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.


RAF Coastal Command

Coastal Command destroyed more than one-quarter of all German U-Boats during the war: 212 out of 800. RCAF squadrons in Coastal Command and in Canada accounted for 19 of these with more by RCAF crews in RAF squadrons.
The RCAF patrolled over the North Atlantic hunting submarines and providing air cover for the ship convoys that sailed from North America to Britain. When they sighted enemy subs, aircraft attacked first with bombs and in 1941 with depth charges and later acoustic torpedoes, which followed the noise made by the submarine.

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.


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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Shearwater Aviation Museum

The Shearwater Aviation Museum was founded in 1978 as a CFB Shearwater project and was housed on a single floor of a barrack block that was made available by the Canadian Forces (CF). In 1979, the Museum had grown sufficiently to be accredited by the Canadian Forces Museum Committee. Accreditation as a CF Museum qualified it for a small operating grant which along with "in kind" staffing and maintenance support, are the only means available to the Canadian Forces to foster growth in museums portraying its heritage.

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426 "Thunderbird" Squadron Association

A short (unoficial) history of 426(Thunderbird) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

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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:


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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