Do You Know Your Air Force History?
A Glimpse Back
Squadron Leader K.A. Boomer was the only Canadian to shoot down aircraft of all three Axis powers during the Second World War: German and Italian aircraft in Europe and then a Japanese Nakajima seaplane fighter over Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.
Canada didn't have its own Air Force in the First World War so over 22,000 Canadians served in the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force) and the Royal Naval Air Service. 1,563 Canadians gave their lives in this service.
Used initially for observation at the start of the First World War, aircraft were not armed with machine guns. Instead, pilots and observers carried side-arms for self-defence and occasionally some bricks to throw at enemy aircraft.
The Royal Canadian Air Force was founded on 1 April 1924 with no more than 62 officers and 262 non-commissioned members.