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Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)

Formed 18 February 1920 as the Canadian Air Force, but renamed Royal Canadian Air Force in February 1923.

General Topics

'Above And Beyond: The Canadian's War In The Air, 1939-45' [Order this book from USA]
by Spencer Dunmore
Published by McClelland & Stewart, 1997 ISBN: 0 771029 284
* The experiences of RCAF aircrew in WW2.

History

Campaigns fought are outlined in the Source Book listed above. These include:
WW2, Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo etc

'Aerodrome Of Democracy - Canada Air Training'
by F. J. Hatch
Published by ?, 1987 ISBN: 0 660 114437
* History of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada.

'Wings For Victory' [Order this book from UK]
by Spencer Dunmore
Published by McClelland and Stewart, 1994 ISBN: 0 771029276
* The story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada.

'Canadian Flying Operations In South-East Asia 1941-1945'
by T. W. Melnyk
Published by ?, 1987 ISBN: ?
* History of RCAF operations against Japan.

'Canadian Wing Commanders Of Fighter Command In World War II'
by ?
Published by ?, 1986 ISBN: ?
* In-depth study of 24 Wing Commanders who flew with the RAF.

'Canadians In The Royal Air Force'
by Les Allison
Published by author, 1979 ISBN: ?
* Experiences and short biographies of Canadians in the RAF in WW2.

'History Of The Royal Canadian Air Force'
by Christopher Shores
Published by Arms & Armour Press, UK, 1984 ISBN: 0 340 56345 1
* Large format history 1908-1984.

'There Shall Be Wings - A History Of The Royal Canadian Air Force'
by Leslie Roberts
Published by Harrap, UK, 1960 ISBN: -
* General history of the RCAF.

'The Royal Canadian Air Force At War 1939-1945' [Order this book from USA][Order this book from UK]
by Larry Milberry & Hugh Halliday
Published by Vanwell Publishing, 1996 ISBN: 0921022042
* Huge extremely detailed history of the RCAF in WW2.

'The Official History Of The RCAF Vol.II - The Creation Of A National Air Force'
by W. A. B. Douglas
Published by ?, 1986 ISBN: 0 8020 25846
* Official history of the RCAF at home in the interwar years.

'The Official History Of The RCAF Vol.III - The Crucible Of War 1939-1945' [Order this book from USA]
by Bereton Woodhous, Stephen J. Harris, William Johnston & ? Rawlings
Published by University of Toronto Press, 1994 ISBN: 0 8020 05748
* Official history of the RCAF overses in WW2.

'Target U-Boat - Canadians With Coastal Command In The Battle Of The Atlantic'
by ?
Published by ?, 1986 ISBN: ?
* The story of Canadians in the RCAF and RAF in the war against the U-boats.

'For Love And Glory: A Pictorial History Of Canada's Air Forces'
by Tony Foster
Published by ?, 19?? ISBN: 0 771032 463
* RFC/RCAF/CAF pictorial history.

'Royal Canadian Air Force' [Order this book from USA]
by ?
Published by Turner Pub Co, 1997 ISBN: 1 563110 237
* Story of the RCAF.

'No.242 Squadron, The Canadian Years'
by Hugh Halliday
Published by ?, UK, 19?? ISBN: 0 92000 2099
* Story of the RAF's all-Canadian fighter squadron.

Organisations

Command structure and commands:
See History section above.

Orders of Battle:
See History section above.

Squadron Histories:
'RCAF: Squadron Histories And Aircraft, 1924-1968'
by Samuel Kostenuk & J. Griffin
Published by Samuel Stevens, Hakkert & Co, Canada, 1977 ISBN: 0 888665 776
* Detailed squadron histories up to 1968.

'RCAF Marine Squadrons 1945-1985' [Order this book from UK]
by Geoffrey D. Pilborough
Published by Canimpex Pub, Canada, 1997 ISBN: 1 898875 170
* Detailed squadron histories to 1985.

See also Squadron Histories section under Canadian Armed Forces.

Support Units:
No source known.

Aircraft Used

Aircraft Designation System:
Initially used British naming system. After WW2 adopted an alpha-numerical system similar to the USAF designation system, but with a 'C' prefix.

No source fully explaining this system is known.

Aircraft Types Used:
No general survey published.

'Canucks Unlimited - Royal Canadian Air Force CF-100 Squadrons and Aircraft, 1952-1963'
by Bob Baglow
Published by Canuck Publications, Canada, 1985 ISBN: 0 9692246 05
* Detailed account of the Avro Canada CF-100 fighter.

'CF-100 Canuck - Canadian Profiles No.5'
by J. Lyzun
Published by Hangar Bookshelf, Canada, 1986 ISBN: 0 920375 049
* 'Squadron/Signal' style coverage of the Avro Canada CF-100.

'CL-13 Sabre - Canadian Profiles No.4'
by ?
Published by Hangar Bookshelf, Canada, 1985 ISBN: ?
* 'Squadron/Signal' style coverage of the Canadair CL-13 Sabre.

