The Canadian Aviation Moments were submitted by Dennis Casper from the Roland Groome (Regina) Chapter of the CAHS. Spoiler alert - if you read any further than each question, you will find the answer to the questions directly below. Good luck and have fun!

The Canadian Aviation Moments questions and answers for November are:

Question: What was the most dramatic ordnance introduced to the RAF Bomber Command in 1941?

Answer: “However, the most dramatic ordnance introduced to the Command in 1941 was undoubtedly the 4000-pound “cookie” blast bomb. On 31 March this new high-capacity weapon was used for the first time on operations, by Wellingtons against Emden. By the end of May, it was in frequent use. Consisting of nearly two tons of high explosive Ammatol wrapped in a thin metal casing, this blast weapon was particularly destructive when used in conjunction with boxes of 30-pound incendiary bombs. The “cookie” was an extremely adaptable weapon, and one of them could even be carried aboard the Mosquito. In 1943 the “cookie” was augmented by the 8000-pound “blockbuster” and in 1944 by an even larger 12,000-pound demolition bomb.”

Source: NO PROUDER PLACE – Page 42


Question: What did Max Aitkin, who was raised in New Brunswick, contribute to the war effort of WWII?

Answer: It was the summer of 1940. France had fallen and Hitler's armies were massing for the invasion of England. Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew that only air power could stop the Nazi advance, and Britain was quickly running out of planes. New bombers were rolling out of American factories but delivery by ship across the U-boat infested ocean was impossibly slow. Senior cabinet minister Lord Beaverbrook hatched a desperate plan to fly the new bombers across the sea. Royal Air Force commanders were scathing - few aircraft had ever flown the North Atlantic and none had done it in the fall or winter. The distance was too great, the weather too severe and unpredictable. Beaverbrook was unstoppable. With the help of the world's most experienced aviator, Australian Don Bennett, he organized an all-civilian operation to ferry bombers from the California factories through Canada and across the North Atlantic to Britain. By war's end they had delivered some 20,000 aircraft, turning the tide of victory and opening up the North Atlantic air route which would unite the old and new worlds as never before.


Question: What was the primary agent, in the early 20th century, in dragging both Canada and the United States into the age of modern aviation?

Answer: “At the outbreak of the conflict in Europe, both Canada and the United States had fallen far behind the British and the Europeans in aircraft technology. The Plan” (RFC Training Plan in Canada in 1917) “was the primary agent in dragging both Canada and the United States into the age of modern aviation.”

Source: Dancing In The Sky – Page 12