The Royal Canadian Air Force

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THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE (Allied with The Royal Air Force) Headquarters--Ottawa, Ont. The Canadian Air Corps was organized in 1920 as an arm of Canadian Military Forces: The title "Royal" was granted in 1924, at which time reorganization was completed as The Royal Canadian Air Force, the Service operating under its own Air Council. GREAT WAR--The number of Canadians who served with the Royal Air Force totalled over 12,900, recruited in Canada and others transferred from all branches of the C.E.F. Training in Canada was supervised by British and Canadian instructors, Camp Borden being one of the centres of training. Canadian flyers are credited with downing many leading German aces, and written into the pages of history is a record of dauntless daring and a natural aptitude for flying. The total number of machines downed by Canadian pilots was exceptionally high. During Aug. 1918 the first Air Force Wing of the C.E.F. was formed as a part of the Royal Flying Corps--comprising Flight Squadron No. 81, and Bomber Squadron No. 123. On the outbreak of this war, the various detachments of the Royal Canadian Air Force were placed on a war basis, recruiting was immediately undertaken and squadrons on both coasts were mobilized for reconnaissance duty. The organization of the R.C.A.F. was the basis for the developement of the British Commonwealth Air Training Scheme, which is the greatest undertaking of its kind ever contemplated in the world. (Copyright, Canada, 1940)

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