Canadian Wings | The History & Heritage of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Welcome to my privately run, unofficial website designed to tell the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. This site is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the Department of National Defence or the Air Force Association of Canada and as such we cannot provide, nor do we have access to, official information on behalf of the Canadian Forces. This includes personnel records and/or other personal information. It is maintained by myself during my (limited) spare time so please read the Terms of Use. I hope you enjoy the experience and visit again soon.

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The Formation of the RCAF

The Royal Canadian Air Force was an outgrowth of the war of 1914-18, when so many of Canada’s sons saw extensive servicein the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force. Though many remained in the Royal Air Force with “permanent” commissions, the larger proportion of those keen young pilots and observers found their service flying experience cut short by demobilization. It is perhaps, therefore, not surprising that on surveying post-war possibilities, efforts were made to transplant the “Canadian Air Force”, which had had a small beginning in England late in 1918. At that time, two squadrons of the newly authorized force, manned with Canadians who had seen service in the R.A.F., were in process of organization, but the armistice put a halt on this first C.A.F. before it could become operational.

A short history of Canada's Air Force

History of the RCAFThe first Candian Air Force was formed in 1918, read more about the evolution of Canada's Air from the early days of aviation to the high tech air force of today.

CANADIAN AIR FORCE - ORDERS OF BATTLE

History of the RCAFOrders of Battle give a snapshot of the strength and disposition of the air force at selected points in history. The following should present the reader with a good representation of how Canada's Air Force has changed over the years.

Candian Forces Snowbirds

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Canadian Aviation Museum

The Canadian Aviation Museum was formed in 1964 at RCAF Station Rockcliffe as the National Aeronautical Collection from the amalgamation of three separate existing collections. These included the National Aviation Museum at Uplands, which concentrated on early aviation and bush flying; the Canadian War Museum collection, which concentrated on military aircraft, and which included many war trophies, some dating back to World War One, and the RCAF Museum which focused on those aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In 1982 the collection was renamed the National Aviation Museum and in 1988 the collection was moved to a new experimental type triangular hangar from the Second World War-era wooden hangars it had been residing in. In 2006 an additional hangar was opened, which allows all of the collections aircraft to be stored indoors.

External Linkhttp://www.aviation.technomuses.ca/


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RCAF Military Cemetery at Choloy, France

Many members of the RCAF were killed while serving with NATO as part of 1 Air Division. They, and a few members of other forces assigned to this division, were buried in the cemetery at Choloy, near Nancy. Buried in a separate section of the same cemetery are dependents of RCAF personnel and other civilians serving with the RCAF who died while in Europe. Adjoining is a large cemetery for those of the Commonwealth forces who gave their lives in WW II.

External Linkhttp://www.pinetreeline.org/metz/choloy.html


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British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

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The Battle of Britain

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No. 6 (RCAF) Group

Looking for Richard Koval's site on the the RCAF's No. 6 Bomber Group, follow this link to his new site:

External Linkwww.6grouprcaf.com/

No. 439 Squadron (Unofficial) Hompage

Looking for Mike Melnick's page on No. 439 Squadron, follow this link to his new site:

External Link www.thisisme.ca/439squadron/