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Barris, Ted. The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2013.

Bashow, David L. All the Fine Young Eagles. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing Company Ltd., 1997.

Bashow, David L. Knights of the Air: Canadian Fighter Pilots in the First World War. Toronto: McArthur and Company, 2000.

Bashow, David L. None but the Brave: The Essential Contributions of RAF Bomber Command to Allied Victory During the Second World War. Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2009.

Bashow, David L. No Prouder Place: Canadians and the Bomber Command Experience, 1939–1945. St. Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing, 2005.

Bishop, William Arthur. True Canadian Heroes in the Air. Toronto: Key Porter Books Limited, 2004.

Bishop, William Arthur. Billy Bishop The Courage of the Early Morning: A Biography of the Great Ace of World War I. Toronto: Thomas Allan Publishers, 1965 and 2011.

Dempsey, Daniel V. A Tradition of Excellence: Canada’s Airshow Team Heritage, Second Edition. Victoria, British Columbia: High Flight Enterprises, 2007.

Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence. Canada and the Korean War. Montreal: Art Global, 2002.

Douglas, W.A.B. The Creation of a National Air Force: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Vol. II. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986.

Dundas, Barbara. A History of Women in the Canadian Military. Montreal: Art Global, 2000.

Greenhous, Brereton, Stephen J. Harris, William C. Johnston and William G.P. Rawling. The Crucible of War, 1939 –1945: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Vol. III. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.

Greenhous, Brereton and Hugh Halliday. Canada’s Air Forces 1914–1999. Montreal: Art Global, 1999.

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Horn, Bernd and Roch Legault, editors. Loyal Service: Perspectives on French-Canadian Military Leaders. Toronto. The Dundurn Group, 2007.

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Air Force Association of Canada: (English only)

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum:

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame: (English only)

Canadian Military History Gateway:

Canadian Wings: The History & Heritage of Canada’s Air Force: (English only)

Fondation Aérovision Quebec (including Quebec Aviation Hall of Fame):

National Air Force Museum of Canada:

Royal Canadian Air Force:

Veterans Affairs Canada:

The Royal Canadian Legion:

Publishing Information

On Windswept Heights II: Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Revised and Expanded edition

Copyright © 2009 and 2013 by Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada

Photo credits: All photos are credited to the Department of National Defence unless otherwise indicated.

First edition published as On Windswept Heights: Historical Highlights of Canada’s Air Force.

Catalogue numbers: D2-241/2014 (paper)

D2-241/2014E-PDF (English PDF)

ISBN numbers: 978-1-100-54643-8 (paper)

978-1-100-22949 -2 (English PDF)

NDID number: A-JS-007-033/JD-002

(supersedes A-JS-007-033/JD-001)

On Windswept Heights II: Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force is published on the authority of the Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin.

On Windswept Heights II is available online at

Managing editor: Lieutenant-Colonel David Devenney
Editor and writer: Ms Joanna Calder
Historian, Directorate of History and Heritage, Chief Military Personnel: Major Mathias Joost
Historian, Office of Air Force Heritage and History, Royal Canadian Air Force: Major Brendan Bond
Writer and researcher (first edition): Mr. David Krayden

Special thanks to Alfred Aquila, Suzanne Edwards and Bruce MacEachern for sharing their parents’ stories.

All hyperlinks noted in the book were correct as of December 2013.

This online version may contain updated information not published in the 2014 printed edition.