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Canadian airmen distinguished themselves overseas serving in British air forces.

During the First World War, great leaps were made in aircraft technology and the use of aircraft for military purposes. Canadians served at home and overseas as fighter and reconnaissance pilots, aerial observers, mechanics, and flight instructors in the British air services. Over 3000 British and Canadian pilots trained in Canada, of whom 2500 served overseas. Many airmen were among the Allies’ best. Fighter pilot W.A. “Billy” Bishop was the third leading ace of the war, credited with 72 aircraft destroyed, while William Barker, also a fighter pilot, is one of the most highly- decorated Canadians of all time. These men, and other flyers like Raymond Collishaw and A.A. McLeod, became household names in Canada. Of the nearly 23,000 Canadian airmen who served during the war, 1563 died.

W.A. “Billy” Bishop, William Barker, Raymond Collishaw, A.A. McLeod

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