen and other invited guests in attendance. It will take place on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

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Air Force Day on Parliament Hill celebrates RCAF members, past and present

– Every day, there are many reasons to celebrate, honour and commemorate our military members. Recently, there was an opportunity to pay special recognition to those members who wear light blue as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

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