LITTLE KNOW CANADIAN FACTS ABOUT WW2

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LITTLE KNOW CANADIAN FACTS ABOUT WW2

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The fourth largest Allied air force

By early 1944, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) reached its peak with 215 000 members and 78 squadrons thus making it the fourth largest allied air force after the US Army Air Force (USAAF), the Soviet Air Force and the Royal Air Force (RAF).


The world’s third largest navy by WW2’s end

By 1945, following the destruction of the Axis navies, The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was the third largest naval force in the world after the US Navy and the Royal Navy. It was focused on convoy escort and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). Following the Allied victory, the RCN boasted 95 000 members and 434 commissioned vessels including cruisers, destroyers, frigates and auxiliaries.

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HMS Nabob and HMS Puncher

HMS NABOB and HMS PUNCHER are escort carriers completing in February 1943. Both escort aircraft carriers are manned by Royal Canadian Navy ship’s company’s and are considered to be the RCN’s first aircraft carriers.
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Corps of (Civilian) Canadian Firefighters

Persistent German bombing of cities and factories caused great damage in Britain. Canada sought to give help and the Corps of (Civilian) Canadian Firefighters was organized in 1942 to help British firefighters combat the fires caused by the bombing.

422 men volunteered for the Corps. Only half of these volunteers were professional firefighters; the other half had no experience.
The volunteer firemen received $1.30 pay per day from the Canadian government. They received no training other than what the Veteran firefighters could teach them.

There were 11 casualties, including three deaths, in the Corps of Canadian Firefighters overseas.

Aircraft Transport

Some Canadian men and women took on the difficult and sometimes dangerous job of flying aircraft built in Canada to Britain to be used for the war effort. Overall, they suffered a casualty rate of 20%.

These men and women served in one of three organizations: Number 45 Wing of the Royal Air Force Transport Command, Number 45 Group of the Royal Air Force Ferry Command, or the Atlantic Ferrying Organization. Altogether, they piloted 10,000 planes overseas.

Pilots were paid between $500 and $1,000 for flying the planes to Britain but, once there, they had to find their own way home.


Newfoundland Foresters

During the war, Britain was in continuous need of lumber. To provide support in this area, members of the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit went to Great Britain to help.
  • 3,500 experienced loggers served in Britain.
  • For the most part, their duties saw them harvesting trees in northern Scotland.
  • 2,100 Newfoundland Foresters also served in the British Home Guard.

Spies, Saboteurs and Secret Agents

Britain enlisted a number of Canadian special operators for special duty during the Second World War. They served in Europe, in France, Yugoslavia, Hungary and Italy, and in Asia, in Burma, Malaysia and Sarawak (on the island of Borneo).
  • Some Canadians joined the Special Operations Executive (S.O.E.) which organized resistance and sabotage within occupied countries.
  • Others served in M.I.9, British Military Intelligence. They assisted with prisoner of war escapes and helped downed airmen evade enemy capture in occupied Europe.
  • Some special operators trained at Camp X on Lake Ontario where they trained in such things as techniques of underwater demolition.

Benevolent and Medical Organizations

Representatives of several organizations served overseas to provide support to Canadian troops. Although their jobs were often away from the front lines, their work could often be hazardous.
  • 585 volunteers from the Canadian Legion War Services Incorporated, the Knights of Columbus, the Salvation Army, and the YMCA set up canteens and reading rooms for soldiers. Throughout their volunteer duty, they suffered 71 casualties, including eight dead.
  • Medical personnel with the Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Brigade also served. They acted as assistants to nurses and ambulance drivers.
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War in the Pacific

American government wasn’t the first to declare war on the Japanese Empire. Even before President Roosevelt convinced Congress to approve a declaration of war, both Britain and Canada had declared war on the Imperial nation on December 7, 1941.

After Roosevelt’s impassioned “Infamy” speech on December 8, the United States declared war on the Empire of Japan after a nearly-unanimous congressional vote.

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