Several years ago a number of army pilots attempted to organize the writing of a history of Canadian Army Aviation.
The task was too daunting and consequently never materialized. Approximately 32 years of Canadian Army flying in
WWII, Korea, and the Cold War years and the years of unification of the forces is not well recorded
in any media. Some references are found as fleeting comment on sites such as wikipedia or unit histories. There are
three books that can be identified that capture some of the facts of our Army Aviation days (Blackdown to the Wild Blue Yonder,
Canada's Flying Gunners, and Artillery Flyers at War to name the known Publications). Added to this is LCol John Dicker’s work compiling
the LAPC Courses that started in Centralia and graduated to wings standard at CJATC Rivers, Manitoba.
The graduates and their photographs are captured in this website.
The Artillery and Army Service Corps have managed to record aspects of their history. The chapters are incomplete. None record the activities of the
crewman, observers, drivers, communicators, mechanics, photographers and cooks to mention some who served so the air crew could carry out their missions.
Also, the period of Army Aviation was an era of close camaraderie between individuals, units and flight and ground crews. None of this is recorded
except in the memories of those who were there and these are fading fast.
The website is dedicated to all who served to ensure as much as possible of the story of our Canadian Aviation is not lost. The site welcomes all
input that will provide a living record of what happened and who did it. Your captioned and dated photos are requested along with your anecdotes,
comments and above all your participation.
The site has deliberately been compartmented to provide a structure for the input from all areas of aviation activity. We have tried to provide a
place for organizations, individuals and chronology of inputs to the site.
Let's together, air crew and ground crew, make this a site to visit often and which will endure as the place to be Canadian Army Aviation History.
BGen (Ret'd) R.G. Heitshu