Today, in 1940 during the Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force planes joined the Royal Air Force in the First bombing attack on the centre of Berlin, Germany.
King George V authorized the Canadian Air Force (CAF) to be redesignated as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) effective in 1924, but the history of Canada’s military in the air began even earlier. To honour the creation of the RCAF, Canada Post, in September, 1999, issued this pane of 16 authentically detailed aircraft stamps.
During The Great War (1914-1918), Canadians flocked to join the British air services. By war’s end, one in four Royal Air Force (RAF) officers was Canadian. More than 1,600 Canadian airmen gave their lives.
Between the two world wars, the RCAF was involved with various military and civilian duties, flying supplies to the north, performing aerial surveys, and carrying out forestry and fire detection patrols.
During World War II, Canada’s air force grew to be the fourth-largest allied air power. Some 247,000 Canadian men and women wore the proud