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Tag: History

D-Day: The RCAF and Second Tactical Air Force

– A number of RCAF squadrons flew with the Royal Air Force’s 2nd Tactical Air Force in the weeks leading up to D-Day. They did such a good job establishing air superiority over the landing area that many pilots were disappointed by the lack of Luftwaffe targets on June 6, 1944, the day of the invasion.

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Who was in the air on D-Day?

– The RCAF had 42 operational squadrons overseas on D-Day—June 6, 1944.

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J.A.D. McCurdy: the father of Canadian military aviation

– As the RCAF celebrates its 95th anniversary, we look back at the father of Canadian military aviation, J.A.D. McCurdy, designer and pilot of the Silver Dart.

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Wrens trailblazer was a “precious part of Canada”

– The first woman to command a ship in the British Commonwealth, she was captain of His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Conestoga in Galt, Ont., during the Second World War.

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Once a Chinthe, Always a Chinthe

– When Richard Earl joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) at age 18 in 1942, he never imagined he would end up as a radio operator for one of two brand new Canadian transport squadrons in India.

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HMCS Kootenay survivor receives Wound Stripe 49 years after engine room explosion

– Nearly 50 years after being badly injured at sea as a result of the 1969 Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Kootenay explosion, a member of that ship’s company has been recognized for his sacrifice in service to his country.

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DC-3 Dakota with Polish war-time connections heading to Poland

– A Second World War-era DC-3 Dakota with strong connections to the Polish Air Force is being returned from 17 Wing Winnipeg to Poland.

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Canada remembers women in the Canadian Armed Forces

– Canadian women have played an important role in our country’s military efforts over the years, overcoming many barriers to serve in uniform as nurses and in an expanding variety of other roles. This service continues today, with women now serving in all Canadian Forces trades.

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Willa Walker blazed the trail for RCAF airwomen

– A natural-born leader, Willa Walker was responsible for setting up training depots all over Canada and for the overall discipline and efficiency of the RCAF Women’s Division. Her enthusiasm and determination convinced many young women to follow in her footsteps.

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