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Book Review: Aviation in Canada: Fighter Pilots and Observers 1915-1939


Aviation in Canada: Fighter Pilots and Observers 1915-1939 by Larry Milberry and Hugh Halliday

This beautifully produced large format book is the latest on Canadian subjects by two of that country’s most eminent and respected air historians. Its profusely illustrated pages trace the stories of some of the most successful and well-known air fighters to emerge from the First World War and shows the massive contribution Canadian airmen made to the Allied cause. Names such as Billy Bishop and William Barker of the RFC, both holders of the VC, are covered alongside other luminaries including Raymond Collishaw and William Alexander of the renowned RNAS ‘Black Flight’. More importantly, this book presents accounts of less well-known, but no less worthy, Canadians.

It also traces the post-war careers of the survivors. Many of these remained in aviation and provided the nucleus of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and of civil aviation and ‘bush’ fliers in the Canadian wilderness, the latter a fascinating and little known aspect of inter-war aviation. This volume will greatly appeal to World War One ‘buffs’ as well as the more general historian plus it’s an excellent reference for modellers. (Reviewed by Andy Thomas.)


Publisher: CANAV books

Hardback: 184 pages.  ISBN: 978 0 921022 45 9.

RRP: Can$50.00

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