'Fall Of An Arrow'
by Murray Peden
Published by ?, 1980 ISBN: 0 7737 5105X
* History of the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow.

'CF-105 Arrow Mk.1' [Order this book from UK]
by T.F. Leversedge
Published by Boston Mills Press, 2000 ISBN: 1 550462938
* Pilot's manual and RCAF planned usage of the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow.

'Shutting Down The National Dream - A. V. Roe And The Tragedy Of The Arrow'
by G. Stewart
Published by ?, 1989 ISBN: ?
* History of Avro Canada, the CF-105 Arrow and it's controversial cancellation.

'The Canadair Sabre'
by Larry Milberry
Published by Canav Books, Canada, 1986 ISBN: 0 9690703 73
* Detailed large format history of the Canadair Sabre.

'The Canadair North Star'
by Larry Milberry
Published by Canav Books, Canada, 1984 ISBN: ?
* Full history of the Canadian airliner.

'Starfighter'
by Carl Mills
Published by Banshee Publications, Canada, 199? ISBN: ?
* Full history of Canadian use of the CF-104.

'Harvard! The North American Trainer'
by Carl Mills
Published by Banshee Publications, Canada, 199? ISBN: ?
* Full history of Canadian use of the T-6 Harvard.

Aircraft Serial Numbers:
Used one to five digit numerical serials in the range 1-30000+. Ex-RAF aircraft often retained their RAF serial number.

'Canadian Military Aircraft: Serials And Photographs 1920-1968'
by John A. Griffin
Published by Canadian War Museum, 1969 ISBN: ?
* Lists all serial batches used by Canadian military aircraft.

Ground Instructional/Maintenance Serials:
Not used.

Individual Aircraft Histories:
No source known.

Current Disposition:
Not applicable.

Accidents & Operational Losses:
No source known.

Markings

National Insignia Variations:
Identical to RAF aircraft October 1921 until 1945. Maple leaf insiginia introduced January 1946.

Camouflage and Markings:
No source known.

Unit Insignia:
No single source known.

Unit codes:
Two letter codes introduced 1938, changed in 1939, used postwar until 1956; also 3 letter codes and personal codes.

'Squadron Codes 1937-56' [Order this book from USA]
by Micheal JF Bowyer & John DR Rawlings
Published by Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1979 ISBN: 0 85059 364 6
* Comprehensive listing of all known code letters.

Facilities

Home Air Bases:
'Sgt. Sargent's Trenton - RCAF Base 1941-5'
by J. William Trenton
Published by ?, 1985 ISBN: 0 920497 063
* Humorous account of life af RCAF Trenton in WW2.

Histories of other individual bases are not available.

Overseas Air Bases:
See RAF for sources.

Miscellaneous

'Painting Planes: The Aviation Art Of Don Connolly'
by Don Connolly
Published by ?, 1983 ISBN: ?
* Portfolio of 30 paintings of RCAF aircraft.

Aces:
'Aces High' [Order this book from USA] [Order this book from UK]
by Christopher Shores & Clive Williams
Published by Grub Street, 1994 ISBN: 1 898697 00 0
* Short biographies of 1200 British and Commonwealth aces of WW2.

'Aces High Vol.2' [Order this book from UK]
by Christopher Shores
Published by Grub Street, 1998 ISBN: 1 90230 4039 0
* Further short biographies of British and Commonwealth aces of WW2.

'Air Aces: The Life And Times Of Twelve Canadian Fighter Pilots'
by Dan MacCaffery
Published by ?, 19?? ISBN: 1 550283 219
* Biographies of 12 Canadian fighter pilots in WW2.

People:
'Spitfire: The Canadians' [Order this book from UK]
by Robert Bracken
Published by Boston Mills Press, 1996 ISBN: 1 550461 486
* Memories of Canadian Spitfire pilots inWW2.

'Spitfire II: The Canadians' [Order this book from UK]
by Robert Bracken
Published by Boston Mills Press, 2000 ISBN: 1 550462 679
* More memories of Canadian Spitfire pilots inWW2.

'A Thousand Shall Fall'
by Murray Penden
Published by ?, 1989 ISBN: 0 7737518 15
* Autobiography of a Canadian bomber pilot in WW2.

'Missing In Action: An RCAF Navigators Story' [Order this book from USA]
by John D. Harvie
Published by McGill Queens Univ Press, 1995 ISBN: 0 773513 507
* Autobiography of a Canadian navigator in WW2.

'Blue Skies'
by Bill Olmstead
Published by ?, 1989 ISBN: 0 7737521 37
* Autobiography of a Canadian Spitfire pilot in WW2.

'The Long And The Short And The Tall'
by Robert Collins
Published by ?, 1987 ISBN: 0 88833 1878
* Autobiography of Canadian pilot in the WW2 RAF.

