Post Tagged with: "Second World War"

A group of pilots of No. 1 Squadron RCAF (renamed No. 401 Squadron in 1941) gather round one of their Hawker Hurricanes at Prestwick, Scotland, 30 October 1940. The Squadron Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader E. A. McNab, stands fifth from the right, wearing a forage cap.
Photo: Archive Photo

Did You Know?

November 17, 2020 at 12:38 pm

The War in the Air Canadian achievements in the air during the Second World War were remarkable. The smallest of Canada’s three services in 1939, with insufficient manpower and inadequate equipment, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) expanded by 1945 to the fourth largest air force of the Allied powers. RCAF units took part in every major air operation overseas, from the Battle of Britain to the bombing of Germany and, in addition, played anRead More

Victoria’s Edward Vaughan receives his French Legion of Honour Medal from France’s Consul General for western Canada Phillipe Sutter at Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead on Sept. 29. 
Photo: Shannon Donnelly, Broadmead Care

Lancaster bomber pilot awarded Legion of Honour

October 29, 2019 at 10:59 am

Peter Mallett A Second World War veteran who piloted the Lancaster bomber on multiple missions in western Europe has been awarded with France’s highest military decoration. Victoria’s Edward Vaughan, 96, received the French Legion of Honour by Phillipe Sutter, France’s Consul General for western Canada in a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead, near Victoria, B.C., on Sept. 29. The award recognizes allied soldiers for their contributions to the liberation of France during theRead More

Corporal (Retired) Charles (Checker) Tomkins during the Second World War, circa 1940. He was part of a group of Indigenous Canadian soldiers who created a secret code using their own language the enemy had no way to break.
Photo: Alex Lazarowich

Indigenous languages were secret to secrecy

August 27, 2019 at 11:20 am

Lynn Capuano, with files from Shannon Morrow, Army Public Affairs Ottawa, Ontario — Secrecy in communication during the Second World War was as important as it was difficult. What better way to create an unbreakable secret code than to use a little-known language as its base? Messages, whether in plain language or in code, were constantly being intercepted, stolen, overheard or deciphered. It was vital that Canada and its Allies find a way to sendRead More

Cpl Dingman stands vigil at the Royal Regiment of Canada monument, during the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in Puys, France.  
Photo: Cpl Andrew Kelly, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

AETE corporal takes part in Dieppe anniversary commemoration

September 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Jeff Gaye Cpl Alexandre Dingman, an Avionics Systems Technician with AETE, walked in the footsteps of Canadian history last month. Cpl Dingman was a member of the vigil party for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Second World War raid on Dieppe, France. The Dieppe raid of August 19, 1942 was a disaster. The Canadians came ashore on a rocky beach beneath heavy German fortifications atop high cliffs. The invading Canadians were sitting ducks.Read More