Air Force Museum of Alberta

James Foy

"His exceptional abilities as an aviator in war and peace, coupled with his exemplary qualities of leadership and dedication to purpose, brought credit to his chosen profession and to the organizations for which he laboured, resulting in the advancement of aviation in Canada."

James Foy

"His exceptional abilities as an aviator in war and peace, coupled with his exemplary qualities of leadership and dedication to purpose, brought credit to his chosen profession and to the organizations for which he laboured, resulting in the advancement of aviation in Canada."

James Foy

James Henry Foy began his aviation career with the RCAF. During the Second World War, he was shot down over France, and later began working with the French Resistance helping other downed allied pilots to reach safety. Upon his return to England in April 1944, he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and released from service.

He later flew with Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada for 30 years, at which time he flew all of the fleet aircraft on all domestic and overseas routes. He was later named president of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots where he served for three years. During his career, he acted as a pilot-in-command of aircraft totalling more than 21,000 hours.

Born: 8 Aug 1922, Brantford, ON
Died: 28 Apr 1974
Awards: DFC

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