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Squadron-Commander Raymond Collishaw and pilots of No.203 Squadron, Royal Air Force, July 1918

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By the end of the First World War, Canadians made up roughly one quarter of the strength of the British Royal Air Force formed in April 1918. More than 8,000 Canadians served in the RAF and its predecessors, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). This photograph shows one famous Canadian fighter pilot, Squadron- Commander Raymond Collishaw (1893-1975), along with his British and Imperial pilots at Allonville, France, July 1918. 208 Squadron was formed in February 1914 as Number 3 Squadron, RNAS. The aircraft in the background are the famous Sopwith F.1 'Camel.' (Library and Archives Canada, PA-002792)

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Avro Lancaster B Mk X bomber in the markings of 419 Bomber Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

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Starting in 1943, a dozen RCAF squadrons were at the controls of Avro Lancasters as they took part in the bombing of Germany. More than 7,300 Lancasters were built during the war, 430 of them in Canada. This machine was restored by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and carries the insignia of the Lancaster B Mk X in which Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski (1916-1944) gave his life to save his comrades. Mynarski was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his heroism. (Canadian Department of National Defence, 89-787)

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