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With its four powerful Merlin engines, the Lancaster was arguably the heavy bomber of the war. It was not as well armed as the U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress but, with a 14,000 pound bomb load, the "Lanc" packed a heavier bombing punch: about two and one half tons more than the American B-17G Flying Fortress. It also carried the famous "dam buster" bombs used against targets in the Ruhr Valley, Germany. The Lancaster was instrumental in defeating Nazi industry on the ground during the peak years of the Second World War.
A short history of Canada's Air Force
The 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
Orders 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.
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Aero Space Museum
The Aero Space Museum is a museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The museum is located immediately south of the Calgary International Airport.
The museum was founded in 1975 by aviation enthusiasts and former World War II pilots. It showcases the history of aviation and space technology of Western Canada. Over 24 aircraft are on display, as well as 58 aeronautical engines. A section details the Canadian space programs. Archives containing documents about aeronautics are also located on the premises.
Artifacts at the museum include military aircraft: a Sopwith Triplane from the First World War and an Avro Lancaster from the Second World War. There are also civilian aircraft made by Cessna and de Havilland, as well as a Sikorsky helicopter. The museum also has a large library open to the public.
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Andrew C. Yule
Andy enlisted in the RCAF in 1939 and during the war years attained the rank of Sergent. After serving with the ground crew attached to the 412 Spitfire Squadron, he joined the 428th Squadron, 6th Bomber Group, and became a flight engineer on the Halifaxes, where he completed his 30 mission operations assignment.
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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:
No. 439 Squadron (Unofficial) Hompage
Looking for Mike Melnick's page on No. 439 Squadron, follow this link to his new site:
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