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Tag: History – The story of the CAF

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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Veteran celebrates 100th birthday and receives French Legion of Honour

– An RCAF veteran living in Winnipeg received France’s Legion of Honour, the nation’s highest decoration for merit, two days before his 100th birthday.

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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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