'The Tumbling Sky'
by Hugh Halliday
Published by ?, 1981 ISBN: ?
* Canadian fighter aces in WW2.

'I'll Never Forget'
by ?
Published by ?, ? ISBN: ?
* Canadian airmen in WW2.

'Lucky Thirteen'
by Hugh C. Godefroy
Published by ?, 1983 ISBN: ?
* RCAF pilot in WW2.

'Invasions Without Tears: The Story Of Canada's Top Scoring Spitfire Pilot' [Order this book from USA]
by Monty Berger & Brian Jeffrey Street
Published by Random House, 1995 ISBN: 0 394222 776
* RCAF Spitfire pilot in WW2.

'The Cream Of The Crop: Canadian Aircrew 1939-1945'
by Allan D. English
Published by McGill Queens Univ Press, 19?? ISBN: 0 773513 981
* RCAF memories from WW2.

'Til We Meet Again: Recapturing Moments Of The RCAF In World War II' [Order this book from USA]
by John McQuarrie & David O'Malley
Published by Howell Press, 1992 ISBN: 0075513013
* RCAF memories from WW2.

'Cradle Crew: Royal Canadian Air Force, World War II' [Order this book from USA]
by Kenneth K. Blyth
Published by Sunflower University Press, 1997 ISBN: 0 897452 178
* Story of one Halifax crew with No.6 Group Bomber Command.

'You Have Control Sir: My Years In The Commonwealth Air Training Plan 1940-1945'
by Arnold Warren
Published by ?, 19?? ISBN: 1 896266 86 X
* RCAF instructor pilot in BCATP during WW2.

'Flying Canucks: Fifty Canadian Aviators' [Order this book from USA]
by Peter Pigott
Published by Hounslow Press, 1994 ISBN: 0 888821 75 1
* Canadian aircrew memories.

'Flying Canucks II: Pioneers Of Canadian Aviation' [Order this book from USA]
by Peter Pigott
Published by Hounslow Press, 1997 ISBN: 0 888821 93 X
* More Canadian aircrew memories.

'Woody: A Fighter Pilot's Album'
by Larry Milberry
Published by ?, 1987 ISBN: 0 9690703 81
* Biography of Vernon Woodward, WW2 fighter ace.

Aerobatic Teams:
'Golden Hawks - Royal Canadian Air Force'
by ?
Published by ?, 1986 ISBN: ?
* Pictorial history of the RCAF display team.


Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)

Air arm formed in 1945 from ex-Royal Navy personnel and equipment.

General Topics

No sources known.

History

'A History Of Canadian Naval Aviation 1918-1962'
by J. D. F. Kealy & E. C. Russell
Published by Department of National Defence, Canada, 1965 ISBN: -
* Detailed official history.

'Sea Wings: A Pictorial History Of Canada's Waterborne Defence Aircraft'
by J. Anthony Foster
Published by ?, 1988 ISBN: 0 458 80410X
* Pictorial history of RCN aircraft.

Organisations

Orders of Battle:
See History section above.

Squadron Histories:
'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' [Order this book from UK]
by Ray Sturtivant & Theo Ballance
Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8
* Includes brief histories of 870, 871, 880, 881 and 883 squadrons, with aircraft types used, bases, CO's etc - fully indexed.

No histories known for HS50, VU33, VU32, HU21 or VX10.

Aircraft Used

Aircraft Types Used:
No single source known.

'Banshees In The Royal Canadian Navy' [Order this book from USA]
by Carl A. Mills
Published by Carl A. Mills, Canada, 1991 ISBN: 0 969520 00X
* Full history of Canadian Navy use of the McDonnell F2H Banshee.

Aircraft Serial Numbers:
Aircraft numbered in a separate series from RCAF aircraft. Aircraft delivered from Britain of the USA often retained their original serial number.

No source listing all serials is known.

Individual Aircraft Histories:
No source known.

Accidents & Operational Losses:
No source known.

Markings

National Insignia Variations:
Maple leaf insignia differed slightly from the RCAF marking.

Camouflage and Markings:
No source known.

Unit insignia:
No source known.

Unit Codes:
See 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' above.

Facilities

Home Air Bases:
No known history of Dartmouth, NS, (HMCS Shearwater).

Overseas Air Bases:
See British Fleet Arm Arm.

Ships:
See 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' above for brief details.

'Aircraft Carriers of the Royal Navy and Commonwealth Navies' [Order this book from UK]
by David Hobbs
Published by Greenhill Books, 1996 ISBN: 1 85367 252 1
* Extremely comprehensive directory.

No individual histories known for HMCS Warrior (1946-1956), HMCS Magnificent (1948-1957) or HMCS Bonaventure (1957-1971).

Miscellaneous

Aces:
'A Formidable Hero: The Last Battle'
by Larry Milberry
Published by ?, 1987 ISBN: 0 9690703 9X
* The story of FAA pilot and VC winner R.H. 'Hammy' Gray.


Canadian Army

Aviation branch formed during the 1950s.

No sources known.



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