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The Home War

Kittyhawk pilots Pete Wilson and bill Stowe practice their modesty before the camera while out enjoying Mother Nature (near Annette)With all the momentous events that occurred during the course of World War II, it’s easy to forget that there even was a 'Home War' in Canada. Of course the war never came to the country in anywhere near the degree that it hit other parts of the world—Canadian soil was subject to exactly one, casualty-free bombing—although the country was certainly affected by it. Nonetheless, Bent Kittyhawk after a prang, soon flying again after a belly landing on September 1, 1942Canada could not be unprepared for potential aggression, although it did wind up being perhaps too prepared given the slim chance of a large-scale attack on continental North America.

This section will examine the reason for the establishment of a strong Royal Canadian Air Force within the Home Defence Establishment. It also summarizes conflict dealt with by both divisions of the Home Defence Establishment: the Eastern Command and the Western Command.

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