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Bush pilot

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Bush pilot

Paul Y. Davoud completed his training as a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot at Camp Borden, Ontario in 1931. He was given the position of provisional pilot officer, but was not able to obtain a commission at home. He travelled to England where he was given a commission in the Royal Air Force.

After having returned to Canada in 1935 to work with Canadian Airways limited, Devoud accepted a position in 1938 as one of the original pilots with the Hudson Bay Company. The company’s flying activities were based in Edmonton.

Davoud organized the air service that would serve the company’s trading posts in the Yukon, and the fur trading areas in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. In 1939, the Hudson Bay Company bought a Beechcraft monoplane that could be fitted with skies, wheels, or floats. It was made entirely of metal and had two engines.

By 1940, Davoud left the Hudson’s Bay Company to join the RCAF.

 

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