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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 December are:

Question: What was the reaction of Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia, at the outbreak of war to a proposal from the pioneer airman, engineer and inventor J.A.D. MCCurdy for creating a Canadian Air Force?

Answer: “In Canada, the Minister of Militia, Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Hughes, ruled the army without regard for existing channels of communication, opinions of his fellow cabinet ministers, or even those of the prime minister. At the outbreak of the war, Huges met with the pioneer airman, engineer, and inventor, J.A.D. MCCurdy. The aviator laid out a proposal to create a Canadian air force. Never one to understate his views, the minister decisively dismissed the supplicant. “My boy, the aeroplane is the invention of the Devil and will never play any part in such a serious business as the defence of the nation.”

Source: Dancing in the Sky – Page 16


Question: What was Bomber Command’s activities limited to during the first 6 months of the Second World War?

Answer: “British bombing policy was deliberately non-provocative for the first six months of the Second World War. Bomber command’s activities were limited to strategic reconnaissance, propaganda leaflet raids, and the destruction of enemy shipping in their home ports and at sea. Crews were repeatedly cautioned that the greatest care was to be taken not to injure enemy civilians, and that, for the present, there were no alternative bombing targets to the German High Seas Fleet.”

Source: NO PROUDER PLACE– Page 24


Question: What part did K.C. Irving of New Brunswick Irving Oil Fame play in the building of the Mosquito fighter aircraft during World War II?

Answer: - In 1938 K.C. Irving purchased Canada Veneers, a Saint John company in the wood products field. Among other government contracts, it manufactured fuselages for Mosquito fighter aircraft during World War II. Canada Veneers thrived on wartime sales to become the world’s largest supplier of aircraft veneers. K.C. Irving went on to become one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in Canadian history.

Source: www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca