Records, research and publications

The following are History and Heritage Feature articles, including On Windswept Heights II: Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

On Windswept Heights II

Historical highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force.


The RCAF has a long tradition of supporting peacekeeping missions.

The genesis of Air Command

Lieutenant-General Bill Carr's account of how Air Command began.

Camp Borden

The birthplace of the RCAF and the cradle of military aviation in Canada during the 1920s.


A speech given by Air Commodore Leonard Birchall on September 17, 1997.

Battle honours

Air Force battle honours include both major and subsidiary battle honours.

Honours, medals and awards

Canadian military honours and recognition, including orders, decorations, medals, insignia, departmental awards and memorials.

Directorate of History and Heritage

Visit the military history archive research room to view the collections and do primary research, or ask an expert for answers.

Veterans Affairs Canada Remembrance

Medals, memorial, people and stories, wars and conflicts

Military operations and exercises

Current and recurring military operations, military exercises, and allies and government partners of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Past operations

Military operations that the Canadian Armed Forces have participated in around the world since 1945.


Edward Carter-Edwards - Reasons for Joining up (English only)

Mr. Carter-Edwards speaks about growing up quite secluded and hoped that the Air Force would help him break out of his shell.

Veteran Stories: Edward Carter-Edwards (English only)

Buchenwald survivor - The Memory Project site

Mrs. Mortimer - Young Lady Starting A Career (English only)

Mrs. Mortimer reflects back on her early years and how the family decision to move to England provided her the opportunity to pursue a nursing career.

Profiles of courage

A man and a woman sit side by side

Profile of Courage: Jack Watts passes away at age of 98

Jack Watts, whose war-time exploits included helping destroy the Tirpitz battle ship and surviving a crash in the Mediterranean, died in 2019 at the age of 98.
November 5, 2019

A black and white photo of four Second World War air force officer.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Otto John Peterson

Flying Officer Otto John Peterson was one of 23 Canadians who died during the Battle of Britain.
September 14, 2016

A black and white photo of a Second World War air force officer in dress uniform, wearing a “wedge cap”.

Battle of Britain Profile of Courage: Harry Raymond Hamilton

Harry Hamilton flew with 85 Squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain.
September 9, 2016

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History articles

Four men in uniform walking in front of lines of uniformed individuals.

Farewell to the father of the modern RCAF

On October 14, 2020, the RCAF lost one of its most influential leaders. Referred to as the father of the modern Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General William Carr was the driving force in creating “a consolidated organization to properly administer all military aviation in Canada.” He was 97.
October 14, 2020

Three aircraft flying in formation in a blue sky. The middle aircraft has propellers and is much bigger that the other two on its sides, which are jet fighters.

The Mighty Hercules celebrates 60 years in the RCAF

When Lockheed engineers and designers created the Hercules aircraft in the 1950s, it’s doubtful that they had any idea how versatile and iconic the plane would turn out to be and that it would one day celebrate 60 years of service in the RCAF.
October 14, 2020

Four women wearing green flight suits and holding a helmet stand in front of a helicopter.

Celebrating women in aviation

The Canadian Armed Forces are a world leader in gender integration and the employment of women in all occupations. In October, the RCAF celebrates Women’s History Month and the participation of women in the field of aviation.
October 1, 2020

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Records of Fallen Canadians

Search death records of Canadians who have lost their lives in military service since 1884.

Canadian Military History Gateway

Search this timeline for sites and digitized resources about Canada's military history.

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