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RCAF Women's Division Grows From 150 to 8,000 Recruits - Second World War

Type: Sound

This 1942 radio broadcast features testimonials from airwomen of the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division (WDs) who are proud to be serving their country in the ground jobs that keep men flying. The WDs played a vital role in the operation of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during WW II.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canada's CF 18s - Canadians in Combat in the Gulf War

Type: Film and Video

Canadian forces are in combat for the first time in decades. Four Canadian fighter jets flew into Iraqi airspace, escorting allied attack planes in Operation Desert Storm.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Battle of Britain - Second World War- Military Might

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode on the role of Canadian pilots in the Battle of Britain, the first decisive clash of the Second World War and the first battle in history to be fought exclusively in the air. Includes personal accounts of pilots' experiences. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Comrades in Arms: Second World War Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen

Type: Sound

The CBC program "Comrades in Arms", which debuted in 1942 and continued till the war's end, dramatizes the life of soldiers in the Army, Navy and Air Force. This 1943 episode features the exploits of the RCAF Wolverine Squadron as they search out and destroy German U-boats in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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Women of the Second World War: Spitfires in the rhododendrons

Type: Film and Video

Interviews with women who were Second World War pilots for the Air Transport Auxiliary of the RCAF, flying Hurricanes, Mosquitoes and Spitfires between factories, storage depots and squadrons in England.

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Second World War: Rescue at Sea

Type: Sound

A young French Canadian airman describes his adventures at sea when his plane is shot down and he and his fellow Coastal Command crew members are set adrift in cold ocean waters for nearly three days.

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Female Officers Take Charge - Canadian Women in the Second World War

Type: Film and Video

Two women who were officers in World War II recount their experiences of working in a very male-oriented environment. Wing Officer Willa Walker, RCAF Women's Division, and Captain Adelaide Sinclair of the Navy Wrens (WRCNS) each had her own challenges to face.

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From Defensive to Offensive: Canada Joins Combat in Gulf War

Type: Film and Video

Report on Captain Steve Hill and Major David Kendall, CF-18 fighter pilots stationed in Qatar during the Gulf War. For the first time since the Korean War, Canadian forces fire offensively in combat and successfully attack an Iraqi ship.

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Women Who Serve that Men May Fly - Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division

Type: Sound

This 1942 radio clip recounts the story of early Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division recruits - Canada's first servicewomen. Originally created in 1941 as the Canadian Women's Auxiliary Air Force, the branch was renamed a year later and was the first to accept women.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Gulf War: Operation Scimitar

Type: Film and Video

Just days after the U.S. requests additional support from allied forces, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announces a plan to expand the role of the Canadian military in the Gulf War. A squadron of CF-18s will be placed on active duty in the Persian Gulf, providing air cover for Canadian ships and other coalition forces.

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