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Tag: History – The story of the CAF

60 Seconds with Commodore Rebecca Patterson, Defence Champion for Women

– I’m Cmdre Rebecca Patterson, and I’m the Defence Champion for Women. I’m here to take the 60 seconds challenge. OK. Here we go.

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Battle of Britain remembered throughout Canada

– Throughout the country, RCAF personnel, veterans, air cadets and the Canadian public paused on September 15, 2019, to mark the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain—a pivotal battle that thwarted Hitler’s plan to invade Great Britain.

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Champion’s Message for Women’s History Month 2019

– October is Women’s History Month, and DND and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are pleased to be joining the international community in recognizing the achievements of women and celebrating their significant contributions throughout history.

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“We give thanks, as we have since 1943”

– The national Battle of Britain commemorative ceremony was held September 15, 2019 in Ottawa. The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force was the reviewing officer and keynote speaker. Here are his remarks.

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“The Polish-Canadian brotherhood in arms”

– During the Battle of Britain, Poland’s 303 Squadron, commanded by a Canadian, scored the highest number of victories. The strong friendship between Poland and Canada, forged during the war, endures to this day, as the Polish defence attaché explains.

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RCAF remembers the valour of “The Few”

– On September 15, 2019, the RCAF marked the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a parade at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

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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

– More than 100 Canadians are deemed to have participated in the Battle of Britain, and 23 lost their lives. A Royal Canadian Air Force squadron fought during the Battle; No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron, whose pilots were from both a regular force unit and an auxiliary unit, became operational on August 17, 1940.

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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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