The bomber offensive mounted by the Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the air forces of other Commonwealth countries during the Second World War has been described as the most continuous and grueling operation of war ever carried out.

Operation Manna

An airplane skims over the land The low country called Holland Country of hunger, persecution, and sorrow In the streets people gaze at the sky An airplane circles around The…

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No. 431 (Iroquois) Squadron

Commanding Officers W/C J. Coverdale: 1 December 1942 - 1 June 1943 (KIA)W/C W. Newson: 26 June 1943 - 10 May 1944 W/C H. Dow: 14 May 1944 - 25…

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Americans in the RCAF
PL-9628 31 July 1942 Wings Presesentation with A/M Bishop at #2 SFTS Uplands The wings of a full-fledged pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force are pinned on the breast of Leading Aircraftman R.N. Harrison of Montclair, New Jersey by Air Marshal W.A. Bishop V.C., greatest Allied ace of the last war. Harrison graduated from a Service Flying Training School at Uplands, near Ottawa , Ont.

Americans in the RCAF

Recruiting American citizens on American soil to fight in a foreign war was a violation of the United States Neutrality Act but the RCAF needed pilots and recruits. Canadian World…

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No. 432 (Leaside) Squadron

Commanding Officers W/C H. Kerby: 1 May 1943 - 29 July 1943 (KIA)W/C W. McKay: 30 July 1943 - 30 May 1944 W/C J. MacDonald: 31 May 1944 - 25…

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No. 424 (Tiger) Squadron

Commanding Officers W/C H. Carscallen: 1 January 1943 - 16 April 1943 W/C G. Roy: 17 April 1943 - 2 October 1943 W/C A. Martin: 18 December 1943 - 21…

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A Dambuster’s Daughter
Shere Lowe (left) with Dambuster Fred Sutherland and his wife Marg.

A Dambuster’s Daughter

This article was first published in the July, 2003 issue of "Airlines," WestJet's In-Flight magazine. It was donated to the Society by the author, a freelance writer who resides in…

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No. 434 (Bluenose) Squadron

Commanding Officers W/C C. E. Harris: 15 June 1943 - 6 February 1944 W/C C. S. Bartlett: 7 February 1944 - 12 June 1944 (KIA)W/C F. H. Watkins: 13 June…

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Sinking of the Battleship Tirpitz

Commissioned in 1941, the German Navy's mighty 42,900 ton Tirpitz posed a grave threat to Allied shipping. Sister ship to the more famous Bismarck, the battleship carried a main armament…

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No. 405 (Vancouver) Squadron

Commanding Officers S/L D. G. Tomlinson: 23 April 1941 - May 1941 W/C P. A. Gilchrist: May 1941 - July 1941 S/L W. B. Keddy: July 1941 - August 1941…

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No. 408 (Goose) Squadron

Commanding Officers W/C W. Ferris: 1 January 1943 - 27 October 1943 W/C A. Mair: 28 October 1943 - 26 November 1943 (KIA)W/C D. Jacobs: 7 November 1943 - 22…

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