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