Canadian Military History Gateway
Organization > Veterans Affairs Canada
Subject > Strategy and Tactics > Airborne
Canadian airmen took part in various missions far from their main theatres of operation. These missions included reconnaissance, air transport, sea patrol and others, sometimes flying from remote bases.
Veterans Affairs Canada
In the early months of the war only three RCAF squadrons could be spared for overseas service. This number was steadily increased so that by war's end there were 48 RCAF squadrons serving in several theatres of war. Thousands of Canadians also served in the Royal Air Force.
Canadian achievements in the air in the Second World War were remarkable. From being the smallest of Canada's services the Royal Canadian Air Force grew to be the fourth largest air force of the Allied powers, flying a multitude of aircraft types in every major air operation overseas. Many Canadians also served in the RAF.
Discussion of the Royal Canadian Air Force involvement in India and Burma during the Second World War.
The Eastern and Western Air Commandos of the RCAF were established to defend Canada from the air and to protect vital supply convoys to Europe, Alaska, and Russia.
A discussion of events surrounding the Canadian military presence over the Indian Ocean and in Ceylon during the Second World War.
In preparation for their invasion of Britain, Germany launched an air offensive to destroy the Royal Air Force and cripple the island's defences. Canadian airmen engaged in a massive campaign to repulse the Luftwaffe which succeeded in blunting Hitler's effort to conquer England.
Discussion of Allied air operations and the advance on Rangoon, Burma in the Second World War.