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Canadian airmen killed on D-Day

Of the 24 RCAF airmen who were killed during the first day of Operation Overlord—the invasion of Normandy— eight were serving with RCAF squadrons. The remainder were serving with Royal Air Force squadrons and units. Who were these heroes? Find out more . . .  
May 21, 2019

Four people in medium blue military uniforms (three holding diplomas), and one in a darker blue uniform, stand in a row in front of a row of nine flags.

RCAF senior non-commissioned officers shine on USAF leadership course

Three RCAF students rose to the top of their recent USAF leadership class, demonstrating the quality, capabilities and professionalism of our non-commissioned officers to our coalition partners.
May 17, 2019

Several men wearing flying uniforms and life vests in front of a large aircraft.

Canadians and the legendary Dambusters Raid

On the night of May 16/17, 1943, Canadians were among the audacious Lancaster bomber crews who struck dams on the Ruhr river valley, heartland of the German industrial complex. They have gone down in history as “The Dambusters”.
May 17, 2019

On the left, a black and white head-and-shoulders photograph of a man wearing a white uniform with dark epaulets; on the right, a sepia-toned profile photo of a man wearing a dark flight suit and a white helmet with a communications package.

Majors Wally Sweetman and Bob Henderson: “Shining examples of strength and courage”

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron members mark the 25th anniversary of a crash that claimed the lives of two of their own.
May 15, 2019

Several Second World War fighter aircraft rest on the tarmac with a man signalling to the pilot of one of the aircraft.

D-Day: The RCAF and Second Tactical Air Force

A number of RCAF squadrons flew with the Royal Air Force’s 2nd Tactical Air Force in the weeks leading up to D-Day. They did such a good job establishing air superiority over the landing area that many pilots were disappointed by the lack of Luftwaffe targets on June 6, 1944, the day of the invasion.
May 14, 2019

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Who was in the air on D-Day?

The RCAF had 42 operational squadrons overseas on D-Day—June 6, 1944. Of these 42 squadrons, 39 have the “Normandy” Battle Honour, meaning that they took part in combat operations either on D-Day or during the subsequent campaign.
May 13, 2019

Seven people wearing military tunics and RCAF tartan kilts stand in a row behind a bass drum; five of them hold bagpipes.

Moms and music

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we visit 12 Wing Pipes and Drums in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, where three mothers have passed their love of the pipes and drums to their children, and play with them in the band.
May 10, 2019

A black and white photo of propeller fighter aircraft on a field with a church spire in the background.

D-Day and air power

Air power was critical in the weeks leading up to D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The Allies required total air supremacy­­­­, including the ability to provide close air support to the invaders and to disrupt enemy communications and transport.
May 7, 2019

A painting of a large white aircraft with an engine on fire flying above a submarine.

The RCAF and the Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic was the largest and longest campaign of the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Air Force was a key partner in winning the battle.
May 5, 2019

Five people, three wearing blue military uniforms, gather for a photograph in front of three flags and a blue wall with lettering and a badge.

Paralympic athlete invested as honorary colonel of 15 Wing Moose Jaw

Gold-medaled athlete turned honorary colonel, Lisa Franks, brings a new perspective to the Canadian Armed Forces, and provides a vital link between the RCAF and local communities.
May 3, 2019

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