This man truly reached for the stars and through his flying achievements and ability in peace and war brought honour to the aviation fraternity of Canada.
Basil Deacon Hobbs moved to Canada at a young age where he obtained his education and developed his love of flying. In 1915 he took his flying training at the Wright Flying School in Dayton, Ohio and later joined the Royal Naval Air Service as a Flight Lieutenant. During his career in the war, he was Mentioned in Despatches for sinking two German submarines and destroying a German Zeppelin. In 1920, he joined the CAF and was employed by the Canadian Air Board as a "Certificate Examiner" for civil aircraft and pilot licensing. At the beginning of the Second World War, he was re-commissioned into the RCAF with the rank of Group Captain and was employed as a commanding officer at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The most important contribution Hobbs made in Canadian aviation was in his role as a peacetime pilot in the period between the World Wars. In 1924 he was the sole pilot for the first long-range air survey over northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba which, at the time, was quoted as being one of the most brilliant achievements in aviation.
Born: 20 Dec 1894, Arlington, England
Awards: DSO, OBE, DSC