Records, research and publications

The following are History and Heritage Feature articles, including On Windswept Heights II: Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

On Windswept Heights II

Historical highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force.


The RCAF has a long tradition of supporting peacekeeping missions.

The genesis of Air Command

Lieutenant-General Bill Carr's account of how Air Command began.

Camp Borden

The birthplace of the RCAF and the cradle of military aviation in Canada during the 1920s.


A speech given by Air Commodore Leonard Birchall on September 17, 1997.

Battle honours

Air Force battle honours include both major and subsidiary battle honours.

Honours, medals and awards

Canadian military honours and recognition, including orders, decorations, medals, insignia, departmental awards and memorials.

Directorate of History and Heritage

Visit the military history archive research room to view the collections and do primary research, or ask an expert for answers.

Veterans Affairs Canada Remembrance

Medals, memorial, people and stories, wars and conflicts

Military operations and exercises

Current and recurring military operations, military exercises, and allies and government partners of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Past operations

Military operations that the Canadian Armed Forces have participated in around the world since 1945.


Edward Carter-Edwards - Reasons for Joining up (English only)

Mr. Carter-Edwards speaks about growing up quite secluded and hoped that the Air Force would help him break out of his shell.

Veteran Stories: Edward Carter-Edwards (English only)

Buchenwald survivor - The Memory Project site

Mrs. Mortimer - Young Lady Starting A Career (English only)

Mrs. Mortimer reflects back on her early years and how the family decision to move to England provided her the opportunity to pursue a nursing career.

Profiles of courage

A man and a woman sit side by side

Profile of Courage: Jack Watts passes away at age of 98

Jack Watts, whose war-time exploits included helping destroy the Tirpitz battle ship and surviving a crash in the Mediterranean, died in 2019 at the age of 98.
November 5, 2019

A black and white photo of four Second World War air force officer.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Otto John Peterson

Flying Officer Otto John Peterson was one of 23 Canadians who died during the Battle of Britain.
September 14, 2016

A black and white photo of a Second World War air force officer in dress uniform, wearing a “wedge cap”.

Battle of Britain Profile of Courage: Harry Raymond Hamilton

Harry Hamilton flew with 85 Squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain.
September 9, 2016

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History articles

A big four-engine propeller aircraft sits on the tarmac while the sun sets behind it.

A little bit of Hercules history

The Hercules has served Canada and Canadians quite well throughout its long and diverse history, carrying just about anything and everything, supporting SAR missions, and conducting air-to-air refuelling.
November 17, 2020

A woman wearing a blue military uniform plays the bugle under a big tree among tomb stones in a cemetery.

“Last Post” presents challenges for buglers

Many people cannot hear “Last Post” without tearing up. For the people who sound it, suppressing an emotional reaction is not the only challenge.
November 10, 2020

An engraved granite memorial with a crumpled piece of metal resting on the ground on one side, and a remembrance wreath resting on a stand on the other side.

Delta 673’s lost airmen commemorated

Eighty years after they mysteriously vanished, the aircrew of Northrop Delta 673 were commemorated and a granite monument unveiled in their honour on September 14, 2019, deep in the New Brunswick woods.
November 9, 2020

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Records of Fallen Canadians

Search death records of Canadians who have lost their lives in military service since 1884.

Canadian Military History Gateway

Search this timeline for sites and digitized resources about Canada's military history.

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