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.

Peacekeeping

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.

Leadership

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.

RCAF articles

Historical articles and profiles of courage.

Videos

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.

Reading list

  • Canadian Airmen and the First World War: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Volume 1, By S. F. Wise, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980, ISBN 978-08-0202-379-7

  • The Creation of a National Air Force: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Volume II, By W. A. B. Douglas, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986, ISBN 08-0202-584-6

  • The Crucible of War, 1939-1945: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Volume III, By Brereton Greenhous, Stephen J. Harris, William C. Johnston and William G. P.

  • On Windswept Heights: Historical Highlights of Canada’s Air Force, Ottawa: Royal Canadian Air Force, 2009, ISBN 978-1-100-11667-9

  • On Windswept Heights II: Historical Highlights of Canada’s Air Force, Ottawa: Royal Canadian Air Force, 2013 – ISBN 978-1-100-22949-2

Features

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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