The Air Force
Flying Ace Billy Bishop in London during WWI.
Billy Bishop (3rd from left) visited Berlin in 1929, and was welcomed by German pilots from WWI. Herman Goring is on Bishop's right.
Pilots of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), many of whom became instructors for WWII pilots.
RCAF navigators training with sextants at Penfield Ridge, New Brunswick, September 1941.
A Biplane trainer in England, 1941.
A Fleet Finch trainer, the aircraft on which most pilots learned to fly before and during the war.
For the Initial Training Schools in the snowier areas, the Fleet Finch was equipped with skis - but no brakes.
John "Scruffy" Weir (wearing the fedora and a rugby ball) stand in front of a Fleet Finch at the Winnipeg Flying Club, February 26, 1940.
A aircraft crashes and explodes during a training flight in England.
A Lancaster bomber training flight in 1944, England.
A Lancaster from RAF 617 Squadron, the "Dambusters".
Dick Corbett and a fellow pilot in the Far East, where they were flying Hurricanes against the Japanese. Dick was shot down and captured in 1943.
Looking back at the tail turret of a Lancaster from the mid-upper turret during a bomber run over Germany, 1944.
Ronnie Matheson, a pilot in training, at the controls of an Anson at Malton Airport, Ontario, 1941.
RCAF pilot Geoff Marlow, far left, looks back from the pilot's seat in his Lancaster over Germany, 1944.
Geoff Marlow at the controls of his Lancaster over Germany, 1944.
The instrument panel of Geoff Marlow's Lancaster, taken after his final mission, 1945.
Commander "Mad Buck" Buchanan (centre) and 2 air crew waiting to be "bombed up" in the Iraq desert, 1943.
Air gunners resting up between raids in the Western (Iraq) desert, 1943.
A flight of Ansons, an out-dated aircraft used largely for training in the early years of the war.
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in flight to a mission.
Marcel Croteau and a fellow air crew member of the renowned 425 "Alouette" Squadron standing on the wing of their Halifax, 1944.
Marcel Croteau's pilot and navigator from 425 "Alouette" Squadron, an RCAF bomber squadron, 1944.
On a raid to Norway with rockets, attacking German shipping routes.
A bomber crew from 58 Squadron RAF.
A hanger in France that had been hit with an anti-personnel mine. it blew tiny holes all through the hangar's walls and roof.
On a bombing run over Germany, 1944.
Alex Gray, an RCAF photographer (who took many of these photographs).
A bomber crew of 6 Bomber Group in Yorkshire waiting for a mission to begin.
"Bombing Up": loading bombs onto the planes before a mission, Yorkshire, 1944.
A Mitchell Mark II bomber flying out of 6 Bomber Group in Yorkshire, 1944.
Lancaster bombers marshalled in England for a raid over Germany, 1945.
Renowned ace George "Buzz" Buerling visiting a Canadian squadron. He was a nice guy, but a lot of people thought he was just too reckless.
Vern Williams (left) and Joe Shultz (centre), a very successful Mosquito night fighter navigator and pilot, 1945.
401 Squadron on First Readiness at Digby, April 8, 1941. John "Scruffy" Weir can be seen smiling at the camera, centre.
Spitfire pilots scrambling into action, England, 1943.
Ian Ormston of 401 Squadron at RAF Base Sutton Bridge, England, 1941.
"Jeep" Neil (left) and Ian Ormston of 401 Squadron at RAF Base Sutton Bridge, England, 1941.
RCAF ace "Hughie" Godefroy in his Spitfire, 401 Squadron, England, 1942.
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